Good Book Hunting, April 30, 2011: The Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Book Sale

I wasn’t going to go to the book sale at Remington’s.

Wait, let me back up: I volunteered at the Friends of the Library book sale on Friday night, collecting the money as other people bought books and offering a running commentary to the customers about books they had. I was pretty adamant to the volunteer at the table with me that I was not going to go to the sale to buy anything because I already own enough books and I don’t have any room.

Of course, as with any of these things, I always find someone has bought something that I want specifically. In this case, a young man came through the line with Asimov’s Guide to the Bible, which I have not seen in the wild, but in retrospect that’s because I tend to skip over the religious section.

I told the guy about it, and he said these fateful words: “There’s another one, but it’s an older edition.”

So despite all of my assurances to my partner volunteer, since my beautiful wife and I had a ‘date night’ on half price day, I fell off the wagon. Loudly.


The Spring Friends of the Library book sale

I got:

  • Asimov’s Guide to the Bible, fortunately.
  • A ten volume set called the Great Ideas program. It was $10. But it meant I needed a box to carry them, and away we went.
  • Peace Kills by P.J. O’Rourke.
  • A book called Chariot which is a history of that particular military equipment.
  • Two courses on CD from The Teaching Company that were quarter of the list price since they were half price of half price. I thought that I’d picked up a third, and either I did and it was left at the counting table, or I put it back demonstrating some restraint.
  • David Barry’s History of the Millennium.
  • Eric Flint’s 1632. I already own the sequel 1633, so I can read them in order now.
  • An English translation of Pepita Jimenez, a book I have already read in Spanish.
  • A collection of writings from Spinoza.
  • Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan in paperback. I was supposed to read this in college. Of that particular class, the only book I read of the required reading was Plato’s Republic. I read a lot in college, but only a small percentage of what I was supposed to have read.
  • The Letters of Ayn Rand. We chose to go to the sale instead of going to see Atlas Shrugged Part I. I bought this in recompense.
  • A couple of localish history of small town kinds of books.
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois.
  • The Fantasy Role-Playing Gamer’s Bible, which is earnest, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which is not.

And so on.

My wife bought a couple books, mostly cookbooks that she picked up while waiting me to finish, along with a record, some sheet music, and a CD. The Smooth Jazz CD is mine, but please note it’s not smooth jazz in format; it’s a collection of standards by Sinatra, Count Basie, and whatnot.

The total, after half-off, was $98.50. I got 42 books in total along with the CDs. I have already read the Dilbert book depicted within, which means I need to read 41 by October’s sale to keep pace.

The funny thing is how I almost blackout regarding what I buy. When my wife and I had dinner, I could barely recount what I bought. Some books I thought I’d picked up, I must have put back. I am such a glutton.

5 thoughts on “Good Book Hunting, April 30, 2011: The Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Book Sale

  1. “Asimov’s Guide to the Bible”? I’m intrigued. My impression is that he was pretty ambivalent about religion, so I’m surprised he wrote two whole volumes on the topic.

  2. I read 1632, but didn’t enjoy it. S.M. Stirling’s Island in the Sea of Time trilogy had a similar premise but was better executed. It had the modern island of Nantucket and the USCGC Eagle transported back to the Bronze Age.

  3. Ach! Where were you when I needed you several years ago to prevent me from buying the sequel which made this purchase mandatory?

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