So yesterday morning, I played hooky from the dojo to go to the Friends of the Clever Library Book Sale down in the fire station in Clever. I had a spot of trouble finding it because they put up a new Walmart Neighborhood Market in front of it which hid the fire station from view as I came west along Highway 14. But I got there. It was a smaller sale than usual with about a table less worth of material, but I found a couple books there. It looked like an English teacher from the 1960s might have divested of books, as there were a collection of pre-Cliff Notes summaries and surveys of books, a lot of classics in paperback, and some related literaria and teacheraria.
Additionally, as we were driving to a park in Republic, we happened upon the Relay for Life fundraiser sale at Hope Lutheran Church. I didn’t see that it was going to be this weekend, but there it was. It had more books than usual and several boxes’ worth of direct-to-video slasher and horror movies. I think that’s a plea for help from someone who gets the counseling he or she needs.
Here’s the pic of my plunder:
Some of the highlights:
- The Cross and the Switchblade and Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade, two books about being a priest at a church in a bad part of town. This was a genre of television for a while if I remember, and the first title was made into a movie starring Pat Boone. I know because the sale had two copies, and I opted for the movie tie-in edition with full color photos.
- Two humorous western novels, Hey, Cowgirl, Need a Ride and Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? by Baxter Black. The Republic Monitor used to run a newspaper column by him, I think.
- Two by Isaac Asimov, Lecherous Limericks and Adding a Dimension.
- The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke. I don’t particularly like Clarke, but last night, while volunteering at the localer Friends of the Library Sale, I saw someone with a stack of Clarke paperbacks, and I guess I’m easily influenced.
- A book of Jack Kirby’s work from the late 1940s before he went to Marvel.
- GI Joe: The Story Behind the Legend which is about the toy and not part of the fictional canon.
- Flawed Dogs, Berkeley Breathed’s young adult novel. Note this is in my stack, not the young young adults’.
- The Incas, a history of the Incas appropriately enough.
- The C.S. Lewis Handbook.
- Ernie’s America, a collection of travel columns by Ernie Pyle from before his writing in World War II.
- How to Find Missing Persons. Probably from the pre-Internet age.
- The Best TV and Trivia Quiz Book Ever. I hope I fare better than the The TV Theme Song Trivia Book.
- The Starcraft Archive, a collection of StarCraft fiction.
- The Medium is the Massage (not a typo) by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore.
- Wolverine: Weapon X, a novel.
- A couple westerns, Two Pistols South of Bradwood and The Sharpshooter. Both from different series old enough to not have a lot of boom chocka chocka.
- E.B. White’s The Second Tree from the Corner.
- Four great plays by Checkov.
- Andre Norton’s The Starman’s Son. Probably not related to the Starman television series.
- Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks, one of the old Dr. Who books from the 1980s.
- Two Ross Thomas novels, Cast a Yellow Shadow and If You Can’t Be Good.
- A book about medieval myths.