Book Sales Report

Last weekend I went to the book sale, organized by the Friends of Seattle Public Library. I knew in advance what to expect, because we’ve been to the previous one at the end of last September. Then we made the mistake of not coming prepared, i.e. not bringing any bags or boxes to carry home the prey. This time I had three sturdy textile shopping bags with me. Which still does not compare to the experts’ carts or suitcases with rollers. But for me it was hard enough to move around the narrow isles without having to negotiate a path for thing on wheels. I did manage to grab a box right when I entered the building. That was easy to shove around and move over people’s head as I was making my way through the 200,000 volumes. (To get some sense of the scale check out the pictures in this blog entry.)

Altogether I spent two and a half hours there. I am very happy with the results. For 23 dollars I got 6 hardback books, 10 “oversize” paperbacks (that means not the standard, small mass market books), 8 CDs and 2 books-on-tapes. At least that’s what my receipt said. In reality one of the CDs was a double CD, another one had a DVD disc and an audio disc in the case, and one of the tapes is actually five tapes in one box (of one book.) Let me list the ones that are not gifts for others. (I won’t share those, because the people I am planning to give those goodies might read this entry.)


  • Living in Clip by Ani DiFranco
    I wasn’t sure whether my wife had this or not, because she has many, but not all Ani CDs. Turned out she did not have it on CD yet.
  • An Untamed Sense of Control by Roscoe Holcomb
    Old time country/blues by a guy with a banjo who was Eric Clapton’s favorite. The title of the record is Bob Dylan’s description of his sound.
  • Past, Present & Future by Rob Zombie
    Sort of a “best of” collection. Considering that I didn’t have any of this hard hitting rocker’s records, this is as good ass it gets. I always welcome more energizing rhythms. 19 songs on the CD and 10 music videos on the accompanying DVD.
  • New York Jazz in the Roaring Twenties, Vol. 2 by Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, and Red Nichols
    Exactly as the title says. Good mood music.
  • Music from the Motion Picture “Purple Rain” by Prince
    I have emotional attachment to this music, because I listened to it a lot when it came out, but then lost the tape. When I went to Minneapolis I even visited the place where most of the movie is set.
  • Sleep Now Forever by Sorrow
    I have been looking for this slow goth classic for a long time. On Amazon somebody is selling it for $45. Compare that to the price I paid: $1.


  • The Book of J by Harold Bloom and David Rosenberg
    A little Bible criticism cannot hurt. Although I should read first Friedman’s Who Wrote the Bible? because this is built on that.
  • The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid
    We read a few chapters of this book for one of my classes. Now I can read the rest.
  • Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth
    I haven’t read any of Roth’s books recently. I hope this is a good one.
  • Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold
    I feel a bit ashamed that I haven’t read it yet, despite that I am enjoying so much Howard’s Brainstorms virtual community. Now I will.
  • Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora by Larry Tye
    Here is a descripive excerpts from Amazon that explains why I was curious about this title:
    The Diaspora no longer waits in hope of returning to the Holy Land; instead they are grounded in the permanent homes they have made and the cultures they have created throughout the world. And the relationships among these communities, he [Tye] argues, are just as important as the relationship that each one has to Israel. Home Lands tours seven centers of Jewish life, including Dublin, Dusseldorf, and Atlanta.
  • Both Bible Code and Bible Code II: The Countdown by Michael Drosnin
    I cannot disregard these popular volumes, because I spend so much time on Kabbalah books. So far I have been rejecting these volumes, based on other people’s reviews. Now I can make up my own mind about them.
  • The Cannibal Galaxy by Cynthia Ozick
    I never read Ozick’s novels just a few of her articles in Tikkun magazine. Those were inspiring enough to wet my appetite for more.

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