Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back With A Bulging Suitcase

Hi, book bloggers! I'm back from my trip. Lots of drama in all categories -- too much to process right now, and that's the only reason you're being spared.

Hitting the Barnes & Noble in Columbia, I was able to find quite a few additions for my Pulitzer shelf: Lonesome Dove, The Magnificent Ambersons, One of Ours, The Confessions of Nat Turner, The Optimist's Daughter and Humboldt's Gift. However, it was on the slightly gritty shelves at Trade-A-Book in Sedalia that I made my most triumphant find: The Late George Apley. I'm preaching to the choir here, but it pays to get down on your knees and dig back into rows of double-stacked books. 54 cents! Whee!

Of course I'm only human, so my booklust couldn't be restrained to all things Pulitzer. I also snatched up The Worst Hard Time, Atlas Shrugged (for March 8th's book group), The Terror, Farenheit 451 and that book by Anderson Cooper. I'm blanking on the title. There's more -- both titles and blanks in my brain.
I almost bought an Amish cookbook. My mom bought it and I scanned it eagerly. The simple recipes, rendered in no-nonsense prose had me in blissed-out state of opticial cruise control.
Getting back to my Pulitzer obsession, I forgot to look for The Fixer, which could have been found with ease. In August, I'll need to return to the US briefly, so there's no point in kicking myself. Building a brand-new wishlist is infinitely more fun.

Jet lag is still frying my circuits, so I need to return to the bed.


John Mutford said...

Of all those titles, I've only read Farenheit 451. I hope you enjoy them.

Eva said...

Sounds like you had fun!! :D

Jeane said...

Welcome back! I've often found my best treasures in the dusty little secondhand bookshops.

jenclair said...

Great acquisitions! Lonesome Dove is a favorite, but I loved Fahrenheit 451, Atlas Shrugged (a teen-aged favorite; no idea what I'd think of it now), and The Terror.

The Magnificent Ambersons has been on my list forever, and I've still not read it!

Anonymous said...

Golly, I feel bad that I don't have any memory of those Sedalia bookstores. Maybe I wasn't buying books back then. I do have fond memories of my little house on 6th St. Welcome back! rest up!

Anonymous said...

How fun! I hope you enjoyed your trip. Sounds like you brought some great titles back with you!

Abby said...

Hey Bybee! I just found your blog. How much is it to ship books? I have the Fixer and would be happy to share. I don't collect them but am trying to read all 81 Putlitzer Prize winners. I've read just 39 so far but that does include The Fixer. E-mail me abbyarthur gmail com