05 February 2010

Only a Hamilton and a half

And not even that much, really. Rob and I picked up n-i-n-e-t-e-e-n titles at the OPL progressive (and perpetual) book sale today for dirt cheap. I know, like we need more books. But come on! We need more books! You know how it is. Here's what we came home with, and there were almost this many more we could have purchased as well, but as you have probably already remarked to yourself, we are nothing if not paragons of self-control. That was a joke. And we need more books.

20 Plays of the NO Theatre
All the Plays of Molnar
archy and mehitabel—Which I find incredible because I was just thinking of these two, ever so longingly, yesterday.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Haiku by R. H. Blyth
Play-Making: A Manual of Craftsmanship by William Archer
Seven One-Act Plays by Bernard Shaw
The Alcestiad, or, A Life in the Sun by Thornton Wilder
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Complete Works of Saki
The Dark Comedy: The Development of Modern Comic Tragedy
The Four Seasons, Japanese Haiku—This one's printed by Peter Pauper Press, which we collect.
The Misanthrope and Other Plays by Molière—Just last night I fell in love all over again with the man's work (while watching a performance of Tartuffe, which you should also see before it's gone) and, Voilà! A sweet little volume lands in my lap.
The Moose—Rob's special pick, the one I likely won't read, but I love it for its inscribed center page, which was ripped out and then stuck back in its proper place. It reads in a big frivolous hand beneath an illustration of some mounted antlers: "With a French Kiss—and a Jamaican laugh and international love—d."
The Philosophy of Kant

[This has nothing to do with my book list, but I want to interject here that my dog is a few feet away from me, curled up on the hallway rug, talking in his sleep. He's putting big bad bully dogs in their places, from the sound of it. Good boy, Izzy!]

The Reading of Poetry—Yay for grade school Language Arts! Yay for funky covers from the early 60s!
Twenty One-Act Plays
Victorian Ghost Stories by Eminent Women Writers—I got this for a particular friend, but she won't know it till I've done reading it myself.

I didn't realize till just now how many of these books are drama-related. Hmmm.


Sweets said...

LOL... I thought to myself as I read the list how most of them seemed drama related. I love old books. Whenever I go to a thrift store, I always look in the book section.

Geo said...

I do that too. We have two great thrift stores here and I rarely come home without some new reads. It's genetic, I think—my mom was addicted to books, particularly second-handers.

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Lois said...

Love, love, love "Cold Comfort Farm." I read it while a crossing guard for summer school (I had exactly TWO children that walked to school, so I had LOTS of time for reading).

Scott said...

As one look in our living room can confirm, you can never have too many books in my opinion.

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

Love thrifting. And books. Fabulous combination

Jessie said...

I love that you picked up the BFG--that's my favorite Dahl book, by far. I'm a sucker for used books, too. Just can't beat them. I may have to check out the library's selection (though it sounds like you got most of the good stuff).