As I've mentioned before, Half Price Books rocks.
The Woman wanted to check it out on Mother's Day, and who was I to deny her? We walked away with 15 books for $55 including tax. One of the books (a biography of Wodehouse) was $14, so you're looking at 14 books for $40 including tax. Hot dang!
Here's the haul. My purchases ($36):
- Wodehouse: A Life, Robert McCrum. P. G. Wodehouse is probably the most under-acknowledged writer of the 20th century.
- John Gardner: Literary Outlaw, Barry Silesky. Gardner's Grendel blew me away, 192 pages of genius.
- Story, Robert McKee. It's a screenwriting classic. I guess I better read it.
- The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman. Enjoyed Beirut to Lebanon. Can't wait to pick this one up.
- Marriage Lines, Ogden Nash. I'm not much of a poetry guy, but it's only 108 pages. How painful can it be?
- They Shall See God, Athol Dickson. River Rising rocked my world. Aching to start this one.
- The Bookman's Promise, John Dunning. Finally getting around to the 3rd in this very entertaining series.
- The Miernik Dossier, Charles McCrarry. Last year I picked up 2 of his books based on the jacket copy, but wanted to get in on the ground floor (first in the series) so I've been holding off reading them until I got this one.
The Woman's purchases ($15):
- The Collectors, David Baldacci
- Stone Cold, David Baldacci
- Death of an Expert Witness, P. D. James
- Shroud for a Nightingale, P. D. James
- Devices and Desires, P. D. James
- The Murder Room, P. D. James
- The Lighthouse, P. D. James
She's a Baldacci fan. (I've never read him.) She got the James books because they were all on clearance for $1 (she's a sucker for a deal) and I told her I would eventually read them. Maybe when I retire, after I finish Agatha Christie. (Amazingly enough, I've only read one Christie. I'm saving her to savor when I have the time to lounge for a year on the deck with a refreshing beverage and read incessantly.)
As you can see, she got almost half the books, but spent less than a third of the money. Maybe I'll just count this toward Father's Day.