John Cheever on Usefulness

“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.”–John Cheever

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A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 7-Wide Sargasso Sea

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

Wide Sargasso Sea

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: WIDE SARGASSO SEA
  • AUTHOR: JEAN RHYS
  • INTRODUCTION: FRANCIS WYNDHAM
  • YEAR PUBLISHED:1966/FIRST PUBLISHED AS A NORTON PAPERBACK IN 1982
  • W.W. NORTON & COMPANY

Markings

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

I didn’t have a copy of this short novel in my collection, and the price was, of course, right. Nothing deeper than that.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Announcing the 2018 Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

Yes, it’s that time of year!

This year’s blogathon runs June 8-10! Whoo-hoo! Click the link below for complete details.

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 REEL INFATUATION BLOGATHON!

We hope you’ll join us. If you decide to, you can sign up in the comments section here or on the original announcement.

See you in June!

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A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 6-Eugene O’Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? Eugene O’Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy.

Eugene O’Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: EUGENE O’NEILL: BEYOND MOURNING AND TRAGEDY
  • AUTHOR: STEPHEN A. BLACK
  • YEAR PUBLISHED: 1999
  • YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

I collect books about dead writers. And Eugene O’Neill was, well, Eugene O’Neill. ‘Nuff said.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 5-Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates.

Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: GENE AUTRY AND THE REDWOOD PIRATES
  • AUTHOR: BOB HAMILTON
  • ILLUSTRATOR: ERWIN L. HESS
  • YEAR PUBLISHED: 1946
  • WHITMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY
  • “AN ORIGINAL STORY FEATURING GENE AUTRY FAMOUS MOTION PICTURE STAR AS THE HERO”
  • AUTHORIZED EDITION

Gene and baddie

Dedication

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

Look. at. the. title. Who could resist this book? Not this gal! I collect “novels” based on 1960s television shows (Dr. Kildare, The Patty Duke Show, etc.); this is just another, earlier, iteration of that concept.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Margery Sharp, Looking Likewise

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”–Clare Booth Luce

English writer Margery Sharp definitely knew that, way back in 1945.

Margery Sharp (1945) by Bill Brandt

Sure, you could classify her look as a bit severe or buttoned-up. Even austere (the photo was taken at the end of WWII, after all). I think she’s…sharp (pun intended and unavoidable). The pointy shoulders on the blouse, simple skirt, and round glasses are timeless and, through some weird alchemy, almost edgy. All the bonus points: Margery Sharp also gave the world that superior fictional mouse, Miss Bianca, who has style for days.