A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 9-The Hills Beyond

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? The Hills Beyond by Thomas Wolfe.

The Hills Beyond

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: THE HILLS BEYOND
  • AUTHOR: THOMAS WOLFE
  • THIS EDITION: 1968
  • SIGNET CLASSICS

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

This is another case of filling a hole in my collection. I also really dig the cover.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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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

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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.

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.

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[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.

A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 4-Boswell’s London Journal

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? Boswell’s London Journal.

Boswell’s London Journal

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: BOSWELL’S LONDON JOURNAL 1762-1763
  • AUTHOR: JAMES BOSWELL
  • YEAR PUBLISHED: 1950
  • MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING/YALE UNIVERSITY
  • PREFACE: CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
  • “NOW FIRST PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT”

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

James Boswell? Check. 18th-century London? Check. Journal? Check. Interesting jacket painting? Check.

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