Shopping for the Bookworm: Austen House Books Edition

Yes, that is correct. I am featuring my own business. It occurred to me that I haven’t done one of these (Shopping for the Bookworm) posts in…well, a long time. I’ve decided to resurrect the series by starting with my own little online bookstore.

We have a small-ish (500+ books, some of which we have yet to list), but diverse and interesting catalog. Shipping is available US-wide. Local delivery in Columbus is also available.

BARBARIAN DAYS BY WILLIAM FINNEGAN. $8.00.
WHOREDOM IN KIMMAGE: IRISH WOMEN COMING OF AGE BY ROSEMARY MAHONEY. $5.50
HAND-COVERED BOOK. $7.00.
THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR BY ALKA JOSHI. $7.50.
FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY BY ARMISTEAD MAUPIN. $5.50.
TIGERBELLE BY WYOMIA TYUS. $5.00.
THREE PICASSOS BEFORE BREAKFAST BY ANNE-MARIE STEIN. $22.00.
THE ESSENTIAL MAN RAY BY INGRID SCHAFFNER. $6.00.
Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography by Gordon Parks. $7.50.
My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy. $5.50.
Shining Eyes, Cruel Fortune by Irma B. Jaffe. $7.50.
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave. $4.50.
At Freddie’s by Penelope Fitzgerald. $6.50.

As ever, thanks for indulging me!

Introducing Austen House Books

I’m officially a bookstore owner! Well, technically, I have been since June when I registered my business and did a few local pop-up events. Somehow, (finally) launching a website makes it seem real-real, you know? We did that on Monday.

Currently, we ship across the US and offer local (Columbus, OH) pick-up. New books are being added every day this week. After that, it will be weekly.

AUSTEN HOUSE BOOKS

Our selection is hand-picked and often very eclectic. Please check us out the next time you need (or just really, really want) a cool book. And feel free to spread the word to any bookworms you know! Thank you!

Daily Diversion #458: The Little Webster

Another birthday gift fromThe Chef: my very own copy of the Little Webster (Liliput Dictionary). This version doesn’t contain a copyright date, but the inscription on the back is from 1929.

For perspective: the framed painting is 4″ x 5″, the Nancy Drew book is 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, and the dictionary comes in at 1 1/2″ x 2″.

If you know me at all well, you’ll understand how thoughtful this gift is…truly one of the best things anyone has ever given me.

Biography Research Update!

I’ve been powering through my research into the life and career of musical theater performer J! A considerable amount of the research is too tedious to share here, which is why I created Alternative Muses. Occasionally I come across something too fun to keep to myself or limit to AM, though, and J’s kindergarten scrapbook is one of those exceptions.

I’ve had this scrapbook since the beginning, but due to its delicate nature was too scared to catalog it…until yesterday!

I shared a few of the pieces over on Alternative Muses, but didn’t want you to miss out on this whimsical little bit of childhood history.

CATALOGING J’S KINDERGARTEN SCRAPBOOK