This past weekend we headed up to Ithaca, New York so that I could go to the gigantic Tompkins County Friends of the Library book sale. They have the sale twice a year in October and May. The sale goes for three successive weekends with the prices getting cheaper each day. On the first day of the sale hardcover books are all $4.50. By the 4th day (the day we were there) hardcover prices are down to $2.50 a title. And by the final day of the sale you can get all you can fit in a bag for just $1.
We probably wouldn’t have driven six hours one way for just a sale, but since we have friends in Ithaca we hadn’t seen in a while, we decided to make a weekend of it. JoAnn at Lakeside Musings was at the sale about six hours after I was. It looks like she had good luck with trade paperbacks which I skipped entirely. Too many people in my way. Plus I was looking for older things that couldn’t possibly interest anyone but me.
Now, the books.
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
I have heard this one is a bit of a depressing snooze. But it is seminal work of early LGBT fiction, so I thought I would give it a go.
An Unsuitable Attachment and A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
I am trying to get all of Pym’s books in these hardcover Dutton editions. I have five of them now. But this Green Leaves turns out to be a dupe of something I already have. I am going to send it to JoAnn to thank her for sending me an Angela Thirkell novel.
The Glory of the Conquered by Susan Glaspell
I keep collecting the works of this author, I think she has been reissued by Persephone, but I haven’t read any of them yet. I hope I like her work or I will have a lot of duds on my shelf.
The Railway Police and The Last Trolley Ride by Hortense Calisher
I know nothing about this book, but I like the fact that both novellas are train related. And the author’s name is Hortense. It must be fantastic.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
There were several copies of this on the shelf each with a different pattern on the cover. Seemed like it was worth a go.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
I collect these little Oxford World Classic hardcovers so I don’t always need to like the actual work. I am ambivalent about Dickens but love Trollope. Only it turns out I already had both of these at home.
|Too many people thing I am an a-hole for not liking du Maurier. So I am going to give this one a go. Many tell me this is their favorite. Hopefully third time will be the charm for me with this author.|
|Another little Trollope in an Oxford World Classic edition. A lovely edition of Margery Sharp’s The Foolish Gentlewoman which I was so happy to find. Turns out I also have that one at home. Sheesh. And then a gigantic bio of ICB.|
While in Ithaca, we also stopped by the fantastic farmer’s market. One of the best I have ever been to. It has its own purpose built pavilion right near the foot of Cayuga Lake.