These books are looking for a good home (for free!)

I have been haunting some used bookstores lately with Simon of Stuck In A Book. (I’ll have more on that in a future post.) For now I just wanted to get this book give away going. I have duplicates, and in one case, triplicates of books so I need to find good homes for the extras. I am going to leave this open until April 30th to give as many people as possible the chance.
This is about finding homes for these books so that the following things will happen:
  • They will get read
  • They will be cherished
  • They will be either passed on to other worthy readers or be kept in safe and happy on someone’s shelves.
Do not throw your hat in the ring if you are just trying to amass books. I bought these knowing full well I already had them, but I wanted to take them out of the dusty darkness, match them with people who aren’t so lucky to run into them, and ultimately save them from the landfill.
First up, the Pyms
These are two hardcovers in the original U.S. Dutton editions and both are in really, really good shape.
You may remember my post about the cover artist.

Plume paperback edition based on the Dutton hardcover version. You may remember my post about the cover artist.

Second, a hard to find D.E. Stevenson in hardcover.

Well maybe it isn’t that hard to find since this is my second copy of this hardcover edition. This one is an ex-library copy so it has what you would expect with that. 

Third, one of my favorite novels of all time

A fabulous novel by a fabulous writer.
I wax rhapsodic about it here.

Fourth, a neglected tale of WWII in Austria and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor shunted off to the Caribbean.

The NYT review from 1982 so you can get a flavor for this one if you don’t know it.
I will send the Sarton anywhere in the world, but the others will only be sent to US addresses. International postage from the US is crazy expensive. I’m willing to make an exception for The Magnificent Spinster because it is probably hard to find outside the US.  
If you meet the criteria let me know in a comment which you would like and why. I will draw randomly after the 30th. I will announce winners on May 1st so check back here to see if you won. 

35 thoughts on “These books are looking for a good home (for free!)

  1. LauraC April 15, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I would love either of the Pyms or the Stevenson. I have a few of each author and love them both dearly. They deserve to be with their siblings (on my shelves, of course).


    • Thomas May 2, 2015 / 7:15 am

      You have won a copy of Crampton Hodnet. Email your mailing address to hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com so I can send it on its way.


  2. SarahA April 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I would love to read Crampton Hodnet. I only have one Pym novel, Excellent Women, and am hoping to read more of her work.


  3. nancy b t April 15, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    From the Pym group: Either of the Pym books.


  4. Lisa April 16, 2015 / 12:19 am

    I would like to put my name in for Civil to Strangers, please. It's a title I have never even seen.


  5. Jennifer April 16, 2015 / 2:09 am

    I would love to read Civil to Strangers. I picked up my first Pym after reading your post on Excellent Women and loved it and her, quickly devouring Some Tame Gazelle, Crampton Hodnet and An Academic Question. Every one of my bookstore visits this year (including a pilgrimage to Powells) has included a search for any stray Pyms on the shelves! Thanks for introducing me to a wonderful author.


    • Thomas May 2, 2015 / 7:16 am

      You have won Civil to Stranagers. Email your mailing address to hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com so I can send it on its way.


  6. harriet April 16, 2015 / 2:46 am

    Oh Thomas what a wonderful idea. Sadly, being outside the the US, I can't enter except for the Sarton, but please put me in the draw for that!


  7. ArchitectDesign™ April 16, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I would love to read any of the Pyms. Bob and I have quit tv and hand held devices and taken up reading full time; it's really satisfying.


  8. Kathy April 16, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Sarton or Stevenson! Sarton because I read The Fur Person last month and loved it and Stevenson because I love her books and am trying to collect them all, but I have never seen that one!


    • Thomas May 2, 2015 / 7:17 am

      You have won The Magnificent Spinster. Email your mailing address to hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com so I can send it on its way.


  9. Mome Rath April 17, 2015 / 1:05 am

    Famous Last Words sounds fascinating, and the reviews are quite good. I'd certainly be interested in reading it, and will have to look it up at the library, if nothing else. Thanks for highlighting forgotten books!


  10. Kate Green April 17, 2015 / 10:53 am

    They are all beautiful and would look wonderful on my shelves! I would like the Barbara Pym as you introduced her to me and I am currently reading No Fond Return of Love based on your reecommendation ( with a pretty Moyer Bell cover) or the May Sarton to try one of your favorites. Thanks!


  11. Leslie S April 17, 2015 / 6:30 pm

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  12. Leslie S April 17, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    I would be interested in Civil to Strangers, as I have never seen it before…was nice to see the Timothy Findley, as I am Canadian and always loved his writing.
    This is my first comment, and goodness…google makes it difficult to do. Hope it works this time.


  13. Unknown April 18, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Can you please enter me in the draw for the May Sarton book. I am very old and only interested in quality now that time is short.
    By the way, C.P. Snow's A Coat of Varnish is a book I am sure you will enjoy. If you could pick only one detective story in the world, this is the one to read, just as Graham Greene's The Human Factor is the the ultimate spy tale.



  14. Joanne April 19, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I would love a few of these. Thanks for your generous offer. If I had to prioritize, I would say:

    1. Pym, Civil to Strangers
    2. Sarton
    3. D.E. Stevenson

    I've really fallen in love with Pym since discovering her (probably because of your Barbara Pym Reading Week) and I am trying to find all of her books to own.

    I've never read Sarton, but since you are a big Pym fan I don't think I could go wrong with your recommendation.

    Ditto discovering Stevenson in recent years. I haven't seen or heard of this one though.



  15. Laurie Larson-Doornbos April 20, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    No books needed, truly. But I do love me some Barabar Pym and May Sarton–great give-away choices :)


  16. Ellen B in NYC April 21, 2015 / 2:49 am

    Sarton or Stevenson would be my choices. Fortunately, I have a full set of Pyms. I recently read all of Stevenson's books (thank you NY Society Library) and now want them for my very own. Finally, read Magnificent Spinster many years ago and my copy has gone missing. Thanks for the opportunity Thomas.

    Ellen Bernstein


    • Thomas May 5, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Ellen, the person I thought won the Stevenson turns out to live in the UK, so you you are now the winner of Gerald and Elizabeth. Email me at hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com


  17. pip April 22, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Please enter me in the May Sarton draw. This is a new author to me and a very welcome one by what I have been able to find out so far. Just what I am always on the lookout for. Thank you for your blog, so full of interesting possibilities which I might not otherwise encounter.


  18. Lindsey April 25, 2015 / 3:08 am

    I would love the chance at giving these books a happy home! Enter me for Findley, any of the Pym, and Sarton. Great idea, thanks!!



  19. Cal April 25, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Would love to read and own the May Sarton. I have (and hugely enjoyed) copies of most of her diaries. Also, the NYT review of FAMOUS LAST WORDS makes me want to read it, so please enter me into that drawing as well. Thanks for the opportunity to compete for the opportunity to get hold of these books…and for your intention that they find truly interested new owners. (Not that our bookshelves aren’t equally overflowing…)


    • Thomas May 2, 2015 / 7:18 am

      You have won Famous Last Words. Email your mailing address to hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com so I can send it on its way.


  20. Karen K. April 25, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I would love one of the copies of Crampton Hodnet! I’ve started collecting the hardcovers, so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!


    • Thomas May 2, 2015 / 7:18 am

      You have won Crampton Hodnet. Email your mailing address to hogglestock [at] outlook [dot] com so I can send it on its way.


  21. Tom Perkins April 25, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I would love Famous Last Words to complete my collection of books dealing with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, thanks


  22. Paul April 25, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Great idea! I’d love to enter the running for the Sarton or one of the Pyms other than Cramtpn Hodnet. Thanks!


  23. heavenali April 26, 2015 / 5:44 am

    Lovely looking books but not throwing my hat into the book giveaway ring -despite being a Pym lover -I am trying to collect the lovely US Moyer Bell Pym editions but have only found 5 so far.


    • Thomas April 26, 2015 / 7:27 am

      Oddly, I don’t see the Moyer editions much here in the US. I guess I hadn’t even realized they were American. At 5, I would say you’ve made very good progress on completely your set.

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  24. Anna Maria Boland April 26, 2015 / 6:37 am

    I would love to read your favourite novel. Now I’m going to seat quitely on my sofa with my fingers crossed that it will make its way to me.


  25. thistlecovefarm April 26, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Although I have heard of her, I’ve never read Pym and that’s my choice. Unless one isn’t available should my name be drawn last then it’s your choice. Many thanks for the opportunity and appreciate your giving away books. I’ve helped start three libraries and still have more books to give away.


  26. Chris Wolak April 27, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Don’t add me into the mix…I’m trying to read through some books from my own shelves before I take on more. I just want to say I’ve been keeping an eye out for Sarton because of you. The last batch of her books that I came across at a local used store all smelled a bit funky, for which I have zero tolerance. I can deal with Doritos dust and even boogers stuck between the pages, but not smell. Thus far I’ve only read Journal of a Solitude and that was a million years ago.


  27. Hina May 1, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    I know, I know I’ve missed the deadline but since no winner have been announced yet, may I please throw my hat in the ring as well? I own zero copies of Pym and all I’ve read is what has been borrowed from the library. I don’t fancy buying the new sleek glossy covered editions and have been looking for old hardbacks with no success. Kindly allow me to enter for the drawing of Crampton Hodnet. Many many thanks.


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