If our Booktopia welcome packets had not included a coupon for a free used book from the Friends of the Library book sale, I wouldn’t have known it existed. In the basement of the lovely public library in town (across the street from an even lovelier old Carnegie Library) they have an ongoing book sale. I did not come away empty handed.
I bought the Virginia Woolf because it is a Persephone that I don’t have. Frankly, it is one that I wouldn’t have bought if it wasn’t a dollar. I’m not much of a Woolf fan. But hey, it is pretty short, I will give it a go. The Norris I was drawn to because of the cover and then was intrigued by its subject matter. An 1880s battle between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in California. The Appelfeld–despite the cover looking like something from Little House on the Prairie–is about a Jewish woman and her son travelling through Hitler’s Europe.
I’m about to start reading The Octopus with my online reading group. I love your Penguin. Mine is newer but the cover looks like sci-fi rather than wheat farmers in California.
Thank you for sharing your bookshop buys, I’ve loved reading about the roadtrip here & on Simon’s blog. I’m looking forward to the podcasts.
You might like Flush. It’s more readable/accessible than most of her work, and besides, it’s about a dog.
I read The Octopus many years ago and couldn’t tell you the plot or the characters, as often happens with me. But I remember enjoying the book. I like the cover on yours.