#TheReadersRoadtrip – Day 9: Politics and Prose

Simon’s first trip to Politics and Prose was not all that he hoped it would be. This time, he appears to have enjoyed it far more. I am more than delighted that this is my neighborhood bookstore. It’s the place I go when I need an infusion of something written this century. Plus I always make out like a bandit on the sale/remainder shelves in the basement.

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I am pretty sure that all but the bottom book came off the sale shelves. I got the Waters because I kind of enjoyed The Paying Guests, at least enough to try another one. I got the Simon Mawer because I LOVED The Glass Room and merely liked the far inferior Trapeze. The NYRB got purchased just because it is NYRB and it was on the sale rack. Those are always worth a go, even when they aren’t.

This one and all the other Text Classic books shown in the first picture were purchased solely on the fact that Simon told me that Text Classics is to Aussie lit what Persephone is to English. But maybe without as much cozy. I was willing to give them all a go since they were on the sale rack.
This one and all the other Text Classic books shown in the first picture were purchased solely on the fact that Simon told me that Text Classics is to Aussie lit what Persephone is to English. But maybe without as much cozy. I was willing to give them all a go since they were on the sale rack.

 

One look at the cover did me in. A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books. Even paid full HB price for it.
One look at the cover did me in. A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books. Even paid full HB price for it.

 

6 thoughts on “#TheReadersRoadtrip – Day 9: Politics and Prose

  1. quinn October 9, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Most fabulous book porn…many thanks.
    I am totally bitten by the NYRB obsession….first for the beauty and class of their covers…those spines I just want to devour. Then I found some of my new favorite stories (‘Ride a Cockhorse’ a total must for you Thomas…Tove Jansson….’After Claude’ etc)…I also immediately pick up any NYRB spine i see….I have had to restrain myself many time not to buy the 500 pg one of some viking business that is the only NYRB in my local store….damn…) many thanks for posts..awesome…
    quinn

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    • Ruthiella October 9, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      “500 pg one of some viking business that is the only NYRB in my local store”

      Is that The Longships by Bengtsson? If yes, buy it! It is really good.

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  2. quinn October 9, 2015 / 11:58 am

    ahhh…nyrb…..the gawds will frown if i leave off….the Elaine Dundys…..’Stoner’ or any J Williams….’A Month in the Country’….stop me before i type again!! Can there be a NYRB convention…booktopia???

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  3. Geoff W October 9, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    That Dirda looks great, I have a few like that floating around that I need to find.

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  4. queenofthepark October 10, 2015 / 2:30 am

    Text Clasics..cosy no, classy yes!

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  5. Frances Evangelista (@nonsuchbook) October 12, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I have the Dirda too. In the queue! The remainder section at Politics and Prose is dangerous. The stock turns over frequently. One feels justified in picking up everything that appeals because it is all “on sale.” I picked up two more titles down there yesterday.

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