As much as I love the kids I teach, this is the best school day of the year for me - book fair day. Fundraising for my library programs gets me a seat in my favorite book store, Politics and Prose, for the whole day as I share our school's story with patrons who can present a coupon at the register so that 20% of their purchase goes to our school book purchases. Sweet. So I am currently residing right outside of the children's department in the best remainder section anywhere. The morning rush is ebbing a bit so I am going remainder shopping. Great books for just a little money. Wish you were here. Back in a little while to show you what I am taking home.
Update: The Haul
An hour later, for a comparatively tiny double digit sum:
- Three Evelyn Waugh novels: The Loved One, Scoop, and A Handful of Dust. Have read two of these but own none of them until now. Consider Mr. Waugh the lord and master of devastating satire. Love that splendid prose and the wicked humor.
- Two Irene Nemirovsky novels: David Golder and Le Bal. Have never read the author but have recently gathered some of her work. May read all at once - one after the other.
- Wintry Peacock by D.H. Lawrence. A Hesperus edition. The blurb excerpt drew me in. " 'Mon cher Alfred' - it might have been a bit of torn newspaper. So I followed the script: the trite phrases of a letter from a French-speaking girl to an English soldier. 'I think of you always, always. Do you think sometimes of me?' And then I vaguely realised that I was reading a man's private correspondence."
- Vox by Nicholson Baker. Baker does erotic fiction. I don't read chick lit people so I have to indulge some vices.
- NYRB edition of The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac. A "fable of modern art," inspiration to the likes of Cezanne, Henry James, Picasso, Jacques Rivette.
- Claudine's House by Colette. With a foreward by Doris Lessing. Hesperus edition. Portrayal of childhood bathed in familial warmth and the natural beauty of the French countryside. Thinking comfort read through holiday season. Good read after I engage in one on one combat with some other disturbed suburban mom in a Toys R Us holiday buying spree over a piece of over-packaged plastic. Must rethink my consumerism. I say with my new bag of books next to me.
- Look At Me by Anita Brookner. Love story about a librarian. With brilliant writing. Enough said.
- Hyde Park Gate News by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell with Thoby Stephen. Their childhood newspapers about life in their home.
- Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2006 by J.M. Coetzee.
- Three Paul Auster novels at a steal: The Brooklyn Follies, Man in the Dark, and Travels in the Scriptorium.
- Creationists: Selected Essays 1993-2006 by E.L. Doctorow. A consideration of creativity in its many forms.