The weather here has been gray of late and Bookman and I were feeling a bit blah yesterday so we cheered ourselves up by going used book shopping!

Here’s what I brought home:

  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. I don’t remember how I found out about this book, and I certainly didn’t expect to see it at the used bookstore, wasn’t even looking for it, so I feel like I scored big. Back when I was in college before I became an English major, I was a biology major. But I wanted to change from biology because I couldn’t bear the idea of dissecting cats. For a brief time I considered botany. The really dumb reason I ditched the idea? I was afraid that learning all the details of growing things would ruin the big picture beauty and wonder of it all. When one is eighteen, one does not reason well. Anyway, this book is sure to be a fascinating and useful way to increase my gardening skills.
  • The Wild Iris by Louis Glück. This book won a Pulitzer in 1993 so will be part of my Pulitzer poetry reading. I would have gotten it anyway though as I have heard the book and poet praised frequently.
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. This was an impulse grab. There were several copies on an endcap and from all I have heard about the book I am intrigued. So I couldn’t help myself when it leapt into my arms.
  • Inventing the Enemy by Umberto Eco. Eco is not easy reading but I admire him for that, for expecting the reader to work a little too. I had intended to read Foucault’s Pendulum over the summer but never managed it. Maybe next year? Bookman found this one for me. It’s essays on a wide range of topics including literature and his own books. There is a piece in here about Prague Cemetery I expect will be interesting and will probably make me want to read the book more than I already do.

That’s all for the books. Not a big haul, but I am happy. The big find though wasn’t even a book, but book related: Jane Austen notecards. They have scenes from Austen novels on them. How cool is that? I can’t wait to write some notes to bookish friends!

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