Saturday, August 05, 2006

Thrift book shopping

The most fun a Mama Squirrel can have: one particular downtown thrift shop that has an ever-changing back corner full of books, mostly for a quarter or at least under a dollar; and a half hour or so alone to search through it.

On this particular Saturday afternoon, I brought home:

Erewhon, because Krakovianka recommended it
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (in one volume with Maggie-Now), both because Krakovianka recommended them (see a pattern here?);
Cry the Beloved Country (read it already, but we didn't have a copy);
School for Scandal (a play scheduled for The Apprentice for next year);
Tasha Tudor's And It Was So;
2 well-used copies of The Mennonite Hymnal, to go with our other one so that we don't have to crane our necks to see the words;
3 copies of The Mennonite Bicentennial Songbook (to go with our other half-dozen);
a complete volume of Lord of the Rings, for The Apprentice (actually that came from a used bookstore around the corner from the thrift shop, but it was on sale);
Chris Madden's Guide to Personalizing Your Home: Simple, Beautiful Ideas for Every Room. Inspired by Krakovianka's post What's On Your Walls?;
a Lucy Waverman cookbook;
and some old back-to-school issues of Family Fun.

Altogether, a good afternoon.


Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Lovely afternoon, indeed.

So... wanna share with me the name of the bookstore, so I might steal away too? ~warm smile~

Smiling for the infinitely more brilliant Anne...
Ann V.

Karen G. said...

I'm laughing. Erewhon is weird--I did tell you that, didn't I? Or something along those lines? It's informative, but strange. (Only those of us with a pathological desire to understand the Victorian mind will find it interesting.) I can't believe you haven't read Betty Smith before. I bet you will love those books, but put Joy Comes in the Mornins on your wish list, too. It's too good to miss.

And I want to read the decorating, book, too, although I'm not sure you need have so much cool authentic retro stuff.

I love shopping in those kinds of bookstores....

Mama Squirrel said...

Ann V, I emailed you!

Krakovianka: Thanks for the nice comment! Our retro decor is kind of unintentional, though--that's what you get for moving into Grandma's place.