Saturday, May 31, 2014

Used Book Buys May 2014

The Journey; Osaragi, Jirō (translator Ivan Morris)
Day In Day Out; Mora, Terézia (translator Michael Henry Heim)
My Brilliant Friend; Ferrante, Elena (translatorAnn Goldstein)
Dreaming in Cuban; García, Cristina
New Islands And Other Stories; Bombal, María Luisa (translators Richard and Lucia Cunningham
The Reader; Schlink, Bernhard (translator Carol Brown Janeway )
The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories; Ortega, Julio; Carlos Fuentes editors
Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln; Glückel ( translated with notes by Marvin Lowenthal)
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839;
    Kemble, Frances Anne
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1); French, Tana   
The Collini Case; Schirach, Ferdinand von (translator Anthea Bell)
The Crazed; Jin, Ha
Bodega Dreams; Quiñonez, Ernesto
In the Name of Salome; Álvarez, Julia
Tales of Faraway Places; Carlson, Melody   
East of the Mountains; Guterson, David

Where I Bought Them; What They Are
  The first two I purchased at  The Book Bower. Actually I went into town to renew my library card know.  The first is set during the post WW2 American occupation of Japan. Something to read for The Japanese Lit Challenge. The second is a little difficult. Refugees in Europe, but I'm not sure about the time period. Author seems to be Hungarian, writing in German.

 The rest are from the Friends of the Durham, Connecticut public library book sale. I went to the library to pick up a hold. The was a sign in the hall about the book sale close out "Bag of books $5." I had skipped the start of the book sale a week earlier. I didn't really think much would be left, but, heck, $5 and the bags were large grocery bags sooo...
 Ferrante is an author I've been meaning to try, Ha Jin and Julia Alverez are two authors I like but I haven't read either of these books.
 Some mysteries, a memoir, lots of translations, various locales (even the USA!), I'm going to like most of this. 
 There are three short story collections here, the two Latin American ones are sure things for me. the other one? It has it's own story...
 There was a gentleman browsing near me. We chatted a bit about our reading and our "finds." He pulled up Tales of Faraway Places and said it was short stories and I'd probably like it. Something about the way he said it made me think he may have been the person who donated it. So I put it in my bag. I really don't know if I want it but I wasn't going to fill up the bag anyway, so why question his suggestion?
 When I was finished, the bag was half full or half empty? Humm, it was at half capacity.  I could have picked up some marginal stuff, but I left it for others. It's not like I've nothing to read.

1 comment:

  1. That's such a cool story about picking a book based on how another book shopper talked about it. :)