Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Finds

Two new additions to my library this week, both bargain hardcovers I picked up at The New England Mobile Book Fair, my new favorite place.

First a little about the store. It's a huge warehouse of new and used books- up-to-the-minute releases and rooms and rooms of remainders and used books. The location is terrible- it's on the highway and completely inaccessible by public transportation- and the hours aren't much better- they close at 7 on weeknights and even earlier on the weekends- but what a place. It reminds me of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, one of my absolute favorite-est bookstores ever with its never-ending selection and tempting bargains. The children's remainders are incredible- a huge room of all kinds of first-quality kids books, arranged by title and most costing around $5. Love it!

On to the books. I think I acted with remarkable restraint, only buying two books. The first is Cynthia Ozick's Heir to the Glimmering World, about a young woman who goes to work for an eccentric Jewish family. One of their hangers-on is a young man who is heir to a children's-book fortune. The second is Marina Lewycka's Strawberry Fields, a follow up to her Booker-nominated A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, which I absolutely loved. I'm looking forward to both. In fact right now I have so many great books on my shelves I really don't know where to start! Maybe I'll run a poll and let you all pick one for me!