In the Book Buying Zone

by Miranda Brumbaugh in ,


Went to the book store this weekend, a low key used book/cd/video game/dvd store a few minutes away from my house. Hipsters running the register and a defunct coffee shop in the back, random photography for sale alongside those melted record bowl things you see at crackhead yard sales. 

The best kind of bookstore in my opinion. Am I alone on this one?

Now, to the nitty gritty.

List of purchases:

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This was a huge find of fate. I have had this book on my to-read list for years, but just this week I read an article on Huffington Post that said this book is one of the most popular to date.

So I went into the bookstore with this book heavy on my mind, hoping, just hoping, and lo and behold! In the last section I scoured, the Classic Literature section, what did I find but a beat up 1965 copy of "In Cold Blood."

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One of my favorite authors, I collect all things Thompson and they actually had three books there for sale. I already had one, and the other "The Great White Shark Hunt" is included in one of my compilation books of his works. Such a score, the bearded hipster at the register agreed.

This is the same guy who wrote "Cold Mountain," but this one's about the Cherokee people in the Appalachians. Will be using this for research for "In Deep."

The 1999 German Nobel Prize recipient for Literature also wrote "The Tin Drum," a book I Will finish at some point. I'm interested to read "Crabwalk" about Germans as victims during World War II following a Russian submarine attack.

This was the second greatest find of the trip. Originally published in 1843, this book details the extensive history of Mexico, from the Aztecs to Cortez. The first 70 odd pages are about the Aztecs' way of life and culture and the human sacrifices, all of which I have been searching for information for my background for my novel.

Total score for the team on this one!

In the Appendix there are copies of original documents used for the book, written 171 years ago might I remind you reader, such as "Advice of an Aztec mother to her daughter" and the "Description of the residence of Nezahualcoyotl at Tezcotzinco, extracted from Ixtlilxochitl's historia Chichimeca" in Spanish, as well as translated into English.

I also picked up a couple of Shel Silverstein books to go with my son's current "Sidewalks" copy. These will be added to his Christmas gifts. Oh, and lest I forget the 3D shark book I got for him today, which he reminded me before bed that we haven't read yet. Tomorrow, hopefully for him.

When's the last time you adopted a book from a used bookstore (and no I do not mean Amazon, people)? A real, dust and dandruff establishment. What books did you score?