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What did YOU buy today?

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Edited: Jun 1, 2007, 9:55am Top

"Flak Towers in Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna" and Yefim Gordon's book on Yakolev jet twin-engine warplanes showed up yesterday from Amazon.

Edited: Jun 1, 2007, 9:20pm Top

Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola by Paulette Jiles and The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst Alan Furst's latest just came out in paperback and I really liked Enemy Women by Jiles

Jun 1, 2007, 11:30pm Top

At Copperfield's in Calistoga, CA. this evening...

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterston
Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Jun 2, 2007, 5:48am Top

Found some book tokens that we'd intended to give as a christmas present last year, so took myself down to the 3 for 2 at Waterstone's:

The life and Times of the Thunderbolt kid by Bill Bryson
Chart throb by Ben Elton (half price - not in the 3 for 2)
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Tescopoly by Andrew Simms

Might be a while until I get round to reading them as the TBR pile is quite large

Jun 2, 2007, 10:21am Top

Today I bought:
Briefe an eine junge Frau by Rilke;
Landarbeid by Guillaume van der Graft (Dutch poetry);
Een liefde by Ed. Hoornik (Dutch poetry).

Yesterday I ordered the missing vol. 6 of Plato's Sämtliche Werke from a German antiquarian bookseller via ChooseBooks.com.

Jun 2, 2007, 12:04pm Top

Yard sales are flourishing on the Peninsula this sunny morning & I discovered a table of .25 paperbacks. Brought home the following:
A Painted House - Grisham
Homeplace - Anne Rivers Siddons
One flew over the cuckoo's nest - Ken Kesey (saw the movie but never read the book)
Kinflicks - Lisa Alther (one of the funniest books I ever read & will give to daughter
Peace like a river - Leif Engler
River Horse William Least-Heat moon (liked his Blue highways
Strange fits of passion - Anita Shreve
The riddle of St. Leonard's - Candace Robb(Hope this lives up to its blurbs)
Touchstones are a bit off but don't know how to correct.

Edited: Jun 2, 2007, 8:14pm Top

As a Richard Brautigan fan for many years, I just bought You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir by Ianthe Brautigan.

I count this as a great find (from a used book store) because it's been on my wish list for a very long time.

Jun 2, 2007, 11:20pm Top

Tigana and The Last Light of the Sun, both by Guy Gavriel Kay. I had a 20% off coupon for Chapters, so I figured I'd splurge. I've now got all Kay's books except Ysabel, which is still in hardcover. I figure I'll go on a nice big binge read soon.

Jun 3, 2007, 8:46am Top

Jun 3, 2007, 8:37pm Top

Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles came home with me today from the local Barnes & Noble. A friend has been urging me to read it for a while, and I finally gave in and bought a copy.

Jun 3, 2007, 9:07pm Top

#8 SqueakyChu - Richard Brautigan has been my favorite author since I was about 14 (that's over 3 decades ago). His cadence - whether in his novels or poetry - spoke so sensuously to me. Still does.

Jun 3, 2007, 9:26pm Top

Chasing Hubbles's Shadows by Jeff Kanipe

Edited: Jun 4, 2007, 4:14am Top

I got Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile and the second volume as well, quite interesting take on fairytale characters. Basically in the first volume, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast is having marriage counselling because he keeps turning back into a beast when his wife is angry, also, Snow White has divorced Prince Charming because he cheated on her with her sister. I've read Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall so I have a pretty good idea of the past of many of the characters. Anyway, I got the first volume for $10AUS as well as the second for $14AUS, which was quite cheap compared to the individual Sandman Volumes. The reason for this might be Australia's economy growing, but you should always try your luck in a bookshop.

Jun 4, 2007, 4:16am Top

Sorry, I edited it because it formerly said "Snow White has divorced Prince Charming for cheating on her with his sister". As this was not true to the text (and just plain wrong, eww... incest) I had to do something.

Jun 4, 2007, 8:41am Top

At my favorite stall:
Euripides' Orestes in a bilingual (Greek-French) edition;

two books of Dutch poetry dating from the early '40s:
Klimmende legenden by Simon Vestdijk
Masscheroen 1941 by W.A.P. Smit;

two books by the 17th c. Dutch poet and engraver Jan Luiken:
Beschouwing der wereld (vol. 2 of 2) and De bykorf des gemoeds (also vol. 2 of 2).

Edited: Jun 4, 2007, 9:22am Top

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Bleuroses, it's quite nice to find another fan of Richard Brautigan. For some reason, perhaps the one you mentioned, I collect only this author's books. Of those which I do collect, I only take the ones in pristine condition from used book stores. Something about the Brautigan mystique, I think.

Another odd thing...I've not read them all. I find I do that sometimes with favorite authors...not wanting there to be no more books to read. Since Brautigan is no longer alive, that would be true...except for the fact that I love the style of Ianthe's book. It's much in her father's way of writing. Have you read it? I'm reading it very, very slowly just to savor it. The last Brautigan book I read was In Watermelon Sugar. It made me wistful for being young again and living in the perhaps naive, but idealistic times of Brautigan's popularity and my young adulthood.

My daughter, at 20 years old a college student, a few years ago started appropriating my Brautigan books and moving them to her room! :-( I quickly reclaimed them and told her she needed to replace those books with copies of her own. She tried to do that with my copy of The Little Prince as well. I'm glad to see, though, that the same authors tug at our heartstrings. :-)

Jun 4, 2007, 3:59pm Top

I must say, when you wrote about your daughter 'appropriating' your Brautigan's made me laugh... had I had a daughter, I think that would be so very cool - but I'd still want them back!

In Watermelon Sugar was the first book I read of his - in that glorious summer of innocence with nothing but with time and sunshine, county fairs and salt & vinegar chips to endulge in.

In 1996, the Richard Brautigan Library in Burlington, Vermont, was still alive and well. Of course, it was a 'pilgramage' for me - and yes, the bookends were mayonaise jars.

I've browsed through Ianthe's book with hesitancy as I'd like to keep her father's work and life in my rose coloured memory.

Edited: Jun 4, 2007, 8:29pm Top

A pretty eclectic mix today from thrift stores:

Door Wide Open by Joyce Johnson, apparently a woman's perspective of the beat years and correspondence with Jack Keruac before he was famous.

Also, Bloodsucking Fiends to round out my Christopher Moore collection,

and finally.....The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly, an author I've been meaning to try.

Now to nestle into the couch....

Edited: Jun 4, 2007, 8:36pm Top

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I've browsed through Ianthe's book with hesitancy as I'd like to keep her father's work and life in my rose coloured memory.

Bleuroses, I'm about halfway through Ianthe's book. It's not a disturbing book at all. To the contrary. So far, I can see that she loved her dad very much and was pretty shaken that she could have done nothing to prevent his death.

So far (because I don't know what the second half of the book will bring), I've really been enjoying "getting to know" Richard Brautigan through the writing of someone who was so close to him. He seems to have been the person and lived the life that I thought he would have.

I'll keep you posted as to whether I think it would be okay for you to read it. I must agree that rose coloured memories are the best. :-)

Jun 4, 2007, 8:37pm Top

You are very sweet, squeakychu. I shall await your review, indeed.

Jun 4, 2007, 8:37pm Top

I was looking for another book, but so what?

I came home with The Lover by A.B. Yehoshua, a noted Israeli author.

Jun 6, 2007, 9:56am Top

Euro Deco showed up from Alibris today.

Jun 6, 2007, 3:30pm Top

Well, a copy of a little book called Science of Breath came home with me today. I also received the copy of Integral Spirituality: a Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World today that a friend of mine had ordered for me.

Jun 6, 2007, 3:35pm Top

I picked up a book called Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood for 25 cents at the YMCA today on my lunch. It looked kind of interesting.

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Jun 6, 2007, 5:35pm Top

Since I found out about BookMooch.com a very short while ago, I've snagged Mrs. Dalloway, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse, Made in America, The Invention of Love, two French classics actually in French (which can be hard to find in California), Maurice...

If I was anxious to begin my summer reading before, now it's a physical ache.

Jun 6, 2007, 9:22pm Top

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I sent you a private comment (as I am getting to be a bit off topic on this thread). You Can't Catch Death is a definite *must read* for any fan of Richard Brautigan. I finished the book this evening.

Jun 6, 2007, 11:59pm Top

Today I picked up The Messiah of Morris Avenue by Tony Hendry, Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito, and The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen. I picked up the latter because it turns out my husband doesn't know quite a few fairy tales. I'm trying to remember which rock I pulled him out from under.

Jun 7, 2007, 6:30am Top

If you like Fairy Tales, the graphic novels of Fables are good at bringing old tales to a modern audience, as the books tell of the characters of these Fairy Tales lives after the happy ending. Some happy endings worked out, some didn't.

If your husband does not know Fairy Tales, at least he's not my old English teacher who hasn't even seen the original Star Wars movies. There's hope for your hubby yet, Zeesosa, get him reading!

Jun 8, 2007, 1:07pm Top

Today given a copy of Carol Anne Duffy Out of Fashion by a dear friend as an early birthday present. I still haven't got round to cataloguing here the 30 books I bought in Hay when I was down for the festival last week. That's not nearly as bad as some visits....

Jun 8, 2007, 4:31pm Top

Picked up Oliver Twist and Pride and Prejudice in a little bookshop today. I am discovering an interest in the classics of literature.

Jun 8, 2007, 8:33pm Top

After my recent orgy at McKay's Used Books in Knoxville, I should have my knuckles rapped for this, but I went to Borders with a coupon and came home with the latest Robert B. Parker, Spare Change, and Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle. Life is sweet. ( I managed not to buy Finn, a novel and The Yiddish Policeman's Union, although I suspect both will eventually come to live here as well.)

Jun 9, 2007, 1:37pm Top

I picked up some useful items at an estate sale today: Bataan: Our Last Ditch, The Polish Campaign, World War II Fighting Jets, and The Brown Water Navy.

Jun 9, 2007, 2:05pm Top

I went to the $3 a bag book sale for The Homeless Pet Adoption Network this morning. I bought about 2 crates of books which I'll add later to my LT catalog. I'm almost afraid to see what all is in there:)

Jun 9, 2007, 2:39pm Top

Went to Costco for dishwasher detergent and Vitamin D tablets. Also bought Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessi and Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Touchstone has the wrong author on Thirteen Moons

Jun 9, 2007, 3:17pm Top

I found a copy of Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander at a garage sale. I'm looking forward to reading it; he's always been a very important author for me, but somehow I've never read more than a handfull of his books. Time to remedy that.

I also bought four travel guides, (for Venice, Singapore, Brittany, and generally entertaining European vacations), for my father for Father's Day. My parents have been doing a lot of travelling lately.

Jun 10, 2007, 12:26am Top

My purchase yesterday:

A Winter Haunting, by Dan Simmons - A lucky find at a bargain hardcover section of a bookstore. I haven't read any of his novels, but this book looks interesting. =)

Jun 10, 2007, 11:30am Top

The joy's of having a partner who checks your 'wishlist' tag when shopping for birthday gifts. I have just received:

Either Side of Winter by Benjamin Markovits
Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
The Seige of Venice by Jonathan Keates
Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love by Charles Nevin
The Instant Cook by Donna Hay
The Fish Store by Lindsey Bareham
Julia & Julia by Julie Powell
Blake Records by G.E. Bentley
and Japan by Hiroji Kubota.

I shall have to start populating that wishlist again in time for Christmas (it won't be difficult!)

Edited: Jun 10, 2007, 12:09pm Top

Jun 10, 2007, 2:39pm Top

The Marine Corps University had a book sale today and I acquired Shinano, The Independence Light Aircraft Carriers, The Siegfried Line Campaign, and The Ardennes. I probably should have done better but there you go.

Edited: Jun 14, 2007, 4:43am Top

And lo Amazon delivers forth more books:

Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini
Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
Teach yourself NLP by Steve Bavister

I'm job hunting at the moment so maybe i'll utilise the evil tricks from these books on my interrogators!

Jun 14, 2007, 9:02am Top

Not quite today, but in the last few days:
Two books in Dutch:
Albert Vogel; romantische voordrachtskunst by H. de Boer en Proeve in strategie by Wanda Koopman.
The first one is a book from 1907 about an actor best known for his readings of literary works. His son, also called Albert, and his daughter Ellen were also famous actors.
Wanda Koopman was the pen name the poet Sonja Prins used for her first book of poetry. Her later books were published under her own name. I thought she was almost forgotten, but last year a selection of her poems was published.
Monday I found Credos and Curios of James Thurber, a Penguin edition of 1969.
Tuesday volume VI of Plato's Sämtliche Werke arrived from Antiquariat Lavande-Noir in Germany.
Yesterday I bought Barnaby Rudge, Collin's Illustrated Pocket Classics, nr. 29, of 1925 and an Dutch translation of Klabund's Kreidekreis.

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Jun 14, 2007, 9:35am Top

I just purchased from amazon Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff and The Hindenburg Murders by Max Allen Collins. I had listened to this years ago as a audio book and loved it.

Jun 15, 2007, 3:39am Top

Yay! Fresh from Witches Abroad, I just received Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant today from an online seller. =)

Jun 15, 2007, 2:01pm Top

3 trade papaerbacks from the used book store. (I brought in a bag of books for donation so there will be room on my shelves. LOL
Icy Sparks
All he ever wanted
Coming of age in the Milky Way

Jun 15, 2007, 3:12pm Top

I received a book off my wish list on Bookins (so I didn't really buy, I swapped for it, though I paid postage, does that count?). I can't wait to read it, and btw, I first learned of this author in another forum post here on LT.

Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease by Paul W. Ewald (this book doesn't seem to have a touchstone)

Jun 16, 2007, 1:52pm Top

{Little Earthquakes} by Jennifer Weiner for 50 cents from the library.

Jun 16, 2007, 8:31pm Top

Thunder Run and Marines on the Ground showed up the other day.

Jun 18, 2007, 2:29am Top

I had a 20% off token for Borders, which seemed as good an excuse as any to buy a guidebook for the holiday I'm starting to dream about. Somehow along with the Thailand (Footprint Travel Guide) I also managed to acquire Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday and The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. So much for forswearing bookshopping until the unread pile has diminished slightly.

Edited: Jun 18, 2007, 7:58am Top

At the weekly book market:
A bilingual selection from the Carmina Burana and The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats.

Jun 18, 2007, 8:04am Top

Friday I picked up Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs for my friend's birthday along with a new Beast Quest book for my 7 year old.

I also received a call that the book, Demon Moon by Meljean Brook I ordered from the book store near where I work is in. I'll be picking it up on my lunch today.

Edited: Jun 18, 2007, 11:49am Top

henkl, I love the Carmina Burana. I have to look for a blingual edition Latin/English, though, 'cause my German is very basic and almost totally forgotten.

Jun 18, 2007, 2:00pm Top

aluvalibri, the book I bought is a bilingual edition Latin/Dutch; I'm afraid that wouldn't be much of a help?

Jun 18, 2007, 5:34pm Top

But thanks anyway, henkl.

Jun 18, 2007, 5:37pm Top

I just ordered "Fagan the Jew" by Will Eisner and Viscount William Slim's memoirs of World War II

Jun 19, 2007, 5:31am Top

I just got my copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. am very thrilled :)

Jun 19, 2007, 10:17am Top

I didn't really buy it.

I found Freud's Abriss der Psychoanalyse with Das Unbehagen in der Kultur in the €0.50 case outside my favorite used books store. When I went in to pay, they let me have it for free. They are really nice people.

Jun 19, 2007, 2:44pm Top

Despite having a TBR stack of over 100 books, I placed an order with Bookcloseouts.com for the following:

The Vampire Files (Volumes 1 & 2) - omnibus editions of P. N. Elrod's Jack Fleming stories.
The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson
The Return of Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
Anonymous Rex/Casual Rex Omnibus by Eric Garcia

As if that weren't enough, I gave in to the siren song of Borders and their summer reading sale (by 3 get the 4th free), and bought the following at lunch today:

A Dirty Job and Lamb by Christopher Moore
Can't Wait to get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan

I'm reading 3 to 4 books a week, but I'm bringing them in faster than I can read them. HELP!!

**some of the touchstones didn't want to load correctly**

Jun 20, 2007, 4:41am Top

I found a brand-new hardcover copy of New Magics, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, in a stack of bargain books last Saturday. Happy find! =)

Jun 25, 2007, 1:36pm Top

At the weekly book market:

Noodlot, a novel by Louis Couperus;
Wanneer mijn vader sterft, laat mij dan staan, selected poems of Simon Vestdijk;
De Gravin Catalene, dutch translation of Yeats' Countess Cathleen by A. Roland Holst ;
Aristophanes' De vogels (The Birds);
Euripides' Herakles ; Iphigeneia in Aulis.

Edited: Jun 25, 2007, 8:50pm Top

This afternoon I picked up my copy of Barbara Kingsolver's newest book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

Jun 25, 2007, 7:02pm Top

Nothing beats exhaustion like going into a bookstore and discovering some new books!( having the discount card helps)
I bought
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Heat by Bill Buford
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander and
New Directions in Altered Books by Gabe Cyr.

Jun 28, 2007, 7:59am Top

This morning I bought:

Stegen van stilte : een keuze uit 100 jaar moderne Perzische poëzie, an anthology of modern Persian poetry in Dutch translations; a fine addition to my small collection of classical Persian poetry.

Jun 28, 2007, 10:19am Top

today I bought 'A Moveable Feast' by Hemingway, I have wanted to for ages and even though Borders can be a rip off I indulged myself. I am going to Paris in August and would like the feel of the place in his book of an emerging writer..

Jun 30, 2007, 8:22am Top

At an estate sale yesterday I picked up "Russia's Air Power in Crisis" and "The Greek Epic, 1940-1941."

Jun 30, 2007, 9:12am Top

I got some books from Ebay. Wolf by Albert Payson Terhune, Lasso your Heart by Betty Cavanna, and Double Standards by Patsey Gray. I also got Bluegrass by Borden Deal from a person at Bookcrossing.

Jun 30, 2007, 11:02am Top

Picked up 1066: The Year of the Conquest for a dollar at the local library book sale.

Jun 30, 2007, 11:03am Top

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Jun 30, 2007, 11:23am Top

Our group to establish a library on the peninsula has a book sale going over this holiday week-end. I just returned with
The big change America from 1900 - 1950 by Frederick Lewis Allen.
A sturdy copy of Rebecca so my daughter can read it.
The years of the locust Loula Erdman
The girl in a swing Richard Adams
The Flame trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley (saw part of the TV series, but not all)
Rumor Godden's In this house of Brede read many years ago.
All nice hard cover editions. Also 4 paperback Mary Higgens Clark for my grand daughter.

Jul 1, 2007, 4:08pm Top

June '07 is closed, see July '07.

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