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Thought I’d cheer myself up and visit a book sale tent. This one, in fact. Didn’t realize my daughter had taken a photograph.

But I stopped on the way back from the doc’s office. I was browsing, my arm going slowly numb from the addition of books and asked if the man at the register would mind if I just stacked the books to the side.

“You schoolteachers,” he said, shaking his head.

“Why do you think I’m a schoolteacher?” I ask, eyes narrowed and suspicious. Damn, I knew these new glasses were too Lisa Loeb.

“Well, you’re buying all these weird subjects. You’re not a schoolteacher?”

I shake my head no. “I like to read.”

“Oh, you’re a genius, then.”

I didn’t know what to say to that. He called me a genius several more times. Wouldn’t categorize myself as a genius for liking to read across the board, but I was oddly flattered. He then picked up one of the books I bought and said it had only been purchased by women. He wondered if I found it as odd as he did.

So, here are my great finds and prices. All hardbacks in excellent condition. Can you spot the book he picked out?

A Pictorial History of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for 4.99.

Psychics, The Investigators and Spies who use Paranormal Powers for 5.99.

Space Almanac 2.99.

The Choice: Evolution or Extinction? for 1.99.

Guardians of the Lights, Stories of U.S. Lighthouse Keepers for 2.99.

Scientology, The Fundamentals of Thought for 2.99.

Weirdos, Winos & Defrocked Priests for 1.99.

The Companion to 20th Century Music for 2.99.

Jefferson’s Demons, Portrait of a Restless Mind for 5.99.

Something in the Blood, The Underground World of Today’s Vampires for 4.99.

Codeine Diary, A Memoir for 2.99.

Sufi Symolism for 1.99

43 bucks for 12 hardbacks. Today got better. 🙂

Update: Let’s make this fun. The winner gets to pick a blog topic for me. Be nice now.


  1. April 18, 2006    

    I’m salivating over some of those titles.

    Perhaps you can give us updated photos of that bookshelf in your office?

  2. April 18, 2006    

    I’m going with Weirdos, Winos & Defrocked Priests.

    I love finding books like that! I also love OLD books. By old I mean 100+ years old. I’ve got a sweet collection here and love reading them.

    X, your drool is dropping on me! Stop it! hehe

  3. April 18, 2006    

    What I need to do is find that Poe book I have. I can’t remember the publishing date, but I’m thinking it might have been after Poe’s death which would make it “not” original. It’s old though.

    These books won’t make the shelves until thoroughly thumbed.

    Dana, I’m going to leave this up a couple of days and see who gets it correct. 🙂

  4. April 18, 2006    

    I’m with Dana. Weirdos wins it.

  5. Jen Jen
    April 18, 2006    

    My vote goes to “Psychics, The Investigators and Spies who use Paranormal Powers.”

  6. April 18, 2006    

    I’m going with:

    Scientology, The Fundamentals of Thought

    In honor of the KAT of TOMKAT and BROOKE SHIELDS, who both had baby girls today weighing in at 7 pds 20 oz.

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  8. April 18, 2006    

    I added an incentive. The winner gets to pick a blog topic for me to write about. Any topic. Get creative… not that creative Dana! Or should I be worrying about Heather? Come to think of it, most of my friends who check back are ornery souls…

    Yeah, I changed the pic. I did look like a smart-ass in the last one. My husband chose his favorites and this was one of them.

  9. April 18, 2006    

    Guess I should be thankful that Gena hasn’t been hanging around here lately. (wg)

  10. April 18, 2006    

    I’ll go with the Space Almanac.

  11. April 18, 2006    

    rationalizing to myself here…men don’t as a rule want to read about other men in precarious situations/lifestyles, so that means “priests”…

    but then how many would be interested in jefferson’s demons? – or psychics? – lol

    I’ll go with Weirdos, Winos & Defrocked Priests.

  12. April 18, 2006    

    Hmmm… the control of picking a topic on Rinda’s blog. Oh the possibilities! hahahahahaha!

    I too want to know the publishing date of your Poe book. Verra interesting indeed!

    Ok, word verification got weirder: zrgnguyo

  13. April 18, 2006    

    Oh, love the new pic too!

  14. April 18, 2006    

    Lyn, how could anyone not be interested in Jefferson’s demons? I just about tackled someone for this book. (g)

    I walked through Monticello once. Not sure why that’s relevant, but it was quite an experience.

    I’m in no way saying whether this is the correct answer or not, btw. I’m just wide awake tonight and goofing off instead of writing like I should be.

    Part of a quote on the back of this book, “This is Jefferson in flesh and blood, in mind and soul, a man haunted by the sights, smells, ideas, obsessions, of his own age.”

    It’s the darker side of Jefferson’s genius.

    Bonnie, the Space Almanac is freaking cool!! It’s thick and I’m figuring out that flipping it open to any page gives a writer ideas…

    A writer who should be writing right now.

  15. April 19, 2006    

    I’m guessing

    Something in the Blood, The Underground World of Today’s Vampires for 4.99.

    Vampires seem to be a big deal in chic lit. Specifically paranormal erotica.

    I can only guess it has something to do with fantasies of being dominated… it’s just a guess…

    I feel illiterate around people like you and x-dell.

    You speak on a topic and then mention some obscure writer I’ve never heard of…

    You bought twelve hardbacks and you’ll read them in what? a months? a week?

    I make it through one book a month and I’m pleased…

  16. April 19, 2006    

    I want to make it through the books in a week, but I’m too busy to read like that now. I used to. I used to read two nonfiction books a week and a fiction every day. Before kids. Before writing. This translates into a long, long time ago. (g)

    Wait, Doc– aren’t you like a scientist or something? Illiterate? I think not. (I’m wondering what most of my romance writing friends here would say about your last post on advice for men about women… muwhahahahaha)

    I’m loving everyone’s rationalizations for the book a man wouldn’t read btw…

  17. April 19, 2006    

    Oooh, am I too late to guess? I’m going to say:
    Psychics, The Investigators and Spies who use Paranormal Powers

    Or maybe:
    Something in the Blood, The Underground World of Today’s Vampires (and by the way, I want to borrow this one…)

    Does it count if I make two guesses? When are you going to announce the winner?

  18. April 19, 2006    

    I’ll announce tomorrow. Then I have to figure out what to do if there is more than one winner. sigh I may have to devote more than one day to these topics.

    I started that vampire book last night. Very interesting…

  19. April 19, 2006    

    The Companion to 20th Century Music for 2.99.

    For no particular reason. Just a random guess.

  20. April 19, 2006    

    Well, just had to say this is a great blog. I check in occasionally and always find something good. 🙂

    Christine Rimmer

  21. April 19, 2006    

    oh girlfriend I personally would have tackled YOU for that book – I just couldn’t see a man doing it – lol…well…maybe YOU he’d tackle. you’re pretty hot. *wink*

  22. April 20, 2006    

    Would it be the Pictorial History of FDR? Some of the men I know aren’t interested seeing photos, they just want the facts. I’d love to borrow the Psychics, The Investigators and Spies who use Paranormal Powers. When I finish my WIP, I’ll be working on a book with a psychic.

  23. April 20, 2006    

    Hi Christine! It was good seeing you Saturday and I’m glad you like the blog. 🙂

    You know Christine and Lyn both put the name, Rinda, in their books. Christine’s was even a tall Viking… wonder where she got that idea.

    I think it’s time to get that name on the cover of my own, eh? (g)

  24. April 20, 2006    

    Is that book tent one that is there all the time? Where is it located?

  25. April 20, 2006    

    It’s not there all the time, no. Don’t know how long it will be there either. They do have a lot of cookbooks and stuff for kids in there.

    I’ll email the address to you.

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