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It's Black Friday. Oh...YEAH. 
24th-Nov-2006 02:25 pm
Raise your hand if you went shopping today! XD

Well, in lieu of the stereotypical mall mob behavior, yours truly did an estate sale...and walked out with a nice box of books once belonging to literature major of the same age and first name as my mother for a sweet THREE BUCKS:

(left to right, bottom to top)
Point Counter Point / Aldous Huxley
Confessions of Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man / Thomas Mann
Chimera / John Barth
As a Man Grows Older / Italo Svevo
The Man Without Qualities / Robert Musil
A Handful of Dust AND Decline and Fall / Evelyn Waugh
*Brideshead Revisited / Evelyn Waugh
*Men at Arms AND Officers and Gentlemen / Evelyn Waugh
Napoleon Symphony / Anthony Burgess
The End of the Road John Barth

A Shropshire Lad / A. E. Housman
Looking for Mr. Goodbar / Judith Rossner
The Heart of the Matter / Graham Greene
Gertrude / Hermann Hesse
The Journey to the East / Hermann Hesse
If the War Goes On... / Hermann Hesse
Nostromo / Joseph Conrad

Sword of Honor Trilogy / Evelyn Waugh
The I Ching
Something Happened / Joseph Heller
Swann's Way / Marcel Proust
Steppenwolf / Hermann Hesse

The Spire / William Golding
The Glass Bead Game / Hermann Hesse
Justine, Philosophy of the Bedroom, and Other Writings / Marquis de Sade
Comix Underground USA (in Spanish)
*Chronicles of Narnia Boxset

*books I'm not planning on keeping

And then we stopped just long enough at Borders for me to vacuum up (as in me practically snatching it out of the hands of the poor retail slave restocking the shelves) the VERY LAST $19.99 copy of the House Season 1 DVD Boxset before heading home again. *_____*
24th-Nov-2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure which raises my envy more. The pile of books or the dvd. Which you got for an incredible price^_^
24th-Nov-2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
*grins* I've been waiting and waiting and WAITING for the right price for the House DVDs--and FINALLY!!! ^__^

But, yeah. She had a LOT of "great" literature books. (Though DAMN HER for throwing away the dustjackets...! *grr* ) There were six+ more boxes where that came from. If you ignore the fact that they're all some thirty years old and musty, estate sales can be a great way of getting good reading material.
24th-Nov-2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I've noticed that Amazon raised the prices on almost all their dvds, no doubt anticipating Christmas shopping.

I've had to resist the urge to throw them sometimes. Especially when they result in the book not sitting properly on the shelf.
24th-Nov-2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Throw what? Dustjackets? THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!

See now, most brick and mortar stores will lower their prices around the holidays--the competition is so fierce. Guess Amazon knows they won't get the bulk of the holiday shoppers...
24th-Nov-2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, the dustjackets. But I saw sense in the end^_^
24th-Nov-2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
I don't see why dustjackets would've kept your books from standing on the shelves correctly, though...?
24th-Nov-2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
I had some books with dustjackets that were bigger than the books themselves. Which is rather strange.
24th-Nov-2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Bigger? As in taller? Or just longer? 'Cause if they're longer, you can just refold 'em so that they wrap around the book tighter. I do that all the time.
24th-Nov-2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Taller. I wonder why someone would make it that way. Or maybe paper grows after a while^_^
24th-Nov-2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
It must've been trimmed incorrectly. You sometimes see ones that are marginally shorter, too. Just let 'em rise above the top of the book, I say. :P
25th-Nov-2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Point Counter Point is my favourite of Aldous Huxley's novels.
Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust AND Decline and Fall are both delightful. Decline and Fall is one of his funniest books.
Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter is fantastic. Proust I adore. Justine by Marquis de Sade is on my To Read List since I read Angela Carter's wonderful book on de Sade (The Sadeian Woman).
25th-Nov-2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Haha, congrats on getting the great House deal! Alas that there weren't any really good book sales around, and most of the stuff I was looking for was so esoteric that even the big bookstores didn't have them in stock u_u. So...back to Amazon.com, it is.
25th-Nov-2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
most of the stuff I was looking for was so esoteric that even the big bookstores didn't have them in stock

*curious* What sorts of things do you look for?
25th-Nov-2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I was actually trying to find a collection of essays by Leo Strauss on the Sympsosium, which you wouldn't imagine would be so difficult to find, seeing as how he's a pretty well-known author, but of the bookstores I went to only one of them even had any of his books there at all (and the other somehow grouped their philosophy section in with religion >_O?)
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