Sunday, June 14, 2009
Many people were wondering what I bought on my four trips to Powell's. Well, here you go.
Actually, this pile doesn't tell the complete story. I also bought The Hunger Games, The Only True Genius in the Family and The Last Beach Bungalow, all of which I read on my vacation and then sold back before I left. I also read and sold back A Widow's Season, which I found at a Hood River bookstore along with The Island of Eternal Love. In Europe was a Book Bin purchase, the Book Bin being conveniently located across the street from the restaurant in Salem where I met bethany for dinner.
With the exception of Kinky Gazpacho, The Hunger Games and The Only True Genius in the Family, none of the books were on my "books I want" list. I discovered them browsing, particularly in Powell's Red and Green Rooms. The Red Room being the location of the most awesome aisle of travel writing I have ever seen. And the Green Room has sales tables. Who can resist sales tables?
Powell's is a dangerous place. Although if I was better at math I could tell you how much I saved by not paying sales tax, which is 8.25% at my local bookstores. And yes, that's the excuse I keep using to make myself feel better.