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Throw Aways?

I think it’s amazing what people will throw away.

I started this blog as a “companion” to my bookstore, The Literary Heart, and to talk about books that have influenced me over the years. However, I’m breaking from that strategy for a minute to talk about how perplexing it is to me that books aren’t always viewed as valuable objects.

I know they’re just ink, paper, cardboard, and glue. But they’re also full of a person’s stories, dreams, yearnings, and imaginations. Someone took the time to sit in front of a typewriter, or word processor, or computer for hours at a time to gather their thoughts and turn them into something scary, wonderful, disturbing, informative, awe-inspiring, gorgeous, or sad. True…some of them are duds. There are some books that I will probably never pick up again. But what amazes me most, are the number of books I find in thrift stores, or on Craig’s List, in almost brand new condition with personal inscriptions from the authors of those books.

Does this mean that someone took the time to stand in line somewhere to wait, sometimes for hours, for this particular author to sign their book, only to toss it aside nonchalantly a few years later? If someone took the time to sit and sign their books, and I took the time to actually meet that person and get their signature on a book…I’m not sure I could ever get rid of it, even if it turns out I didn’t like the book after I read it. After all, I created a connection of sorts to that book and the person who created it.

Are we so wrapped up in disposing that we can sever that connection without a second thought?

I suppose so because, to date, I have found at least 6 books signed and/or inscribed by authors to someone. I wish I could find these people and ask them how they came across their books. Did they wait in line for signatures? Did someone who loved them buy them the books with the signature already there? Did they come across the book in a thrift store already signed and did they donate it back to the thrift store after reading it? Am I the only one who feels slightly offended at the idea that these items would be considered cast-offs?

I wonder how authors feel about it. Honestly, as a book seller, I hope the author’s signature boosts my sales and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like that. But at the same time, it makes me a little sad that someone’s story, along with something as personal as their signature, ends up on a thrift store shelf selling for less than a buck.

Anne Rice Sale!

In honor of her new, upcoming book The Wolf Gift, I’m putting ALL my Anne Rice books on sale for a week. I have 9 Anne Rice books and they are all 10% off until March 10, 2012. Just enter the words (with no spaces in between) ANNERICE in the coupon/discount code box when you check out.

Blood & Gold

Blood Canticle

Memnoch the Devil

Servant of the Bones

Taltos: Lives of the Mayfair Witches

The Vampire Armand

The Vampire Lestat


Vittorio the Vampire: New Tales of the Vampire

If you have any questions about any of the books, feel free to comment or write me at


Two Elmore Leonard Books for $10 and Free Shipping!

He’s had so many of his books made into films you’d have to know at least one of them. Here’s a few you might know: 3:10  to Yuma (1957 & 2007), Hombre (1967), 52 Pick-Up (1986), Get Shorty (1995), Jackie Brown (1997) and some television shows you might know like Justified (FX). I’ve only named a few because there are so many more. The great Elmore Leonard is a writing machine.

I’m selling two of his better known books for $10.00 and free shipping.

Rum Punch was retitled Jackie Brown for the movie made in 1997. Here’s a little description, “Jackie Burke’s future looks grim. She’s been a flight attendant for twenty years and she’s down to working for an island-hopping airline the day she lands at Palm Beach International with fifty grand and is taken into custody.” This book was published by Delacorte Press in 1992 and is a first edition, first printing.

The second book is Maximum Bob. This book was a television series back in 1998. It lasted for about 7 episodes and starred Beau Bridges. Here’s the description of the book, “Dale Crowe Junior told Kathy Baker, his probation officer, he didn’t see where he had done anything wrong. He had gone to the go-go bar to meet a buddy of his, had one beer, that’s all, while he was waiting, minding his own business and this go-go whore came up to his table and started giving him a private dance he never asked for.” This book was published by Delacorte Press in 1991 and is also a first edition, first printing.

Both books are in very good condition except for minor foxing (brown spots) across top edge of book and a few on the fore-edge. The dust jacket, or book cover, is in excellent condition with no rips, tears, or marks. Pages are nice and white with no writing or marks of any kind inside. Spines are straight and square. Bindings are tight. As mentioned, both are first editions, first printings. Neither book is  price clipped or remaindered. Neither book is a library copy nor are they book club editions.

These books will be on sale until they’re sold. If you’re interested leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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