PEOPLE COULD LOOSE THEIR LIVES IN LIBRARIES. THEY OUGHT TO BE WARNED. - Saul Bellow
Just returned home from a trip to the library. I had requested a book from another branch in the very extensive interconnecting conduit of the county I live in. The library system is linked to several other counties in the state of Mississippi including Ole Miss! Very impressive. I still long for a Memphis Public library card though. And I will have it in time. Mark my words!
The book is a 1934 edition of Einstein's "The World as I see it". I am blown away by the condition of the book which is very bad! you could not sell it on Amazon. If you did you would have to note that the spine is broken, front and back, the book is cracked, front and back, no dust jacket, loose pages and lot's of pen marks, bent pages and underlining. A mess! It should be out of circulation, but then again, it was the only copy in the system! Lucky me. Imagine the number of people who have held this book?
I came from " J C Fant Memorial Library, Miss. Sate college for Women, Columbia MS".
It is second from the top of my current pile of books to read in the next several weeks.
1) Norwegian Wood -Haruki Murakami. Also borrowed from another regional library in Kosciusko, Ms. Must be read and returned by Aug 2nd, so it is first. Read somewhere that this is a very cool book. I shall report back if it indeed is cool and how long it takes me to read it.
2) The world as I see it - second because it also is from another branch and must be read by Aug 9th (I think!)
The rest in no particular order...
As I lay Dying - Wm Faulkner. Because I have just begun reading Faulkner and he is mind blowing good (so far)
The Crimson Petal and the White - Michael Farber - recommended in a book a just read (non-fiction!)
Stuffed - Adventures of a restaurant family - Patricia Volk.
Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue Irish back story and I heard it was very good
Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain - because I almost picked up this book at a Goodwill and thought instead of shelling out $2.99 I would check out of the library. Actually it was Kitchen Confidential but my library did not have it on the shelf so I grabbed this one.
That's seven books I give myself three weeks to read! Let's see if I can do it!
Do you purchase books? Amazon? Book store? Or do you head to the library?