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 Post subject: What books have you recently acquired?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:12 pm 
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Consider this thread the other side of the "Currently Reading" coin. RM's version of that Nick Hornby column at the back of every issue of The Believer. I know I'm not the only one here that compulsively purchases (or downloads, or checks out) books. Feel free to share what you're stockpiling and hoarding, bookworms. This thread is the place for that.

From a recent haul at Half Price Books:

Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, by Tracy Daugherty
This hardcover was only $3.49! Even if it was closer to the standard $9.99 that hardcovers go for at HPB, I'd probably grab this even though I've never read a word from Barthelme. Two reasons: 1. Having recently finished that DFW biography, I made a note to check him out in the near future. 2. Lots of Houston landmarks cropping up in the index of this book.

Drown, by Junot Diaz
I saw him read a week ago to a packed theater in downtown Houston, and was intrigued enough to check out a few of his short stories. He's voice turned me off at first with all of it's juvenile cursing and street slang, but as the reading progressed, things became more and more interesting. I'm willing to give some of his stories a try. I did like "Miss Lora" when it was published in The New Yorker a few months ago, after all.

How To Be Alone, by Jonathan Franzen
I'm surprised that I haven't purchased this already. I've picked it up a million times and almost bought it, but then I would always find something else instead (almost always fiction). Finally own this, and will probably dive into it soon.


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A Secret History Of The IRA by Ed Moloney

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Where'd you purchase this from, Pete?


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I bought it after watching a CNN special on an archive project by Boston College that houses audio interviews with people involved in The Troubles.

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I may have to check it out. The only real issue that I have with Half Price Books is that with books like these, sometimes their stacks are hard to navigate. An ever-changing inventory makes asking a clerk for help impossible.


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I recently got this for free from the publisher:

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There. I've ruined the thread.

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 Post subject: Re: What books have you recently purchased?
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Maybe the thread should be about recently acquired books? Or are you interested only in actual purchases, Reid?

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Not at all. Are you getting these books directly from the publisher because of your writing?


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I've only got a couple of freebies so far, but yeah, that's the reason.

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I've only got a couple of freebies so far, but yeah, that's the reason.

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A Secret History Of The IRA by Ed Moloney


that sounds good


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Four children's books, two by Oliver Jeffers and two by Jon Klassen.


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I almost never buy books anymore. Part of that is because I work in a library, and part is because my father is something of a book-hoarder (5,000+books), so I've sort of been turned off of buying books. I only buy a book after I've read it and if I find myself constantly thinking about it or wanting to go back and reference it. I recently bought Herzog on Herzog. I regret not buying this book of photographs of weird mustaches that Salvadoir Dali designed. I think about that little book a lot. I really hope I see it again someday.

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I keep going to the back corner of the used bookstore in our library and finding books I've wanted for $.25. They're generally in good condition as well.

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The Argonaut wrote:
I almost never buy books anymore. Part of that is because I work in a library, and part is because my father is something of a book-hoarder (5,000+books), so I've sort of been turned off of buying books. I only buy a book after I've read it and if I find myself constantly thinking about it or wanting to go back and reference it. I recently bought Herzog on Herzog. I regret not buying this book of photographs of weird mustaches that Salvadoir Dali designed. I think about that little book a lot. I really hope I see it again someday.

Hey, take it to the What books do you regret not purchasing? thread!

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Dev wrote:
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Ecce Homo by Nietzsche
and Violence by Slazoj Zizek


watch out for that nut Zizek, he's a dizzying array of wildly entertaining and often quite maddening rhetorical strategies that are deployed in order to beguile, browbeat, dumbfound, dazzle, confuse, mislead, overwhelm, and generally subdue the reader into acceptance.


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This is my thread. I have so many unread books in my apartment. Mostly huge tomes of collected poems by various avants.

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I don't see the point of buying books you may never get around to reading. So what's the social significance of buying books?

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