Borders has reduced its prices again. While the majority of the store used to be 10% off, it’s now 30% off. I purchased the above, as well as a not-pictured birthday gift for a friend.
The Harry Potter School Books: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, purchased because my original copy of QTA had disappeared (magically returned to the Hogwarts Library?)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, purchased because it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and it sounds like an awesome adventure story with four heroines–we need more books like that
The Calico Jungle by Dahlov Ipcar, purchased for the beautiful illustrations and the connection to Maine–my mom remembers the artist’s work hanging at UMF when she (my mum) was a student there
ETA: This piece, Books without Borders My Life at the World’s Dumbest Bookstore Chain is a must-read. The writer chronicles his time at Borders from the hedonistic early days to the corporate sell-out culture , (“Our displays were bought and paid for by publishers; where we used to present books that we loved and wanted to champion, now mediocre crap was piled on every flat surface.”), plummeting morale (Borders was very anti-union!) and eventual liquidation.