I went in Thursday evening after a meeting and was pleased to find that literary fiction is now 50% off. I told my mother, who promptly went to the local Waldenbooks after work on Friday, and then we both hit Borders Saturday. My newly acquired treasures:
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt—been on my to-read list for a while
The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King—one of my favorite series, and one of my favorite books in the series
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas—likely one of my favorite reads of 2011; check out my review from March. I also sang its praises to the woman at the cash register and she said she would be checking it out as any book described as “pistachio-flaked baklava” is sure to be a winner.
Penelope’s Daughter by Laurel Corona—saw it on the shelves and was intrigued
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford—my book group read it before I joined and it was well received
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans–on my to-read list since it was published. Also my bargain of the day: I purchased the $35 hardcover for about $14.
Round IV (final round?)
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall–recommended by my aunt as a humorous take on Britain in the vein of Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, one of my favorites
Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk–on my to-read list; I’ve a great interest in Turkey, namely Istanbul
I also found what looked to be a lovely biography of Audrey Hepburn for my friend’s birthday gift. We both adore the enchanting Ms. Hepburn.