Can you ever really have too many books? Well, duh. The obvious answer is “No!”
I can see you shaking your head, now. Did this poor delusional woman NOT read her own post about the hoarders extraordinaire the Collyer brothers and the Missuses Beale? Allow me to assure you that my book collection continues to be comfortably housed in my “walk-in” library, and I continue to weed it on a regular basis!
Having said that, I’m always on the lookout for interesting additions for my “To-Read” shelf on Goodreads. I find the BEST bargains at yard sales and library sales, and, for these, spent $24 for $265 of books! As usual, a bunch of memoir and history. With most of these, the sub-titles got my attention. I’ll share them here, for anyone who didn’t fall asleep at “non-fiction”.
The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America by Geoffrey O’Brien (2010)
Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital by Alex Beam (2001)
Encyclopedia Neurotica by Jon Winokur (2005)
Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II by Jennet Conant (2002)
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn (2006)
When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder by Steve Fischer (2005)
Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject by Meryle Secrest (2007)
Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant: Cobfessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler (2007)
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (2005)
Why I’m Like This: True Stories by Cynthia Kaplan (2002)
The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here: Scenes from a Life by Felicia Sullivan (2008)
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus From Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado (2007)
A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle by Liza Campbell (2006)
Happens Every Day: An All-Too True Story by Isabel Gillies (2009)
Wow, looks like you scored some really good ones in there. I especially like the Gracefully Insane & When the Mob Ran Vegas – Money, Mayhem, Murder – how can you go wrong with that!
squirrel circus said:
I know, right?! I can’t wait to read that Gracefully Insane — what a great title!
I’ve been trying to remember the name of the book I read about McLean Hospital. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that & the focus was more of the very famous people who’ve been “guests”. It’s quite a building though.
sending you nominations for readers appreciation award & the cuddly award
squirrel circus said:
Holy accolades! I need to get cracking on these — you’re too sweet!!!