In my previous post I mentioned I was buried under an avalanche of books and that I was going to a book sale at the local library that raises funds for said library. Before I show you what I bought, I tried to find a name for the disease of those of us who-it might be said-are compulsive book buyers-but I found none specific to book buyers, but Google does no always find what I am looking for. The closest word is oniomania. It is a compulsive buying disorder that causes problems with everyday life. Book Buyers exempt.
The word ‘bookaholic’ does not really apply. It is a person who loves books, but when you continue to buy and your reading can’t keep pace with the purchasing then there must be a better, more accurate term. But I am not compulsive. It certainly does not interfere with daily life as daily life continues no matter what I do.
I may be in denial, having bought 21 books plus one Justice League of America comic book on Saturday, days after receiving two hardbacks from Amazon, “Paper,” a book on the history of paper, and “You May Also Like” a book on taste in the age of endless choices. It tells us why we choose what we do. (At least I have heard it will, as it remains unread for the moment).
Callander Square-Anne Perry
The Rose Rent-Ellis Peters
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog-Elizabeth Peters
Live to Tell-Lisa Gardner
Nightmare in Pink-John McDonald
five mysteries by Dana Stabenow-set in Alaska.
Mr.. Murder-Dean Koontz
House of Sand and Fog-Andrus Dubus
Foucault’s Pendulum-Umberto Eco
The Island of the Day Before-Eco
What Killed Jane Austen and other medical mysteries
John Dickson Carr Treasury-two novels
Light Thickens-Ngaio Marsh
Book of Lies-Brad Meltzer
The World’s Last Mysteries-Readers Digest
One Justice League of America comic
21 books + one comic. Cost $6, tip included at Friends of the Library Sale
Sale continued Monday:
The New Yorker Album of cartoons 1925-195o (oversized
The New Yorker Album of cartoons 1955-1965 (oversized)
Bag of Bones-Stephen King
Devices and Desires-P.D. James
The Red House Mystery-A.A. Milne (Yes the Winnie the Pooh guy)
This Side of Paradise-F Scott Fitzgerald
Tender is the Night-F Scott Fitzgerald
The Dark-Carrie Brown ( a professor from my alma mater)
Something from the Nightside-Simon R. Green
The Natural-Bernard Malamud
Freedom From Fear-Pulitzer Prize winner from David Kennedy. The American people in the depression and war 1929-1945
And finally a book all book lovers MUST have on their shelf. It is “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much,” by Allison Hoover Bartlett. It is about a man who loves books and steals a fortune in rare books, not to sell, but for himself and the detective on his trail. I hope he is never caught. On the back of the book in the description it says this. . . “deep into the rich world of fanatical book lust. . .” Book lust, that must be the disease, an erotic, lust of books.
Cost-$6 (tip included)