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For newsletter subscribers only, we’re having a “early spring” sale. Buy any three books, get a fourth for free! (Least expensive book is the free one.) The secret password is: JUPITER.
Jupiter Hammon was the first African-American to have a poem published (1760). Plus, his name is cool. Anyway, something to learn for Black History Month, and it gets you a free book!
Just say “Jupiter” at check-out (or in an email if you’re not local) for the discount. Good through the end of February.
(a semi-random sampling)
A LAMP IS HEAVY
Sheila MacKay Russell, 1950
This is the kind of book that makes me want to read every book that comes in–looks interesting, funny, and different than most of my reading…but I probably won’t get to read it! A sort of humorous introduction to the nursing profession, complete with cartoon-y illustrations. Maybe the Betty MacDonald of nursing. $15
THE WORLD GOES ON
by Laszlo Krasznahorkai.
Tuskar Rock Press, 2017.
First edition in English. Man Booker International Prize winner (as well as a few other major awards.) First printing, new in jacket & mylar. “One of the great inventors of new forms in contemporary literature…there is nothing else like it.” (New York Review of Books) $30
MITSOU, & MUSIC-HALL SIDELIGHTS
Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1958. First edition thus.
A cute copy! $7.50
THE RESOLUTE MR. PANSY: AN ELECTRICAL STORY FOR BOYS
by John Trowbridge
Roberts Bros., 1897
An early proto-science fiction story, along the lines of the Frank Reade dime novels. One of the plates in here has the caption, “Mr. Pansy suddenly seized his ammonia tube and discharged the contents at the miscreant.” This plate shows our hero on a horse-drawn carriage blasting a stage robber with what looks like a bike pump. Great early fantasy art! Very nice condition. $45
ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
by C.S. Lewis
Oxford University Press, 1954.
Although beloved for his fantasy & Christian writings, C.S. Lewis did actually have a day job. First edition, very good in jacket, $35
THE BLACK BOOK.
by Orhan Pamuk
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994.
The Nobel Prize winner’s second book. First American edition, near fine in fine jacket. $50
By Jim Kjelgaard.
Holiday House, 1947.
A nice copy of this fictional survey of the westward expansion of America. Each chapter has a historical preface, followed by a story set in a certain time & region. Kjelgaard is best known for his dog books, including the classic “Big Red.” $22.50
by Hermann Hesse
Harper & Row, 1965.
With a new introduction by Thomas Mann. Hesse remains a bone of contention at Browsers’, because we argue over whether he gets shelved in Old Fiction, Modern Literature, or Classic Literature. This one, for a week or two, will be easily found on the newsletter shelf, then….who knows? A nice hardcover copy of a beloved book. $15
by Bernard Malamud
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1966
Malamud used to be Corvallis’ literary “favorite son”, although Jon Krakauer is stealing some of his thunder these days. Inscribed by Malamud to a fellow OSU faculty. Small stain to edge of pages, pages 18-19 are heavily toned from a newspaper clipping, else quite nice. Pulitzer Prize winner. $300
CALYPSO SONG BOOK: AUTHENTIC FOLK MUSIC OF THE CARIBBEAN
By William Attaway. Illustrated by Bill Charmatz.
Attaway wrote novels, short stories, scripts and over 500 songs, of which 150 were Calypsos (as of 1957, he probably continued after the book was published.) Originating in Trinidad, Calypso music “was first sung by a species of town crier to communicate news, and by plantation workers and fishermen to vocalize their joys and sorrows, their fears, hopes, and romantic yearnings. Later it was sung by semi-professionals with such exotic names as Attila the Hun, called ‘the Shakespeare of Calypso’; the Mighty Spoiler, considered the greatest humorist of them all; Lord Executor, Sir Lancelot, Lord Flea, Growler, and the Duke of Iron.” Published at the height of Harry Belafonte (for whom Attaway did arrangements) & “Banana Boat Song” fame. Whimsical illustrations by Charmatz. $15
I am deep in doing my year-end accounting for the tax guy. Haven’t gotten to the end yet, but I hope that final number is black! As soon as I finish, I’ll be able to start straightening up the Albany store again: we’ve had a few comments lately about that store’s state of (dis)order…but I’m just a week or two away from the end of accounting, and then all those book stacks will start to magically disappear! Maybe.
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