May 2019 Newsletter

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Browsers' Bookstore newsletter for May 2019

Store News

Thanks to everyone who visited Browsers’ on Independent Bookstore Day! Our employees all received bonus checks, and some of them have already burned through the credit they earned, too!

The Corvallis store is working on clearing some of the fullest aisles…┬áThe trade paperback & hardcover mystery section at this moment has nothing stacked in front of the cases. That’s right, you can finally see all those books on the bottom shelf! Work has begun on the science fiction hardcovers, as well as the history wall. (You may still need to do a little digging for now.)

New Arrivals

We’re getting ready for the Rose City Book & Paper Fair! For more information, please check out the Facebook event page:

At this point of the year, a few of our new arrivals get held back for the fair. But consider this: we take about one-half of one percent of our inventory up to the book fair, so there are still plenty of good books at the store!!

Math book collection

About three boxes of math books from an OSU professor. Most of them are graduate or professional level, and almost all of them are titles we’ve never had in stock before. Some are already on the shelf, others are still in process. Most priced $5 – $20. At the Corvallis store.

Fancy Bindings

Okay, most of these aren’t actually new arrivals–only about 30 or so. However, I hope you have noticed the new cases in the Corvallis store where we’re now keeping our Easton Press, Franklin Library, and other modern fancy bindings. Plus a few old ones. Most $12 – $45

Science Fiction paperbacks

We purchased two different collections of older science fiction paperbacks, one in each store. Some good classic authors like Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, etc. Those guys can be hard to keep in stock, so maybe there’s a copy of some title you’ve been looking for. Most around $2 – $3

Narcissa Whitman

Opal Sweazea Allen
Portland: Binfords & Mort, 1959

Narcissa Whitman was the first white woman to cross the Rockies. Although her story smacks of white imperialism when we think of it today, that does not detract from her bravery at the time. She is also the one who adopted the Sager children (basis for Honore Morrow’s “On to Oregon!” which in turn was the basis for the Disney movie “Seven Alone”), and of course a victim in the Whitman Massacre. Her letters are well-written and poignant considering her fate, and some of the quoted in this, the first full biography of her. Very good condition in price-clipped jacket, $8.00

The Key

Junichiro Tanizaki
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961

One of the final novels from Tanizaki, who is one of Japan’s most influential 20th-century authors. This did not come from–but you should know about–our recent purchase of about 20 boxes of literature in translation. (Well, it was actually 42 boxes, but I think only half are lit in translation.) These will start showing up in the Corvallis store over the next few weeks. Very good condition, DJ spine panel toned, 4th printing, $12.00

Farewell to Manzanar

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973

A modern classic that I have still not read! Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was a child in one of California’s Japanese internment camps during World War II. Although this memoir is perhaps artistically embellished by her novelist husband, it is nevertheless an engrossing first-hand account of a dark time in American history. First edition, very good in good jacket. $20

Favorite Recipes

Compiled by the Ladies of the Auxiliary of American Legion
Corvallis, Oregon, 1940

A fun local cookbook, which includes contributors’ names with their recipes, and which has plenty of local advertisements. It’s amazing how few of the businesses around in 1940 are still in operation today, although thank goodness Burst’s Candies is still here! And the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant, of course. I guess the more sugar you sell, the greater your chances for a multi-generational business! Very good condition, no real flaws. $20

Many of you know how much I love to share recipes from newsletter cookbooks. I’ll spare you the “Jellied Tuna” and just outline the “Frozen Pimento Cheese Salad” (pimento cheese, mayonnaise, marshmallow, pineapple –> freezer). The cookbook is mostly desserts, but here’s an interesting drink:

Bohemian Tea
(50 cups)

Boil 6 quarts of water with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cloves in a cloth bag.

Tie 5 teaspoons of Orange Pekoe tea in a loose cheesecloth bag, add to boiling water, remove from fire and cover, let stand 5 minutes.

Remove spices and tea and add juice of 6 oranges and 3 lemons, which has been carefully strained.

Add about 1-1/2 pounds of sugar. Keep hot until served.
–Mrs. J. E. Smith

(I actually think that could make a good iced tea, also!)

Essays Moral and Polite, 1660-1714

John and Constance Masefield
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, ca. 1900

A cute little book (5″ tall) with vellum binding and exposed leather bands that tie at the foredge. A compilation of essays, at least half the volume is comprised of Addison and Steele. Night-time reading, or a fun decorative book. Good condition, modest dampstaining to outer edge of pages, mild soiling to covers, ties are fragile; overall, a solid, unmarked, and attractive book. $25

I am buying four collections this week, and then in a couple of weeks, I’ll share with you a bunch of books we’re taking to the book fair. These will be more expensive than the usual newsletter fare, but still maybe fun to look through. Until then, enjoy the browsing,Scott Givens
Browsers’ Bookstore