Thursday, February 19, 2009

My haul from the VNSA Used Book Sale

I talk about this sale every year ... because it's awesome!

Here are the highlights of the books (almost all hardbacks) that I picked up at this year's VNSA Used Book Sale -- 52 years of selling gobs of used books to benefit local charities (AZ Friends of Foster Children, Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa Country, and Toby House:


The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
A World Out of Time by Larry Niven
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Achlles' Choice by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow (I just read Towing Jehovah by this author ... very good)

Science Non-Fiction

The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
The Riverkeepers by John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Nickel and Dimed
This Land is Their Land

both by Barbara Ehrenreich
Right is Wrong
Fanatics and Fools

both by Arianna Huffington
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman


Beyond Good & Evil by Nietzsche

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146


Scott said...

Hardcovers rule. Are they all used books? What's the average price?

CyberKitten said...

An *excellent* haul. I'm planning to go along to an Anarchist book fair as a birthday treat this year. I will, of course, be paying for any books I pick up in cash.... [grin]

shrimplate said...

I was visiting relatives in Tucson so I missed it. It's just as well. My spouse has begun burning books in the fireplace on some of our chillier mornings...

dbackdad said...

Scott - All used. They are donated throughout the year by people in the Phoenix area at about 15 drop-boxes. They have both paperbacks and hardbacks. Any more, I buy nothing but hardbacks. On Saturday of the sale, paperbacks are a buck, hardbacks range from a buck to $6. On the 2nd day of the sale, everything is half-price. We always go both days ... first day to look for specific things that might not be there the next day ... and then the 2nd day to hunt for hidden nuggets.

CK - Paying for books at an Anarchist book fair? That doesn't seem right. He-he.

SP - It may come to burning books in our household. We now have bookshelves in every room of the house and it may soon prove impossible to get to the door. BTW, the main Glendale library has their annual used book sale this weekend (tomorrow).