Tuesday, January 20, 2009

my gorgeous orphanage

Whenever I'm loose in the used bookstore it's like I've become a glamorous actress. You know what I mean - I have ample cash and plenty of room back at the mansion so why not go on an adoption tour, acquiring orphans of many hues and backgrounds. I don't know what comes over me. My lips get all fat. I'm probably pregnant. I saunter over to the register and slap a fortune down on the counter. I even have my own fancy plastic bag.

6 comments:

Charmi said...

Oh, yes. I know what you mean.

megalopoet said...

i am all a-quiver just *thinking* about it! let the sisters of bountiful pages give those orphans good homes!

Anonymous said...

And like Angie and Brad, I also get the need to revisit the place a few weeks later to pick out some more because the ones I originally carted off are read, older and the initial feelings that made me take them home have subsided.

I've become a fan of your blog. Your take on world is askance at just the right angle. But I'm sure it's a passing fancy as with my orphans ;-)

SarahJane said...

i had brought an empty suitcase just for books and whatever, and though I'm happy to have some new books, maybe I overdid it. I don't really have a shelf for them. I will have to secretly start rearranging my husband's books. they're all in italian and thus mostly impenetrable so who needs them...

Lisa Allender said...

I totally get ya. I get all breathless just looking at a big old used bookstore(or even a small one!), and I LOVE when a book is REALLY REALLY old, and there's an inscription--there's history, and I start imagining who held the book, who they were, why they read this particular book, etc.
I love your "orphans" reference.

Toni Clark said...

Yes, absolutely! My friend Sherry (sherrylynn from The Waters) and I were just in Tempe, AZ for a conference. We left the conference to spend a whole afternoon at Changing Hands, a progressive (left-leaning) used-books store. We bought as much as we thought we could carry home. My husband had found the store listed in The Nation Guide to the Nation, a compendium of progressive-minded shops, cultural institutions, art collectives, restaurants, media, and gathering places around the country.

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