The OF Blog: What $75 can get you in a used bookstore

Sunday, August 02, 2009

What $75 can get you in a used bookstore

During my college years at the University of Tennessee, McKay's Used CDs and Books was one of my favorite places to go to swap/buy books. There were tens of thousands of books (and quite a few CDs and movies) on sale for very cheap prices. One of my few regrets when I moved back to Middle Tennessee from Knoxville was that I wouldn't be able to visit McKay's any longer.

However, I learned a couple of weeks ago from my sister that there was a McKay's in the western part of Nashville. I decided to go there today to buy a couple of books for my students and then to see what they might have that would interest me. I ended up selecting 19 books, with the total being just under $75. Here is what I purchased (let me know if any interest you):



10 comments:

Lotesse said...

Introductory algebra. Sounds exciting. ;)

Larry said...

Indeed. My students have been fighting over (almost literally for the age 11-15 group) which math books they get, so these ought to keep them quiet :P

Any of the others that might excite you, May?

Terry Weyna said...

Hope you like Ursula LeGuin's Changing Planes. I thought it was delightfully imaginative.

Larry said...

I'm planning on reading that sometime in the next week or so. Did finish three already: Adolfo Bioy Casares, De las cosas maravillosas (his last book before his death ten years ago; very short (85 pages) but moving in places, as he talked of the things over the course of his life that gave him pleasure); Angela Carter, Saints and Strangers (126 page book that took figures such as Lizzie Borden from American folklore and gave them and those around them almost-new characters. Enjoyed this a lot, as I really admire her writing); Mario Benedetti, Inventario II (collection of recent poems, one of which I'm going to translate in part tomorrow to include in a letter I'm writing to a certain woman I know). Also am probably going to finish Michael Moorcock's The Eternal Champion late tonight before I crash, but I have a review to write first.

Matt Keeley said...

The Vance was a very good choice. I've read two of the three Moorcock books you bought (haven't read the Eternal Champion); I think they will appeal to you, as they're MM in a more literary vein.

I have not read the Bioy Casares; I do wish more of his books were available in English, though NYRB and New Directions both publish some of his books.

Catullus is always great fun.

Matt Keeley said...

The math stuff makes me feel guilty - I took AP Calc in high school, did well, and didn't take a single math course in college.

Larry said...

I wish more Bioy Casares were available in English as well, as what I've read in Spanish is excellent. As for the math, I was dumb enough to take Business Calc when I had already scored high enough to be exempt, only to fall victim to a combination of freshman laziness and walking pneumonia. I passed, but it was by far the worst grade I had ever received at any level.

Eric said...

The Student's Catullus looks interesting. I just read and wrote about my reactions to Catullus' poetry.

Lotesse said...

Well, Moorcock writes books which suit my taste most of the time.

Larry said...

I'll send you one shortly, then. Just for you. You'll have to keep Dunja away, of course ;)

 
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