The English test went very well. There were maybe 4-5 questions out of 120 that I was uncertain about, so I should pass that one well enough, as might be expected of someone whose mother taught English for 40 years and who himself taught it part-time for parts of three years. The ESOL/ESL test was difficult, because I never had any coursework in some of the content areas covered (only studied them cursorily over the past few weeks), but I think I did well enough to pass or at least be very close to passing on the first attempt without knowing much about what would be on the test.
After the test, I hit the interstate and drove north into Nashville to shop at the new McKay's used bookstore, which opened today. It was difficult to find parking, but I managed to do so. When I dropped off two cartons of books to be processed for store credit, they said it could be upwards of 90 minutes waiting period, due to at least double the regular volume for the opening. I had a bit of time to kill (my family left to go on a spring training vacation to Tampa while I took the test and got suckered into caring for my sister's Yorkie/Poodle mix, so I was in no rush to go anywhere), so I thought I'd take a picture of the new layout (I got about 2/3 of the shelves and part of the second floor, which is dedicated to CDs):
|A view from the second floor. There are a few hundred thousand books on those shelves and the ones to the right of the picture.|
After browsing for an hour, I saw where my books had been processed earlier than expected, so I turned in my ticket and learned I had just over $90 of store credit to spend. Only bought a little over $50, but below are the ones that I bought there, with the exception of the first photo. That photo contains a couple of review copies that I thought some might find interesting (I may read them in the near future before deciding if I want to review them):
|It amuses me that a graphic novel adaptation and a parody of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones arrives on the same day.|
|Philip Caputo's Acts of Faith and Louis de Bernières' Corelli's Mandolin.|
|Ah, poetry! The Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf (with the original Anglo-Saxon provided) and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Selected Poems|
|Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing, the middle volume in his Border Trilogy and an intriguing non-fiction book, Joyce Carol Oates, The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982|
|G.K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man and the first American edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Both cost a combined $7|
|The Romans apparently liked to write odes to their penes, thus this The Priapus Poems being available for posterity (or for me to quote when I want to annoy someone). Oh, and a Franklin Mint edition on Rembrandt.|
|Buying a nicer, larger edition of Mario Vargas Llosa's La tía Julia y el escribidor and taking a flier on a few French books, starting with Jean Anouilh's Le voyageur sans bagage|
|Two Ionesco books for your viewing pleasure: La cantatrice chauve and Rhinocéros|
|François Mauriac's Thérèse Desqueyroux and Maupassant's La Maison Tellier une Partie de Campagne|
|André Gide's La Symphonie Pastorale and Marivaux's le jeu de l'amour et du hasard|
Any of these photos/books appeal to you?