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Book Give-Away

Although the time frame on a move to London is an uncertainty, the fact that I will move is a certainty. With that in mind, I've gradually been ridding myself of possessions. I've done a couple of clothing purges (donated to Goodwill) and will no doubt make another big purge in the near future. I've gotten rid of a lot of junk I've been hoarding for no apparent reason. And, I've gone through my book collection and made some hard decisions. Now, I do intend to take the majority of my books with me, despite the expense of shipping books, because I will not own a t.v. while I'm overseas and plan on reading as my primary pasttime. But I am giving away books (1) that I've read and don't foresee re-reading in the next few years and (2) that I have duplicates of.

Here is the list of books I am giving away. Over the next few months, I intend to step up my reading, concentrating specifically on books I probably will only want to read once, so I will be adding to this list. Here's what I have so far, though.
  • Adams, Douglas. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Wacky and entertaining look at one messed up galaxy! The first three books in particular were fun to read.

  • Auel, Jean M. Clan of the Cave Bear. Duplicate copy.

  • Bouton, Jim. Ball Four (Twentieth Anniversary Edition). Controversial and interesting look at the lives of ballplayers away from the limelight.

  • Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. It's a good novel, but it certainly did not live up to all the hype. The comparisons to Homer's Odyssey were quite undeserved. I would have enjoyed it better if I hadn't walked in with such lofty expectations.

  • Forster, E. M. A Passage to India (hardcover). An exquisitely-written look at the cultural clash between Hindus, Muslims, and the British in occupied India. A beautiful and moving book.

  • Gossage, Richard "Goose". The Goose Is Loose: An Autobiography (hardcover). An entertaining look at baseball through the eyes of one of its most colorful players, the legendary relief pitcher for the Cubs, Padres, Yankees, A's, and five other teams.

  • Greenberg, Steve. The Pro Football Trivia Book.

  • Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. So much better than and nothing like the movie. Some interesting political thoughts, but a bit heavy on military training for my tastes.

  • Herbert, Frank. Dune. Duplicate copy.

  • Krich, John. El Beisbol: Travels through the Pan-American Pastime. An interesting look at the baseball culture of five Latin American countries.

  • McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes (hardcover).
  • Morris, Desmond. The Naked Ape. A fascinating look at the human animal.

  • Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Duplicate copy.

  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Fascinating psychological thriller.

  • Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. Translation by Barbara Makanowitzky. Dramatizes the conflict between traditional, conservative values and revolutionary, progressive thinking.

  • Weintraub, Stanley. Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce. Interesting look at a bizarre incident, but ultimately I felt Weintraub mangled it.

  • Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. This is the copy I used in high school AP History, which only goes through the '70s, and has a few of my notes scribbled in the margins. I recently bought the edition which covers up through the Clinton administration, so this older version is up for grabs.

  • The Universal Almanac: 1990.

  • Barron's Book Notes on Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt. I must not have read closely and thought I was picking up Lewis' novel and not Barron's Notes!

  • Franklin Baseball/Softball Official Scorebook. I don't keep score at home, I don't go to very many ballgames, and they play cricket in England. I'm sure some of you could make use of this.
Additionally, I somehow have unopened Topps baseball cards for Jeff Conine (Orioles) and Jason Giambi (A's), Jeff Conine (Orioles) and Mike Piazza (Mets), Troy Glaus (Angels) and Alex Rodriguez (Rangers), Vladimir Guerrero (Expos) and Jeromy Burnitz (Brewers), and Mike Sweeney (Royals) and Bernie Williams (Yankees). I don't collect baseball cards and have no idea how I acquired these, but you're welcome to them.

If you want any of these items, let me know by responding here, e-mailing me, or phoning.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 2nd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in A Passage To India if you still have it lying around. I like history--particularly when it's "beautiful and moving". ;)
Mar. 2nd, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
A Passage to India is not history at all. It's completely fiction, part exotic adventure, part courtroom drama.

You're welcome to it. However, I don't want to pay for shipping to Virginia, as that's likely to cost me more than acquiring the book did. Will you be in Boston in the near future, or if not would you be willing to pay the postage?

BTW, have we met? How did you stumble upon my journal? Just curious....
Mar. 3rd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think we met playing volleyball with Daniel and Keya a long while ago? Then I ended up on the email-list for the book club but never got the chance to go. And then I moved which pretty much put the kibosh on the whole matter.

Anyway. I'm unlikely to get into Boston anytime before summer, but I'd be quite happy to send you postage for mailing it to me in Virginia.

My zip code is 22740 and my email address is lorraineboston@yahoo.com. You know what to do.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, I know that e-mail address! ;) Yep, volleyball. You know, Keya (keyasau3) and Dan are in Baltimore now and frequently in Silver Spring, where her parents live. Are you near DC?

I'll e-mail you details on the shipping.
Mar. 4th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Why yes. Yes I am.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
I'll take...
Des Morris, Salinger and Stevenson, if they're not spoken for already.

I'm almost emberrassed that I don't have my own copies of any of these three already. Fortunately, I finally grabbed my own up-to-date Zinn within the last year.

BTW, I have some books that I've been recommending recently if you're interested in adding to your reading list - before or after you go.

We can hook up somewhere to make the transfer.

- Todd
Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: I'll take...
They're yours!

I'm always interested in adding to my reading list. What are you recommending?
Mar. 4th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Please send ....
Starship Troopers. There's probably a copy in the big box in the garage, but I can't even get to the box any more.

Angela's Ashes. I've been meaning to get / read a copy.

Contact by Carl Sagan. I know it's not on your list, but my copy is probably stuck to the Heinlein.
Mar. 4th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Please send ....
I don't have Contact out here. There should be, however, a copy in my bookcase or desk in Lemon Grove. I'll send you the others. Have you received The Speed of Darkness and Angela's Ashes yet?
Mar. 5th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Please send ....
Not yet. I'll look for the Contact. Thank you.
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