Thursday, July 15, 2010

Behold the Man

Yahoo Business listed books as some of the things you shouldn't buy brand new. I don't recall ever buying a second-hand book; thought I'd explore a used book shop down Sukhumvit this weekend. It's been awhile since I read any biography and these titles piqued my interest:

1. Samuel Beckett by Deirdre Blair
2. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Lee Laurie
3. For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming & James Bond by Ben MacIntyre
4. J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter by Marc Shapiro
5. Jane Austen and Leisure by David Selwyn
6. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Ethel Waters
7. Into my own: the English Years of Robert Frost by John E. Walsh
8. Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
9. All God's Dangers by Theodore Rosengarten
10. Karl Marx: a life by Francis Wheen
11. Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
12. Leonardo da Vinci: heights of the mind by Charles Nicholl
13. Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize by Peter Doherty (It doesn't sound like biography to me. I'll find out soon enough)

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  1. And to think I haven't read a one of them pffft. :) I need to get cracking :)

  2. Great list! I will have to check some of those out.

    I buy MOST of my books used. My library actually does a bag of books deal with their withdrawn books. Everything you can fit for $2. You can't beat that deal! My son loves to go and pick out an entire bag for him and I can pick out a bag for me and we can go home and snuggle and read!

    Happy Thursday!

  3. Thom, neither have I ... lol

    ErinJeany, how lovely! I'm so waiting for the time I can do the same thing with and about my son and me when it comes to books and reading :)

  4. Great list; biographies are one of my favorite genres. I rarely buy books from the big stores these days; I either go to used bookstores or the libraries.

  5. I love the school book fairs. My one daughter is a major reader, and the $'s add up pretty quickly to keep her in books.
    Never really been into reading biography's.
    Happy reading and Happy T13!

  6. Sheri, there's a kind of charm in knowing what makes these great people tick, isn't there?

    Adelle, that's just great about your daughter. I wouldn't mind working harder to keep my son in stuff like these. I hope he picks up the habit.

  7. I'm gonna get a few of those for Thom :)

    Have a great day!

  8. Harriet, give him no. 13 but don't tell him I said that :)))))

  9. I love used book stores. I never know what kind of treasures I will find. Actually, I buy at least half of my books used...if not more. I use the library a lot, too. Still, I love Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    It's been a while since I read a biography, do autobiographies count? I read George Burns' and Harry Truman's memoirs recently. Really interesting.

  10. Kriten, some of these are actually autobiographies (apparently :D). The used book shop listed them all under biography. Harry Truman's memoirs is on their collection as well. I've skimmed George Burns' too :) And I agree that you'll never know what kind of treasure you'll find. That's probably the strongest attraction for me this weekend in the shop.

  11. I frequently buy my books used. It's a great way to find new authors. On the other hand, it's horrible for finding a specific book. You are at the mercy of what other's didn't want for their keeper shelves.

  12. I don't usually care for biographies, but I do buy a good portion of my books at the library used book sale or at one of the local used book stores. I don't mind second-hand as long as they are in good condition. I always support authors I know by buying new when I can.

  13. Alice and Heather, thank you for your input

  14. I hardly ever buy used books. I can rarely find what I'm looking for.

  15. Jill, that's precisely one reason why I haven't yet bought any second-hand book.

  16. What a great list. I love a good biography... I am not opposed to used books at all, but don't seek them out like I should... the Kindle and the ease of downloading is too appealing!

  17. Thom cracks me up LOL

    the truth is I do not normally buy used books but do love many of these titles. THe library has many of them and is free



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