Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bookish Babble

The library booksale falls on the first Saturday of each month. I rarely miss an opportunity to shell out a few bucks for a few bagfuls of good reads. This month proved no exception.

Though I rarely spend more than a dollar for any single book, I eagerly plopped down $5 for this beautiful copy of The Black Fawn by Jim Kjelgaard. How could I resist after reading this flyleaf quote?

Soon after Bud Sloane had been sent to live at Bennett’s Farm, he came upon a black fawn in the nearby woods, and from that moment the metamorphosis began that turned a frightened city-bred orphan into a dedicated young farmer, whose whole being is wrapped up in the life and lore of the fields and woods of Dishnoe County.

But even more than by his sense of identification with the black fawn, Bud was guided into maturity by Gram and Gramps Bennett. From Gram he learned for the first time what it is to love and be loved. And at Gramps’ side he learned the ways of nature and the meaning of true sportsmanship.

Well worth every penny, I trust.

I believe this book may have a waiting list of readers around here!

Along with Kjelgaard’s gem I found two Faulkner novels (The Town and The Mansion) not already in my Faulkner collection, another Fannie Flagg funny entitled Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (her common touch makes me laugh and cry all at the same time) , and an M.F.K Fisher collection of essays on aging, Sister Age. Though I have read some of Fisher’s cooking essays this collection has escaped my grasp, until now.

In the travel department I snagged three golden oldies from the early 1960s:

Let’s Travel in France
Let’s Travel in England
Let’s Travel in the Soviet Union
(a bucolic/fictional rendering of Soviet life)

And also:

My Village in Austria

These vintage travel books catch my fancy with the threads of tradition and rural beauty that used to be standard daily life for so many around the globe, but now can only be found in a Living History museum (which enchantment me fully whenever I happen upon one; my favorite being in Oslo, Norway).

Another recently published book on Finland caught my eye. Gorgeous pictures, glossy pages, and a wealth of informative text fill the covers of Finland: Land of Music and Nature. Finland intrigues me as it sits between the three Scandinavian lands and Russia, remaining aloof from both sides, it seems to me. This book may be second on my list after The Black Fawn (unless Rachel raids my stack before I sit down to read – whereupon The Fawn will quickly find a place by her bedside).

As always, the cookbook section entices me and I emerge weighted down with several yummy reads. The Swiss Cookbook and Farm Journal Country Cookbook, dating back decades, hold a treasure trove of old-fashioned delights and copious notes to explain the purpose, tradition, and sheer delight associated with each particular recipe. Coupled with these books I found three books close to the very core of my life: Family and feasting.

The first, Festivals, Families, and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large reminds me so much of Karey Swan’s delightful Home and Hearth. Like Karey, these two women share from their hearts and recipe files about all manner of family celebrations throughout the year. The delightfully Tasha Tudor-esque watercolored cover drew my eye, and the sweet line drawings throughout made me pop it quickly into my canvass bag before another seeker found it. In the check out line another mom noticed this book in my stack and gushed about the joy she has had using it through the years. Pick a holiday, any holiday, and you’ll find crafts, poetry, music, details of tradition, drawings, and recipes to complete the festival. Right next to this I squirreled away The Year-Round Cookbook to add another dimension to my burgeoning collection of books devoted to holidays and festivals. And surely I have room to fit in Feasts and Friends: Recipes from a Lifetime by Sylvia Thompson. The lifetime passages look as interesting as the recipes, which have come down to her through many generations of her family.

Just when my arms had begun to ache from the weight of the booksale booty, my dear husband appeared out of nowhere and hefted my lot. My eyes flashed to and fro for just-one-more look . . . but clearly this would do . . . for today. I dutifully handed over $17 (remember, one cost a whole $5) and left with easily a month's worth of reading full of ideas to last a lifetime.

I came home, put the kettle on, sorted the books, and made sure to mark the first Saturday in September with a big smiling reminder.
: D

Let the Dog Days of Summer and Hot August Nights come on through. I’m ready for them!

Happy reading, sweet friends.


For those wondering . . . he called. We enJOYed a delicious Mexican dinner at our favorite little restaurant and then we took a leisurely drive through the mountain roads in the convertible. It was a fabulous sunset! ; D


Linda said...

Your dinner sounds divine! Your books sound like a lot of reading!

I'll be glad when my book review is over so I can again read something for fun!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

What a wonderful day you had. A sack full of books to enjoy for weeks to come, and a lovely Mexican dinner along with a restful ride to top it off. Life doesn't get better than this especially when you have someone you love to share it with you.

Karen Deborah said...

OK I am inspired to go on the quest. So far our libraries here have fallen quite short in the pickings, however I did get discouraged and quit. Back to the hunt the only way to acquire books is at a dollar a copy and it can be done!

I'd like to read that first one too *sigh* I do remember how lovely it was to be close by not only you but your library.

What a legacy you are creating and what a library!

farmlady said...

I love old books. Just touching them and looking inside connects me to other places and those who share the love of reading..., like you.
The Black Fawn is one of those books that I would pick up just because of the name and the cover. It's a lovely book and sounds like a wonderful story.
MFK Fisher was one of my Moms favorite authors. She has all of Fisher's books in her library. I may take them with me when I go back down there. They remind me so much of Mom and what she held dear.

Treasure your love of books. Find those great deals. Books are the lagacy we leave to the next generation. They are part of you.

Dawn said...

You found some real treasures at that book sale, you lucky lady! ;) Those vintage travel books sound intriguing. Happy reading!

sukipoet said...

i love book sales too and delight at all your wonderful finds. be well, suki

scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful list of books. Enjoy your books. There is just something about reading...it calms the soul. Your night out sounds divine. Hugs

Elizabeth said...

Bob picked me up a few books tonight in the discount tent at Kingdome Bound, plus I hit paydirt at a yardsale getting 6 new christian fiction books for 3.00- How very exciting for me :)

I think I am going to introduce Samuel to chapter books. His regular books feel as though they are becoming too commonplace and he is getting ready for the good stuff soon :)

Happy Reading :)