The Kimball Public Library in Randolph has an annual used book sale as part of its July 4th festivities.

Miss Bunny and I arrived and took a look. The prices are higher than some used book sales (it says a lot that $3 for an adult hardcover seems ‘high,’ but so be it). Here’s our full haul (mass market paperbacks are just called pb, trades ‘quality’ because I put this list together last night with no internet access and forgot what they were called):


The Last Colony, John Scalzi (pb)
The Faded Sun: Kesright, C.J. Cherryh (pb)
Marque and Reprisal, Elizabeth Moon (pb)
Wolves of the Crescent Moon, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed (quality pb)
A Small Town in Germany, John Le Carre (pb)
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, Janna Levin (quality pb)
All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West (quality pb)
Them: Adventures with Extremists, Jon Ronson (quality pb)
The Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich (quality pb)
Conrad’s Fate, Diana Wynne Jones (hc)
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi (hc)
Maus: Volume 1: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman, (pb, retired library edition)
Head to Toe: 30 Original Designs for Hats, Mittens and Other accessories, Helene Rush (pb)
Oriental Iron-On Transfer Patterns: 24 Authentic Embroidery Motifs from the Textile Museum, Lilo Markrich (pb)
Shaker Stitch Vests for the Family, Barbara B. Rondeau (leaflet)
Knit Baby Afghans, Jean Lampe (leaflet)


The Best Friend, R.L. Stine (pb)
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell (pb, my suggestion)
Beautiful City of the Dead, Leander Watts (pb)
The Best Poems Ever, edited by Edric S. Mesmer (pb)
The Ghost of Lizard Light, Elvira Woodruff
The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli (pb)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (pb)
Dragon’s Gate, Lawrence Yep (pb)
Animorphs #4: The Message, K.A. Applegate (pb)
The Story of My Life, Helen Keller (unabridged, pb)
Everyone Wins! Cooperative Games and Activities, Sambhava and Josette Luvmour (pb)
“Cook Book”: Favorite recipes of members of the Junior Guild, of the First Church (Congregational) of Swamscott, MA, 1949 (pb held together with paper brackets)
Food for Friends, Barbara Kafka (quality pb)
The Cookie Lovers Cookie Cookbook, Prudence Younger (pb)
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children, James Herriot with illustrations by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett (hc)

I also found a book by Diana Galbadron, picked it up, remembered who she was, and put it back down.

The whole haul averaged a little over $1 each. I don’t know which I’m happier about: The Scalzi books, which were just like new; my daughter picking out a cookbook from 1949 for the heck of it, or the Helene Rush knitting book, which has a hideous orange, red and green cover, but has some utterly awesome patterns inside, including a chickadee hat that is adorable. I want to knit it right now.


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