Book Sale Weekend

One of the first book sales of the season was this weekend. They advertised over 40,000 books - which sounds a little more impressive than it actually was. As always, I went with a list of titles to look for - none of which, of course, did I find.  Most of the books were in Acceptable to Good condition (honestly, what you'd expect to find at at $3 book sale). A few were in Near Fine condition.

Usually, I leave these sales having spent well over $50. This time around, because of the quality of books, it was fairly easy to show a little restraint. I ended up spending $30 and brought home just 10 books:


Number9Dream, David Mitchell (Random House, February 2002)

Nominated for a Booker, this is Mitchell's 2d book. (Cloud Atlas, Mitchell's 3d novel, also nominated for a Booker in 2004, was just made into a movie).

First U.S. editions in VG/NF to F condition list for $80-$100 (unsigned); $125-$175 (signed).



The Last Child, John Hart (Minotaur Books, May 12, 2009) - signed.

Winner of the 2009 CWA Ian Flemming Dagger, and 2010 Edgar Award. Rumor has it the movie rights have been sold.

First U.S. edition in NF/F condition lists for $35 (unsigned); $75 (signed)


Company Man, Joseph Finder (St. Martin's Press, 2005) - signed.

First edition in VG/NF condition lists for $30 (unsigned); $49 (signed).

Rather auspiciously, this is the first book I picked up while perusing books at the book sale.


Talking God, Tony Hillerman (Harper & Row, 1989)

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $40-$50 (unsigned); up to $325 (signed).

Whomever owned these Hillerman titles, either never read them or took amazing care of them, they're in nearly perfect condition - even the dust jackets are pristine.
The Shape Shifter, Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, 2006)

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $25-$50 (unsigned); $65-$140 (signed).


Swamplandia, Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $50 (unsigned); $75-$125 (signed).
*My copy, unfortunately, would be considered Acceptable to Good condition because the former owner was nice enough to price-clip the cover and tear out the front fly leaf page (most likely because they wrote their name in the book). If these two things had not been done, it might be a Near Fine copy.


Love and Shame and Love, Peter Orner (Little Brown, 2011)

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $35 (unsigned); $50-$95 (signed).

The book has a quote by Daniel Handler, but was also positively reviewed by Dave Eggers (two authors I love), so how could I pass it up?


Gentlemen & Players, Joanne Harris (William Morrow, 2006)

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $10 (unsigned); up to $60 (signed).

I would've preferred to have found a copy of Chocolat, but I enjoy Joanne Harris' writing, so even a copy of one of her later books was a nice find.


The Art of Breaking Glass, Matthew Hall (Little, Brown and Company, 1997)

Hall's debut novel.

First edition in NF-F condition lists for $25 (unsigned); $30-$50 (signed).


Coraline, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, 2002) - Book Club edition (worth about $8). I'm a lover of all things Gaiman, but didn't yet have a copy of Coraline. So even though this is a Book Club edition, I grabbed it.

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