Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Mothers Support For Her Son

I was going through today's books and found an old Alcoholics Anonymous book. It looked to never have seen any use and I know from my past sales that there is a strong demand for these books. My heart sank when I saw the inscription from a mother to her son inside the front cover. It reads:
"Dear Ernesto,
I've always been very proud of who you are. I know that it takes a tremendous amount of courage and faith to do what you are now doing. You are not alone, God is always with you and I am here to help you as well. Only one Day at a Time

Love, Mom "

The fact that the book has seen very little use makes me wonder just where Ernesto is today and if he managed to win his battle. I hope he did and that he is somewhere living a successful life and that his mother remains proud of her son.

Friday, March 28, 2014

WE, the people

One of the items that I like to keep when I find them are bookmarks.
I have a nice little collection which are mainly of bookstores where the last owner purchased the book. It is interesting to see if the bookstore is still around or if they have gone out of business.
I also wonder sometimes, depending on where the bookmark is located, if the previous owner ever got a chance to finish the book at all.

One of my favorites is this one: It's a simple leather fringed bookmark, probably mass produced and contains the preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America. it's just a reminder of the freedom people have to read books not just in the United States but around the world and I mean the freedom to write books too. There have been many times throughout history when this could have been changed but luckily for most of us those attempts were stifled.

I would love to hear what your favorite item is to bookmark pages.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Hey Good Looking ... Whatcha Got a Cookin"

This morning I was flicking through a number of cookbooks when I noticed that one still had a piece of wrapping paper attached to the rear cover. Usually a sign that a book has been given or received as a gift. Perhaps as a Christmas or Birthday present. Maybe a housewarming gift or a gift from a parent to a child who has recently grown and moved into their first apartment. The possibilities that surround the gifting of books are endless but I bet that Hallmark have come up with a card for each possibility.
My interest was piqued and I flipped through the pages of this particular cookbook noting that it was in perfect condition. I was looking for a dedication, so often inscribed in the first page or two that identify that unique event that would solve my self-created puzzle.

I found no such inscription but I did find attached to the cover inside a gift card. I will head to the store that issued the gift card later today as I have to mail some books that people have ordered and I will update the blog with the value if any of this gift card.

I would normally contact the owner of the book but in this particular situation there is absolutely no way for me to determine who the owner was.

Very curious today :-)

Plastic money

No real update today except to say that I went to my local HomeGoods store with the gift card I found in the cook book and low and behold it was worth a whopping $20. Not enough to retire but still fascinating to find it inside a used book.

I found this fascinating video on youtube that shows what $20 would get you around the world to feed whatever vice you may have. Personally I spent it on clothes :-)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Comedy of Errors

 “If the skin were parchment and the blows you gave were ink,
Your own handwriting would tell you what I think.”
― William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth.

Today's find is a ticket to the 2011  run of "The Comedy of Errors" by the Huntington Theater Company of Boston (@huntington) I hope that the owner of the ticket managed to enjoy the show because Shakespeare managed to write some fantastic comedies and it would have been a shame for them to pay more attention to the book than to the play. After all, while there is a certain amount of emphasis placed on "Reading Shakespeare", we must remember he originally wrote it to be performed in the theater and watched by an audience.

You have to love the internet. I managed to find small little review online from someone that attended the play 2 days after the owner of ticket I found. You can read that here.

Friday, March 21, 2014


“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Oh the joys of gardening, of excitedly awaiting the passing of the winter doldrums, the thawing of the ground that appears in your mind as a blank canvas calling to you to paint your masterpiece.  Or instead you can allow nature to paint her own picture whereby she paints the same as before, but this year, with ever so subtle differences. An extra branch here, a new weed there.

With Spring newly arrived I was looking for some new books and happened upon a beaten up gardening book that was calling to me from the bottom of a bin. It was a book that I wouldn't normally pick up but something about this book made me want to open it and leaf (see the pun there?) through the page. This book was calling to me as if to say please read me at least one more time as I really do have something to offer.

Upon opening the book I noticed that there was a government issued leaflet from on Silverfish issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1937 along with some news paper cutouts from 1953 and 1955. I continued flicking through the pages and found four sheets of hand written details on pruning. There are 4 pages in all each of which bears a date of 1936.

This book was owned by someone who obviously had a very strong passion for gardening and I wonder if somehow part of that remains within the book itself.  I wonder where that garden was and if they continued to tend to it. Heck maybe the owner is still tending their garden today and anxious for the weather to break so that they can sow some new seeds and continue to work on their masterpiece.

By the way according to the newspaper clippings you could buy a bathroom sink in 1953 for $9.95