Friday, February 03, 2006


A look back at the week's sales slips...

...yields hope and encouragement all around. Some of my favorites:

- The Grammar of Colloquial Tibetan - a Dover reprint; someone's learning Tibetan!
- The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (lovely illustrations by Kay Nielsen)
- Life in Renaissance France
- The Golden Bough (abridged) by James Frazer
- Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (this was on the shelf for less than a day before it sold)
- Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White
- Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The Haunted Tea Cosy by Edward Gorey (this book features one of my favorite character names ever: "Edmund Gravel, The Recluse of Lower Spigot")
- Gods of the Egyptians
- Bartlett's Quotations
- The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
- It's a Slippery Slope by Spalding Gray
- Sidetracks by Richard Holmes
- The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
- Diaries of a Young Poet by Rilke
- Thurber Country
- Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- A Dictionary of Existentialism
- The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases

Not bad, not bad at all, a fine mix of the modern and classic, fiction and nonfiction, the weird and the wonderful. Thanks particularly to Ben, Todd, Monica, Marc, and other people whose names I don't know. How happy I am to be one of your book providers.

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