As stated in the previous post, I volunteered with the library yesterday to prepare for a fundraising sale that ends this Sunday. I’m a big fan of and proponent for public libraries and I was really excited to help out. Of course, there is a nice little bonus that goes with volunteering on the first day—you get the pick of the litter. I got three excellent books, all of which I feel make for interesting posts.
The first was exciting because I’ve never seen a Foxfire book at a used story or book sale before. If you’re unfamiliar with the Foxfire books, they are a collection of 12 anthologies pulled from a magazine of the same name concerned with the 1970s back-to-the-land movement. That movement has a good deal in common with the contemporary sustainability and prepper movements and interests me a great deal as a prepper. Preppers are frequently lumped in with survivalist but the truth is that survivalism becomes something of an epithet and is usually connected with the Grizzly Adams archetype. There is nothing wrong with this, but preppers have much more to do with what their name denotes: they prepare for eventualities. The books are occasionally concerned with faith—being a product of Appalachian ideas—but they are otherwise an ever timeless and timely collection of practical knowledge and skills. Only 11 more volumes to complete my collection.
The second, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, was not missing from my collection, but a really needed a reader copy. My girlfriend has a copy, but I tend to mark up my reader copies so I need to get one. Until now, I had only a first edition of the novel in hardcover which is, needless to say, wrapped carefully in plastic. It’s a treasure but not ideal for engaging with the literature.
If these two don’t necessarily tickle your fancy, the find I’ll post about on Monday should add a little motion to that starchy skirt of yours.
(Sorry, that joke was just damned awful. Please come back Monday. I’ll be back on my game.)
I need to volunteer at some book sales.
No I don’t, I have too many books right now and I don’t need any more.
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