2.27.2008

Mitford Letters, Book Sale & A Borrower's Tale

I am a little frantic today. No time to write the hilarious post that came to me at about 3 in the morning about the "Three Thangs I Learned the Hard Way" challenge that Snacky Wombat tagged me on.

So, I share some fun stuff:

The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters. Doesn't that sound like a fabulous collection? BoldType has links to myriad reviews. (Oh, and if you haven't already done so, sign up for BoldType. It's a nifty little e-newsletter.)

NYRB Moving Sale. It's your chance to get a huge discount on some great titles.

"How A Recovering Bookaholic Recovered Borrowed Books: A Tale of Literary Redemption," by LK: Once upon a time, depending on how you look at it, a Recovering Bookaholic Kitten took the first step in giving up to a Higher Power: She marched virtuously to her local library, intent on getting a library card just in time to close up Library Lovers Month. She presented her neatly printed application and proper ID, only to be told by the librarian that she had four books outstanding...since 1997! Ms. Kitten didn't even remember setting foot in the library in 1997, much less checking out (and not returning) four books. She ducked her head, and disguising her tucked-tail between the legs as a daring fashion accessory, slinked out with great consternation and even sheepishness (which is difficult for a kitten to pull off). As soon as she returned to her lair, the kitten somehow managed to locate the outlaw books. Within 10 minutes. It was like she had a homing radar. This kitten has about 600 books all told), on six bookshelves, in absolutely no order. Our heroine triumphantly deposited the quad and tonight will return to the scene of the crime to get her library card. After all, she is a taxpayer. And it is amnesty week. (In reparation, she plans to donate a slew of books. This may divert some of the bad book karma to Barnes & Noble.) We hope she and future borrowed books may co-exist happily together. The end.

7 comments:

litlove said...

Ha! Funny story about your library books - I'm glad you found them! And I like the sound of that meme. I think I may have learned everything the hard way.....

verbivore said...

The NYRB sale is like a dream come true. Thanks for the link!

Very funny story and I'm actually amazed you found them after such a long time!

Iliana said...

Oh no, too funny! I hope the librarians go easy on you :)
And, congrats on renewing your library card!

Dorothy W. said...

Wow -- it's amazing that you found those books! Good for you. And thanks for the links.

Tara said...

Love, love, love your library story! And how amazing that you found those books so quickly!

Dark Orpheus said...

Wow. You have library books way back from 1997? Did you have to pay a fine? Thank goodness you found the books.

But wow.

bloglily.com said...

amnesty week! I love that. Sitting on my desk are FOUR notices from the Berkeley Public Library about the four books I cannot locate to save my life. I could use a little sympathy.