I did hit the usuals: Literature, History, Biography, the Nature and Animals section, Science, Travel, even took a peek in Sociology, and then braved the Stroller Crowd at the children's books. But first I found the Christmas books on a cart right in front. They did have more of the "World Book" Christmas In... books, and, since I had wisely taken inventory of the ones I already had, I only picked up four: Spain, Brazil, Holy Land, and Russia. I also found something called The Christmas Almanack, which is a cheap paper but fat book with customs, countries, and stories and song references.
The rest of the tally:
- Letter from New York by Helene Hanff, based on broadcasts she did for the BBC
- Through the Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik
- A Year in the Maine Woods (which I thought I might already have and I did; ah, well, it was only $1.50)
- Usage and Abusage, an English usage manual by Eric Partridge
- Blue Latitudes by Tony Horowitz (following Captain Cook's voyage; I loved his A Voyage Long and Strange)
- Three "Dear America" books (the Gold Rush, transcontinental railroad, and the diary of a Jewish immigrant)
- A Dictionary of First Names
- Told Under the Stars and Stripes, tales of international children now living in the United States
- Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould, which is supposed to be a classic
James got home early and had happened to read my Facebook post about having passed up two books of literary criticism of Robert Heinlein. (Also passed up a book of short stories by Alexander Wolcott, one of the Algonquin Round Table writers.) He said he would have been interested in them. I said, "Well, we could always go back."
And so we did. The place was nearly empty, and the earlier crowds had scarfed up a ton of books; books that were in boxes on the floor this morning were on the tables now. (Yes, I do notice what's on the floor.) The Heinlein books were still there, though, and he found some other cool stuff, too, including a 1945 book of classic science fiction short stories.
The second tally (yeah, second, even with the books picked over):
- Christmas in Poland
- An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (lovely illos here)
- Street Gang [the story of Sesame Street]
- An Italian Education by Tim Parks, sequel to his Italian Neighbors, which I already have
- A Year in Provence, because it's mentioned in every travel narrative I read
- The Mystery of the Black Diamonds by Phyllis A. Whitney, one of her teen mysteries
- Holiday Symbols, from all countries and religions (heck, and events; they even have the Stupid Bowl and the Indy 500)
- And finally 1950's The Little Princesses, a memoir by Marion Crawford, the beloved governess "Crawfie" of Lilibet and Margaret, otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret