One of the wonderful things about a used bookstore is that all manner of books find a temporary home here, from the falling-apart, underlined $1 copy of Crime and Punishment to the $3,000 first edition of Cat in the Hat. Virginia Woolf once described "secondhand books" as "wild books, homeless books . . . [which] have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of a library lack." Although we have a vast and variegated flock indeed, I'm sure that some passersby just keep on walking when they see us, thinking that we carry vintage and rare titles only.
If you are at all familiar with us, though, you know that we have hundreds upon hundreds of books that have come out within the past two or three years. Most are still in excellent condition. Better still, most are inexpensive--70% to 80% off of the cover price, to be exact. When you tally up the original cover price of the six books featured below, the total comes to $163.30. Babbitt's price for the same six books is $31.
Babette thinks that's a great bargain.
If you want your Christmas dollar to go far, these books--these prices!--cannot be beaten. You can find these books and hundreds of others on our new arrivals shelf and in the history aisle. The ones below are all hardcovers with dust jackets, but we have plenty of three- and four-dollar trade paperbacks to fit your needs, too.
David McCullough's 1776.Cover price: $32
Our price: $4
Caroline Alexander's The Bounty: The True Story of Mutiny on the Bounty
Cover price: $27.95
Our price: $5
Cover price: $24.95
Eric Burns's Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism
Cover price: $27.50
Our price: $6