Afton library book sale yields vintage treasures

Yesterday and today was the 41st  Afton Arts and Crafts Festival in Afton, NY.  My first stop there yesterday was the Afton Free Library book sale.

I came home with five vintage bestsellers. My picks were three novels I have read and wanted for my personal library. Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger,  (1947 #10)  ia a swashbuckling Renaissance adventure.  It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (#5 in 1936), which hasn’t been reviewed yet in this blog, is riveting story in which America becomes a totalitarian state. B. F.’s Daughter by John P. Marquand, (1946 #9) is a story of a woman realizes her marriage has disintegrated during the years she and her husband were separated during the war and wonders if she cares. That’s review is yet to come on this blog, too.

I also got two novels I haven’t read, but which are on on the early twentieth century bestseller list: The Virginian by Owen Wister (#1 in 1902 and #5 in 1903) and The One Woman: A Story of Modern Utopia by Thomas Dixon Jr. (1903 #9).

I also picked up book that wasn’t a bestseller, but which is something of a cult classic: The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which I’ve never read.

Not a bad haul for $3.

Also among the offerings on the library’s sale tables were Kenneth Robert’s Lydia Bailey (1947#4),  and Boris Pasternak’s  Dr. Zhivago (1958 #1), neither of which I care to read again.

I was, however,  tempted to pick up a copy of Mrs. Miniver (1940 #3 ) to replace mine, whose war-era paper is crumbling, but decided against it, since I had a long walk to the car with my treasures.  I also left behind with regret a novel whose title was unfamiliar but whose author, Nevil Shute  (Trustee from the Toolroom and On the Beach) is a good storyteller.

Check out the library book sales in your area for similar values.  And keep telling your librarian about the great reading in older novels.  Librarians can even add this blog to their website via a widget that updates with every review.


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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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