I have stopped giving myself a moratorium when it comes to book buying since it never really works. Might as well embrace the fact that I am a compulsive book buyer and avid reader, that is simply the way the world works. Add the fact that Bras Basah always manages to provide me with the most unlikely treasures on a weekly basis for 2.50, it really is amazing. Here are my recent book buys.
Novels from Bras Basah – 2 for 5 dollars
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist looks like a great read. I got the fully illustrated version. I also have a growing collection of Anaïs Nin’s diaries, so I thought that this was a great find: Journal of a Wife.
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I have Books 3 and 4 of The Tales of Alvin Maker so I am glad to find Heartfire by Orson Scott Card, the 5th book in the series. My greatest find though is Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Volumes 1-3. I already have his Volumes 4-6 bought from Green Apple in San Francisco two years back. What are the chances of my finding the first three volumes in Bras Basah, of all places? Woohoo! Now I am even more convinced that the place is a treasure trove.
We just watched Batman a few weeks ago, naturally, the ten year old girl is avidly on the lookout for the actual graphic novel version. We’re not sure if this is the one, but it looks great: The Black Mirror. She also got Superman: Earth One.
I fell in love with James Thurber and Marc Simont’s collaboration with The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O (see my 2-in-1 review here), so I’m truly happy to see a picture book done by the two of them: Many Moons. Our next bimonthly theme has something to do with books about books so I am slowly collecting and borrowing titles that would fit that theme, thus Eleanor Farjohn’s The Little Bookroom, an NYRB Book!
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I have fallen in love with Peter Sis’ classic illustrations, so when I saw Dream Stealer’s cover from our library shelves, I knew I had to borrow it. I was even more wide-eyed when I noted that it’s a collaboration with Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman. Mo Willems’ book is another rare find: You can never find a rickshaw when it monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day.
I have already read (and reviewed) Leonard Marcus’ Show Me a Story and A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal, I thought I might as well read Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom as collected and edited by the amazingly-erudite Leonard S. Marcus. It looks like an amazing and inspiring book. Anyone among you who has read this yet?