I came across this post about entitled Things I Find in Books, Part 1. Give it a read. Like the author, I also tend to buy used books – in fact I can’t bring myself to buy a full priced book anymore thanks to Half Priced Books being so near.
I’ve never found money in a book but I have been lucky enough to find a few random things in the well-worn pages of a few garage sale treasures, not including the faded brown boogers or questionable slightly curled hairs (I’m saying they’re arm hairs – that’s how I sleep at night).
To me, the best items I’ve found have been a couple of personal letters from the 50’s and 60’s that were hidden within the pages of a couple of Goodwill bought paperbacks. There’s just something so intriguing about them. In a way, they’re quick snippets of that era’s reality T.V. Neither of them say anything monumental, but they both convey a level of courtesy, warmth, and love that is missing in most of the rhetoric. Plus the penmanship of both, while the two are completely different, speaks to a time where style and readability were equally important.
Looks like I’ll be stopping by Goodwill tomorrow to browse the selection.
- Books…read them, write them, love them (dragonflyscrolls.wordpress.com)
- More on borrowing things… (femlistique.wordpress.com)
- “How to Steal Like an Artist.” (althouse.blogspot.com)