I went to Powell’s today to sell some books, not just as part of my Eternal Quest to Declutter My Room, but also to get some badly needed cash. I ended up getting about $45–$40 of which I then had to promptly use to re-fuel my car. What a painful thought, books for oil. What a brutal economy.
Anyway. I still ended up with quite a few books leftover–in my head I’m thinking of them as The Unwanted Books, both by me and by Powell’s. Who will take them? What will happen to them? What happens to you if you are an Unwanted Book? It seems like a very sad fate to me. Here is a list, for record-keeping’s sake:
The Crying Lot of 49 (Thomas Pyncon– and yet the copy of V that a termite had burrowed through was accepted!)
Various Antidotes (Joanna Scott)
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times (Richard Carlson, Ph.D)
The Tibetan Art of Postive Thinking: Skillful Thought for Successful Living (Christopher Hansard)
Eat. Shop. Portland
Fronteras No Mas: Towards Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Kathleen Staudt and Irasema Coronado)
Step-by-Step to Organic Vegetable Growing (Samuel Ogden)
Inhuman Bondage: the Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (David Brion Davis)
The Three Pillars of Zen (Roshi Philip Kapleau)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Sean Covey)
Science Fiction (Adam Roberts) — left over from high school senior year project. Haha! It’s interested to see what passages I highlighted, in my cheery bright green marker.
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Bill Bryson) — I have been trying to sell this book to Powell’s for years with no avail; they are just not interested!!
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure (James Redfield) — beat-up high school copy of my brother’s. Never read it. “An Ishmael wannabe,” I remember my brother cooly remarking.
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms (David Arora)
The Woman Warrior (Maxine Hong Kingston) — another book Powells has always steadfastedly refused to buy from me for years
The Town (William Faulkner)
Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It (Jane B. Burka, Ph.D, Lenora M. Yuen, Ph.D)
Seems like self-help books really got the smackdown.