Sunday, March 24, 2013
Did We Need Piles of Bargain Books?
Reminded me of the days when Mary B and I also took just two shopping bags to this book extravaganza. Helps put a limit on our purchasing powers. Though the propensity to buy art and design books adds a weight limit too.
All of these books are dusty and my nose always stuffs up and I begin to sneeze, but none of this deters. I also read an article last December in The New York Times about the problems librarians are having with bedbugs living in books. Apparently, it's a real problem of late. Something that Kindle would not tolerate. Guess we'll see if my bed becomes infiltrated.
So, here are some of the books I brought home.
1. Found a paperback copy of 'Villa Montana Cuisine' by Ray Cote, a book I wished I'd purchased 35 years ago when we visited Villa Montana in Morelia, Mexico with friends. The food at this hill top inn was superb and for whatever reasons, I deemed its cookbook an extravagance and left without a copy. I'd say it has the same sentimental value as Helen Corbitt's Neiman Marcus 'Potluck Cookbook'.
2. Found a copy of 'Fresh Paint, The Houston School, MFAH,' by Barbara Rose and Susie Kalil. I have to admit, 'Fresh Paint' still appeals to me. I know the artists. Their work is vibrant, still feels charged in a way that most of the art on gallery walls these days does not. Too much palette knife and trowels at work today. ES was in this exhibition.
4. 'The Nabis, Bonnard, Vuillard, and Their Circle' by Claire Fresches-Thory and Antoine Terrasse. Couldn't resist this book even though I wish it had more images in color. I am fascinated by the paintings of Vuillard and Bonnard, intimate, light filled, in many ways graphic and flat, wonderful palette.
5. 'Gardens, As Essay on the Human Condition,' by Robert Pogue Harrison. Quote on the back cover of this book, "...thoughtful wide-ranging examination of the many ways that gardens evoke the human conditions...gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York."
6. Texas 1903 edition of 'Our Language, Third Book of Grammar' by C. Alphonso Smith, Ph.D., Edgar Allan Poe Professor of English, University of Virginia. For use in sixth and seventh grades. I opened this well worn book on the page that described 'simple sentence.' The simple sentence is a unit of grammar and the simplest expression of thought. by modifying or multiplying the simple sentence, all other sentences are made. A simple sentence may be divided into two parts and each part will mean something and will contain its own subject and predicate.
The example given ? 'Trees grow /and/but/ they also decay.' Choices to be made here.
7. 'Fig Heaven, 70 Recipes for the World's Most Luscious Fruit' by Marie Simmons. I never even liked figs until two years ago when Rosario brought me figs from her tree. They were divine. Then I found Mexican sugar candied figs at my local Fiesta and Mary and Queta baked chicken with figs and Meyer lemons. I am hooked on figs now. So this cookbook is a dream come true.
9. 'Roads, Driving America's Great Highways' by Larry McMurtry. Who can resist a McMurtry read?
10. 'The Rich Man's Guide to the Riviera' by David Dodge, the author of 'The Poor Man's Guide to Europe.' I picked this book up because of its cover and after reading a page, dropped it in my bag. This is the man who authored 'To Kill A Thief' which Alfred Hitchcock made into a movie with Carry Grant and Grace Kelly. Do we remember? Dodge is a funny writer. I've read a third of this book already, laughing all the way. And sneezing too. It's a dusty book. Remember when bikinis were a big deal?