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OMG, you guys

Filed under : Travel
On July 18, 2011
At 1:00 am
Comments : 7

Wow, I hate myself for titling this post that, it’s so trendy now. But really, once you see what I got in Portland, you will understand and forgive. See, they have this GIANT book store called Powell’s with new and used stuff and it takes up a whole city block and then some. I spent three full hours there! I have even sold them books, by mail, and if I could remember what exactly I had shipped them back in 2009 when I was clearing out space for the nine boxes of crap from my office at The Record Label, I’m sure I’d have gone and seen if they were still there. Instead, I headed immediately for the YA section, and while there was only one Norma Klein book (sob), I was rewarded with THIS FIND.

I know! I know! Only $11.95. Here’s the front view.

I can’t believe I carried a box set of books home, but I did. Also, two books that I didn’t have from Norma Fox Mazer. So.excited.

BTW, I already have a copy of AYTG? IMM so I may give away my other one, except it’s from my childhood and sentimentally reminds me of how baffled I was by the concept of a belt being involved with feminine hygiene. This is what happens when you read books which are already out of date by the time you hit puberty. But remember when I had some kind of attention span and inhaled books rather than blog posts and tweets? Good times!

Anyhoo, in other news, I’m home! I’ll be sharing last thoughts on the trip once I catch up on some sleep and other things that need to be done when you’ve been away for two weeks and left things like “the curtains fell down in the living room” to await your return. Also, I may re-read Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. Or Blubber. Maybe both.

Actually, I just noticed this set doesn’t have Deenie! Is anyone going to be in Portland anytime soon? Special consideration if you want to trade for a well-used copy of AYTG? IMM.

Talking Heads – The Book I Read


7 Comments for this post

  1. Mo says:

    OMG. Where was this boxed set when we were kids? This makes me want to go to Portland TODAY.

  2. Gemellus says:

    Cool books. My girls read books by Judy Blume now. They are going into 5th and really enjoy them. Sorry about your curtains. Thanks for the trip reports.

  3. Becca says:

    Mo, can you pick me up a copy of Deenie? I can’t pay $8 plus shipping when it’s $1.95 at Powell’s!

    Thanks for reading them, Gemellus! And I’m so glad to hear your girls are enjoying JB, because I worry about her losing shelf space to newer books.

    PS, still haven’t fixed the curtains.

  4. Elena says:

    Oooh oooh! do they also have the complete All of a Kind Family series? Today at work I was trying to get some missing issues of the AJL [Assoc. of Jewish Libraries] Newsletter, when I noticed an article on the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. I didn’t know there was such a award–I loved her books. What does: Hazak, Hazak, v’n’thazek

  5. Ludakristen says:

    What a terrific find. You lucky dog, you.

  6. Becca says:

    Oh, Elena, I should have looked! I still love the one where she stains her sister’s nice dress with tea and then covers it up by dying the whole thing in it.

    Chazak, Chazak, v’nitchazek (I always like the ch, what can I do) means, literally: be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened. You say it when a major accomplishment has occurred, usually when you reach the end of one of the five books of the Torah (a segment is read each week in synagogue, so, 5x a year). As the Torah reader chants the last words of the book, the congregation calls it out together. I’m not really sure why that’s the traditional exclamation, I’d have to ask.

    Thanks, Luda! I do feel lucky.

  7. Elena says:

    Oh, I like that ‘be strong’ phrase. It was used to end a conference speech to Jewish librarians. All of us– librarians, Jewish people, and everyone else, can stand to hear a phrase like that now and then.

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