Saturday, May 19, 2012
One Man's Spring Cleaning Is Another Man's Bounty
Spring cleaning season is one of my favorite times of year in downtown Brooklyn. Because there are so many writers, book reviewers/bloggers, and just generally literate people in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Fort Greene, and Cobble Hill, spring cleaning season means that people give away a lot of excellent books. Thrift stores like Housing Works discount their books to keep their shelves from overflowing, there are great stoop sales every weekend, and large stacks of books are left in give-away piles people's front stoops. The last thing I need is more books with which to clutter up my apartment, but some things are just too good to pass up. I've added these seven books to my library for a grand total of six dollars: book club-type discussion about it, for which the author, Colson Whitehead, joined them, and Glen Weldon of NPR's pop-culture happy hour also raved about it. On more than one occasion I almost bought this book in hardcover.