Saturday, January 31, 2009

Library Sales

When a public library has a book sale, it's a writer's dream! The main public library in downtown Charlotte had a book sale for the last couple of days. Oh, joy! I bought tons of books. Some were reference books for my writing, while others were fiction books that I intend to read whenever I can get around to it. All the paperbacks were a quarter and the hardbacks were 50 cents. A few of the hardbacks would have been $60-$70 on retail as new. Even as used books, I would have paid a lot more in a used bookstore. Did I say how much I love library sales?

Below is a list of some of the books:

Historical Resources:
"Chronicle of the 20th Century" This is a hardback that is about 3" thick. Since I write history, must of the first half of the 20th century is now considered historical. I have a 1929 story in mind I want to write as well as a WWII story.

"Priceless Gift: The Love letters of Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Axson Wilson" How is this reference material, you might ask? Well, since I write historicals it gives specific examples of the language and culture of what a man and woman might have written in the late 1800's. I have my characters write letters to each other all the time in our historicals. We do the same thing today, only it's on email.

"Victorian People: A Reassessment of Persons & Themes 1851-1867" Need I say more?

"The Art & Science of Horseshoeing"

"Horseman's Bible"

"Saddlery and Horse Equipment" Of course, all these horse books could come in handy for a historical writer. Horses were the main means of transportation back then, an occupation for others and they had to be cared for. You can't read a historical novel and not have horses in it somewhere.

"Turning Life into Fiction" This looked quite interesting.

"Americana: The Americas in the World, Around 1850"

"The American West"

"From Churchill's War Rooms: Letters of Secretary 1943-45"

I also picked up several references to North Carolina and I won't list all the fiction. But if your local library has any sales like this, it might be worth the drive to stop by and check it out.


  1. Sounds like you hit the jackpot, Jenn!

  2. Wow, what deals!!

    But alas, I know why I write contemporaries! :) I would never be able to do all that research!

    Enjoy your new library, Jenn!


  3. Great deal for you and it supports the local library! I'm familiar with the Mecklenburg library system and I'm sure they have the best book sale in NC!

    L. Diane Wolfe

  4. Jenn,

    Sounds like you had a great day. What a dream come true...and 50 Cents a hardback?

  5. COOL! A goldmine is what you found!