Saturday, September 26, 2009

Book Store Adventures in Portland

Another adventure in Portland area. This time I was on a mission to discover more Jean Plaidy Novels and to find Of Mice and Men by John Steinbck. This time unfortunately I did not find much of what I set out to find.

This time I went to a used bookstore closer to my house. They specialize in rare books and I had never been in there before. Lets just say I am not going back either not exactly a kid friendly zone. But I did manage to snag a few little things that were overpriced enough to where I appreciated the last stores prices much more.

I picked up a nice leather copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran which to my surprise is a very interesting little book. After doing a search on him this is what came up:
"He was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Syria), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in 1960s counterculture."
I am sending it to my brother, words of wisdom and inspiration. I also finally found Robin Maxwell's "The Queens Bastard", I read it awhile back and have been looking for it forever. I lucked out with one Victoria Holt aka Jean Plaidy novel "The Queen's Confession" which is a tale of Marie Antoinette. One that I have not even heard of. Last but not least "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. Sorry all but the pictures are not the exact ones I got but it was the closest I could find.

14 comments:

  1. I have got all the works of Kahlil Gibran. I read those some years ago. Your post made me realise, I need to go back. His poetry is divine.

    You will never regret reading The Prophet.

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  2. Great books. Marie Antoinette is one of my favourites.. :)

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  3. I've got that Queen's Confession & Queen's Bastard, on my shelf too.. I love going to the bookstore, which I did also this week, so you'll see my finds on the mailbox monday coming up =)

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  4. I started it last night and LOVED it. It is just down right beautiful, and eloquent. I did not know he had more but I guess I had not gotten that far yet.

    I hope the M.A. book is a bit more lusty, the last one I read about her I hated, no feelings.

    To the bookshelf it went, I have too many I want to read at one time right now. I just need to slow my roll a bit.

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  5. I've never heard if the Queen's Bastard.

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  6. OMG bluestocking you would love it. A dirty love story with a secret love child. I LOVED it.

    You should read it, you would like it I swear.

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  7. Lizzy these still are great finds! I have such a hard time finding any Plaidys. Mind you just recently I found a place that keeps tons of Heyer...so I'm plannning on going back there. These used bookstores are like treasure where you do have to search to find rare jewels. Thanks:)

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  8. What a coincidence! I was at B&N at the Clackamas Town Center this morning. I picked up Plaidy's The Queen's Secret, plus Gortner's The Last Queen. I thought hard about picking up See's Peony in Love, so I was staring at Snow Flower & Secret Fan too, but I've already read it. Very good book.

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  9. I know I ended up going to B&N and getting Of Mice and Men there because no one else had it anywhere.

    I know it is on my list but at the very bottom.

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  10. Queen's Bastard AND Queen's Confession! What finds! Both sound divine--I must read both asap.

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  11. Queen's bastard is a favorite hopefully Confessions will be too.

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  12. Although The Queen's Confession was written under the name Victoria Holt, that really should have been a Plaidy. It is of the same good quality as Plaidy's other works. I've no doubt you will enjoy it!

    I liked The Queen's Bastard, too, although it seemed a stretch to me that Elizabeth could have had a child with no one finding out about it! But Maxwell's writing is very enjoyable, and I have most of her books. Have you read Signora Da Vinci yet? I've seen it in the bookstore but haven't picked it up yet.

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  13. OMG OMG I read Signora in 2 days, like I did not sleep it was that good.

    I love the Queen's Bastard because of the relationship with Robert. He is dreamy and the book is more of a daydream about them for me.

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  14. Really! OK, note to self: buy Signora this week!

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