Today, I have a thrift store book haul to share! One of my favorite places to buy books is thrift stores. I like to browse the books people have donated and choose ones to take home with me. It’s so fun. There’s always a new selection and they’re usually always in good condition. It’s like hunting for buried treasure and the prices are cheap. So much fun! Here’s what I got the other day.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I picked this one up purely based on the reviews on the first page and back cover. The Washington Post, Elizabeth Gilbert, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, and a bunch of others all say its a can’t miss. Turns out, there was a movie based on this book released this year. Obviously, I refuse to watch it until after I read the book but it has a 79% rating on rotten tomatoes so that’s a good sign.
“January 1946: Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.”
Publication Details: The Dial Press, May 5, 2009, 978-0385341004
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
I didn’t realize this was an alternate history novel until I got home and really read the synopsis. I wasn’t going to get this one but I’m glad I did. The concept sounds interesting to me and I’m pretty excited to get started on it.
“For sixty years, Jews have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life—and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage—and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears.”
Publication Details: Harper Perennial, April 29, 2008, 978-0007149834
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
This is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read forever. I just never got around to it. So many books. So little time. I’ve repeatedly refused to watch the movie based on this book since I hadn’t read it yet.
“If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one.”
Publication Details: Ember, January 5, 2006, 978-0385751537
The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
I bought this one because the cover is pretty. I also love that it’s an old book. Normally, I don’t read westerns but this one has a lot of good reviews on Goodreads so maybe it will cause me to change my ways.
“Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie Jr.’s epic adventure novels set in the American West. Here he introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers: traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love.”
PUBLICATION DETAILS: TIME-LIFE BOOKS, first published 1947
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
This one is set in Paris. Once I saw that I added it to my cart. Sold!
“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting French families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard-their secret hiding place-and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.”
PUBLICATION DETAILS: St. Martin’s Giffin, September 2008, 978-0312370848
I spent a grand total of $4.36! I love a good bargain! Shopping at second-hand stores is fun because I usually always end up coming home with books I would have never picked up otherwise. Have you read any of these? What did you think?