Friday, December 12, 2008

Old Isn't Always Too Old

Old books aren't always pretty, but many of them are very interesting. The two highlighted today are cases in point. The Tender Stone is by a woman stone carver who was a WPA artist who actually lived in the Washington DC area.  Her book is written from the standpoint of the stone being carved by the artist. This would be an excellent gift, even in 'less than perfect' form, for an artist of any kind.  Uncle Perk's Jug would also make a unique, thoughtful gift. Again, it's not in perfect condition, but it has character and contains LOTS of characters, some of whom might look familiar to the hunter or fisherman in your life!

The Tender Stone is a difficult to find autobiography by sculptor Lenore Thomas Straus. This copy is number 51 of a limited edition of 650. It is signed by the author and shows little sign of having been read. The dust jacket has a missing wedge along the top edge, and other signs of wear. Thomas was famous for her sculptures that she did for the town of Greenbelt, Maryland.  She died in 1988. This book is available at Amazon1 for $14.

Uncle Perk's Jug: More Stories from the Lower Forty is a collection of short stories about a group of hunting and fishing friends, the Lower Forty Club. This would be a great gift for a hunter or fisherman. The text is tight and unmarked. The cover and dust jacket show minor moisture damage at the base of the spine.  DJ is now mylar-protected. The book is available for $32 at Amazon1.

All books we sell on Amazon1 and Amazon2 are donations not needed for the library's collection. All proceeds of sales go to support programs at Reston Regional Library as well as the Fairfax County Library System. Current Friends of Reston Regional Library can contact us to purchase these books directly, saving on shipping. Thank you for your support of literacy and community involvement!


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