sold

A SAMPLING OF THE WONDERFUL OLD THINGS WE SOLD LAST WEEK

12-16-14 to 12-20-14

L’Engle. ILSA

Steven Barnes. 1 title

THE BLACK BOOK OF POLAND

1969: November 21 Issue of Life Magazine with Johnny Cash Cover Photo plus   Jesse Jackson

1 old Bible

GEORGE BUSH DARK PRINCE

Groucho Marx. GROUCHO AND ME

1 bio of Groucho

THE WIZARD OF OZ leatherboiund

6 sci-fi titles

Stephen King. 2 titles

1 ob/gyn title

2 old key chains

1 coconut monkey

Vladimir Nabokov. 2 titles

Anais Nin. DELTA OF VENUS

Arabic phrast\e book

1 history

DR. WHO

1 Alabama postcard

John Steinbeck. 1 title

1 art book

THE ONCE IN A BLUE MOON COOKBOOK

Eugene Walter. Cookbook

                                                            Hemingway. 1 title

2 landscaping titles

Willie Morris. 1 title

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE

1 Audrey Hepburn MY FAIR LADY Barbie

TRISTRAM SHANDY Armed Services Edition paperback

Latham. COLOR OF LOST ROOMS autographed

Dickens. HOLLY TREE

Frost. A PICTORAL CHRONICAL

Hugo. LES MISERABLES

Heinlein. BETWEEN PLANETS

2 BRIDE OF CHUCKY dolls

Laurence Sterne. 1 title

Ellery Queen. Several titles

1 1963 Life Magazines (the Kennedys)

Poe.  TALES VOL.1 and VOL.2

Sagan. DRAGONS OF EDEN

Hawking. BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

Jennings. PRE-HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA

Pynchon. 1 title

Fleming. DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Johnson. JESUS’ SON

4 Stephen King Books

Lippman. GOOD SENSE

ESSAYS ON LIBERTY

1 Christmas Golden Book

Life & Saturday Evening Post Magazines for 1959

Kurt Vonnegut. 2 titles

Thomas Mann. 1 title

1 classic novel

1 $100 gift certificate

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

Short Price. ALABAMA POLITICS TELL IT LIKE IT IS

1940: October issue of Amazing Stories Magazine with Cover Art of Green Robot Carrying Brunette in Red Dress By Morey plus Stories By Robert Moore Williams & Ralph Milne Farley & Ed Earl Repp & Bradner Buckner & Jack West

1 WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY

2 DANNY DUNN books

Windham. ENCOUNTERS

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL The Man Who  Contracted Space  leatherbound

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD leatherbound

THE RULE OF OUR MOST HOLY FATHER SAINT BENEDICT 1886

LITTLE BROWN KOKO’S PETS & PLAYMATES

A.A. Fair. THE BIGGER THEY COME

1962: December 1963: January Vogue Pattern Book

THE JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY Volume 65 Number 1, March 1993

THE LURE AND LORE OF LIMESTONE COUNTY

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A SAMPLING OF THE WONDERFUL OLD THINGS WE SOLD LAST WEEK

12-8-14 to 12-13-14

2 mysteries by George Sanders (Leigh Brackett)

Kurt Vonnegut. BLUEBEARD

1 witchcraft title

1 southern novel

1 Birmingham Arts Journal (donation)

PEANUTS

TEACHING DEAF CHILDREN TO SPEAK

Agatha Christie. 1 title

K.G. Ballard. 1 title

1 old metal toy car

1 old metal toy plane

THE VALLEY AND THE HILLS AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BIRMINGHAM AND JEFFERSON COUNTY Alabama

6 illustrated “classics”

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PEANUTS

MILLIONS OF CATS

1 medieval history

1 novel

Thoreau. 1 collection

Hemingway. 1 title

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS

1 handmade book

1 Sherlock Holmes collection

2 View Master reels

Old home remedy book

2 JOHN ADAMS bios

Several presidential bios

1 ROBERT E. LEE bio

Several American history volumes

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

1 Birmingham postcard

Robert Frost. Poems

WHISTLIN’ WOMAN AND CROWIN’ HEN The True Legend of Dauphin Island and the Alabama Coast

ENGLISH-GAELIC DICTIONARY (part 2 of MacAlpine’s PRONOUNCING GAELIC DICTIONARY)

Gibran. DER PROPHET (in German)

George R.R. Martin. 1 title

2 old computer texts

THE BLACK CAT film poster

Lee Smith. ORAL HISTORY

John O’Hara. OURSELVES TO KNOW

Quinn. MISTRESS OF ROME

Rutherfurd. PRINCES OF IRELAND

2 Books by Alexander Dumas

Pynchon. 49

LES MISERABLES

Coleridge.  RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

Joyce. ULYSSES

POETRY BOOKS

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY signed

Clarke.  RAMA REVEALED

LARGE PHOTO OF BIRMINGHAM BARONS

McGuane. LONGEST SILENCE

iI ASIMOV

1 old cookbook

Kipling.  PHANTOM RICKSHAW

Milton. PARADISE LOST

TREASURY OF AMERLCAN FOLKLORE

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY

Ringo. WHEN THE DEVIL DANCES

POSTCARD OF VULCAN

NIGHT FALL movie lobby card

BEETHOVEN Charles Grodin 1991 Movie Poster video Poster full size one sheet Poster

Poster “WEAR THE OLD COAT, BUY THE NEW BOOK”

Linbderman. PLENTY-COUPS

Taylor. CHICKEN EVERY SUNDAY

King.  SALEM’S LOT and EYES OF THE DRAGON

Sabatini.  CAPTAIN BLOOD

Lamb.  GHENGIS SHAN

THEORIES OF SURPLUS-VALUE

King. SALEM’S LOT

Jackson. HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Matheson. I AM LEGEND

3 philosophy works

Several Shakespeare plays

2 old book marks

1 color photo of Vincent Price

Edgar Allan Poe. 2 titles

Several other plays

1 $30 gift certificate

Satterfield. HISTORIC SITES  OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA

THIS IS ALABAMA (textbook)

Flagg. ALL GIRL FILLING STATION REUNION

2 old car magazines

DR. ATKINS DIET REVOLUTION

3-volume Bible commentary

3 old maps

N.C. WYETH collection

Olson. CITIZENS OF LONDON (4 copies)

$20 gift certificate

COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

1 poster of Jack Webb

2 alternate lifestyle books

1 carpentry book

THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK

1976: December Ebony Magazine with Front Cover Photos of  Richard Pryor & Johnny Mathis & Lou Gossett & Johnny Walker

WORKS OF MAX ERNST

Several sci-fi pulp magazines

OUTLAND (sci-fi novel)

1 old Downtown Birmingham hardware sign

1 stack of paper ephemera

Several old prints

Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (German edition)

1 Bamberg print

IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE

Agatha Christie. 3 titles

4 old comic books

Dalai Lama. 1 title

LEE OF VIRGINIA

1 thriller

Several Russian-language books

2 Peter Rabbit books

  1 James Bond title

THE HELP

 Salinger. CATCHER IN THE RYE

ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING

Tim O’Brien. 1 title

Percy. THE MOVIEGOER

Toole. CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

cummings. THE ENORMOUS ROOM

Edgar Allan Poe. 2 titles

Pynchon. MASON & DIXON

H.P. Lovecraft. 1 title

TACITUS’ works

1 philosophy title

Pynchon.  MASON & DIXON

Whitaker.  STORY OF ARCHITECTURE

Robert Heinlein. 3 titles

Mark Twain. 2 titles

1 postcard

DuMaurier REBECCA

L’Amour.  2 books

Hill.  MANDO YO

2 Books of Wonder

1 78rpm jazz-blues recording

STORY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES

Du Bois. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

MOUNTAIN VOICES the Centennial History of Monteagle Sunday School Assembly

A SYSTEM OF HUMAN ANATOMY GENERAL AND SPECIAL

HERALDRY   Miniature Book

1875: November Through 1876: April Issues of Scribner’s Monthly Magazine Bound Together Into One Hardback Volume  Jules Verne & Edward Bellamy & John Burroughs

Millar. WALL OF EYES

FRAIDY CAT (with Soft cat’s Face cover) A Glowing Eye Book

1944: November 3  Yank  Magazine  Cover  Photo of Western Front Soldier Cleaning Up  Siegfried Line  Yochow  Panama  Sad Sack  Full-page b&w Pin-up Photo of Jane Nigh

2 old art magazines

1 bongo drum

Some key chains

Shakespeare. WORKS

Lamb. SHAKESPEARE

AIRPLANES OF THE WORLD

COLOR CHARTS

Wells. WAR OF THE WORLDS

1 Mickey Mouse title

2 Egyptian titles

HOLY GRAIL

4 LITTLE LEATHER LIBRARY titles

Anne Rice. 3 titles

Dr. Seuss. 1 title

Robert Jordan. 8 titles

2 sci-fi titles

1 stack of Elvis books

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12-1-14 to 12-6-14

Goldman. THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Tolkien. THE HOBBIT Folio Society limited edition

LOVELY BONES

Stephen King. 11/22/63

Wilder. LITTLE HOUSE

1 horror novel

WOMAN IN BLACK VHS film

LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

2 old prints

1 TWILIGHT book

GORKY PARK

1 thriller

3 refrig magnets

A bunch of German books

Time Magazine with cover photo of Star Trek leads

Latham. LEAVING GEE’S BEND

IF JESUS CAME TO MY HOUSE

JOE PALOOKA THE HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMP

Hawthorne. HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

Steinbeck. TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY

C.S. Lewis. Several non-fiction titles

Edgar Cayce. 2 titles

Many old prints & graphics

SOPHIE’S WORLD

Hemingway. 1 title

1 Vintage Bookmark

Montaigne. 1 work

Roark.  THE OLD MAN AND THE BOY

Julia Child Swinging Enormous wooden Serving Spoon on TV set from A&E Biography JULIA CHILD: AN APPETITE FOR LIFE (1997) Publicity Photograph 8X10 Black & White

Original STAR WARS LP double-record album

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

ARABIAN NIGHTS

1 Julia Child publicity photo

Bradbury. ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING

C.S. Lewis. PREFACE TO PARADISE LOST & THE ABOLITION OF MAN

T.S. Eliot. MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

Flannery O’Connor. THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY

Dostoyevsky. BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

Carlyle. FRENCH REVOLUTION

Gordon.  TOUCH OF WONDER (3 COPIES)

Shakespeare.  COMIDIES and COMEDIES AND TRAGEDIES

Orczy.  SCARLET PIMPERNEL

Marshall. LET’S KEEP CHRISTMAS

Browne.  HISTORY OF FOREST PARK

Arrien.  SECOND HALF OF LIFE

John Beecher. 1 title

RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

MOTHER GOOSE

Goethe. FAUST

Kipling. JUNGLE BOOKS

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

WINDS OF WAR

OUT OF AFRICA

Albert Camus. THE STRANGER

2 old electric football games

1 lapel pin

King. UNDER THE DOME

CAINE MUTINY COURT MARSHALL

NEW JERUSALEM

THIS DIFFICULT INDIVIDUAL

Wayne Flynt. 2 titles

WOODWRIGHT’S WORK BOOK

3 old photographs

1 labor relations title

Anne George. 1 mystery

1 AFRICAN book

Frank Herbert. 2 titles

THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER translated By T. E. Shaw or T. E. Lawrence of Arabia

Dickens.  OLIVER TWIST, TALE OF TWO CITIES

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

HUNTING NORTH AMERICA’S BIG GAME

THE OLD MAN AND THE BOY

FAUST by Gounod LP set

Anna Quindlan. 1 title

BEST OF HOME ECONOMIC TEACHERS BICENTENNIAL COOKBOOK, LIMITED EDITION

Steinbeck. PEARL, OF MICE AND MEN

Yeats.  COLLECTED POEMS

Browning.  POETICAL WORKS

FAMOUS STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Bryant.  BEAR (2 copies)

Bryant. BEAR, THE MAN…

Dent.  JUNCTION BOYS

Dunnavant.  COACH

MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

1 publicity photo (movie)

1 19th century kids’ book

1938: February 28 Issue of SEARS MIDWINTER SALE CATALOG

AN INTRODUCTION TO REMBRANDT

SQUIRE PARSONS SONGBOOK

Aleister Crowley. 1 title

POEMS OF DR. ZHIVAGO

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GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

SKETCHBOOK

1 enormous PEANUTS collection

Several novels

Kurt Vonnegut – SLAUGHTER-HOUSE-FIVE

Asimov – THE ROBOT NOVELS

Asimov – i, robot

WORD MYSTERIES AND HISTORIES

1 hummingbird book

1 stack of Kurt Vonnegut titles

Robert K. DeArment – BAT MASTERSON

THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL

4 HOLLYWOOD STILL PHOTOS – Roy Rogers & Hopalong Cassidy & Johnny Mack Brown

2 very old letters

Jane Austen – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Margaaret Mitchell – GONE WITH THE WIND – vols 1 & 2

Geoffrey Norman  - ALABAMA SHOWDOWN

J.M. Barrie – PETER PAN

George Shaffner – LAND OF SECOND CHANCES

Colin Dexter – SERVICE OF ALL THE DEAD

Colin Dexter – THE SECRET OF ANNEXE 3

PICTURE BOOK OF CATS

John Cowper Powys – A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE

1949: THE PRINCE OF PEACE Annual Passion Play in Lawton Oklahoma (this is a Color Program Featuing Actors, Etc.)

Dickens. THE SHORT STORIES OF CHARLES DICKENS

1 travel brochure

THE MCGEES OF NORTH RIVER

LONE RANGER & TONTO FIST FIGHT IN HEAVEN

Spyri. HEIDI

Carroll. ALICE IN WONDERLAND

BIG BETS Decisions and Leaders That Shaped Southern Company

1 Black history title

HOW TO SATISFY A WOMAN EVERY TIME

DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

1 horror collection

1 James Dean photo

Emily Dickinson. 1 collection

Alan Ginsberg. Letters

1 bio of Bear Bryant

1 classroom image of George Washington

Lillian Braun.  8 titles

1 $50 gift certificate

1999: March W Magazine with Lisa Kudrow & Pat Kluge

Several old postcards

2 CD classical music recordings

1 novel

THE CHATTANOOGA COUNTRY 1540-1951 From Tomahawks to TVA

THE COTTON PLANT

THE HERITAGE OF COTTON The Fibres of Two Worlds and Many Ages

3 copies of GOD’S PSYCHIATRY

SCIENCE OF RAILWAYS/ORGANIZATION AND FORCES 1896

RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH

1 WWI military war poster

Agatha Christie. Several titles

Alfred Hitchcock books

HARDY BOYS

ARABIAN NIGHTS

1 Anne George Book

Allen Johnson Jr.  FUN

BACH BAROQUE MASTERPIECES CD

WORKS OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT

IN PURSUIT OF THE DRAGON

MOONSTONE VHS

Collins,  BLIND LOVE

Collins. LANGUAGE OF GOD

Fletcher.  SITUATION ETHICS

AESOP’S FABLES

Doyle.  PEARL BUCK

THE JACK LAFAIENCE BOOK

3 Jack Chalker books

HAMLET  Classics Illstratated

Proulx.  SHIPPING NEWS

1 Civil Rights title

Several Dr. Seuss books

DIARY OF A YUPPIE

Several old prints

4 turn of century non-fiction titles

Defoe. ROBINSON CRUSOE leatherbound

Sisley.  JOY OF LESBIAN SEX

Champagne. OUT FROM UNDER

Nabokov. LOLITA ( 2 copies)

Walker Percy. LANCELOT

2 Bear Bryant books

Herbert.  DUNE

2 James Bond VHS films

1 book of proverbs

1 vampire novel

Andrew Greeley. 1 title

1 comic graphic work

1 architectural  print

1958: September issue of Boys’ Life Magazine With Cover Photo of Scouts in Utah Canyon Plus Stories By Carl J. Spinatelli & Paul Annixter & Edesse Peery Plus Eric Sloane & Pee wee Harris & Tono & rocky Stoneaxe

SKATING ON ICE

Pickett. HISTORY OF ALABAMA

Asimov. I ROBOT

Del Rey. AND SOME WERE HUMAN  A DOZEN   Signed

Anne George. WILD GOOSE CHASE (poetry By This Alabama Mystery author)

1956: July 2 Issue of Life Magazine with Cover Photo of Stephanie Griffin & Articles on Althea Gibson & Gunfighters such as Jack Elam & Kirk Douglas & glenn Ford & Frank Sinatra & Rod Redwing & Burt Lancaster & Hugh O’brian as Wyatt Earp (2 copies)

1946: October issue of Coronet Magazine with Cover Photo of Maggie Long plus Jim Bishop

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11-17-14 to 11-22-14

Wayne Greenhaw. THE GOLFER

Katherine Tucker Windham. 1 title

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY 5 signed copies

Elmore Laonard. Several titles

John D. MacDonald. Several titles

Isaac Asimov. 1 title

William March. 2 titles

Steinbeck. 2 titles

Hemingway. 1 title

1 diet book

Thomas Friedman. THE WORLD IS FLAT

1 great big stack of Emerson, Thoreau, Virgil, Beckett, Shakespeare etc.

1 Civil War title

M.R. James.  1 title

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BODYBUILDING

HERODOTUS & THUCYDIDES

 H.G. Wells. OUTLINE OF HISTORY

1 book on guns

Several cookbooks

A number of classic history titles

William James. 1 volume

1 Vermont brochure

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN volume 1

THE FILMING OF GONE WITH THE WIND autographed

TAO TE CHING

Kahlil Gibran. 1 collection

Heinlein. 1 title

Miller. A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ

Asimov. 1 title

Several old FOXFIRE books

SONGS OF THE SAILOR AND LUMBERMAN

Ellington. MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS

FLATT AND SCRUGGS BANJO BOOK

PIONEER WOMAN

3 Issues HARPER’S MONTHLY  from 1915

YEARBOOK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

ANIMALS

Huxley. APE AND ESSENCE

2 DICK AND JANE readers

1 banjo instruction book

2 music books

Henry Miller. THE AIR-CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE (WITH DUST JACKET)

Several science and fiction titles

SIGN OF THE BEAVER

EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE

1 LP recording

1 78 rpm  recording

F. Forsyth. THE SHEPHERD 2 copies, one signed

Bob Dylan bio

Aristotle. ETHICS

1 Christian book

SOPHIE’S WORLD

Dick. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH

FISHING POPPING BUGS FOR BASS AND PANFISH signed

1 flyfishing book

1 Laura Childs mystery

Alan Watts. 1 title

THE UPANISHADS

THE TEACHINGS OF THE COMPASSIONATE BUDDHA

LAZY MAN’S GUIDE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT

WHALE DONE!

THE MYTH OF FREEDOM AND THE WAY OF MEDITATION

ON THE MEANING OF LIFE

POSITIVE ENERGY

THE QUESTION OF GOD

IRAN

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY autographed

TARZAN Big Little Book

W. Somerset Maugham. 1 title

2 novels

CELTIC WHEEL OF LIFE 2 COPIES

1 cat book for kids

Shelley Winters. Autobio

D DAY WEATHER

DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

1 stack of book marks & postcards & philosophy books

E.O. Wilson. 1 title

Honey bees. 1 title

McWhorter. CARRY ME HOME

1 woodworking title

1 wood stove book

Armes. THE STORY OF COAL AND IRON IN ALABAMA

Delany. HAVING OUR SAY

A TOUCH OF WONDER 3 copies

Kaye. FAR PAVILIONS 2-vol set

REPORTS OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES DECIDED BY COURT OF APPEALS OF KENTUCKY  Volume 137 June 18, 1909 to April 29, 1910

Dickens. GREAT EXPECTATIONS leatherbound

A MAN CALLED PALADIN

Gore Vidal. 1 title

2 novels

THE GOLDEN ASS

1985: SPRING SUMMER LIFE MAGAZINE SPECIAL ISSUE WORLD WAR II 40 Years Later

Stephen King. 2 titles

Melville. MOBY-DICK leatherbound

Kirk. CABINS AND CHARACTERS

2 French-language books

1889: March 30 Issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of Oklahoma Boomers Driven Across State Line By Troops & Indian Scouts & Pic of whaling in the North Pacific

Morgan. A TIME TO SPEAK

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Craig, Margaret Maze. TRISH

ROUTE LOCATION AND DESIGN (Fifth Edition)

2 large art books

NATCHEZ TRACE

Robert Jordan. 1 title

Orson Scott Card. 1 title

Several 19th-century photos & prints

Several 1940′s snapshots

Gibran. THE PROPHET

Erich Fromm. THE ART OF LOVING

THE KORAN

THE BOOK OF JOB

1 Bear Bryant commemorative newspaper

1 Life Magazine with Picasso cover photo

1 tall book on skyscrapers

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11-10-14 to 11-15-14

THE LITTLE PRINCE

Several 19th-century prints

1 Woody Allen video disk

Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH

Edgar Cayce. Several titles by/about

1 stack of old stamps

JULIUS CAESAR

MADELEINE

Faulkner. 1 title

Walt Whitman. LEAVES OF GRASS

1 2-cd Yo Yo Ma recording

I LOVE LUCY lava lamp

Bradbury. MARTIAN CHRONICLES & ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

Orson Scott Card. 1 title

2 old medical textbooks

Vonnegut. 1 title

1 1960′s Life Magazine

Shackleton. 1 title

Helen McGinnis. 1 title

John D. MacDonald. 1 title

Robin Williams stand-up from film “Toys”

MAD BOMBER

Fehrenbach. THIS KIND OF WAR

Studs Terkel. THE GOOD WAR

1 thriller

Gin Phillips. 1 title

Mark Childress. 1 title

King. SOUTHERN LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

2 old photos

PALMER METHOD HANDWRITING (TEACHER’S EDITION) Cursive Grade 5 Easy to Teach Series Consumable “SKI LIFT”

ART OF WAR

11 COMIC BOOKS

2 LP’S

3 CHILDREN’S WONDER BOOKS

Barton.  BENEATH FLANDERS FIELD

King.  BAG OF BONES, FROM A A BUICK AND, DARK HALF

Poster from the movie TOYS

Verne.  MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

H. P. Lovecraft. 2 titles

3 biographies

4 old children’s book prints/plates

2 comic books

Rawlings.  YEARLING leatherbound

2 DOC SAVAGE books

IMITATION OF CHRIST

1875: September 11 Issue  with Cover Illustration of Bank Failure in San Francisco, Aticles and Illustrations About Statue of Stonewall Jackson, Baby Hippopotamus in the Branam Circus

KING HENRY V Little Blue Book

1 Old World globe

Baum. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Sartre. 3 novels

2 drink-mix books

WORLD OF ART SERIES-MATISSE, PICASSO, MATISSE

2 old music magazines

1 music book

Buechner. 1 titles

4 old Life Magazines

1 Great Smoky Mountains bear souvenir

ONE MILLION AC/DC Movie Poster 1-Sheet  Adult Film  World Wide Distribution  Canyon

RUN SWINGER RUN Movie Poster 1-Sheet adult Film  ”a Young Girl Alone, Marked for Death By the Crime syndicate”

  OUT OF THE DEPTHS An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience

THE AMERICAN COMMONWEALTH (2 Volumes Complete NEW EDITION)

Patrick White. 2 titles

1 novel

3 books about old cars

four American history titles

Several very old photos

1 nudie photo 1940′s

1 Elvis 8-track recording (never been opened!)

A HISTORY OF THE INDIANS OF THE UNITED STATES

AT THE FOOT OF THE MASTER (American Edition) a Miniature Book

VANITY FAIR leatherbound

FOODS Planning Service Recipes Cookbook

THE FRUIT GARDEN A TREATISE

AN ASCOT MYSTERY

POLICING THE SOUTHERN CITY New Orleans 1805-1889

SPECIAL SERVICES IN COOPERATION WITH USO CAMP SHOWS PRESENTS MUSIC COMEDY DANCING DRAMA AUSPICES THEATER SPECIAL SERVICES Featuring the “Varieteers” Infantry Glee Club  (single-fold Sheet from Circa 1945)

STREAMS IN THE DESERT

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1 environmentalism title

11-3-14 to 11-8-14

2 civil war books

NOTABLE HISTORICAL TRIALS

Cronin. KEYS OF THE KINGDOM

1 kid book

1 novel

AA big book

THE SEXUAL ADDICTION

Bradbury. DANDELION WINE

Several LP recordings

1 stack of old books

1 UNCLE REMUS LP & storybook

Walt Kelly. THE GLOB

HISTORY OF FRANCE

HISTORY OF FLORENCE

EGYPTIAN LITERATURE

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

1 life-size Tim Allen stand-up from “The Santa Clause”

2 Native American history books

1 BEATLES book

1 original Bobby Vinton fan club pin

2 novels

Al Capp. THE SHMOO

FREUD FOR BEGINNERS

JOURNALS OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTS. LEWIS AND CLARK (VOLUME TWO)

THE MIND OF A DOG

ROCKS & MINERALS      Golden Nature Guide

TORIES OF THE HILLS (FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR)

GLORY OF HEAVEN

Mailer. HARLOT’S GHOST signed

3 modern poets

Norman Mailer. 3 titles

Lenny Bruce. 1 title

Isom. THE NEWSPAPER BOY

2 books on illustration

1 solar powered devil figure

1 gremlins recording

3 CUPS OF TEA

THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU

THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE

I THE DIVINE

KITE RUNNER

Hurston. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

Du Bois. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

Schaeffer,  SHANE

1 Movie Magazine

  Benson.  MANTRAPPER

lUMSDEN. black corps

Wilson. SS HEADGEAR COLLECTORS GUIDE

 Figueroa. TROPICAL HEADGEAR OF THE GERMAN WEHRMACHT IN WW II

Stephen King. 1 title

Michael Crichton. 1 title

James Patterson. 1 title

BETWEEN A CLUTCH AND A HARD PLACE

THE LONESOME BADGER AND SOUND AN ALARM AND MURDER WILL OUTCOMPARTMENT AND NIGHT DROP AND DOUBLE IMAGE

THE CASE OF THE DEADLY TOY AND SEVEN CHOSE MURDER AND THE MERCHANT OF MURDER

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY trilogy

1 kid book

Rice. MERRICK

2 stacks of classic children’s literature

1 Dolch reader

McDonald 1 mystery book

Tuschner.  NAACP

Raines.  MY SOUL IS RESTED

Simon. JACKIE ROBINSON

CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964

BERENSTEIN BEARS BOOK

MR. BEAR SQUASH YOU ALL FLAT

  Irene Latham. THE SKY BETWEEN US

Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

MY FOLKS DON’T WANT ME TO TALK ABOUT SLAVERY

Several Birmingham postcards

A stack of Hebraica

1 large box of book parts

1 stack of 1890′s prints

Hemingway. 1 title

1 Southern novel

Cherry. OPELIKA

LIVE THE DREAM (Birmingham, Alabama)

2 Birmingham postcards

Dodge. THE LONG ESCAPE

THE OUTSIDERS

LORD OF THE FLIES

1 young adult novel

Whittier. Poems of

Burns.  CIVIL WAR

LeGuin. 1 title

1 juvenile title

Stendhal. 1 title

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Several classic novels

3 BRONC BURNETT books

3 Christian spiritual titles

1 1834 Latin book

1 modern sci-fi hardback

1986: Volume One of La Glaive Newsletter or Literary Journal  (Tuscaloosa Alabama Oversized Sheets of Paper Stapled Together) with Ladonna Smith & Davey Williams & Bunch

SO EARLY IN THE MORNING OR MY TOPSY-TURVY DAY

GARFIELD TREASURY

LAS VEGAS lighted souvenir sign

Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre MOVIE POSTER with Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

Tom Robbins. 1 title

Aesop. 2 copies of his fables

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1 old novel

1 old Masonic book

McCaffrey. 1 title

1 photography book

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

1 old tinted jar

1 old print

Several technical books

1 surveying book

HEMINGWAY READER

3 old art prints

Several old novels

Several LP recordings

Kipling. KIM

1 miniature book

1 book on magic

1 old instructor magazine

1 set of WWII history books

1 Faulkner bio

Ross MacDonald. 1 mystery

Several scale model magazines

1 1950′s film lobby card

SHOELESS JOE

Pynchon. 1 title

Faulkner. 1 titles

1 Birmingham statues poster

1 Birmingham Arts Journal (donation)

Drummond. BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS

Several very old school readers

1 stack of modern American non-fiction

1 old cap pistol

5 Dj Boyd photos

Giovanni. 1 poetry book

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES leatherbound

ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES

AESOP’S FABLES

1 large stack of books on American presidents

THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN and DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA Bound Togther Into One Hardback Volume

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

Glaze. I AM THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND OTHER POEMS

3 large ceramic statues of Groucho & Chico & Harpo Marx

1889: March 16 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover Illustration of James G. Blaine Plus Pix of Pawnee Bill & Anarchist sunday School in Chicago & Sunday Liquor Sale Arrest in New York

1876: July 1 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of Rutherford B. Hayes at Republican national Convention at Cincinnati

1876: July 15 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of Governor tilden of New York at Democratic National Convention in St. Louis

1875: December 11 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of death of Vice President Henry Wilson Plus Pic of Acting Vice President Thomas W. Ferry Plus Pittsburgh Tradesmen’s Institute Supplement

1876: March 4 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover Illustration of Evangelists Moody & Sankey Working a Room of Women Plus

1 rock poster

2 Punisher comic books

1986: June 28 July 4 issue of TV Guide Magazine with Cover Photo of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan & pieces on Jack Klugman & Morris the Cat

EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS

Poe. THE WORKS leatherbound

Stephen King. GUNSLINGER

Robeson. DOC SAVAGE MAN OF BRONZE

Polly Adler. 1 title

1 large stack of biographies

THE VIRGIN SPRING

Leonard Cohen. 1 title

John Updike. 1 title

Psychology Today. 1 old issue

2 massive classical music LP albums

1 graphic novel

Joyce.  PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

GOD’S PSYCHIATRY (4 copies)

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC Full-size One-Sheet Movie poster Video Poster Louise Fletcher 1988 victoria Tennant Kristy Swanson V. C. Andrews Novel Jeffrey Bloom

2 original Dick and Jane readers

Chabon. WONDER BOYS

Wolfe.  SORCERER’S HOUSE

Campbell. dark companions

A whole bunch of art books

Herbert. DUNE

Margaret Atwood. 1 title

2 books on Roman history

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

1 horror title

2 Shakespeare books

THE JAZZ SINGER

THE MYSTERY OF SHEMITAH

4 children’s biographies of famous Black people

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES leatherbound

BLACK BEAUTY

Castaneda.  1 title

1 religious tract

1 teacher’s elementary book

1 stack of modern poets

1 Peter Frampton LP recording

Anton Chekhov. 1 collection

1 social sciences title

F-111 AARDVARKS

LITTLE READERS’ FIRST BOOK FOR LITTLE CHILDREN Good Stories selected from John Martin’s Book with Work By Frances Heilprin & Eliza Carlton & Edward Lear & Katherine Beardsley & Story: Chicken Licken

R. Crumb. 1 collection

1 novel

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10-20-14 to 10-25-14

1 old cookbook

2 old comic books

TALES OF UNCLE REMUS

Teresa Thorne. NOAH’S WIFE

Stephen King. 1 title

1 Girl Scout manual

1 sheet of old stamps

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

Fannie Flagg. 1 signed title

1 signed Southern author

1 bunny book

Capote. IN COLD BLOOD

Hemingway. 1 title

Several old novels

4 old Shakespeare titles

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

2 PEANUTS collections

Several century-old works by Charles Dickens

THE CIVIL WAR

Several novels by Ernest Hemingway

Several novels by William Faulkner

2 novels

YOSEMITE AND THE RANGE OF LIGHT signed by Ansel Adams on Tipped-in plate

MIRO

2 old 8mm films (Jerry Lewis & Mickey Mouse)

Several art books

2 postcards of Birmingham

Ritchie. WAYFARING STRANGERS

Goldfield.  COTTON FIELDS AND SKYSCRAPERS

2 Old Sheet Musics

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY

2 old book marks

Hunter S. Thompson. 1 title

J.D. Robb. 1 title

16 century-old leatherbound miniature books

1955: CINCINNATIAN the Yearbook of the University of Cincinnati

1954: CINCINNATIAN the yearbook of the University Of Cincinnati

Kipling. VAMPIRE VERSES

Krishnamurti. 3 titles

1 atlas

1 thesaurus

1 dictionary

1 American history text

1 classic novel

Richard Wright. 1 title

1 vintage Pentax camera

1 mechanic handbook from 1910

several technical texts

ALABAMA’S OWN IN FRANCE

1 turn-of-century Birmingham HS scrapbook

Agatha Christie. 1 mystery

Stack of century-old history books & atlases

1 pocket dictionary

9 volumes of 1900 ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA

Lawes.TWENTY THOUSAND YEARS IN SING SING

3 Foreign Language books

1 Harvard Classics volume on essays

1935: February issue of Amazing Stories Magazine With Morey Cover Art of Giant with Blow Gun plus Stories By John Campbell & Harl Vincent & Skidmore & Keller & Fletcher Pratt & Brandt

1 lava lamp

2 chess books

1 art manual

2 novels

NOTABLE HISTORIC TRIALS 4-volume set (Folio Society)

Margaret Mead. 2 titles

CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Whitmire. ALABAMA THEATRE

1 book about GONE WITH THE WIND

Joseph Camp. 1 title

TOTEMISM

SNOW WHITE

BULL FROG BEND Echoes from Turkey Creek in Jefferson County (Alabama)

PROPHETS IN THE KJV BIBLE

1 coffee table book on toys

THE FEDERALIST OR THE NEW CONSTITUTION leatherbound

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Morris.  MY DOG SKIP

Walls. HALF BROKE HORSES

Cleary. EMILY’S RUNAWAY IMAGINATION

Burnett.  A LITTLE PRINCESS

Belfer. CITY OF LIGHT

OWNER’S MANUAL FOR 2002 FORD RANGER

Tolkien.  LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, SILMARILLIAN

PENGUIN BOOK OF SAINTS

HOW-TO BOOK OF THE MASS

MASTER OF MIDDLE EARTH

Watters. SOUTH AND THE SOUTHERN NATION

McGill. SOUTH AND SOUTHERNERS

Reed. ONE SOUTH

SOUTH IN SOUTHERN VOICES 1831-1861

1967: March 17 Issue of Life Magazine with Cover Photo of Charlie Brown and Snoopy (Peanuts) Plus Jimmy Hoffa & Fred W. Friendly

KILLINGSWORTH COVE ON HURRICANE CREEK and Other Stories of an Alabama Family

2 PEANUTS cartoon collections

1 HISTORY OF SCI-FI title

COLLECTING AN UNRULY PASSION

1 music publicity photo

1 old map

Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

1 very old book of quotations

2 novels

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From 10-13-14 to 10-18-14

EMMA

Jack London. 1 collection

Reed DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

Several old prints

M.C. ESCHER HIS COMPLETE GRAPHIC WORK

PICTURES FROM DICKENS

WHOLE EARTH EPILOG (LARGE HARDBACK BOOK.FIRST EDITION)

1930: JAMBALAYA Yearbook of Tulane University of louisiana in New Orleans Surgeon Michael Debakey listed in Medical School Sophomore Class

Taylor Caldwell. 1 title

Ogden Nash. 1 title

1 book on painting nudes

Richard Feynman. 1 title

4 chemistry books of old

WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES

1 SNOOPY collection

Victor Hugo. 1 title

1 large book on America

Vonnegut. 1 title

20 45rpm recordings

1 James Bond novel

3 FOXFIRE books

Hemingway. 1 title

1 scholarly lit book

3 old atlases

Ezra Pound bio

SECRET HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER

C’NELIA AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN leatherbound

VOICE IN THE STORM The Button Gwinnett Columns Written During the Civil Rights Struggles and Other Writings

Stephen King. 1 title

Kahlil Gibran. 1 title

1 books of ghost stories

3 Joseph Campbell audio tapes

1 Bach CD

Ernie Kovacs. ZOOMAR

Steve Allen. 1 signed title

1 old child’s accordion in case

9 LP recordings: Mancini, Nichols & May, Spike Jones, etc.

JOY OF COOKING

Margaret Maron. 2 titles

Plumley. SEWING SCHOOL

Large stack of vintage scale-model magazines

Kurt Vonnegut. 1 titles

Charles Bukowski. 1 title

2 novels

Several old movie posters

3 45 rpm recordings

Agatha Christie. Several titles

Hardy. JUDE THE OBSCURE leatherbound

Plato. THE REPUBLIC leatherbound

1 Gene Autry comic book

T.S. Eliot. OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF CATS

Richard Brautigan. Several titles

Pears. THE TITIAN COMMITTEE & IMMACULATE DECEPTION & BERNINI BUST & DEATH AND RESTORATION & RAPHAEL AFFAIR & LAST JUDGEMENT & AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST & THE DREAM SCIPIO

Defoe. ROBINSON CRUSOE

Kipling. 1 title

Verne.  20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

1 old print

Bryant. EPAMINONDAS AND HIS AUNTIE

DIRECTORY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETIES IN THE US AND CANADA

WILSON QUARTERLY SUMMER 1985

James Joyce. DUBLINERS

1 Greek & 1 German dictionary

1 old magazine

LIFE OF JOHNNY REB autographed

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

SHADOWLANDS (the play)

ROME (guidebook)

WWII magazine

Sacher. HISTORY OF THE JEWS

MARILYN MONROE: A CASE FOR MURDER

JAMES BOND & JACKIE GLEASON & DEAN MARTIN LPs

JOHN J. EAGAN The Golden Rule for Life and Business (Founder of American Cast Iron Pipe Company)

Many novels & non-fiction titles

A TALE OF TWO CITIES leatherbound

AME ZION HYMNAL

Books by Capote & Emerson & many other literati

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES leatherbound

Dickens.  HARD TIMES & CHRISTMAS STORIES

Beck. DREAMS AND DELIGHTS

Balzac. BACHELOR ESTABLISHMENT

Wallace. INFINITE JEST

Smith.  A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

O’Connor.  MYSTERY AND MAGIC

Stern. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Farmer.  MAKER OF THE UNIVERSE

Camp. 4 sci-fi titles

LOST MEN OF ATLANTIS

SOUTHERN LIVING COOKING

Rowling. 1 Harry Potter title

MINING

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (2 Volumes Complete set)

THE HATWEAVER’S LESSON

THE NEW JIM CROW

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

Peterson. SCAM

THE WATER BROUGHT US

Langston Hughes. THE DREAM KEEPER

LAUGH AND LET LAUGH

THE ORIGINS OF SEGREGATION

THE BLACK SOLDIER

A HISTORY OF ROME (Folio Society)

Catherine Cookson. 3 titles

KITE RUNNER

GONE WITH THE WIND

One stack of old turn-of-century titles with nice bindings

Hutchinson.  SPACE TRAVEL

Golden Books. SPACE FILGHT

Brantley. EXPLORING BY SATELLITE

Frank. NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA

David Sedaris. 2 titles

HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR

1 old print

RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM 1920

Wilbur. DIGGING FOR CHINA

RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM Illustrated by Ronald Balfour with frontispiece & 38 full page tipped in black and white and color. Tan paper with text and line drawings. Stamped in Gilt (1920))

Hunt. ALPACA

1969: February Playboy Mort Sahl Irwin Shaw Woody Allen Nat Hentoff Pamela Tiffin Interview Mort Sahl; fiction Irwin Shaw; humor Woody Allen; Jazz & Pop `69 Nat Hentoff; fiction James D. Houston

Piper. FOUR-DAY PLANET

2 paperback fiction titles

REVIVING OPHELIA

Titles by Rilke, May Sarton, Anais Nin, e.e. cummings, Frankl, others

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10-6-14 to 10-11-14

1 bag of old family recipes

1 pop-up space shuttle card

Several very old editions of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells

1 large stack of old school books

1 large fake book

Gene Stratton-Porter. LADDIE

Orson Scott Card. 2 titles

1 British history title

A COOK’S TOUR OF SHREVEPORT A DASH OF THE OLD SOUTH COOK BOOK

Bass.  TAMING THE STORM

19 February 1876.FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER

6 November 1876. FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER

Schaefer. SHANE

Kerouac. ON THE ROAD

Several old bookmarks

Several old photographs

Several pieces of paper ephemera

Several novels

Several refrigerator magnets

Several postcards

Elizabeth George. 3 titles

Birmingham Arts Journal (donation)

Several old comic books

2 sci-fi film publicity shots

James Baldwin. 1 title

Several old postcards

Several novels

3 Vaudeville photos

1 pin-up card

1 LP recording

1893: November 2 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover Illustration of End of world’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago

3 19th-century titles

 Nancy Drew title

1 Hardy Boys title

1 Haldeman-Julius title

Trump. ART OF THE DEAL

VINE’S DICTIONARY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

1959: August 3 Time magazine Richard nixon Cover Story on Captain Kangaroo Bob Keeshan Nikita Khrushchev

Isom. THE NEWSPAPER BOY

Vonnegut. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Dostoevsky. 2 copies NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Franz Kafka. 1 title

THE A.M.E. ZION HYMNAL Official Hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Orwell. 1984 & ANIMAL FARM

1 pink leatherbound Lewis Carroll collection

3 St. Exupery titles

1 old Alice in Wonderland

Several James Herriot titles

1 BIG DADDY lighted sign

GOOD TO GREAT

Maupin. 1 anthology

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Thoreau. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Melville. BILLY BUDD

1 Bach CD

BEATING THE BUSHES

1 Glenn Miller LP

ANNO DRACULA

1 British history title

DEAD MAN WALKING

1 music CD

Speeth. GURDJIEFF WORKS

ESSENE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY

I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME

1 Zen book

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD 1st edition

THE RAMAGE COMPANION

Brodskey.  SEA BATTLES ON LAND

Ransom.  CHILLS AND FEVER

Coles. ALIAS UNCLE HUGO

1947: July 5 Through December 27 Issues of Saturday Review Magazine Bound Into One Hardback Volume

THE STREET OF CROCODILES Intro By Jerzy Ficowski

1 transcendental meditation title

DASHIELL HAMMETT WORKS

1 novel

1 leatherbound JANE EYRE

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9-26-14 to 10-4-14

2 L. Frank Baum originals

MILTON GLASER POSTER BOOK

WALKING OLLIE

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND leatherbound

5 titles by Sax Rohmer

ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES

1 typewriter print

1958: VENUS MAGAZINE VOL. 1 NO. 3

LITTLE WOMEN

1 turn-of-century novel

Margaret O’Brien. 1 title

Frank. ALAS BABYLON

5 old comic books

MEAD

EVEN COWGIRLS

A bunch of Chesterton & Flashman & cat books & thrillers & sci-fi titles

3 novels

1 campaign button

1 African American church program

THE FLYING NUN novel

2 show biz books

1 1950′s McCall’s Magazine

Robert Browning. 2 volumes

SELECTED LETTERS OF LORD BYRON

Prather. NOTES TO MYSELF & I TOUCH THE EARTH

Ella Wheeler Wilcox. POEMS OF PLEASURE

Whittier. POEMS

1 1950 Corolla (University of Alabama yearbook)

Dr. Seuss. 1 title

1 large kid book

Pullman. 3 titles

1 cartoon print

1 Buddhism title

1 old print

THINK LIKE A FISH

O’Connor.  COLLECTED STORIES

Dick.  ZAP LINE

Bradbury. ILLUSTRATED MAN

1 OLD PRINT

Atwood.  HANDMAID’S TALE

Fasman.  UNPOSSESSED CITY

Mason.  FEATHER CROWNS

COOPERSTOWN

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

TREASURY OF BEDTIME STORIES

1 DVD

LaHaye.  HOW TO WIN OVER DEPRESSION

Samuelson.  WITH HEMINGWAY…

Hemingway.  FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

Greene.  HUMAN FACTOR

Hudson. GREEN MANSIONS

Freeman. R.D. LEE (4 VOLUMES)

Fannie Flagg. COMING ATTRACTIONS

Shirley Jackson. 1 title

2 PEANUTS collections

Dr. Seuss 2 titles

Dickens. DAVID COPPERFIELD

BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY 2 editions

1 novel

1 coffee table book about London

1958: CINCINNATIAN the yearbook of the University of Cincinnati

H.P. Lovecraft. 1 title

13 issues of 1881 Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

Loos. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

4  French Language Books

Hardy.  TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES

Bradbury.  DANDELION WINE

Guinn. MANSON

1 French textbook

THE WORLD OF VAN GOGH LE MONDE DE VAN GOGH

Open Road for Boys Magazine December 1940

1 Bible print (old)

7 VHS kids’ films

Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny. 2 titles

Clifford Simak. 1 title

Robert Heinlein. 3 titles

NEVILLE BROTHERS

JULIUS CAESAR GALLIC WARS

WAR AND PEACE (2 volumes)

T.E. Lawrence. SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM

LP recording THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

1 campaign button

1 large Spanish dictionary

1 George Wallace inaugural program

1 Alabama county history

1 fantasy novel

3 jazz CDs

Life Magazine from WWII with glider cover photo

GOLDILOCKS

LOOK BEHIND YOU, LADY

SCARLET SWORD

HANDLE WITH FEAR

BULLET FOR A LADY

THIN EDGE OF VIOLENCE

THE HANGING HEIRESS

APPOINTMENT IN PARIS

MY SON THE DOUBLE AGENT

TOMBOY

SISTER CAIN

BEWARE THE PALE HORSE

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED

HELEN OF TROY

BEHIND THE CRIMSON BLIND

and 30 more hardboiled detective mysteries from the 1940′s-60′s

Tom Clancy. 1 title

Cheraskin & Ringsdorf. 1 diet research book

2 cook books

2 LP Albums

REPORTING WWII (2 volumes)

1 Green Stamp Book

James Oliver Curwood. 1 title

GASTRONOMICAL ME

2 Indian books

Flannery O’Connor. MYSTERY AND MANNERS

Tremayne. ABSOLUTION

GODDARD’S PLANT FIRST AID

TRIPS TO TAKE (early Reader)

IN CITY AND COUNTRY (Early Reader)

High Times Magazine

Mencken

Shopsin.  EAT ME

Dietz.  ALL ABOUT SATELLITES AND SPACESHIPS

DINERS

Asimov.   BUY JUPITER

Arthur C. Clarke. 1 title

Timothy Leary. 1 title

Isaac Asimov. 1 title

Huxley.  DOORS OF PERCEPTION

Sagan.  COSMOS

Vonnegut.  BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5

LaFarge.  ATLAS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

Capps.  INDIANS

Ginsberg.  INDIA JOURNALS

Burns.  COLLECTED POEMS

2014: August 10 Issue of New York Times Book Review Magazine

THE VALUE OF ESCHAROTICS

A few of the wonderful old things we sold last week

9-15-14 to 9-19-14

Crichton. ANDROMEDA STRAIN

CHUCKS AND THEIR USES

4 LP recordings

1 kid book

1 Alabama postcard

Raymond Chandler. 1 title

1 Ringo Kid comic book

1 cake decoration figurine

C.S. Lewis. 5 non-fiction titles

1921: Volume IV (4) of Yearbook for THE STUDENT BODY OF SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY IN SHANGHAI CHINA

1962: Yearbook for SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY IN KIANQSU CHINA

THE EXPLORATION OF THE INNER WORLD A Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience

Number 16 Issue of Paperback Parade Magazine with Richard Prather

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9-8-14 to 9-13-14

HOLY BIBLE

Tennessee Williams. 2 titles

KESEY’S GARAGE SALE

Jack Kerouac. 2 titles

1 stack of literary works

2 McGuffey readers

MR. BEAR SQUASH YOU ALL FLAT

HELL AT THE BREACH

1 stack of old prints and posters

PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR

Baldacci. SPLIT SECOND

Theodore Roosevelt. 2 titles

CYRANO

Errol Flynn bio

CATULLUS

1 book on Rome

Fisher. GASTRONOMICAL ME

Wattles. 1 motivational title

1 book on logic

1 horror story collection

1 novel

1 LP recording

BULL FROG BEND Echoes from Turkey Creek in Jefferson County (Alabama)

1 book on JFK

Plato. 1 title

Emmanuel Kant. 1 title

Garis.  UNCLE WIGGLY’S HAPPY DAYS

UNCLE WIGGLY IN THE GARDEN

Stark. PASSIONATE NOMAD

McManus.  THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE

Phillips. THE WELL AND THE MINE

Smith. TRIPANETARY

2001 SPACE ODYSSEY

1LP

Herbert. EYES OF EISENBERG

1953: February Issue of Show Magazine with Pix of Mallia Philips & Jennifer Jones & Marilyn Monroe & Wrestlers Len Montana & Jim Austeri & Bill Baird Puppets Eve Meyer & Lionel Hampton & Billie Holliday & Sugar Ray Robinson & Marlene Dietrich

TV Guide for December 16 1978

EATING OUT IN ALABAMA

Dean.  LETS LEARN ABOUT THE BIRDS OF ALABAMA

THE TATLER (1790′s)

Dean. LET’S LEARN THE BIRDS IN ALABAMA

GAELIC

P.G. Wodehouse. GOLF OMNIBUS

Thomas Pynchon. 1 title

1976: October 21 Issue of Rolling Stone Magazine RICHARD AVEDON ISSUE “THE FAMILY”

4 Kurt Vonnegut Books

2 old  photos of furniture ads

2 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

OUTER BANKS

Thailand guide

Clancy. RED RABBIT

Baldacci.  SPLIT SECOND

1954: April 20 Issue of Look Magazine with Cover Photo of Hemingway, Artilcles on Hemimgway’s African Plane Crashes in Africa

William Blake. 1 title

Rilke. 1 title

1 Obama program

1 martial arts book

THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN MEXICO

Richard Halliburton. 1 title

1 century-old boys’ story collection

1 travel book

Vonnegut. CAT’S CRADLE

Stephen King. GUNSLINGER

Shirley Jackson. BIRD’S NEST

Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451

Kahlil Gibran. 3 titles

Sigmund Freud. 1 title

Dorothy Parker. 1 title

L. Frank Baum. 1 title

1 fairy tale title

Steinbeck. OF MICE AND MEN

1 Bahai book

Bradbury. ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING

Proust. 1 biography

1 title about Jules Verne

1 French language novel

JULES AND JIM

Ogden Nash. FOUR PROMINENT SO AND SO’S

2 large old Bibles

1 LP recording (score of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY)

ROY ROGERS

GENE AUTRY

1 old pharmaceutical book

1 WWII book

4 books on USA Presidents

IMAGES OF AMERICA BIRMINGHAM AND JEFFERSON COUUNTY

THE CLASS OF ’42 MARINES IN WW II

1 set of horror films in coffin

John Ringo. 1 title

Several non-fiction titles

PERSIAN DRAWINGS

1 stack of classical music CDs

Capote.  OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

Capote.. IN COLD BLOOD

Childers. CRAZY IN ALABAMA

Brown.  ADDIE PRAY

RICK JAMES AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Bradbury. QUICKER THAN THE EYE

Thurber. MIDDLE-AGE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

J.D. Robb. 1 title

2 foreign language titles

Macomber. FARMER TAKES A WIFE (Dakota series)

4 Religious books

100 BIBLE MATH MISTAKES

Erich Fromm. 1 title

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Russell. THE SPARROW

Bahr. THE BLACK FLOWER

Several old prints

2 original framed paintings

2 publicity shots of Bat Man characters

Helen Steiner Rice. 1 title

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD

PYRAMIDS

3 old prints

Steinbeck. 1 title

1 novel

Krishnamurti. 1 title

AA. 1 title

1 novel

T.S. Eliot. THE COCKTAIL PARTY

Nemerov. 1 title

1956: June Show Magazine with Photos of Marilyn Monroe & Jayne Mansfield & Julie Newmar & Robert Stack (a pin-up!) & Rosemary Bowe & Antoinette Bulin & Sally Todd & Julie Newmar

1 lava lamp

LOOK OUT FOR PIRATES!

1971: August 9 Time Magazine with Cover Photos of Astronauts Apollo 15 Worden & Irwin & Scott

1 stack of novels and mysteries

Mary Stewart. 1 title

Milton Friedman. 1 title

ALBERT SCHWEITZER

JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS FOR DUMMIES

Ellis. SHROUD MAKER

Fred Gipson. 2 titles

1 juvenile novel

WATERSHIP DOWN

Several novels

2 copies of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Latham. DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST

Stephen Colbert. 1 title

Erma Bombeck. 1 title

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT (autographed)

Jumbo Post Card

Odum. 1 Alabama title

2 Birmingham Arts Journals (donation)

Wadley, Nicholas.  MICHAELANGELO

WHITE HOUSE COOK BOOK 1906

Coleridge. ESSAYS & LETTERS 1836

Norday. DARK MAGIC

Lang. THE PINK FAIRY BOOK (Folio Society)

Thomas DeQuincey. 1 title

Virginia Woolff. 1 title

Cassandra King. 1 title

ALABAMA EMPIRE

John Martin’s Book Magazine 1922 issues

6 books on Civil Rights

1 old pulp fiction title

Shakespeare. 1 title

1 novel

THE MOST SEGREGATED CITY IN AMERICA

1 text on race

1 New Yorker cartoon collection

2 philosophy books

Plato. WORKS

Carl Jung. MEMORIES DREAMS REFLECTIONS

Bertrand Russell. PHILOSOPHY

Morgan. A TIME TO SPEAK

WICKED WORDS

ELEGANT UNIVERSE

CLIMBING MOUNT IMOROINT IMPROBABLE

Daugherty.  INSIDE STORY OF THE HARDING TRAGEDY

James.  LIFE OF ANDREW JACKSON

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

WOODROW WILSON

DEAR AND GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN

SNAKES AND SNAKE HUNTING

Rhythm Band for Little People the Tap Shake and Jingle Rhythm Band By Joan Winter 1976 Kimbo Edu Teaches Tambourine With, “let’s Swing on a swing”; Reverse Teaches rest Note and Says, “let’s hammer” 24″ x 18″ Poster

BIRMINGHAM skyline poster by Ty Evans (signed)

1 Old French Grammar Book

2 Old Prints

1964 LlIFE MAGAZINE

1969 LIFE MAGAZINE

Phyllis Diller. 1 title

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A bunch of old literature

WINESBURG OHIO

TO MY DAUGHTERS WITH LOVE

NURSERY FRIENDS FROM FRANCE

THE BIG BOOK FOR TINIES

Shel Silverstein. FALLING UP

PIZITZ

Ahmad Jamal CD

LIGHTS OF 2 CENTURIES

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN

Deutcsh. STARETT

LOOK AWAY LOOK AWAY

THE SNAKE PIT

SUMMER OF ’42

SCARLETT

THE TOKAIDO ROAD

WISEGUY

THE GODFATHER

GUIDED TOURS OF HELL

THE GATES OF HELL

1 large Alice in Wonderland exhibit poster

Several vintage novels

Pullman. 1 title

C.S. Lewis. 3 titles

1 chess book

Hemingway. 1 title

1 handful of old letters and telegrams

Old videodisc of PLANET OF THE APES

4 modern biographies

C.S. Lewis. Essays

Tacitus. 1 title

Several turn-of-century novels

Alan Watts. 1 title

THE WAL-MART EFFECT

3 old gift-edition poetry books

Cowper-Powys. GLATONBURY ROMANCE

Wilson. DAUGHTERS OF ALBION
James Fenimore Cooper. 1 title

1 old print

1 publicity photo from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

THE TRUTH ABOUT LORIN JONES (signed)

 Mentor Magazine. 1910

Ram Dass. 1 title

Proust. 3 volumes in German

Freud. WORKS

Coe. STORY HOUR READERS REVISED  Book 3

MY THIRTY YEARS’ WAR

FAMOUS SCI-FI STORIES

MARY ASTOR

SAMUEL JOHNSON

Romm. GHOST ON THE THRONE (2 copies)

1 Keychain

ARABIAN NIGHTS

1 book on thinking

1 old ashtray

Isom. NEWSPAPER BOY

GRATEFUL DEAD

Kerouac.  BABY DRIVER

Chandler.  FAREWELL MY, LOVELY

Wilson.  NEW INQUISITION

Cummings.  MY AUNT CAME BACK

Brown.  RUNAWAY BUNNY

Brown. LITTLE DONKEY

STONE SOUP

Day. GOOD DOG, CARL

Piper.  LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

Covington. BIRD OF PARADISE

Alabama Review. July 1980 issue

HAREM:  THE WORLD BEHIND THE VEIL

Doyle.  COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES

1 LP

War Department MOTOR TRANSPORT

Keegan. WINSTON CHURCHILL

Lawrence.  7 PILLARS OF WISDON

Twain.  MISSISSIPPI WRITINGS

OLD EUROPE

COSTA RICA

CRUSADE IN EUROPE

War Deparment  DESERT OPERATIONS

1939: May issue of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine with Cover By Graves Plus authors Gladney &  Jack Williamson  & P. Schuyler Miller &  John Berryman &  Lester del Rey & Lyman R. Lyon & Kent Casey &  De Camp

Maharishi. TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

1 poetry anthology

Goethe. FAUST leatherbound

Several Zen & new age works

CAMPFIRE AND BATTLEFIELDS (Civil War)

FLIP SCRIPT

Etchison. THE DARK COUNTRY

12 LP vintage recordings

Photos of Lincoln and Garfield

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL FAMILY HEALTH GUIDE 2005

Horatio Alger. RAGGED DICK OR STREET LIFE IN NEW YORK WITH THE BOOT-BLACKS

Life Magazines for 9-4-64 & 9-18-64

Julia Child. 1 cook book

1 Birmingham Theatre District title

Donald Hamilton. 1 thriller

1 Girl Scout handbook

THE KORAN (4 different editions)

Lucille Key Thompson. 2 books by

1 old nursing book

Harold Bell Wright. 1 title

1 Christian book

1 recipe book

1 old portrait print

1960: VOL. 2 NO. 5 SIR KNIGHT MAGAZINE Brigitte Bardot Article

THE GARDEN YOU AND I

Ernst. UNE SEMAINTE DE BONTE

Roach. STIFF

Moorcock.  KNIGHT AND THE KING OF SWORDS

1 Robert Jordan book

Driesbach.  HANDBOOK OF POISONING

Marshall.  HANDBOOK OF ANATOMY

MERCK MANUAL

Miller.  COMPLETE MEDICAL GUIDE

1 huge CURRIER AND IVES book

James Redfield. 1 title

W.H. Auden. POEMS

LECTURES IN FRANCAIS

5 old prints of U. S. Presidents

Cooper.  ALABAMA MEMORIES

ALABAMA 24/7

1982: January 11 Sports Illustrated Magazine with Cover Photo of Perry Tuttle in Winning Orange Bowl Game

HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA Complete Set of 2

GOVERNMENT ANALYZED 1892

1823: August issue of The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine  with Frontispiece of Rev. Jeremiah Brettell

Aurelius. MEDITATIONS

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1 old music book

Hemingway

Lawrence

Doyle. WHITE COMPANY

Several old novels & classics

1 classic LP recording

Whitman. POETRY

Defoe. ROBINSON CRUSOE

LPs of WILLIE NELSON & JOHNNY CASH

Several classic titles

1 HENRY (cartoon character) pin

3 technical books

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1910)

2 ROY ROGERS comic books

SHANE (the novel)

2 cowboy publicity posters

Edgar Allan Poe. 1 collection

Several KORANS and books about the Koran

Several poetry collections

1 classic music CD

1 title on demolition

1 large kids’ book

THINK LIKE A FISH

BEAR BRYANT (2 copies)

ROBERT FROST THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Lewis. MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW

Burnett. THE SECRET GARDEN

CARRY ON MR. BOWDITCH

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

3 sci-fi titles

DON RICKLES

Joseph Campbell. 1 title

2 fiction titles

1 history title

Jung. MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS

1 old print of FLORENCE

Timothy Zahn. 1 title

DYING TO WIN

Edgar Allan Poe. WORKS

Harper Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

William Faulkner. 1 title

Kate Atkinson. 1 title

Several old comic books

Piper. STORIES THAT NEVER GROW OLD

Doetoevsky. 1 title

1 Disney DVD film

CAPTAIN KIDD

Raymond Chandler. 1 title

BEARDS BEARDS BEARDS

1 old lit book

Graham Chapman. LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

David Letterman. 1 title

1 old (working) Lava Lamp

WWII MAP

1 BATMAN (Adam West) poster

1 classic novel

King. DARK TOWER

Elbert Hubbard. 3 titles

RIGHTS OF MAN

A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY

Paris Review Magazine

Raymond Carver. 1 title

1 novel

Lessing.  BRIEFING FOR A DESCENT INTO HELL

Music poster

1 Old Anatomy Print

David Macaulay. 4 books

Wagman-Geller ONCE AGAIN TO ZELDA

Bolano.  SAVAGE DETECTIVES

4 Civil War Books

Alabama Memorabilia

Freud. 1 textbook

2 movie lapel pins

Several novels

Several philosophical works

One marble ball & holder

Lees-Milne.  ANOTHER SELF

Lessing.  SHIKASTA

Wilson.  ENGLAND

McCullers.  THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

Modern Mechanics Magazine March 1932

HOOTIE CD

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LP recording

CENTURY OF THE DEATH OF THE ROSE

MARY AND THE EUCHARIST

1 stack of Old English history & language titles

Several religious prints

Taylor. THE CAY

WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS

2-volume set HISTORY OF WWI

1 Sherlock Holmes novel

2 art books

FLIP THE SCRIPT

Vonnegut. MOTHER NIGHT

WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM

THE EXTRAORDINARY MRS. R.

JIM CROW AND ME

American Heritage for April 1961

LITTLE BROWN KOKO’S PETS AND PLAYMATES

McCarthy. BLOOD MERIDIAN

1 old press club

Daniel Wallace. 1 title

William Bradford Huie. AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY

1 Life Magazine with Bat Man (Adam West) on cover

1 Native American title

1 American history title

1 old book mark

1 hymnal

Arthur C. Clarke. 3 titles

Vonnegut. 1 title

1 religious title

1 kids’ book

LIKE WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

FREE TO BE (6 copies)

1 Shakespeare

1 old math book

2 mysteries

Joseph Campbell. 1 title

A.A. Milne. 1 title

Hemingway.3 titles

BUFFALO BILL

NEW  YORK MAP

Hair.  KINGFISH AND HIS REALM

GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA

HAWAII NEI

Buckminster Fuller. 2 titles

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Several hand-made cards & postcards

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD LP album cover

1968: February Issue of The Airman Official magazine of the U.S. Air Force

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBURG VHS set

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2 Uncle Remus titles

SAAB STORY

3 large posters

CATCH-22

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

RISE & FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE 2 volumes

GETTING STARTED IN GERMAN

1 German language title

LILTS & LYRICS

4TH YEAR MUSIC

2 CC ADVENTURES IN MUSIC

HAND BOOK FOR SCOUTMASTERS 1942

Joyce. ULYSSES

THINGS FALL APART

TRAIL OF TEARS

TREASURY OF SYNONYMS

IDEAL SEX LIFE

GARDEN AND FARM TOPICS

1 stack of Georges Simenon books

NURSES’ RULES

Stephen King. THE STAND

USSR Magazine with JFK cover

1 1937 print

Bio of BROTHER BRYAN

1 Alabama title

1 music CD

Deal. THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN

1 Birmingham Arts Journal

1977: March 5 program for UPTOWN HOEDOWN Civiettes Mall Ball Birmingham

2 Life Magazines, one with story on Ian Fleming

1 enormous Civil War book

PALGRAVE TREASURY

RAISING THE DEAD

2 MEDIEVAL titles

FABLES collection

1 book on nursing

Several history titles

2 sci-fi novels

LEARN SPANISH book & audio

Windham. ALABAMA ONE BIG FRONT PORCH

MISTER ROGERS Golden Book

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

1 stack of books on art

CLOSER TO FREEDOM Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South

2 copies of Symbol Magazine

POKY LITTLE PUPPY

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

2 golfing books

Mailer. ARMIES OF THE NIGHT

1 Alabama refrigerator magnet

Faller.  SOCIAL WORK WITH ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN

PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF SAINTS

SCOTTISH GHOST TALES.

Black. I’M DREAMING OF A BLACK CHRISTMAS

FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER March 1, 1881

FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER February 12, 1881

Perelman.  MOST OF J. PERELMAN

Twain.  LETTERS

Williams.  SECOND SICKNESS

Twain. JOAN OF ARC

SOUTHERN HARVEST

HISTORY OF ALABAMA AND INCIDENTALLY OF GEORGIA AND MISSISSIPPI FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD with index laid in

BLUEJACKETS MANUAL 1946

1 Greek language book

Cook. GUESTS BEHIND THE BARBED WIRE

BLUEJACKETS’ MANUAL The United States Navy

CATCH 22 VHS film

1 Santa Claus decoration

Several old original publicity photos

Jack Kerouac. 1 title

Kenneth Patchen. 1 title

2 books about Africa

 Polk’s Birmingham City Directory 1961  Jefferson County Alabama

BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA

1 mystery novel

Several surprise eggs

PINBALL PORTFOLIO

TOUR OF FREDERICKSBURG

JOHNSON, ALLEN Picker McClicker

THORNE, T.K.  Last Chance for Justice

Brass Horn

Six Cookbooks

Speed Limit 25 MPH metal sign

2 keychains

2 old prints

MC MURTRY Lonesome Dove

Manga books

Storybooks

Korean books

Chinese titles

Kids’ books

Emerson. POETRY & PROSE

Matheson. I AM LEGEND

Heinlein. 2 titles

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD

Several sci-fi titles

1 78 rpm album

1 large fox figure

2 vinyl recordings

2 PEANUTS bOOKS

DEAD SEA SCROLLS

Christian.  TUSCALOOSA NEXT 4 EXITS

Frost.  COLLECTED POEMS

Poe.  POEMS

1001 NIGHTS

1 old architecture title

1 school reader

ALABAMA POETRY

Catullus. POETRY

1 poetry book

2 Christmas books

2 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

2 ROMEO AND JULIET

Wiesel. NIGHT (2 copies)

Latin book

2 math books

2 MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD LPs

LASSIE

KIT CARSON

BOBBSEY TWINS (2)

Zane Grey. 2 titles

LE ROMAN DU GRAND ROI Louis XIV et Marie Mancini D’apres Des Lettres et Documents Inedits Sixieme Edition

Sheridan. Overdue (4cc)

1935: May issue of Vanity Fair Magazine with  Garretto Cover of Fdr  Huey Long  W. Cotton Art  John Gunther  H.G. Wells Portrait by Steichen  Ethel Merman  lou Gehrig  Al Jolson

2 decorating books

1 magazine

LP recording SHEHERAZADE

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8-4-14 to 8-9-14

2 200-year-old titles

2 mysteries

FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS

TRENTE ANS DE PARIS

L’EUROPE AU MOYEN AGE

L’ECHO DES FEUILLETONS

Sigmund Freud. 2 titles

3 BLADE novels by Jeffrey Lord

TRAVEL IN GHANA

5 occult titles

1968: October Issue of Real West Magazine with “Negro Cowboy” Story By Charles C. Patch

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA (2 copies)

Hemingway. OLD MAN AND THE SEA

1 cook book

C.S. Lewis. PREFACE TO PARADISE LOST

2 Christian pop culture books

PETER RABBIT

1 Little Golden Book

1 old newspaper

1949: January Your physique  Steve Reeves “Mr. World” color Cover

1 Ernie Pyle WWII cigarette ad

1 photography book

1 enormous penguin book

One nude painting (unknown)

Several old kids’ books

Steve Colbert bio

P.J. O’Rourke. EAT THE RICH

Several southern novels

MONROEVILLE

2 cook books

1 old ship print

1968 1969 Yearbook for Castle Heights Military Academy Lebanon Tennessee

7 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

3 NANCY DREW books

Bradbury. ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

Several kids’ books

Other books on writing

HANDBOOK OF CAST IRON PIPE FOR WATER GAS STEAM AIR CHEMICALS AND ABRASIVES 1927

Lewis. PERELANDRA

F. Scott Fitzgerald. GREAT GATSBY

2 old prints & 1 movie poster

1 sports book

2 feminist books

1 mystery novel

1 coffee cup

1 old paperback mystery

Eudora Welty. 3 titles

Ferrol Sams. 1 title

1 small pink elephant

H. L. Mencken

Dorothy Parker

Several 45 records

1 78 rpm record

2 Bozo record albums

1 Tarzan book

2 sports titles

Chesterton. 1 title

2 math books

2 philosophy books

1 VHS STAR TREK

Several sports books, fiction and non-fiction

Uris. TRINITY

PANAMA

WORLD ATLAS

Several old prints

THE STRENGTH OF HER TOWERS; Episcopal Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama

WEDDED & PARTED The Savoy Series #14

Hemingway. 1 title

Undset. BURNING BUSH

Western Weekly (dime novel) Magazine 1878 issue

Tolkien. THE HOBBIT Leatherbouind

1 old Life Magazine

1 Karate book

1 bible commentary

Several British history titles

Josephus. HISTORY

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

CAPTAIN KITTY

1 novel

Wouk. THE CAINE MUTINY

2 classical CDs

1 DVD film

Tom Wolfe. 2 titles

PATTERSON FOR ALABAMA The Life and Career of John Patterson

Jon Stewart. 1 title

1 DVD CATULLUS

Dostoevsky. 1 title

John Ciardi. 1 title

1 large stack of Civil War books

1 Alabama-Auburn book

Several 19th-century imprints

DRACULA limited edition

Hemingway. MOVEABLE FEAST

6 postcards

Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH

50 SHADES OF GRAY

INTERNAL BALLISTICS OF SOLID-FUEL ROCKETS Military Rockets Using Dry-processed Double-base Propellant as Fuel

Wallace. BIG FISH

DRACULA IN LOVE

3 old 16mm films (Robert Jones story, etc.)

1 old story book

Toole. CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Wallace. INFINITE JEST

1967: july 14 issue of life Magazine with lee radziwill Cover & Story on U. S. Coast Guard

Several old Life & Look magazines

Several AA & NA publications

1 publicity photo of Nicholas Cage

Edgar Rice Burroughs. 2 Tarzan titles

Hemingway. FOR WHOM THE BEL L TOLLS

Stowe. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN

LES MISERABLES (double-volume 19th century edition)

ROSENCRANZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Camus. THE STRANGER

1920: TRANSMISSION TOWERS Blaw-Knox Company Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1920 Catalog

Harper’s Magazine 1910: June July August September October November Issues Bound Into One Hardback Volume with James Montgomery Flagg & Mark Twain & Joseph Conrad & Peter Newell

4 copies CELTIC WHEEL OFLIFE

KNOW ALABAMA  AN ELEMENTARY HISTORY Revised By Frances Roberts & Viola Ayer

Emerson.  two books of essays

Grant.  HISTORIAN’S REVIEW OF THE BIBLE

Duke. CALL ME ANNA

ANARCHIST’S COOKBOOK

VINTAGE METAL CAR

1 LP

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7-28-14 to 8-2-14

THE UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR II

Hillyer. A CHILD’S GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD

HOW ME AND AMOS WON WWI WORLD WAR ONE

1949: July  Norman Marks “Mr. California” color cover  Clarence Ross  Earle E. Liederman  article on Steve Reeves Miss USA Shirley Tegge Muscle Power Magazine

Fitzgerald. GREAT GATSBY

2 prints by

2 self-help “hip” books

1 old book mark

THE OMEN

Several large art books

5 horror films on VHS

Several very old books on nursing

2 old kids’ books

Larsen. COMPLETE WORKS OF T. S. SPIVET

Doyle.  SHERLOCK HOLMES

ARABIAN NIGHTS

1 Nancy Drew title

Lewis. LIAR’S POKER

1 Batman book

L’Engle.  WRINKLE IN TIME

3 big kids’ books

Postcards

1966: July  issue of CAVALIER MAGAZINE with  Ray Bradbury  Murray Kempton  Dick Gregory  David Ely  ray Charles  Roland Kirk  Timothy Leary  Donna Carom

COEVOLUTION QUARTERLY

1 19th century monkey etching

MYTH AND SYMBOL

THE MAYA

Wolfe. RADICAL CHIC

Barry Hannah. 1 title

1 kids’ book

Several old postcards

SALEM CHAPEL

Dunshee.  ENJINE! ENJINE!

1998: September issue of Vogue Magazine with Cover Photo of Rene Zellweger

1 math book

1 surveying book

1 Birmingham Arts Journal (donation)

Breathed. RED RYDER

EMPIRES OF THE WORLD

Allen.  SIDE EFFECTS

Vonnegut.   SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE

Woolf.  TO THE LIGHTHOUSE

Conrad. HEART OF DARKNESS

E. Phillips Oppenheim. 2 titles

1 joke book

Gene Stratton-Porter. 1 title

NIPPY

BATMAN KIT (VIDEO, ETC.)

1 old velvet suitcase

1 video kit of Shirley Temple movies

Tolkien. 1 title

2 Dr. Seuss books

LUCRETIUS ON LIFE AND DEATH translated By W. H. Mallock & Intro By Frank E. Hartman

1 title about Anniston, Alabama

1 martial arts title

1 old dictionary

1 film poster

1945: September 10 Issue of Life Magazine w/ Cover Photo of Auto Worker, Articles MacArthur in Japan, Hudson River School of Painters

CHINESE IDIOMS

2 volumes of JUNIOR CLASSICS

Homer. ODYSSEY

Shakespeare.  ROMEO AND JULIET

Wiesel.  NIGHT

Lee.  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

McCabe.  HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Carroll.  ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Woods.  BIKO

Smyser. NATURE’S DESIGN

HOW TO PLAN, CONTRACT AND BUILD YOUR OWN HOUSE

1 BOSCH collection

2 Ray Bradbury titles

Several sci-fi horror collections

4 old book marks

1 FAR SIDE collection

Eric Ambler. 3 mysteries

SEA PASSAGES OF THE WORLD

Kempis. IMITATION OF CHRIST (1844 edition)

C.S. Lewis. MERE CHRISTIANITY

Ayn Rand. CAPITALISM

Fulgham. UH-OH

1 Saturday Evening Post magazine (James Earl Ray)

1 old print

Several old maps & prints

Jeffrey Lord. BLADE

Lloyd C. Douglas. 1 title

My Christmas Pulitzer Prize

This Christmas story happened a long time ago, butI re-read it every few years

because it tells me so many things about life, about paying attention…

 

MY CHRISTMAS PULITZER PRIZE

Why did I ever go into retail?

Well, you know the answer to that—if you, too, are in retail.

I did it because I couldn’t think of any other way to be my own boss and actually provide food and shelter for the family, outside the corporate world. I couldn’t think of any other way to have the freedom to write what I needed to write, free of the Dilbert shackles of the corporate world.

So, a couple of decades later, here I am, the Christmas season upon me, at 4:50pm on Friday, just ten minutes till closing time, digging through computer-numbered boxes for a 1962 Esquire Magazine featuring Hemingway, a 1956 BBC Listener magazine containing a Salinger review, a first printing of Asimov’s The Martian Way, and a first edition copy of Salinger’s Raise High the Roofbeams…got to get these things overnighted for an anxious customer and then make it to a bookshop across town to conduct a reading, all by 6pm.

The front door chimes go off, so that means somebody has entered the store, 150 feet up the hall and up a steep flight of red stairs. You know the mixed feelings you get: Damn! Now I’ve got to wait on somebody and still get my tasks done…if it weren’t for these pesky customers, I could make a living (!).

I head up the hall to see who’s there, passing the glowing lava lamps and glistening Santas that line the path, giving a fairyland glow to the gathering dusk. When I get to the front, I see a small, pointy-haired big-rimmed eyeglass man, standing and staring at me as if I’m about to hit him. I do my usual “Hello, how can I help you today?” customer-friendly voice thing, since I have never seen this guy before.

“Well, do you buy stuff?” he asks. I’m in a hurry, so this means my thoughts are going to be negative—I’m thinking he’s got the usual dog-eared Reader’s Digest Condensed books and Stephen King paperbacks that we see a lot of around here.

“Well, it depends on what it is,” I say, thinking this does not look like a millionaire about to donate his Gutenberg Bible to me. “We have just about everything, but we’re always looking for what we don’t have,” I say, motioning down the hallway at the 6,000-square-foot shop.

“What about this?” he says, pulling a rusty three-inch-tall miniature replica of a Sprite cola bottle from his pocket. It’s cute, just the thing I have all over the store for decoration, along with the life-sized Leg Lamp from Jean Shepherd, the seven-foot-tall Piggly Wiggly statue and the Pee-Wee Herman Playhouse suitcase, interspersed with books galore.

The next negative thought I have is that he will, like most people, have watched the Antiques Roadshow and determined that this is worth $32,000, of which I should pay him half for re-sale. I brace myself and say, “That’s neat. How much do you want for it?” He says in a small and meek voice, “What about a dollar?”

I am relieved and brighten up instantly, I pull a dollar from the cash tray, give it to him and he walks happily toward the stairs.

He bends to pick up two large and obviously heavy satchels he’s lugged up the stairs—I’m just now noticing them. Then, he turns and asks, “Can you tell me how to get to Jimmie Hale?”

The Jimmie Hale mission is for homeless people, and it’s seven walking blocks away. I give him instructions, he thanks me, then begins his painful descent. I wait in the foyer, hoping he doesn’t stumble, and hoping I can get the door locked behind him so I can head to the post office on my way to being an unknown author reading his stuff aloud.

I can tell he’s about halfway down the stairs when I hear his meek voice, “I read everything you write.” I freeze in place to hear more. “And I see your columns in the paper. You are a natural-born writer.”

I can only yell thanks! as he closes the door behind him and disappears from hearing. I rush down the stairs to lock up, look up and down the street, and see nothing. No trace of this fellow and his heavy luggage and his mild temperament.

I lock the door, take down the OPEN sign, and start up the stair, turning out lights as I go.

Back at my counter, I reach into my pocket for keys and find the tiny Sprite bottle.

I hold it up to the lava lights and note its special green glow. And I wonder what a Pulitzer Prize looks like. This may be as close to one as I’ll ever get, so I’m going to adopt it and keep it around to remind me that now and then—just every once in a while—a writer can get a good review, a good award, at an unexpected time from an unlikely source…and then wonder later whether it was all imagination.

At the reading, I tell the story of the little man and his Sprite bottle to Joey Kennedy, who is a genuine Pulitzer Prize winner. He grins ear to ear, because he knows all about fate and how things come to you only if you don’t look at them straight on

© Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

jim@jimreedbooks.com

http://www.jimreedbooks.com

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The Gradual Maturing of the Overwrought Booklover

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The Gradual Maturing of the Overwrought Book Lover

“I’m still trying to grow up, bit by bit by bit. I  kid you not.

Even at the age of what it is I am, I’m still trying to grow up.”

–Jim Reed

The anxious customer, fraught with self-imposed deadlines of earth-shaking immensity, enters the bookshop and proclaims, “Hello! Anybody here?” as if she’s summoning an aide to organize her affairs.

I wait a beat before replying, wondering whether this is the way she enters Wal-Mart or Publix. “Hello! Anybody here?”

“Good morning,” I say in my best and most cordial voice. Maybe she needs a little TLC.

“Oh, THERE you are!” she peers down her nose as if chastising me for my momentary invisibility. “I need books for my new bookcase.”

“Well, maybe I can help. What kinds of books do you like to read?”

She sniffs at the dusty air in something resembling disdain. “Oh I’m not going to READ them. I just need books to fill the shelves.”

I bite my tongue and switch over to my must-act-as-if-this-is-the-kind-of-work-we-do-every-day at Reed Books tone.

“OK,” I say. “Well, perhaps you would like to look around and identify the kinds of volumes you prefer…then I can gather more to your liking.”

“I don’t have time to look around, just show me your section of fine books—I need about four feet for the bookcase.”

I lead her to some turn-of-the-century titles with “nice” bindings to see whether these will do.

“How much are these?” she snaps.

“Uh, each one is a different price.” I pull several titles down and show her a range of prices, from $8.00 to $95.00.

“I’m not going to pay that much for ANY book,” she proclaims.

I keep trying to help.

“Well, what is your price range?”

She says, “Five dollars each is all I intend to pay.”

“Hold on,” I reply and scurry about making a sample stack of appropriately-priced volumes.

“These fall into that category,” I say.

She sniffs again and squints at the books. “Are they all leather bound?”

“Well, as you can see, they have attractive bindings but they are not leather—leather usually means much higher prices.”

“You don’t mean that!” Her haughty manner is not going to get to me, I decide.

She goes on, “Well they are all the wrong color, too. I must match them to my blue curtains.”

“Right. I need to answer the phone, so take a look around to see if there’s anything that suits you. I’ll be right back,” I say.

When I return to her, she’s standing with hands on hips, staring at a box of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books—sans dust jackets–that I am donating to The Foundry, since no-one has purchased one since 1986.

“These are mostly blue—what do they cost?”

HERE ARE THE THINGS THAT I DO NOT SAY ALOUD: “Ma’am, these are very inexpensive, but I would hesitate selling them to you,since any of your visitors, seeing them in your Liberty Park book cases, would know that no real book lover would ever invest in these.” I ALSO DO NOT SAY ALOUD: “I would recommend purchasing a variety of non-matching books, with some great classics and popular titles thrown in, so that it will appear that you actually have selected, loved and read each one.” AND, FINALLY, I DO NOT SAY ALOUD: “And I would encourage you to pick some titles that you will read yourself, just to season your conversation with the appearance of having intelligence.”

What I do say aloud is something like this, “Well, they are well within your price range, and we have enough to fill your space. Would you like for me to load them in your car?

The woman pays, her vehicle is full of books, and she rides away into the city sunshine.

There might have been a time when I would get all worked up and preachy in my effort to save the world through inducing people to enjoy reading. But what the heck. Non-readers have rights, too. I just don’t think they have as much fun as I

© Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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The Night Santa Claus Saved My Life

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The Night Santa Claus Saved My Life

Just past the age of seventeen, about a billion years ago,  I’m walking the late-night long walk home from my job as a radio announcer at the public radion station, WUOA-FM. It’s nearly Christmas and, like many Tuscaloosa days, the morning begins warm and humid, so I wear my short-sleeved shirt and jeans to work.

Now, after a long day indoors, I’m realizing that a cold front has descended and suddenly I’m walking home from work in sub-freezing weather circa 1959 A.D.

It’s cold, so cold.

My Cushman motor scooter, held together with duct tape and optimism, has finally
broken down and the only way to get from the University Campus to Eastwood
Avenue is to trudge, since classes are on holiday and there’s no traffic at all.

I have to walk east on University Boulevard and cut across the railroad tracks to get to 15th Street, but it’s getting harder and harder to do this, my breath coming in short and frosty gasps.

Everything is starting to freeze up.

My painful nose and painfully cold toes are protesting. My bare arms are
screaming for fur.

Gloveless hands are poked down into my too-thin pockets. Thighs are cold for lack
of thermal underwear.

My teeth are gritted tight against their chatter and at this point, I’m wondering
whether I can make it. I remember all those tales about people freezing to death
without knowing it, and at this moment, I’m not knowing if I can make it.

I’m tired of painful walking.

It’s too cold to walk.

Now I’m feeling drowsy…

What will be the last thing I see?

Childhood comes ‘round in my mind. There’s Santa, coming to take me back into
his arms. I can always depend on Santa. He’s made me feel good in the worst of
times.

Wait—where am I? I’m walking along in the darkness—and I’m hallucinating
about SANTA!

But now I hear Santa, I actually hear him.

This has got to be the end of me, I chatter to myself, leaning in the wind.

What I hear are sleigh bells, and who has sleigh bells in the Deep South on a
snowless, freezing-cold night?

I look around to find Santa, and see an old pickup truck, trundling along, a loose
chain dangling from its rear gate, making those sleigh bell sounds. The truck
slowly passes, heading toward the railroad tracks.

I shake my head and laugh involuntarily.

The rush of adrenalin from my laugh and my embarrassment gives me enough energy and body heat to jump-start myself.

I’m inspired and ready to walk faster, now. The truck’s chains have given me the
boost I need to survive.

Then, squinting ahead, I remember the receding truck and want to maybe hitch a ride or at least thank the driver.

Way off in the distance I see a red-mittened hand and a flash of fluffy white cuff
poke outside the driver’s window for an instant, as it disappears in the distance. A wave?

I rub my eyes and the truck is gone.

My pace quickens, and soon I am home, warming my hands and thighs over the
floor furnace, drinking hot chocolate, and remembering with a sheepish grin and
unclenching teeth the moment when I really believed Santa was coming to rescue
me.

Now, all these many decades later, I really do believe it 

 © Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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ANOTHER HAPPY SAD DAY

 

ANOTHER HAPPY SAD DAY

 

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 Here’s is a true story I re-tell every Thanksgiving, just

to remind myself and you that everything that really

matters is right before us, all the time. Here ‘tis:

THANKSGIVING:

THE HAPPIEST SAD DAY OF THE YEAR

The saddest thing I ever saw: a small, elderly woman dining alone at Morrison’s Cafeteria, on Thanksgiving Day.

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Oh there are many other sadnesses you can find if you look hard enough, in this variegated world of ours, but a diner alone on Thanksgiving Day makes you feel really fortunate, guilty, smug, relieved, tearful, grateful…it brings you up short and makes you time-travel to the pockets of joy and cheer you experienced in earlier days.

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Crepe paper. Lots of crepe paper. And construction paper. Bunches of different-colored construction paper. In my childhood home in Tuscaloosa, my Thanksgiving Mother always made sure we creative and restless kids had all the cardboard, scratch paper, partly-used tablets, corrugated surfaces, unused napkins, backs of cancelled checks, rough brown paper from disassembled grocery bags, backs of advertising letters and flyers…anything at all that we could use to make things. Yes, dear 21st-Century young’uns, we kids back then made things from scraps.

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We could cut up all we wanted, and cut up we did.

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We cut out rough rectangular sheets from stiff black wrapping paper and glued the edges together to make Pilgrim hats. Old belt buckles were tied to our shoelaces—we never could get it straight, whether the Pilgrims were Quakers, or vice versa, or neither. But it always seemed important to put buckles on our shoes and sandals, wear tubular hats and funny white paper collars, and craft weird-looking guns that flared out like trombones at one end. More fun than being a Pilgrim/Quaker was being an Indian—a true blue Native American, replete with bare chest, feathers shed by neighborhood doves, bows made of crooked twigs and kite string, arrows dulled at the tip by rubber stoppers and corks, and loads of Mother’s discarded rouge and powder and lipstick and mashed cranberries smeared here and there on face and body, to make us feel like the Indians we momentarily were.

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Sister Barbara and Mother would find some long autumnal-hued dresses for the occasion, but they were seldom seen outside the kitchen for hours on end, while the eight-course dinner was under construction.

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There was always an accordion-fold crepe paper turkey centerpiece on display, hastily bought on sale at S.H. Kress, just after last year’s Thanksgiving season. It looked nothing like my Aunt Mattie’s turkeys in her West Blocton front yard. And for some reason, we ate cranberry products on that day and that day only. Nobody ever thought about cranberries the other 364 days! And those lucky turkeys were lucky because nobody ever thought of eating them except at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were home free the rest of the year!

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Now, back into the time machine of just a few years ago.

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It is Thanksgiving Day. My wife and son and granddaughter are all out of the country. Other family and relatives are either dead or gone, or just plain tied up with their own lives in other states, doing things other than having Thanksgiving Dinner with me.

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My brother, Tim, my friends Tim Baer and Don Henderson and I decide that we will have to spend Thanksgiving Dinner together, since each of us is bereft of wife or playmate or relative, this particular holiday this particular year.

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So, we wind up at Morrison’s Cafeteria, eating alone together, going through the line and picking out steamed-particle-board turkey, canned cranberries, thin gravy, boxed mashed potatoes and some bakery goods whose source cannot easily be determined.

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But we laugh at our situation and each other, tell jokes, cut up a bit, and thank our lucky stars that this one Thanksgiving Dinner is surely just a fluke. We’ll be trying that much harder, next year, to not get blind-sided by the best holiday of the year, Thanksgiving being the only holiday you don’t have to give gifts or reciprocate gifts or strain to find the correct gifts.

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On Thanksgiving holidays ever since, I make sure I’m with family and friends, and now and then I try to set a place at the table of my mind, for any little old lady or lone friend who might want to join us, for the second saddest thing I’ve ever seen is a happy family lustily enjoying a Thanksgiving feast together and forgetting for a moment about all those lone diners in all the cafeterias of the world who could use a glance and a smile

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© 2014 A.D. by Jim Reed

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The Doofus Avoidance Factor Catches Up With Me

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The Doofus Avoidance Factor Catches Up With Me

 Three lessons I’ve learned from a lifetime of misreading my visible and invisible audiences:

 I’m delivering an energetic but hopefully entertaining diatribe on the art of communicating with the public. This is way back when I believe that the profession of Public Relations Practitioner is tantamount to a Calling, that I can actually change the world—or at least cause it to shift slightly on its axis—by telling the Truth. My audience of writers and communicators is rapt, which encourages me to go on about the importance of Detecting BS in all public messages, be they purposeful or inadvertent. And I preach about the BS factor, the litmus test for finding fact amid the babble. Proud of myself, I stop to take questions. “Uh, what does ‘BS’ mean?” one participant asks. I freeze, my mind racing to do two things instantly without allowing the crowd to see me sweat. First, I realize that a generous amount of my speech has fallen on deaf ears, since they don’t know what I am talking about. Second, I try to verbalize a definition of BS that will avoid using the “S” word, this being a Baptist school with lots of prim and proper folk scattered among the folding chairs. “Uh, BS means bullshooting—you know, covering over the truth with your own agenda or message.” Saved! That seems to satisfy the inquisitor.

Another jarring lesson:

I’m performing some of my stories before a group of educated and skilled authors and artists, going on about my book, “How to Become Your Own Book,” all about the joy of creating words and images. I provide lively examples from popular culture, so that each point will have some gravitas as it is being digested. I read a wonderful passage from Jack Benny’s autobiography, a piece about life, both poetic and instructive, an example of great and simple writing. After a dramatic pause to allow the words to sink in, a middle-aged participant timidly raises her hand and inquires, “Who is this Jack Benny?” I sputter and explain, knowing that, once again, I have  assumed that my audience knows everything I know. The lesson I learn from this is, IF MY AUDIENCE KNOWS EVERYTHING I KNOW, WHAT AM I DOING WASTING THEIR TIME? ‘Tis better to lead them gently into new ideas, making sure that they are following each step.

And one more lesson, Grasshopper:

Two days ago, I am groaning my way into a very cold car seat, preparing to face low temperatures and a short ride to the shop. I get the motor going, then reach for my genuine brown cloth Family Dollar bargain garden gloves (four pairs for $2.00) to give my pinkies protection against the day. The gloves are not on the passenger seat, so I grope around between the seats to see it they’ve fallen into an abyss of thingies that accumulate there. Ah! A glove! Shivering excitedly, I pull the soft fabric onto my left hand and reach down for the right-hand glove. There it is! I try to don it but it, too, is a left-handed glove. Muttering in amazement, I open the glove compartment—where else would you find a spare glove—and pull yet another one out. It, too, is a left-handed glove! Now I’m speaking words to the frosty air that I try to refrain from using in public. I slam the glove compartment closed, but it pops back open because the stuff stuffed within is expanding like a nova. Ah! Again! I suddenly see popping out onto the floor a genuine right-handed glove. I calm down a bit, slide it on, then resume trying to close the cotton-pickin’ door. Fifth try is magic and it sticks shut. At this point, my mind is sorting out what else is going on around me, and I realize someone is giggling nearby. I lower the window because my friend Lon is standing there, having observed my entire Passion of the Family Dollar Store Bargain Gloves. He’s having so much fun, he could use a bag of buttered popcorn. I am now beyond dignity and simply join in the laughter, having learned that sometimes the audience you are performing for is invisible…so you’d best be on good behavior at all times to avoid being packed into the doofus category that life provides free of charge

 © Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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Eagles Aerie 972 Awaits Me

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Eagles Aerie 972 Awaits Me

Lying snug and covered in my Sunday morning bed, I try to focus my mind on what I will do today.

Liz is preparing to go to church, to sing in the choir. I, the secular husband, like to laze about on Sunday, since it’s the only day of the week I do not ply my trade(s).

Then, I remember that today will be different—I am to be guest speaker at the annual Thanksgiving gathering of Eagles Aerie 972 near Graysville. Oops, that’s at 1 p.m., a mere two hours from now.

I never turn down an invitation to speak or perform publicly, since it serves to pull me out of my shell, away from my routine. And it forces me to re-live all that wonderful practice I got back in youth-time, when years of acting on stage, followed by years of announcing and interviewing on radio and television gave me the self-confidence I needed to deal with other people. Like riding a bicycle, it all comes back to me whenever I’m in front of an audience. Plus, I like to make people laugh and remember the good tidbits of life, if only for a few minutes.

But what will I say to an audience of military veterans? What can I do to help them override bad memories for a while? After all, I am not a veteran, I am not an Alpha Male exuding testosterone and bluster, I am merely a nerdish guy who spends his life with words swirling about him, selling books, reading books, writing books, preaching about the importance of books.

When will the first yawn come from the audience today?

Lying here, staring at the ceiling, I await Liz’s emergence from the bathroom, so that I can hop across the cold wooden floors and grab a hot shower. Liz comes into the room, all dressed up and perfumey, looking radiant. She places her hand on my forehead and, sensing my natural insecurities, says, “You’ll do fine. You always know how to make ‘em laugh,” or words to that effect. That’s all the encouragement I need.

Liz leaves, I get cleansed and dressed, and here I am at the computer keyboard, writing a note to you—or to myself, if you aren’t there.

My mind starts clicking and I kind of know what I’ll be doing at the lectern today. Maybe I’ll read them my favorite true Thanksgiving story—the one I share with you once a year. Maybe I’ll tell them about my Uncle Buddy’s adventures as a paratrooper during WWII. Maybe I’ll mention that sometimes war can make certain things better. In Uncle Buddy’s case, he taught me how to turn swords into plowshares. In the case of the Berlin Wall, it was 25 years ago today that it came down. Maybe I’ll mention several Russian and American astronauts who have lived and worked together in space for six months and will come down to Earth today just in time for Thanksgiving.

And maybe I’ll get a nice turkey dinner and some camaraderie from the veterans and spouses.

Why not have a good time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a little town named Graysville, located near here somewhere on planet Earth

© Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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A Gift of Time Not Squandered

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“An extra hour of time. What would I do if I were handed an extra hour of time, to do with as I pleased?”

This thought suddenly arcs out of nowhere and, like a Cupid arrow, plants itself into his racing and fertile mind.

He prepares to go to bed Saturday night and dutifully resets the nearby clock so that eleven o’clock becomes ten o’clock. He is suddenly excited by this pressing idea that he’s being gifted, that an hour of his life has been handed back to him. He feels like Ebenezer Scrooge, waiting for the next revelation to be forced upon him, a revelation about Life and Meaning and Purpose…

What if the first ghost to appear is Sadie Logan, his late, revered Second Grade teacher, who gave him the best school year of his life? What if she appears just to observe him while he struggles with his decision? What if she grades him on what he intends to do with his precious extra hour?

Will he come up with a new theory of particle physics? Will he be inspired to write a new and lasting thought about the meaning of life, such as “Tomorrow is the day after the first day of the rest of your life.”? Will he fill the time carefully thanking all the people he’s never thanked, the people like Sadie who nudged him along in positive directions throughout the decades?

Will he decide to spend sixty minutes being unrelentingly kind and thoughtful?

He is filled with anticipation and ideas and outrageously pious thoughts.

He knows he is about to do something great.

Instead, he spends the spare hour lying abed on Sunday morning, contemplating stuff like this.

But he knows that, wherever and whenever Sadie is, she still believes in him.

And that is enough of an epiphany to make him feel the hour is not completely squandered

© Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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Grace and Beauty in a Frazzled World of Frazzled People

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Grace and Beauty in a Frazzled World of Frazzled People

The young mother driving the van-like vehicular contraption stops so abruptly in the supermarket parking space that the whole machine bounces once, testing its suspension system against a forgotten warranty.

She pushes the door open with one foot while disentangling herself from a cranky seat belt. Her otherwise lovely face is pinched in concentration as she hoists a shoulder bag or two, slings them over her back and circles to the passenger side to dig for a small child who is buckled and cocooned in a plastic and synthetic cloth bucket.

The squirming child frowns in the sunlight and flails about while its mom steadies herself under equal parts of bulging baggage and contorted tot.

At some point, she has everything balanced and in place, and for a moment her world is steady and stable, what with kid planted and detritus organized. Then, she points her squinched nose toward the supermarket and begins steering herself in the direction of automatic doorway safety.

As the young mother disappears with child and burdens into fluorescent air-conditioned sanctuary, she just as abruptly is replaced by an enormous woman emerging from the other automatic entrance, slowly pushing forward a metal wheeled cart packed with all the victuals and cleansers and aids she will need to accompany her through the week. The cart serves as a walker, and it is obvious that she feels pain from her swollen ankles, pain she is accustomed to, pain that is always fresh and relentless.

Her progress across the parking lot is steady, and it is clear that she is as organized as the mother, carefully opening the car trunk and methodically arranging each bag for stability in preparation for the drive home.

Two lives passing in the light.

In just a few years, will the young mother be alone and overweight in an asphalt parking lot? Just a few years earlier, was the large woman a young mother, packing and unpacking her child, keeping it safe and nurtured till distant fly-away time?

The moment passes. The Writer who is writing all this down meanders on to the next parking lot vision, hoping against hope that each sighting will induce some insight, some wisdom, some empathy, for all the sole survivors in all the village parking lots of all the towns in all the world

 

© Jim Reed 2014 A.D.

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Hand Prints on the Sands of Time

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Hand Prints on the Sands of Time

The bright whitish sand in the small hand-made sandbox at my feet pulls my attention away from the green and asphalt world around me.

It is Childhood Summer on Eastwood Avenue and I the small boy am alone this afternoon, playmates scattered to the winds and wilds of the neighborhood.

I stoop to examine the sand up close. The longer I stare, the more un-whitish the sand appears. It seems to be multi-colored—granules of tan, clear crystal, brown, orange, white, off-white, cream.

The more closely I gaze, the more the sand fills my vision, until there is nothing to see but vast stretches of exotic desert, mounds shifting in the breeze, sculpted contours that can change on a whim. Then, to add to the desert, there is all that cannot be seen, that which is barely hidden from view, that which can appear and disappear if I’m not paying attention.

A grunting camel just over the horizon, a green and damp oasis around the next turn, a crawling thirst-craved man following the next mirage, mysterious veiled women offering jugs of sweet water.

I press my open hand, palm down, into the warm sand, forming an inch-deep print for future nomads to discover.

I raise my hand and turn it over to examine the single layer of grains coating all, forming a temporary glove that glistens in the sunlight.

And, as gossamer as a spider web, the sand flies into the air as I brush away the evidence, erase the Sahara box from my mind, and go on to the next adventure and the adventure after the next adventure.

Later, lying abed after a firefly and ice cream evening, I stare at the dark ceiling and re-live the desert adventures, adding color and texture to the story line by switching on my Boy Scout flashlight and reading another chapter of ROBINSON CRUSOE to flavor what dreams may come

 

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