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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

What to Do With an Amazon Gift Card

I was going to call this More Book Porn but I couldn't bring myself to use that title and then have you see my favorite actress: Dame Maggie Smith!

My son George and Kath gave me a gift certificate for my birthday.  A discussion followed about my not wanting birthday presents again.  Once that was over I went right to Amazon and ordered books!  Two are  used and 3 are new.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to finally get a hardback copy of the book on Maggie Smith, A Bright Particular Star, by Michael Coveney.  I've had a used paperback but always wanted a hardback!!  It's not is "super condition" but all things considered I am still excited!!  (this can only be found as used.) I've loved Maggie Smith waaaay before Harry Potter was even thought of!  And I love the fact that no matter her age her talent wins out and she continues to appear in movies and on stage in England.

Below Dame Maggie:  The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. (new)

From Booklist

Is there a better antidote to a lonely teen existence than a dose of fairy-tale magic? Elizabeth has yet to make friends at her tony Manhattan private school, and she feels equally alone at home with her remote father and taskmaster stepmother. Then Elizabeth's teacher recommends her for a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository, and as Elizabeth befriends the other pages, she begins to learn that fairy tales aren't just fantasy and that many of the special collections' artifacts belong to her favorite childhood stories, including the magic mirror from Snow White. Just as Elizabeth learns about the repository's impossible wonders, some of the most powerful objects, and then some of the pages, disappear, and she finds herself leading the dangerous rescue. Captivating magic fills the pages of this exciting new novel from the author of Enthusiasm (2006). The story occasionally loses momentum, but action fans will find plenty of heart-pounding, fantastical escapades as the novel builds to its satisfying, romantic conclusion. A richly imagined adventure with easy appeal for Harry Potter fans.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. (new)

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

On Folly Beach by Karen White. (new)

Product Description

Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own...
To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local book store, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.
Emmy is at first resistant. So much has already changed. But after finding love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree in a box of used books from Folly's Finds, she decides to take the plunge. But the seller insists on one condition: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner's difficult sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from its back yard.
For the most part Emmy ignores Lulu as she sifts through the love letters, wanting to learn more. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more she understands Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during WWII are revealed, the two women discover that circumstances beyond their control, sixty years apart, have brought them together, here on Folly Beach. And it is here that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope for a second chance...

..and the second used book: The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller.

From the New Yorker

Although a collaborative first book of poems sold only two copies, the Brontë sisters were in their own time subject to the kind of cult fascination that persists today, with thousands of pilgrims journeying every year to the Brontë home, in Yorkshire. Miller's ingenious book traces this fascination, beginning with Mrs. Gaskell's famous 1857 biography, which sought to excuse the "coarseness" of novels like "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" by embellishing details of the authors' gothically miserable childhood. Miller provides a corrective—a biography of a biography—showing how successive generations, including Stracheyan, Freudian, feminist, and poststructural critics, remolded the Brontës to fit their own agendas. Like Mrs. Gaskell's, these treatments often focused more on the authors' lives than on their work, in spite of Charlotte's plea: "I wished critics would judge me as an author, not as a woman."

And I won't mention that 2 more used books are on their way *sigh*. Sometimes I wish I could buy all on my wish list and then stop looking for a few months and really bring down the tbr list. However even if I could afford that I can't do it because some books are yet to be released and some are hard to find (if at all) used.

6 Comments:

Blogger Cath said...

On Folly Beach is the one that appeals to me the most of your book porn. Love the sound of the plot of that. But that's a nice haul all told, and congrats on getting your Maggie Smith hardback at last! I know how much you admire her so am thrilled for you.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Kailana said...

Oh, yay, I LOVED The Winter Sea!! Hope you enjoy it!

10:35 AM  
Blogger animewookie said...

Even though you don't like to celebrate your birthday, It's always nice to get new books :D...especially one that you've been longing for. Good for you Pat!

10:40 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

cath: ahhh I am thrilled with the Maggie book! but I shall always be on the watch for an even "newer looking copy" lol my other dream would be to meet Maggie in person.. or at least see her on stage!!! (like i can afford that..yeahrightsure lol)

kelly:I wouldn't be in the least surprised that it's you I heard of it from..but don't quote me lol

thank you Animi (too many kelly's lol) I've already read it in the paperback a few years back (when I could still read smaller print lol) one day I will read the hardback and really enjoy it.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Pat, Happy Belated Birthday! Glad to hear you got the perfect gift for you and went book shopping!

12:57 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderful gift your family gave you and you chose some very interesting sounding books, Pat. I too have always loved Maggie Smith---and I've never seen any of the Harry Potter movies--My liking of her goes waaaay back to even before "Califirnia Suite" for which she won the Oscar. I bet the book about her is marvelous!

5:01 AM  

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