Some things must go. In less than four weeks, I’ll have to leave McMurdo, and we’re only allowed 75 pounds of cargo. Books are heavy, and they don’t do well traveling in large numbers, so the following are up for grabs. If you want any (or all), please leave a comment with your email address in the dialog box, and I will email you to arrange delivery. I’ll ship them to you in the U.S. for free, but please know that all of these are used, some dog-eared or scratched with notes. Please reply by FRIDAY, February 2, 2007.
Jonathan Raban’s Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings (1999)—the most painful of these to give away. A gem. (link takes you to previous “Down and Out” post on this topic)
George W.S. Trow’s My Pilgrim’s Progress: Media Studies 1950-1998 (1999)—dig this book; it’s like talking to some old guy in a pub, and he helps you understand your parents.
Susan Orlean’s My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere (2004)—a great book to take on the plane—or any adventure.
James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1939)—crazy lyrical madness; if a painting, it would be a Monet.
Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (1980)–A Wrinkle in Time author L’Engle writes about writing. Inspiring, thoughtful.
Joseph Mitchell’s Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories (1993)—Mitchell’s collected writings; basically four books in one. I spilled wine on this one, but it just adds character to the copy, eh?
John McPhee’s The Curve of Binding Energy (1973)—McPhee’s writing on the life of nuclear physicist Ted Taylor. Thought-provoking, in light of current events.
David Dorsey’s The Force (1994)— a good read for someone into business, or anyone on the outside who wants an intimate peek into corporate America’s trenches.
Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (2003)—I simply ran out of time to read this one, but it came to me highly recommended. Maybe someone can read it and then send it back to me after I get out of here.
The Jonathan Schell Reader (2004)—A collection of Schell essays whose subtitle pretty much says it: “On the United States at War, the Long Crisis of the American Republic, and the Fate of the Earth.”
Thanks, folks! I’d love to give these books a home.
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