I took a bunch of books in to trade, and with the store credit I was able to get:
- Louis Bayard - The Black Tower
- Kate Atkinson - Case Histories
- Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
- Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler - The Best, Worst, and Most Unusual
- Colleen McCullough - The First Man in Rome
- T. C. Boyle - The Road to Wellville
- Marilyn French - The Women's Room
- Tim O'Brien - The Things They Carried
- Alexandra LaPierre - Artemisia
- Christina Stead - The Man Who Loved Children
- Joe R. Lansdale - Lost Echoes
- Jose Saramago - Blindness
- Thomas Tryon - The Other
- Clive Barker - Cabal
- Robert Stone - Dog Soldiers
- Donald Hamilton - Murderers' Row
- William Howard - "Gore Vidal's Caligula"
I am particularly happy with the Best, Worst, and Most Unusual and the Murderers' Row finds. The former is a trivia book that's from the late 1970s, and I still remember checking it out of the local library when I was a kid and learning about everything from how awful a durian is to some examples of really off-the-wall architecture. The latter is from Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series, which are long out of print but which are great reading, and a heavy influence on my Ashes series.
I make no apologies for the last book on the list - it's a novelization of the terrible movie made from Gore Vidal's screenplay for Caligula. I'm sure it's no good but I must have it on my shelf and it was only $2. So there.