As I so assiduously alerted you on Friday, it's the weekend of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library Annual Book Sale. Those of you who haven't turned out yet, I will expect to see today.
I also told you about the alarming imbalance of my recent reading material, and I entered the Sale Friday night with the half-assed intention of stocking up on books by, you know, girls. This resolution was, lamentably, quickly forgotten as soon as I actually started pawing through the materials.
The big motherload this year was books on casette, which were cheap and plentiful. Let's see how I did in my strip-mining of this department.
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility -- FEMALE!Then after that, it was mostly art books and CDs and an old textbook, and then some Shakespeare and John Ford (Male) and some poetry, Housman and Eliot (Male), and actually only one popular sort of book, by the science fiction writer C.J. Cherryh (FEMALE!). Not bad, not bad.
Gibbons, the first 2/3 of Decline and Fall... -- Male.
William Henry Hudson, The Story of the Renaissance -- Male.
Dickens, Great Expectations -- Male.
Zola, The Gin Palace -- Male.
Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall -- Sounds female! But male.
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons -- Very Male.
E.M. Forster, Howards End -- Male.
George Elliot, The Mill on the Floss -- Sounds male. But FEMALE!!!
Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall -- FEMALE!
George Elliot, Adam Bede -- Still FEMALE!!!
So What's the Point?
My point is, there are gazillions of books still for sale by people of all genders! 1625 NE Sandy, open until 5 p.m. today (Sunday), or you can paw through the rubble for half price tomorrow, Monday, from 9 to 3. Attendance is mandatory.
I should have been in marketing.