Bookstore Buys

Eclectic is the word for our Cafe Bookstore collection. We’re dependent on donations from library patrons who clean out their book shelves and offer us good quality, interesting titles with real sale potential.

Among the Grisham paperbacks, children’s books and popular non-fiction, some specialty items show up. Those are culled out and specially priced.

Recently a number of art and architecture books have come in. Their “coffee table” format and pristine condition make them perfect gift items.

Popular treatments include:

Jonathan Glancey’s ARCHITECTURE (part of the DK Eyewitness Companions series), a global view of important historical structures spanning thousands of years of building. 2006. $15

TIME’s GREAT BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD, a picture essay of “The World’s Most Influential, Inspiring and Astonishing Structures”. 2004. $5

Steve Dunwell’s EXTRAORDINARY BOSTON, beautiful photographs from all parts of the city, in all seasons and at all times of day. 2005. $15

George Cushing’s GREAT BUILDINGS OF BOSTON, a black and white photographic guide, arranged by neighborhoods. 1982. $5

Edward Hoak’s MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE, first published in 1930 and a Dover reprint, contains photographs and architectural drawings. 2002. $10

Then there are the funky and unusual gift books.

Eight books of drawings and pictures of the 20th. century Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher cover all aspects of his life and art. Titles in this collection include THE MAGIC MIRROR OF M.C. ESCHER, THE GRAPHIC WORK (2 volumes), VISIONS OF SYMMETRY (hard and softcover), IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS, and Al Seckel’s MASTERS OF DECEPTION. Prices vary from $5 to $20.

All the titles (and more for future postings) have a home in my office and are waiting for the right buyer. Email me at bshank@watertown-ma.gov Proceeds go to the library Building Committee and their efforts to support the new library’s programs and services.

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