Ursula K. LeGuin – Just In

Monty snuggles up next to a stack of Ursula LeGuin’s.   She is among the science fiction writers with staying power.  It’s hard to keep her work in stock.  These just came in and were published between 1968 and 1982.

Oh, Olive!

My last review was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Everyone loved that book except me, totally implausible though it was. So here we have a similar main character. She is a female curmudgeon. She’s ornery, mean, complicated, and very hard to like at the beginning of the book. At the finish we have … Continue reading

Outlander

Outlander

When you need a break from reality into some really grand historical fiction, I recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I have been promoting this book series for some time now. It’s a fine escape. I felt strongly that if someone could transfer this story to the screen as serious historical fiction – instead … Continue reading

Oy Vey, Ove!

                                                              A BOOK REVIEW I have just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, a wildly popular novel that everyone but me loves. It was sweet and heart-warming and obviously made for the movies. But why did the writer pick a name no one can pronounce?   Hint: it does not rhyme with oy … Continue reading

Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey

  Edward Abbey fans, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Tenth Anniversary edition 1985, illustrated by R. Crumb, signed by Abbey – $300 Beyond the Wall, trade paperback, signed by Abbey in my presence, 1984 printing – $150 Beyond the Wall, hardback, first edition, 1984 – $50 Hayduke Lives!, hardback, 1st edition – $12 Desert Solitaire, mass … Continue reading

God Save the Queens

God Save the Queens

In the book business, the acquisition of an impressive collection of books on a single subject usually involves a death.  Occasionally these days, such a windfall will occur when the former owner is downsizing or moving and has to dispense with the baggage of a lifetime pursuit. Such was the case when I recently obtained … Continue reading

Closed for a Vacation

Closed for a Vacation

James Lee Burke fans…look what just came in! Ah, so sorry, you will have to wait another six days.   We will be closed for a short vacation so that I can wiggle my toes in the Pacific Ocean and see my granddaughters. Hopefully you will stop by in a week to see what else has … Continue reading

On The Road At The Eclectic Reader

On The Road At The Eclectic Reader

A rich collection of 50s-60s counterculture: hippie, Yippie, Beat, and bohemian writers just came in.  Bukowski, Burroughs, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Wolfe, Richard Brautigan, Ed Sanders, Jerry Garcia, and Ken Kesey.  Did I forget someone? Move your feets to snag some of this.  This stuff never lasts long.  You … Continue reading

Lost Books:  Fall in Love With This Forgotten Children’s Book

Lost Books: Fall in Love With This Forgotten Children’s Book

                                                                           Buttons in the Back by Elizabeth Kirtland As an eclectic reader and a book dealer I have occasionally stumbled upon a remarkable “find,”  a book I have never seen or heard of before that is simply wonderful.  Such a book is this children’s story that is perfect for reading out loud and will … Continue reading

The Beauty of Old Book Covers

The Beauty of Old Book Covers

Once there were books with bindings which could be considered works of art.  In the days before dust jackets became a marketing scheme, and before paperback books were printed in lurid covers, or mysteries in black (with dripping red blood), or thrillers in metallic silver covers as if we are crows or raccoons attracted by … Continue reading