Book Roundup


From Friday to Sunday, Half-Price Books is having a huge clearance sale of books near me. Basically, they set up a huge room with an endless row of tables of books from fiction to history to religion to arts and entertainment to science to cooking to coffee table books to comics to children’s books to movies and to CD’s. It’s endless and AWESOME. And even more awesome because everything is marked at $2 (unless otherwise marked down). So, essentially, I got 28 books priced at $2.

The average retail price of a hardcover fiction or nonfiction book in 2013 was $26.63 and $27.58, respectively. I’m going to pretend all I got was fiction books, even though I probably got half and half, just so we can get an understanding of the monies saved. So, 28 books at $26.63 retail price would have cost me $745.64. With the clearance sale, I paid, I believe, $62, for a savings of, $683.64! For a book lover, you can’t beat that, man.

Here’s a somewhat shitty picture of the books:


And a list of what I got:

-The Teammates: A Portrait of Friendship by David Halberstam
-Barry Bonds, BALCO, Steroid scandal that rock professional baseball: Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.
-White Widow by Jim Lehrer
-Act of Contrition by Havert, Sweetster, and Defoard
-A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington
-The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer
-An American Dream by Norman Mailer
-Priest by Gerard O’Donovan
-The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich
-The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right, and Threats to Our Liberties by David Boaz
-Slumberland by Paul Beatty
-Batista Unleashed by Dave Batista
-The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In the American Century by Steve Coll
-White Jazz by James Ellroy
-Disclosure by Michael Crichton
-The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
-City of Lights by Alafair Burke
-Get Your War On II by David Rees
-A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe
-One D.O.A. One On the Way by Mary Robison
-The Names of Our Tears by P.L. Gaus
-Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom At Any Age by David Bach
-The Murder Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer
-The Blair Witch Project by D.A. Stern
-Speeches That Changed the World: The Stories and Transcripts of the Moments That Made History
-The Brethren by John Grisham
-Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy by Charlie Savage
-Killer on the Road by James Ellroy
-Mad In American: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Endearing Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker
-The Apostle by Brad Thor

I’m quite tempted to go back today and get more that I may have missed. I am obsessed with being the guy that finds the “gem” book. That is, a quality book for a nothing price that’s overlooked by others…

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