A Few More Books

I found a book today that I am really excited about.  A library near me always has a rack of free books right by the front door.  I pop in now and then because sometimes I find some real treasures.  Today I found something that just made me happy.

Golden Tales of New England


First of all, I just love the cover.  Isn't that fantastic?  I think there is a good chance that I would be perfectly happy if I could just jump inside that scene. I have a bit of a weakness for books set in New England, probably because I am a New Englander myself.  I love the descriptions of areas I know and I understand the reserved, undemonstrative people.  The illustrations are done by Lois Lenski.  I loved some of her books when I was a child.  I wonder if my daughter is too old for them now?  I'll have to look them up.  But anyway, it is full of charming illustrations and fantastic authors.  There are stories by Sarah Orne Jewett, Louisa M. Alcott, and Dorothy Canfield, among others.


Golden Tales of New England

Golden Tales of New England

Golden Tales of New England

See what I mean?  I just really like these.  So I have really high hopes for this book.  I also found a set of four books on the free book rack.

Mystery quartet

Each volume has several novellas to fit the genre of the title.  They also have some authors I enjoy.  For example, Dorothy Sayers and Mignon Eberhart. There is also a book sale room at this library but I didn't find anything down there.  Apparently, they are giving the good stuff away and charging for the junk.

After I stopped at the library I went across the street to  the walk by the river that I do sometimes.  I wanted to take a few pictures of some books.  As you do.  Notice the one at the top of this post, artistically posed on a tree.  It was a gorgeous day, fifty degrees and sunny.

river scene

So that is it, sunshine, unusually warm weather, and some good books.  What more could I ask for?

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  1. Your new books are very lovely! I confess to knowing practically nothing about New England. That charming cover and those illustrations make the place look idyllic.

    It's nice to know that the freak snow has passed. Hope the days to come stay beautiful! :)

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    1. The world is so big and we know so little about it. That is a trite statement but it is true. One reason I like reading is because it helps me come to know other parts of the world. I am enjoying The Makioka Sisters for that reason, I am learning a lot about Japanese culture. I am doing my usual thing of reading three books at once so it is taking me a while to finish it! I must confess I know little about where you live too!

      Well, that snow storm melted but we are supposed to get six more inches tomorrow so I guess the unusually warm weather is gone for now. We can't really complain. We have gotten almost no snow this winter.

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  2. What a wonderful find! I want that book of tales too. And I especially want to read the chapters from these three authors. I'm very impressed that your library gives books away. Our library sale shelves are very dangerous. I find things there almost every week.

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    1. I have found quite a few treasures on that free book rack. I can't figure out how they decide what goes on that rack and what goes in the sale room but I am not complaining!

      We are supposed to get snow tomorrow and I think Golden Tales of New England will be the perfect thing to curl up with in the evening, if only I can manage to finish some of the other books I have started before then!

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  3. I love Lois Lenski's illustrations! Her picture books and chapter books are dear to my heart :-)

    We lived in New England for 3 1/2 years, in Connecticut. I would have preferred Vermont or Maine, as we were too close to NYC for my taste. The countryside was pretty, though.

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    1. I do love Connecticut because it is home but Maine is just gorgeous. The rocky coastline is incredible. It is just so stereotypically New England.

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    2. When I was about 14, we drove through all the New England states, and one night we stopped early at a hotel in Maine that had canoes, and went canoeing down a river. It was July, and we were chilly even with jackets on. It was gorgeous!

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  4. I love "Cider House Rules". I guess it is a New England book, right?
    And "The Scarlet Letter"!
    May you suggest me another one? : )

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    1. I'll have to think a bit about this. The ones that immediately spring to mind are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a classic you may have already read, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Both are not strictly adult books but can be read and appreciated by an adult. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett is also very typical of old New England. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is set in New England. It is not a book I liked for a variety of reasons but many people deeply appreciate it.

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