The good news: They were having a sale!
The bad news: They were having a sale!
Yep, buy four, get one free. I usually don't fall prey to these, but I was there for a loong time (because, of course, I was with my Hannah, and well. Long time.), and so I found five books, despite the fact that Waldenbooks is not famous for its variety (No Women's Studies, no GLBT section, teenytiny History and Science sections).
Here's what I bought:
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, which I'd planned to get anyway because my old paperback copy got destroyed and mr_t00by wanted to read it on his trip.
Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. I've wanted to read this one for a while, since I heard an interview with the author on NPR (I think Fresh Air or The Connection, I don't remember which).
Harriet Tubman, The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton. I've always wanted to read a bio of Harriet Tubman, because although I know what she did, I know almost nothing about who she was. She's a hero of mine, and I'm embarrassed at how little I know about her life.
To the Mountaintop, Martin Luther King, Jr's Sacred Mission to Save America, 1955-1968 by Stewart Burns. This seems like it will be a different approach to a MLK bio. I like the idea of focussing on his reasons for doing what he did, as opposed to an emphasis on what his actions did for others (which is equally important, just done more often). It looks like there'll be an focus on the spiritual as well, and I like the idea of hearing Christian ideologies as viewed by someone who actually lived what he believed.
Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. Ten years ago I couldn't have opened a book like this. A year ago I picked it up in a store and immediately put it down, thinking it'd be too much for me to read. Yesterday it was the first book I started to read out of these five. I figured it'd bring up memories, and it does, but it's a detatched kind of thing for me, now, which is good. Time and perspective can be wonderful therapy.
So, I'm determined not to buy any more books until I've finished these five books, as well as The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, by Randy Shilts, which I'm currently reading. Harvey's another hero of mine, and I love anything Randy Shilts wrote, and I know I'm going to want to go back and re-read And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, which I haven't read in, oh, ten years or so.