The Good Earth bargain

I stopped at Borders in Montclair Thursday on my way back to the office from buying Vampire Weekend tickets in Pomona. Wanted to check a reader-contributed Pomona factoid from, of all things, Rachael Ray’s magazine.

In the new-release section, there’s something really new: a table of cardboard boxes full of $3.99 books. Little of interest, unsurprisingly, but for some reason, perhaps a miscalculation of a Pearl S. Buck revival that never happened, they have something like 20 trade paperback copies of “The Good Earth.”

If you ever wanted to read it, this would seem to be your time. In no rush, I picked up the lone copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night.” At $3.99 for a novel that lists at $15, I couldn’t believe my luck.

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  • Ramona

    Hooray! Another retailer bows to the non-recession! Lovin’ the bargain bins that are springing up in stores lately. Mostly overstock stuff but one never knows what treasures one may come across. Particularly fun is Wal-Mart’s DVD bin offerings.

    I take it you didn’t pick up “The Good Earth.” ‘Cause why? It’s worth a look. Dreary, perhaps, but Ms. Buck strings words together in such a way that, once begun, it has to be finished.

    Huzzahs for your continuing reading. Like knitting and crocheting, it’s becoming a lost art. (Yes, I do both.)

    Keep up the good work.


    [With 20 copies, I didn’t see a need to rush. Actually, I have to read Bo Caldwell’s “Distant Land of My Father” for Claremont’s city reading program this fall, and that’s a China novel too. I might be China’d out after that. — DA]

  • Ramona

    And hungry an hour after you stop reading for the day.

    Hope you’re close to a Chinese take-out place.

    Happy reading,


  • RichP

    Friends of the Library used bookshops are an excellent source of good books at bargain prices. They aren’t new (mostly), but the range of top titles is often very good.