My university's library held a book sale last week. On the final day, hardbacks went for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. Not to miss out on the bloodbath, I braved the musty stairs into a dimly lit room. I came across gems, such as a book of Saxon Medieval Poetry, a compendium of the works of sixteenth-century Spanish composers, and a tempting biography of George Sand. While I made it my mission to find the lowest-brow possible fiction, others squabbled over a copy of Orlando Furioso (Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah, I all but heard the winner exclaim) and required boxes to cart out their loot.
I emerged with:
1. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
I hope I like it better than her other book, but man, she does a great job choosing subjects I'm interested in that hardly anyone has written about.
2. Jane Austen: A Life by David Nokes
Okay, it's kind of academic, but it's not in my super-specific area, SO it counts as pleasure reading.
3. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley and Stephens Mitchell
I really liked Gone With the Wind.