One of the joys of visiting a bookstore is the likelihood that you'll discover a gem of a book, one with which you're not familiar. Because Atlanta does not have a decent used bookstore, I like to visit Jane Stubbs at Bergdorf's, Archivia, or Potterton Books when I'm in New York. Shopping for books online is a completely different experience. Let's face it- discovering some charming, out of print book on Amazon is difficult. It really is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I recently received the 2011 Holiday catalogue from Nick Harvill Libraries, and I have so enjoyed reading it. Nick does a great job of assembling all kinds of literary treasures, and his engaging descriptions of each book really give you a sense of what lies beneath the (oftentimes) charming dust jackets. Lo and behold, I discovered some intriguing and even quirky books that I might have otherwise never known about it, and I didn't even have to travel to Nick's shop in Hollywood to find them! I thought I would share a few of them with you, just in case you too live in a book barren city.
Reno by Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.
The Cat by Colette
How to Be a Party Girl by Pat Montandon
Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah by Dinah Shore
The Constant Sinner by Mae West
Rich was Better by Philip Van Rensselaer
Mrs. Astor's Horse by Stanley Walker