This weekend we had our semi-annual library sale. Still small compared to the past, but better than last year. I always like to go to the sales and look for reference books.
What I found:
How Things Work: A huge book with pictures describing how things, well, work, like a car engine.
Visual Encyclopedia: One page to a topic, which may include the names of all the parts of something or a timeline in the history. Full color.
The Visual Dictionary: This shows pictures of objects and the names of all their parts. There’s a picture of a bulldozer, with all the parts named. Not in color though (boo!).
A Writer’s Time: On time management for writers. The only other one I’ve seen, oddly, didn’t talk about the title subject at all.
The Craft of Research: Better than spending $18 for it at the bookstore. It was a popular book to give away, though — I found at least four copies in different places.
Eats Shoots & Leaves: Better than spending $12 for it at the bookstore. It was also a popular book to give away — at least five copies were in different places.
Codes and Cipers: A book from the Smithsonian on spy things. Since my next project involves spies, I thought this might come in handy.
One thing I did discover is that if I want to look for writing books, I need to look in both the Reference section and in Communication. A lot of books were filed in both places, so if I hadn’t checked Communication, I wouldn’t have found a lot.