I went to my second book sale of the month this weekend. This was a fluke that I discovered this one…it wasn’t at a library.
It was at the State Department!
Yes, that State Department.
I actually didn’t expect to find much. As a result of my research class, I’m looking for used books to build my research library. My topics are:
- Hollywood (40s and 50s)
- the sea
- Science Fiction
Given that the books were donated by state department employees, I expected a lot of politics. But who knows?
So hoofed it down on Metro with a backpack to carry my books. Little did I realize how much of a challenge my trek was going to be. The site said the sale was near the Foggy Bottom metro stop.
I had show my ID to get into the building and passed by at least six police officers to get to the sale inside. It was a pretty building for a government building, and there were historic pictures of diplomats up on the walls. Also a very cool statue outside of a man with a globe.
The sale was in a large room with an extension of a tent off the room. Just tables with the books on top of it. I had to look pretty carefully in different categories to find books. Three was a section for the Hollywood type books, but I find all of the ones I bought in other areas.
I accumulated a small stack of about six of the books and one of the volunteers came over to put the books into a book check for me. After a few minutes, the book check lady came over and asked me where I had found the spy books (2&3). She thought they were great titles.
I accumulated more books, and by now I was hoping I could actually get them back to the Foggy Bottom Metro. I ended up with two bags of books (we do not discuss how much I paid; I wished I’d checked the price on one book. I would have passed on it as too much!).
Book check person commented that I had a lot of books.
Check out person commented that I had a lot of books.
Bag check person commented that I had a lot of books. I did ask her if everyone was just buying only a few. I’ve seen people at the county library sale get boxes of books. She said I was the biggest buyer of the day.
I packed most of the books in my backpack and carried the partially full second back.
Guard #1-5 commented that I had a lot of books.
It was a baker’s dozen:
- The Final Dive: The Life and Death of Buster Crabb
- The Encyclopedia of World War II Spies
- The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
- The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
- Rock Hudson: His Story
- Black Holes: A Traveler’s Guide
- The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk
- The Edge of the Sea
- In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex (this was the higher priced book)
- You Must Remember this: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age
- The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There: Time and Navigation
- Exploring the Deep Blue Frontier
Uphill back to Foggy Bottom Metro. Just in time to catch a train! Yay! I think I had my exercise for the day. Now to figure out what to do with my books…
And then there’s another library sale locally next week.