Back to Work

March 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Returning to Recycled Reads after being away for a few days is essentially returning to an entire new book store. After a week off of camping in the woods of Arkansas (with a few paperbacks I scored before my trip—Farewell my Subaru by Doug Fine and Beneath the Window, a memoir about growing up in Big Bend Country by Patricia Wilson Clothier—two fun and quick reads that I’ll likely donate back to the store in due time), I came back to work yesterday to see the accumulation of a week’s worth of donations and books weeded from the library on the shelves. Like a kid in a candy shop…

In the $10 Collectibles corner of the store alone, I found many new and interesting books to share:

steampunk

  • The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer with S. J. Chambers. Abrams Image: New York, NY. 2011.

A few months ago, Recycled Reads hosted a Steampunk art exhibit. This hardcover book, calling itself “an illustrated guide to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists, and strange literature,” is filled with beautiful photos blending the past with the future. It had me at “corsets and goggles.”

  • A History of the Adirondacks (2 volumes) by Alfred L. Donaldson. Harbor Hill Books: Harrison, NY. 1977.

Considered a major work about the Adirondack region, this book is special because it was inscribed in 1988 with a sentimental letter. It clearly belonged to someone who loved the Adirondack Mountains.

  • Interwoven: A Pioneer Chronicle by Sallie Reynolds Matthews, with drawings by E. M. Schiwetz. Texas A&M University Press: College Station, TX. 1992.

Coming off of the high of a camping trip, the title of this book caught my eye. Roughing it, living off the land, not showering for a few days…you get the idea. But Interwoven is about life on the Lambshead range of northwest Texas—a far different terrain than that of northeast Arkansas. It is a classic source on the history of West Texas.

Round Rock

Round Rock, Texas: From Cowboys to Computers by Karen R. Thompson. Nortex Press: Austin, TX. 2002.

Here’s a book about the history of our neighbor to the north, Round Rock. I know and love Round Rock for their donuts (and their honey isn’t bad either!), but for anyone with an interest in Central Texas history will enjoy thumbing through pages and pages of black and white photos.

Well, March is coming to a close and April will be full of spring-time events. Recycled Reads will be out about the town almost every weekend of April in different forms—crafting demonstrations, crafting workshops, and providing general information about what we do for the Austin Public Library and how you can get involved. Check out the website or our Facebook page to see where you can find us.

–Betsy

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