Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Better World Books, part 2

I wrote a little bit about Better World Books a few weeks ago. They sell used and discarded books to raise money for literacy programs around the world. I ordered some books from them and thought I would share them.

All the books I ordered are Virago Modern Classics. This stack contains the Dial Press Editions.

This stack has those lovely green covers. Two of the books I received are old library editions. I felt sad to see that they have 'DISCARD' stamped on the inside. The rest do not look like they have ever been read. The cost for all of these was $30, and there is no shipping for US orders.

These are my favorite covers of the bunch. I particularly love the painting of the Bronte sisters on May Sinclair's The Three Sisters. The introduction states "The Parallel with the Brontes' situation and setting is both striking and deliberate."

I think The Brimming Cup will be an interesting book for me to read in the near future although I am sure my situation will not be quite so bleak.. The back cover reads in part "One day in 1920 Marise watches her youngest child depart for his first day at school and feels redundant. Absorbed in her role as wife and mother she has not been aware of the slow ebbing of her spirit...."

My only complaint with Better World Books is that they put stickers on the spine which do not come off easily. You can see in the photographs some places where the covers tore. But do not let that stop you - there are loads of books to be had for great prices and you can help someone in the process.


Bybee said...

I'm dazzled, and I'm going to bookmark Better World Books, and pay them a visit. They're definitely OK by me! Thanks for sharing your haul. Looks yummy.

Iliana said...

I still haven't ordered anything from them but I want to. And, I really wish libraries would not stamp books with "Discard". Just seems so sad. Some of the books I recently got at a library sale came with that stamp too. Anyway, enjoy your viragos!

Anonymous said...

This is a great website - thanks for sharing! I am planning to order a few books.

And I love your blog, btw!

Tara said...

Bybee, I hope you check them out - it seems to be a win-win for everyone.

Bookgirl, I wonder how long the books have to go without being checked out to get the 'Discard' stamp. The few copies I have do not even look that well-read.

Jennyellen, I hope you find some things there - and thank you very much, I appreciate you stopping by!

Elaine said...

What a wonderful collection. The Brimming Cup by Dorothy Canfield later Dorothy Canfield Fisher is a wonderful read

Danielle said...

I ordered from them via abebooks--I need to order again. I have had no luck the last few times I have gone to the used bookstores in searching for Viragos--I am probably going to have to just order online. Looks like a great stack of books!