Saturday, May 03, 2008

Book table at 97th and Bway

I always check out the book table at 97th and Bway because it has the oddest assortment of books--usually ones I either own or end up buying. Of course, there are books that are more likely to be on these tables--hardcover romance novels, Dummies books, mass market editions of nineteenth-century novels, the collected John Cheever (I see this one at least once a day), and so on. But the 97th St. table has some weird, good ones. This week's notables:

Music for Torching, by A.M. Homes (great novel, I already bought a copy from the same table a few years ago)
The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London, by Lisa Jardine (I want to know how this book ended up being discarded; it's a very specific interest)
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil (the previous owner realized that either the singularity is near... or it isn't)
Sister Wolf, by Ann Arensberg (a weird novel, but not bad)

What are some of the best, least likely novels you've seen for sale on these tables? Years ago, in the W. 100s, I saw a hardback copy of Up Against an Ivy Wall, the Spectator's account of the 1968 uprising at Columbia. I still regret not picking it up.

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