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Free Books

I have far too many books, nearly 400 at first blush.


I moved my bookshelves out of my office so that I could have a wall free for hanging canvases and writing surfaces. In the process, I decided to get rid of 15-20 books. I either have duplicates, read them and didn't care for them, or haven't read them and have no urge to. I didn't make much of a dent, but these I know I don't want to keep for loaning out to friends. So they are free to anyone who wants them. The rest will go to the local library or Salvation Army.

I can give them to you the next time I see you or hand them via proxy to someone who will see you sooner than I will. All are paperback and have no collectors' value.

Textbooks (of passing interest):
Java Software Solutions
Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth will Revolutionize Our World

D&D for Dummies, Sorry, kesterly , I own the manuals now and have actually read them.
two thesauruses (one pocket, one larger, both paperback)

Robert Jordan's Lord of Chaos, book six Wheel of Time
Douglas Niles Circle at Center
Lucas & Claremont Shadow Moon, a sequel to the Willow movie storyline.

Dragonlance series:
Legends trilogy (all three books, Raistlin and Caramon) (reserved for Will)
Tales Volumes 1-3 (short stories)
Kindred Spirits The Meetings Sextet Vol. 1
Darkness & Light Preludes Vol. 1

I don't expect anyone to actually want these, but just in case, I decided to post them here. I know I have a lot of friends who are Dragonlance fans (even though I am not).
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The Red Tent

I loaned my mother my copy of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent many months ago. She just called to ask if it was me who had loaned it to her and wanted my permission to loan it to a friend.

She loved it and that fills me with such...contentedness.

My mother and I had opposing tastes in reading when I was growing up. We both read a lot, but she read paperback romance fluff to unwind at the end of the day and I read the classics, fantasy, and even gritty novels. I also enjoy non-fiction, which I've never seen in her hand.

Recently, in her retirement, my mother has started attending a book club. And with all of the Cold Mountain stuff they read, I knew that The Red Tent would be an enjoyable improvement.

I read it during a particularly challenging summer: in Atlanta at my first full time job as a dead-end executive assistant after I'd dropped out of school in April. I remember The Red Tent and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon as the only moment that didn't shatter my faith in the real world, in work, in an already failing relationship.

My friend Elizabeth keeps asking me if I've ever read The Red Tent. She keeps forgetting who has and who hasn't, for its one of her favorites that she lends out to people. Before I loaned it to my mom, I put my copy in the hands of frolicswllamas and she in turn thrust it onto her mother's reading list. I also bought kesterly her own copy for Christmas and whose mother is reading it now.

It gets around. And for good reason. It's a damn good book.