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The Junior Instructor, my First Encyclopedia

The other day I got out two of my favorite books from my childhood, The Junior Instructor, Books 1 and 2. These were originally published in 1916, and the ones my mom gave us as small children were published in 1956. I was looking for some of the children’s prayers I’d learned, and while I …

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Review of Looking Backward 2000 – 1887, Part 3

Romance, 1887-style!  Or…was it 2000-style? In the introduction to the 1915 printing of this book published in 1887, Sylvester Baxter describes the novel as “the ingenious device by which a man of the 19th century is transferred to the end of the 20th”, and notes that in the decade that followed its publication, the world …

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Review of Looking Backward 2000 – 1887, Part 2

In a recent post I began describing this 1887 book written by Edward Bellamy. Here is more about the author. The first page leaves no doubt as to why he wrote this book . “We ask to put forth just our strength, our human strength, All starting fairly, all equipped alike. But when full roused, …

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Review of Looking Backward 2000 – 1887

At a recent used book sale I bought an intriguing book written by Edward Bellamy. It was published in 1887, with the premise of having been written in the year 2000. The author imagines how the country would look in another century if certain idealistic industrial, political and economic changes were made to enable the …

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Next up: the 2014 CBC – Calgary READS used book sale

With so many new and used book stores scaling down, or going out of business, especially the precious little mom-and-pop stores, it is a joy to see that charitable organizations still put in a lot of hard work into book sales, and can raise money from all the people still buying used books! Calgary READS …

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Big Used Book Sale coming up in Calgary

If the used book sales are starting, it must be spring! Today is the first day that donations are being accepted at Crossroads Market’s tent for the 12th Annual Calgary Book Drive & Sale in support of Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, 2014, and May 2-4, 2014   Here are …

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I Love Old Books! (Part 4)

Even though I don’t necessarily need to read all the gems that I find at the book sales—it’s enough to surround myself with them—I do read them.  Now, to be honest, if a book is more than 50 or 100 years old, after quickly thumbing through it to touch and smell the pages, I generally …

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I Love Old Books! (Part 3)

Happy New Year!  I wonder what books 2013 holds! I enjoy everything about old books: hunting for them, inhaling the smell of leather and studying them: their covers, publishers, inscriptions, signs of aging, and knowing that I am holding something that was on this earth in a different century. I don’t necessarily need to read …

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I Love Old Books! (Part 2)

Ever since the Crossroads Used Book Sale, I’ve been enjoying my new old books and writing about why they are such a delight to me. I treasure them because I believe these books were far more precious in their day than a book is now, simply because of the relative scarcity of books and the …

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I Love Old Books!

As I mentioned in a previous post, my strategy when tackling huge used book sales is to go to the old books first. But I wonder why? What is it that makes the old books such a delight to me? It was probably my mom who instilled in me a love for old things that …

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