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Mar. 24, 2008 (Day 58)

Plethora: excess


This is a case of a dollar word used on a dime nowadays...

There is a fantastic used bookstore in General Mitchell airport in Milwaukee. Certainly an odd place for a great bookstore, but I'm always happy it's there whenever I'm visiting family up north.

It's a small space made smaller by being crammed corner to cranny with books, but you can spend hours in that little box digging through the stacks and haphazard tumbles looking for jewels, of which there are many. They have some amazing first editions and old texts. I get a little light-headed and giddy every time I stand in the aisles or look behind the small glass case at the amazing assortment of special items they have. And all in amazing condition.

The set pictured is one I fell in love with instantly, and my mother purchased it for me as a gift. It is a 60-volume set, pristine condition, with gold-edged pages that begins with the Greeks and progresses through to twentieth-century fiction. I'm beginning at the beginning and working my way through, even though I've read everything in the Greek volumes several times while growing up already. Fun to go back and read them again.

I have way too many books, but I just can't bear to part with them. I dream one day of having an entire room to devote to a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and one of those rolling ladders (that I secretly want to ride on like in Funny Face--which I now must really go watch again after two references to it in as many days!).

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