Books for the Reading

by Lynn Wienck, The Chisholm Trail Bookstore

Last year sometime, I worked through the home bookshelves. The bookcase with technical books still remains double stacked — another tale by itself. All these shelved books do book revenge — they multiply. It’s best not to ignore them too long, lest progeny be book club editions.

The good news is that these are books I want to read or reread; the bad news is that these are books I want to read or reread. I’m going to throw a birthday party for them and hand them the keys to the car so they can drive. (I’ve had them that long.)

Here are a few that I have never read, and have high hopes of reading sometime, and well, there they are:

“Arthur Rackham A Biography” by James Hamilton. The book is large with lots of illustrations. I flipped through it this morning. It is fascinating and it would be a good idea to read the words by the illustrations. Really. It’s a striking book.

“Gahan Wilson’s America.” Evil little cartoons with lots of commentary. (Imagine Charles Addams in squiggly line drawing and in color.) The evil little cartoons make me laugh. Gahan Wilson draws what everyone else is thinking. Good for him.

“Banana Republic Guide to Travel & Safari Clothing.” Why do I have this book? Well, it’s rather hysterical, that’s why. Why haven’t I read it? Because, because, because it got put on the shelf before it got put on the coffee table. I actually read books on the coffee table and there’s a stack now. If I’m not careful, I will mix in the library books, and then get them late to the library.

“Bayeux Tapestry” by David M. Wilson. At least I don’t have to ask why this book has never been read. It’s still in shrinkwrap. Still, according to the rear dust jacket panel, it contains photographs of the complete tapestry. In 1066, William the Conquerer (French) defeated the Anglo-Saxons (British). William conquered and the tapestry was later commissioned. The conquest is embroidered on the linen and Halley’s Comet is somewhere in there, too. It is surprising that this historical document (224 feet) has survived intact nearly 1,000 years. Approximately 40% of the English language is derived from the French. Thank William the Conqueror.

Enough on the homefront books. Books to clean and catalog in the bookstore.

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