Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bargain Book Bonanza (7): Wine Country Edition!

Welcome to Bargain Book Bonanza!

A book haul linky party for bargain loving bookworms!

BBB is the place to showcase all the great books (new, used, vintage, electronic, audio) that you have scored on sale.

Each Monday through Thursday, all book lovers are invited to carouse, make merry and revel with bargain book abandon!

Want to join the party? Just visit the Bargain Book Bonanza page for the particulars.

Tracy is hosting this week!

There is so much stuff in my house, my husband and I have to take turns turning side ways to get into it.   That's an exaggeration, but some days it doesn't feel like much of one.  I am not a collector.  My husband is not a hoarder, but somehow, in the dark of night, the stuff cavorts and more stuff appears.  

This is why I do not do souvenirs. I also don't do jazz hands, but that's a story for a previous day.

Still, when one goes to the immense trouble pleasure of taking a trip, one would like to have a little something tangible to remember said logistical nightmare delightful five days.  

That's a difficult aspiration to marry with the one I have of de-cluttering my life.  Good thing I have made up my own rules about what defines clutter and what doesn't.

Books don't.  

Last weekend, in a little town north of here, I walked into a local bookstore and walked out with some souvenirs that now sit happily on my desk. 

Depending on your idea of bargain, they may not have been much of a bargain, but if I want something and it normally costs me X dollars but I can get it for X/6, then that is a bargain.

 A tasty, thrify and non-toxic bargain book collage...

Bargain 1)  I was in wine country, so there had to be at least one obligatory wine book.  I'm all about going the extra mile and got two.  The sacrifices I make for you people *sigh*.   

One is titled "In search of Bacchus"  and I'm taking it with me to read this weekend while I'm in search of viognier.  

Yes, I'm going to go drink more wine.  For research. For you.  Of course.  

I've just started it, but basically, if you like wine and you'd like to spend your lottery money traveling so you can have a little wine from all the little places that produce it, then this is a story of someone who did just that, and I find I don't even hate him.  Much.

Bargain 2)   Ignore all the other stuff in the photo. That is an "I hate my house and am going to pretend I'm going to redecorate it" experiment.  

The book is the star:  "Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma".  If you're going to go there, go get this first.  It's a gem, and lead me to one of the best days of my adult life not to mention a 20 year old bottle of wine that makes my head spin just thinking about it.

Bargain 3)   Well, this would have been a bargain no matter what the cost.  Ms. Izzy is as yet unable to move to Southern California and teach me how to dress more like a Audrey Hepburn and less like Maxine  so I had to get literary assistance.   It's entitled "The Style Strategy" and it's full of things I can actually understand, a post unto its own very frump-ista friendly self.

Bargain 4)   I want to make jam that won't kill me or anyone I know and love.  'Nuf said.

What bookish bargains did you nab this week?


  1. Tracy, you crack me up. Thanks for going the extra mile(s) to round books up for this week's post!

    Have a wonderful week,

    Kathy M.

  2. Ooooh, those sound yummy!
    I am going to look for the Style Strategy especially!
    And thank you SO much for your sacrifice. We feel so spacial. I mean special.

  3. Kathy,
    For you, anything ;). I am glad you enjoy reading it. It's bad when you're cracking your own dang self up as you're writing it.

  4. Leslie,
    Girl, you were already special. Seriously, I'm loving the style book and I'm going to check on you. If you don't get it in what I think is a timely manner, I'm sending one to you so I won't be ashamed to be seeeeeeeen with you in public, because, you know, by that time I'll be all stylish and stuff.

  5. Oh, I'd love to tour wine country.

    You will find this strange and unusual-- I cook with wine all the time but it never occurs to me to drink it. Freakish, huh?

    The food preserving book is way cooler than the style book, in my foodie but frumpy opinion.

    Missed your clever, funny and entertaining posts-- Welcome back!!

  6. Lesa,
    I double dog dare you to try drinking different ones until you find something that makes you, "Oh my". And yes, I did drag out the double dog dare so the pressure is oooon. The worst that can happen is an "Ack" and some very nice marinade..

  7. Love your blog. Awesome work ladies!

  8. For all you readers out there who have never met these ladies I can tell you that in real life they sound just like they write. Funny, funny, funny.

    And I want a style book because Izzy doesn't always go shopping with me.

  9. ..and for the record, we do not pay each other to say nice things to each other. We like each other. We reeeally like each other..

  10. Wait, wha?? I've been sending out checks...and some of you have been cashing them...

  11. I thought I was the only one and didn't want "the others" to know I was your favorite co-blogger.

  12. if i reply with something witty, you'd reply with something witty and i'd feel pressure to be witty in return and then you know you'd have to come up with something. fortunately, i can't think of anything witty.

  13. I LOVE the intro! That little note is so sweet! all books should have that!
    Thanks for stalking me... I love books, and reading and I'm glad to be here!
    (glad you found me on twitter, too!)


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