Me: 1 (Well, $50) Barnes & Noble: 0

Upon receipt of a$25 gift card--a graduation present--I stifled my conscience and headed over to the Barnes & Noble site to bask in all of the corporate conglomerate goodness. I filled my virtual cart in a flash, as I am wont to do, and felt the satisfaction of clicking the "place my order" button.

All was good and well in my world as I anticipated the arrival of my items. Then the shipping confusion ensued. I was in no hurry, and my items arrived within what I would consider a typical shipping time frame. Me and Man's Search for Meaning and Less is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts Grades 6-12 were all very happy together.

Two months pass. . .

Alas, a B&N email heralded the unexpected and much welcomed news: "A refund has been processed for the item(s) below. Credit has been issued to the original form of payment that you provided. If your method of payment was a credit card, that amount will be reflected on a future credit card billing statement."

Fortunately, I had decided to hold on to that gift card though it was spent down to the last penny. Don't ask me why--they usually go straight in the trash. But I didn't have time to contemplate. I scurried out to Barnes & Noble in a thunderstorm to spend my extra $25 immediately, lest they discovered their error.

Here's what I bought:

for self:

Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (after reading wayyy more than my fair share of an online excerpt. O how do I love Amazon Reader? Let me count the ways. . .)

for classroom library:

Nothing But the Truth, Avi -- A Newbery Honor Book

Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (ok, this is sort of for self too. I so love the Poirot mysteries.)

Milkweed, Jerry Spinelli

A few notes on my purchases:

-This is the first I'll be reading of Avi's. I've heard so many great things.

-Agatha Christie books were such a hit with the students I worked with for my junior year practicum a while back. I think it's important to encourage students to cast a wide net when it comes to considering genre, and mystery is one that I personally can't help but love. And the Christie titles offer plenty of challenge to those readers ready to try out some adult fiction.

-I know it seems like I'm spending a lot of time on the WWII era books and/or books that examine the struggles faced by people of Jewish decent, what with Letters from Rifka and my review a while back of Man's Search for Meaning (Frankl--not for my classroom lib, of course, though I'm sure it would be great as a high school title), but I want to be able to provide students with a wide perspective if/when we examine the Holocaust and literature related to it, and this means having plenty of resources for them and being personally informed, too.

Thanks, B&N, for the extra $25. I'm sure you won't miss it.

Now, back to the booktrader!

Your thoughts on any of these titles?


Mary Lee said...

First of all, good for you for getting an extra $25 out of BN's pocket.

Here's an "IMHO": Avi is a very uneven writer. Some of his books are VERY good and some are...well, let's just suggest that you check him out via the library before you buy everything he's written.

Anonymous said...

Hey first year edutainer God Bless You I am listing into number 21 th. Berryman's famous "Rilke was a jerk" sticks in my head but Berryman chucked hisself off a bridge so what's he know ? Very invigorating blog you have here and it's always good for we long in the toothers to feed off new energy if you'll forgive that parsitic metaphor. As far as Barnes and Ignoble go it' all good, sometimes we dance with the devil a little bit. Peace.

enc said...

You've got to get yours from The Man. B&N can afford it.

teach people not books said...

mary-will do. thanks for the heads up.

justice-it is with great flush of the cheeks that i admit to not knowing a damn thing about berryman. maybe i ought to, though... just added him to my amazon wishlist ;)

enc-you said it. though i've made $50 this time, that's just a teeny fraction of the money i've spent there in my life, let alone in the past 6 months...

SSCaldwell said...

You've never read Avi? Mary Lee is right, he runs hot and cold, but when he's hot he's hot. My favorite is "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle." It combines two of my favorite fantasies: being from a wealthy family and turning into a pirate.