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When I saw that first photo my immediate reaction was "WOW!" Simply gorgeous shelves Sam has. I have never heard of Andersonville before (the novel or the real place) so I will be putting the book on my TBR list! Thanks Sam!

Margaret Powling

As with Stafanie, my first reaction to those beautiful shelves was "Wow!" Thank you for sharing your books with us, Sam! Not read Planet of the Apes or Andersonville, I don't think they are quite me, but it's nonetheless great to read of others' book passions. By the way, love the pale green walls against which are bookcase is set.


Every picture made me oooh and aaah and finally, all I could do was fan myself. Thanks for featuring Sam's library. I'm a faithful Book Chase reader.

vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

Whenever I see a whole wall of matched shelves I go all greenish with envy! Why were cadets not allowed to read? (I assume it is about a mix of disciple and giving one's all. However, imagine if it had been the age of social networking check-Twitter-every-30-seconds!) Thank you for sharing your library.

Clive John Edwards

Love those bookshelves. And the brick is great - my brother and I came across a chap who collects bricks last year. One William Faulkner brick is great but a collection? It takes all sorts, I guess.

Sam Sattler

Thanks, Stefanie. BTW, the Andersonville prison site is open to the public these days (it's very near Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, GA) and is a gut-wrenching place to visit, especially on Memorial Day.

Sam Sattler

Planet of the Apes is not quite me these days either, Margaret, but it was definitely the best thing on that bus station book rack. And it was thin enough to hide fairly easily, so it was perfect. I keep it around as a reminder of a whole other life I experienced. Thanks for the kind remarks.

Sam Sattler

Thanks, Stefanie. I tried replying to you earlier, so I hope you don't see two responses here, Danielle.

Just wanted to say that Andersonville Prison is very near Plains, GA, the home of one Jimmy Carter. It is a gut-wrenching place to visit, especially on Memorial Day when all the flags are displayed on the tombstones.

Sam Sattler

Hi, Susan...You always seem to make me smile. Thanks.

Sam Sattler

Vicki, I think the whole purpose of Basic Training in those days was to break the individual down into thinking of himself as part of a team, a cog in a machine kind of thing. They tried to make us look and think the same, and they largely succeeded. This was 1968, when the Vietnam War was really raging.

Sam Sattler

Hey, thanks, Clive. Yeah, the brick is my whole "collection," although I have a couple of other similar things that I like to display...but they are not book-releated.

Sam Sattler

I've also tried to reply directly to Susan and Stefanie but, for some reason, my replies are not posting (I think). So I apologize if I've duplicated...or triplicated them.

Just a quick one to Stefanie - Andersonville Prison is located very near Plains, GA, home of one Jimmy Carter. Visiting it can be a somber thing, especially around Memorial Day when all the flags are still on the individual graves. Thanks for your kind remarks.

Susan, you always manage to make me smile (or sometimes blush). Thanks.


What a wonderful library you have. Do read The Joy Luck Club sometime. It is worth opening up those pristine pages.

I do know about Andersonville, but, not this book. Off it goes to rest in my TBR list. Thank you for sharing your shelves with us.


I have books like that--they may not be the ones I want to revisit now, but they have fond memories attached to them!


So glad you (and me, too) are able to take a peek at Sam's beautiful library! :)


I think it's really cool. And it reminds me, too, that I really want to read more Faulkner. I've read very little and it was so long ago. Were you able to tour his home? And have you read much of his work?


Sorry about that Sam. Typepad does that to my comments sometimes too (annoyingly)--I pulled the comments out of the spam filter--there were three, so they should be showing up now. :)


I agree--those bookcases are lovely. How nice to have them all shelved and viewable (my own are stacked randomly and squeezed about so I can't even tell what is lurking behind each row of books). And I second you--Sam, if you get a chance--do read Amy Tan--she's wonderful!

Sam Sattler

I did tour the home later that day, Danielle, and it was amazing...pretty much left as if Faulkner still lived there, including his muddy boots in his bedroom and lots of whiskey bottles hidden everywhere, including inside the walls, as I recall. There is even a pencil-outiline of one of his books on the wallpaper of one small room.

I've read about 2/3 of his stuff, but have to admit that is is work sometimes and I have to be in that kind of reading mood first.

Sam Sattler

Penny, the book won the 1956 Pulitzer prize for fiction - it's really good even if you are not all that interested in the war itself. Great human interest story...actually, a whole bunch of them now that I think about it.


What a thought--that he is just out in the garden or something and will be back right away... I am not sure if I have toured any writer's homes, now that I think of it. When I went to San Francisco last summer we had a chance to stay in the house where Dashiell Hammett lived for a time--it has been turned into a hotel, but sadly it was booked. I have read all of One (!) Faulkner novel--The Sound and the Fury which was quite challenging to read and maybe why it's taken me so long to get back to him. I think there are other much more accessible novels by him, though. I'm sort of on a Southern writers kick (or want to be) as I just read one by Peter Taylor set in TN. Now I want to read Eudora Welty or Carson McCullers.


The whole of Joyce Carol Oates. Envy... I'd like to read everything she has written as well. She is so versatile.
Andersonville sgoes on the wish list. A bit too long for my readalong but it sounds like a book for me.
You have wonderful collections.
I wonder if there is any year like your 1989 in which I bought so more books than during other years.


Wonderful collection! I love the little figures of Poe, Mark Twain, etc.! Where did you find them? I also have to agree about the book Andersonville. An interesting read, made much more interesting to me when I found out one of my relatives had been kept prisoner there (he survived). My family and I have been there twice to visit the site and museum and they are definitely worth a visit. Thank you for sharing your beautiful bookshelves.


An impressive library, Sam. Such a great way to get to know a reader. I enjoyed seeing the Modern Library editions and the Winston Churchill set - a mainstay of my grandfather's library.


I don't think I've ever seen so many hardbacks together outside a proper public library! What an impressive collection! I have to admit, though, that I have The Joy Luck Club on my shelves, too, having bought the paperback when it came out and not yet managed to read it....


I know--all those JCO books--what a nice collection! I will have to check out Andersonville, too--I have read very little about the Civil War I'm sorry to say, and this book sounds really interesting.


How interesting to think you have read about something that your relative experienced! How do you know about his time there? Do you have letters or diaries? And I love those little figurines, too--had to make sure I added those photos to the post!


I thought once about collection ML editions, but I guess I already have plenty of other books I "collect", but still they are lovely to see all together on the shelves, aren't they?!


I have a small collection of hardcovers--they really are nice, but maybe not so practical for me since I don't have the shelf (or floor!) space. Sam's bookcases are gorgeous, though, and look quite spacious! Do read the Joy Luck Club sometime--it's really good!


I wish I had letters or diaries! I have an aunt who is very into tracing family history, and she told me about our relative. I'll have to ask her how she found that out.


I've always wanted to trace my family's genealogy--maybe someday when I have a little extra time on my hands! :)

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