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What fun! Another good story. No New Yorker stories lately?


I love Elizabeth Taylor's stories! Oh my, those New Yorkers are piling up. I am not sure what my problem is this year--I am falling so far behind it is starting to stress me a little seeing them pile up next to my bed. I start them, set them down and then the next magazine comes before I have a chance to get back to whatever was in hand. I am in serious need of a break so I can catch up on things. Hah. Wishful thinking there!


I've ordered my copy of The Blush from Better World Books. Instead of the usual email telling me my order's been shipped, here's what I got:

Hello Cathy,

(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)

Holy canasta! It's me... it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!

I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.

But hey, enough about me, I've been asked to brief you on a few things:

We sent your order to the following address:

LOVE IT!! Almost makes me want to order something else to see if they have different letters, or if this is it.

I understand what you mean about the stress of seeing so many books in the TBR pile...I have 5 waiting & some need to go back to the library.


Ha--that totally made my day, Cathy! What fun and thanks for sharing it with me. I have ordered from Better World before but it has been a while (and maybe they have different branches/warehouses?) but I have never gotten such a fun message--whoever thought that up had a great idea! I am nearly finished reading the collection--four more stories to go. I can't decide whether to just keep drawing them out and reading one (or maybe two to finish by the end of the month) or finishing the rest in one gulp! it is always a dilemma which books to take with me in my bookbag to work--I end up taking more than I can reasonably read in a day and just end up lugging them back and forth, but I think tomorrow I am going to have to exhibit more Self-Control! Maybe I should order something from Better World and see if I get a fun email, too! ;)


I understand your all the stories at once because you enjoy them so much or space them out to prolong the enjoyment. I did that recently with Clara Parkes new book Knitlandia. Clara writes about knitting/yarn...this book is about her travels for knitting & yarn. I'd think small, very small audience, but Knitlandia came in 5th on the NY Times bestseller list for travel books. Anyway, I enjoy Clara's writing so I only allowed myself to read 1 essay a day, otherwise I would have read the whole book in 1 day & that would have been it.

Still waiting for The Blush to arrive. Never fear, there's a stack of books to help me pass the time.


I don't knit, but the book sounds most interesting especially since it is a travel book. And I love finding an author whose writing is so pleasing that I will read anything by her--Elizabeth Taylor is like that for me. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I did. Now am thinking of a new one to read next.

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