BookFinder Journal published a list of the most clamored for out of print books of 2008. It interests me much, as there are a few vintage and VERY vintage books on this list that are still being widely requested. What is your favorite out of print book? Here is America’s list:
1. Once a Runner: A Novel (1978) by John L. Parker, Jr.
I have never heard of this one, but I will have to see what makes it number one.
2. Sex (1992) by Madonna
Maybe Madge is reading this and will see how she can make another million by having it reissued, unless it is being requested by fifteen year old boys disguising their voices over the phone when calling the bookstore, and cannot really purchase it. Or maybe that’s a persona that she would like to leave behind. Probably. She never does “reruns.”
3. Promise Me Tomorrow (1984) by Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts does not want this reprinted because she thinks it is kind of “meh.” Like the Elmore Leonard film that has been shelved for 2 1/2 years but is being released because Mickey Rourke is suddenly hot again. Though maybe it SHOULD have been released at the time because Diane Lane is also in it and she was nominated a few years ago. Leonard was interviewed recently and he and his wife enjoyed it, but thought the guy who played Diane Lane’s husband was “meh.”
4. Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record (1978) by Carl Sagan
Space! Millions and Millions of Stars! Crap. I used to have this book I think, a long long time ago. Or maybe not.
5. Carpentry for Beginners: How to use tools, basic joints, workshop practice, designs for things to make (1900) by Charles H. Hayward
If anyone has an extra copy I would love to have or borrow this. I am intrigued how an antique book like this is still considered one of the best.
6. A Lion Called Christian (1972) by Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall
Read more about this one HERE. Coming soon (again) to a bookstore near you.
7. Comanche Heart (1991) by Catherine Anderson
The reissue of the prequel went to the top of the best seller list.
8. Legally Sane (1972) by Jon K. Hahn with Harold C. McKenney
An international killing spree. Must be a heartwarmer.
9. Woodworker’s Essential Shop Aids and Jigs; Original Devices You Can Make (1992) by Robert Wearing
Don’t buy tools…make em.
10. The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting (1989) by June Hemmons Hiatt
With the kazillion knitting books out there, this one seems to be the “must have.”
So there you have it. How many of these books have you own, read or heard of…or want?books: Chick Lit and Dude Lit | Comment (1)