Passionate Nomad The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
This one came from the big Half Price on Northwest Highway (Dallas). I can’t say that I know much about Freya Stark, but the cover attracted me. She was an adventurer and writer who traveled the middle east in the late ’20s and ’30s. She also lived to be 100 years old. I have always been fascinated with the 1920s and ’30s, and I don’t know much about the middle east in that time at all. The book was only a dollar, so I picked it up. (That’s 80 cents after the coupon I had.)
Lonely Planet Ireland
It’s from 2004, but I bet there’s still something in it that’s useful. We may go through Ireland on our way to England this fall, and even if we don’t, we will go sometimes. If I see anything interesting in it, I’ll Google for the newest info. It was also $1; 80 cents after coupon. This also came from the Northwest Highway store.
Havana Nocturne by T.J. English
This one came from the Richardson Half Price, where I go on lunch hour sometimes. I picked it up just to see what it was and wound up reading a few pages. After that there was no way I could rationalize not buying it for a buck. Some of the photos in it remind me a little of the museums and buildings in Hot Springs, AR (which was a gangster hang out during prohibition). I know the height of Cuban mob presence was a later era, but it still has the same themes. Of course after studying Kennedy conspiracy theories through out high school and then moving to Dallas, the Kennedy connection is interesting to me to.
New York Look Book by Amy Larocca and Jake Chessum
I picked this up excitedly because, from the cover photo, I thought it might be from the ’90s. The late ’90s were the first era in which fashion captured imagination for me, and in a way that aesthetic is still ingrained in my style (but that could be its own post). I was disappointed to realize that this book is only from 2007, and so I was almost too cheap to buy it for $3. But , the photo of the gypsy girl above convinced me, and after all, it was the only copy they had. This came from the Richardson store as well.