26.7.12

The first letter I've ever received from a nonliving thing

Normally when I buy books, I get the standard, "Oh, hey. Your order is shipping. Call us for questions, yo." Paraphrased.  However, I just ordered from Better World Books, a lovely site shown to me by Robert Zimmerman, where your book purchases help to fund literacy charities all over the world.  Which is pretty cool, right?  I already ordered 26 (yes, I have a problem) books from them during their last sale.  Today's shipment is only four . . . but with a special touch.  I'm sure many of you have gotten similar notes already, but I am laughing out loud in my office, so I must share this whimsy with someone. 

Even cooler ... my books came from Mishawaka, just right next door to Notre Dame!  (Though, I always avoided the Backer . . . ha.)

Still cooler than that ... they even signed it.  So look out for these lovelies as reviews over the next few months!




Hello C--,

(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.

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Eagerly awaiting our meeting,

White Teeth
The Gravedigger's Daughter: A Novel (P.S.)
Glamorama
The Informers


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