Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer (And a Chance for Real Mail!)

Are you a used book shop browser?

Always, I have been convinced that hiding amongst the throngs of books on the shelves are tiny gems waiting for me to discover them.  Perfect little books I wasn’t even looking for that will jump off the shelf and beg me to take them home. And it happens! If you spend enough time browsing book shops those books will find you. Now, I know there are many people who don’t like buying books – but I’m not one of them.  I like to have the books I love on my shelf. I, not unlike a dragon with it’s hoard of gold, like to have piles of my favorite books around to count, organize and admire.  And, quite unlike a dragon but more importantly, I like to have them available to put in the hands of people who I think may like them as much as I do.

Sadly, small children have cut down my used book store browsing time to exactly nothing.

But, luckily for me I have like-minded relatives. At a recent family gathering, my cousin handed me a cute little book with baby chicks on the cover and told me she thought I might like to read it. She found it in a used bookstore and started reading it standing in the aisle. Many minutes and a good way into the book later, she thought that for a dollar she ought to just buy it.

I’m glad she did.

Would I recommend it? Yes. In fact, because this is a book that begs to be shared, and because I’ve been blogging for five years without ever giving something away, and because everyone loves to get mail, I’m going to take this cute little book in my hand…


… wrap it up in a nice little package and mail it to one of you who would like it.

So, if a book about chickens, and moving, and starting over sounds appealing, (And it should. It made me chuckle and sigh and there is one passage about moving that will stay with me forever) just leave a comment saying so before next Wednesday and I’ll mail it out to a randomly chosen person. (Open to those that live down the street or across the ocean. So long as the post office will recognize your address I’ll send it!)

Update: Still Life with Chickens is now winging it’s way toward Anna Eastland!

3 comments on “Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer (And a Chance for Real Mail!)

  1. Hey Jesse, I enjoy used bookstores, too! Treasure chests, indeed. I’d love to give the book to my landlord, whose beautiful garden I often feature on my blog, and whose passion for chickens was recently squashed by marauding racoons….he had to give the remaining chickens to a safer farm. Clever, nasty city racoons!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    So cute Jessie. I love browsing in used book stores/ thrift shops or charity shops whatever you call them in your local neighbourhood. You get lots for your money and the money you spend gets spent on others who need our help.

  3. Diana J Febry says:

    I’ve found many a gem the same way.

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