Thrifty Thursday [April 23]

Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  It’s been one of those tough weeks where you question everything, but I still managed to pick up a book for this week’s Thrifty Thursday.  Last week, I did post the meme, but I had written it as a draft and, still new to how everything works, I didn’t realize the post was actually dated for the day I had written it, so it ended up posted for the week prior.  Ah, lesson learned.  Still, The City Builder has a fantastic cover and sounds really intriguing, so definitely look back.

Welcome to Thrifty Thursdays! The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Each week’s link-up will be posted on Thursday.

2. Post or talk about a book you found used (preferably in a book store or thrift shop).

3. The book must cost less than $5.

4. Be sure to return for the link-up! Weird or strange books are preferred.

Ideally, we all would be exploring authors, books, and genres that we never would have considered otherwise. Some of us may find new favorites. Others may just find some laughs. Either way, we’d be supporting independent booksellers who are the backbone of what we do as bloggers. Of course, these books cost money, and posting each week isn’t required, though you’re certainly welcome to do so. An interesting possibility down the line may be picking a subject or genre and trying to find the oddest possible title.

  My pick for this week?

Drawn Out by Don Nace

Again, it was the cover that caught me.

Cost: $4.50

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I had never heard of Don Nace before, but, apparently, some of his drawings have had an internet presence over the last decade or so.  As I mentioned last week, I’m always  sucker for intriguing cover, and this one is definitely up there.

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You take up less space when you’re empty.

From the Amazon description:

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Am I saving or trapping? Am I flying or falling?

“I wanted more than salvation. I wanted to be in the belly of the whale,” Don Nace states in Drawn Out, a collection of raw and lyrical drawings that illustrate the story of a man’s life, from a childhood dominated by the tragic loss of a father, through the agonizing and euphoric process of self-discovery to love, marriage, and fatherhood. The lines bind together fear and joy into the cloth that lets the artist dress after being stripped naked by the daily events of being alive.

If the skyscrapers and cathedrals of New York were dumped into the Canyonlands of Utah the resulting chaos would resemble Nace’s human figures. Drawn Out simultaneously captures the landscapes of New York City and the American southwest, animating the limbs of his characters with the crowded frenzy of New York’s gray canyon streets while showcasing the wide plains and big sky of the desert in his black and white scrawls. Within an 8.5 x 11 frame, Nace’s work relates the wide-open expanses of loneliness and the tight wire coils of alienation that expand and constrict the hearts of everyone.

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They probably think I’m nice
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