Thrifty Thursday (1/21)


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(Graphic made by Julianne @ Outlandish Lit)


Hello everyone, and welcome back 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. Return for the link-up!


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.

My pick for this week?

41ZEM3MYV3L._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Magnetic Field(s) by Ron Loewinsohn

Cost: $4.12

Total saved thus far compared to new prices: $68.22

Where did I get it? books-squared, an eBay bookseller focusing on used books with nearly 300,000 titles for sale. The prices are extremely reasonable, and the seller has 99.3% positive feedback, so you know we have reliability. I haven’t been able to get to the city to check out used book sellers, so eBay has been a blessing in that regard. I’ve found a number of reliable eBay sellers over the last few Thrifty Thursdays, so there’s always a deal to be found and a book to be saved. Anyway, let’s take a look at the Amazon synopsis:


Organized around the idea that “you can’t know what a magnetic field is like unless you’re inside of it, ” Ron Loewinsohn’s first novel opens from the disturbing perspective of a burglar in the midst of a robbery and travels through the thoughts and experiences (both real and imaginary) of a group of characters whose lives are connected both coincidentally and intimately. All of the characters have a common desire to imagine and invent rather horrifying stories about the lives of people around them. As the novel develops, certain phrasings and images recur improbably, drawing the reader into a subtle linguistic game that calls into question the nature of authorship, the ways we inhabit and invade each other’s lives, and the shape of fiction itself.

I’m not too sure what to make of this one by the description. The minimalist cover with the lifted type is eye-catching, but the story seems to really delve into metafiction, which has really interested me lately. I’m itching to check it out, but I have a few in the queue ahead of it. Priorities….


What have you picked up on the cheap lately?


2 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday (1/21)

  1. That description reminds me of Peter Carey’s ‘My Life As A Fake’, although I wouldn’t say the books are very similar (I realise that doesn’t make a lot of sense). ‘My Life As A Fake’ looks at fiction and reality, and I spent a lot of that book questioning which was which in the context of the novel.
    Looks like this one will give you plenty to ponder!


    1. I’ve meant to read Peter Carey for a while now. He teaches at Hunter College here in New York (along with Nicole Krauss, who I love), but they only accept about 12 students out of the thousands that apply.

      I’ll definitely look into it. It makes sense–the plots may be different, but there can be that blur between reality and fiction. Tim O’Brien did something very similar in “The Things They Carried,” making a distinction between the story-truth and the happening-truth throughout the novel.


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