Thrifty Thursday (3/10)

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(Graphic made by Julianne @ Outlandish Lit)

Join me after the jump!

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?


Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

Cost: $3.97

Total saved thus far compared to new prices: $97.36

Where did I get it? eBay… =\


The Book: This was one picked up in pursuit of Julianne’s (Outlandish Lit) Weird-a-thon challenges for the “Read a book in the second-person” achievement. Bright Lights, Big City was one of the first titles to come up when searching for a novel of this particular style, so I was pretty interested to see how it is written. My favorite novel in the second-person is probably Edouard Leve’s Suicide, but as I’ve already read that, well, let’s get into this one.  From what I had read, it was a pretty big seller back when it was released, and it was made into a movie starring Michael J. Fox in the 1980s as well as an off-Broadway play in the late 90s. It was named for a Jimmy Reed blues song of the same name. How’s that for collaboration across different media?

Per Amazon:

With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.

Loft parties? Night clubs? Drugs? Is this The Wolf of Wall Street?

What have you picked up on the cheap lately?


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