Like this Christmas Cactus blooming just as the holidays begin, timing can be everything in the hunt for good books.
The Arizona Daily Star reprinted a Chicago Tribune review of Mark Twain: Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter by James E. Caron. The book sounds interesting, but as I was sliding the review into my 'books to read' folder, I noticed its suggested price: $50. Wow. That is a big number.
A check at Amazon shows it listed today at $42.05. The local library system doesn't yet show the book in its catalog. Perhaps it is set at a price that gives them pause, too. I'll keep the review as a reminder to look for the book, but like a stock market trader I will be timing the market (and talking to the librarian about a possible inter-library loan).
Fifty bucks. I wonder what ol' Samuel Clemens would have to say about that.