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Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Mark Twain: Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter" by James E. Caron

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.

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