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Subject: General question about book availability (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:29 PM ET
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Just curious (this may be a stupid question):  What is the deal about the book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz?  There is NEVER one available here, there are nearly 600 people waiting for it.  WHY is it never here, do people just never want to part with it?  I look at my local used book stores, too, but never a one to be seen.  I haven't read it yet, but am planning to, if I can ever get my hands on one.  Juuuuuust wondering!

:o)

Robin



Last Edited on: 10/2/09 7:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:35 PM ET
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A book will never be generally available in the system as long as there is a Wish List. At PBS, the book is automatically offered to the first person in the Wish List line. The best thing to do is put the book on your Wish List and you will be notified when its your turn for the book. The book is being posted here, I see 5 copies posted in the last week.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 8:01 PM ET
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And it is a really good book IMHO. I bought a copy and  kept it.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:02 PM ET
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I actuallly got it through the system, it was on my WL and I got it reasonably quickly considering the legnth of the list.  It is awesome.  And, yes, I'm keeping it.  It's totally worth buying if you don't want to wait.. IMO.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:41 PM ET
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Don't let a long WL line discourage you. They tend to move pretty quickly with a really popular book like that.  A year from now there will probably be 500 copies in the system.  IF you put it on your WL it'll show you how many copies are posted each week.  The estimate is just a guide though-it doesn't factor in vacation holds and inactive members. 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:41 PM ET
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Are you willing to read this edition? I wish-listed it a week ago (after Caviglia talked about how good it is in another thread), and 21 copies have been posted in the past week, and I'm 17th in line now.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:51 PM ET
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I listened to it as an audio download from my library after it first came out. It really is a good book!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:13 PM ET
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I can attest to the fact that the line for that book moves very quickly. I waited about a month and a half for the book. I believe I was about #100 when I put it on my wish list. I'm excited to read it as it's set in the city I grew up in.



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Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:17 PM ET
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The edition Rick linked to was the one I got.  It really does move.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 12:03 AM ET
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i heard him speak at the National Book Festival and he was wonderful. i had never heard of him before that day, but he was one of the best speakers at the festival. it took him 11 years to write that book!

Subject: I'm keeping mine!
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 10:05 PM ET
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Does anyone have a referral for me?  I really loved the book and can't seem to find something as good.