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Subject: NYRB Classic Books
Date Posted: 3/6/2013 11:10 PM ET
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Waiting is forever when you wish list NYRB Classic Books.  Anyone else who is interested in almost all their titles ?  Maybe we should create an NYRB swap, each buying one (or whatever)  at PBS reduced rates and passing on to others in the group when finished.  I know, they're the kind of books you want to keep for yourselves, but think of the $$  saved and the waiting time decimated when titles are shared.   Any interest out there?

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 4:05 PM ET
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Just ordered Herself Surprised (New York Review Books Classics) by Joyce Cary.  I haven't checked out PBS rates yet but I do buy books from there on occasion.  So I might be interested in you can find others.  

Subject: NYRB Classics
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 9:28 AM ET
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I don't have that many, but I do have 'Herself...': too bad we weren't in touch earlier !

Let's keep hoping that there are others of us out there in PBS land.  Let me know once you've checked out PBS prices on NYRB how they compare.

I just found out, too late of course, that NYRB themselves had a sale...but it ended March 20th.

Do you have other NYRB titles already ?  If so we should swap lists at least.

Thanks, REK; let's talk ! 

 

 

 

Subject: NYRB Classic Books
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 10:26 PM ET
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FYI   You can type 'NYRB Classics' into the PBS search box and see the list for 213 titles.  I haven't checked the whole list recently but none have been posted usually.

If one comes into the system it is snapped up immediately by a member who's had it on their wishlist for a long time.

And if you want it from the source, type the same into your search engine ( I use Google), click ' Browse' when you get there and you'll have more info about all of them.

Most of their titles have been out of print for awhile; I see them (NYRB) as bringing back stuff, wonderful stuff, that has been neglected .  I would like to read almost all of them.

Am I trying to convert you ?  You betcha !   And if you already knew all this, then I apologize...

Date Posted: 3/29/2013 8:48 AM ET
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No, I didn't know about NYRB classics until I saw your post!  The one I ordered is my first from that list so I would have a long way to go.  Thought it looked interesting so I checked it out and, yes, I noticed the list on pbs.  One of my relatives recently bought a building that has piles of books and they informed me that I could have my pick.  The previous owner had a book stores so I may be able to find some of them there.  Not sure how soon that will happen but I'm afraid that I have only the one which you have at the moment.  

I do try to do the classics challenge each year, too, and some of my best reads are from that list.  It's unfortunate some of these talented authors get "lost".



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Subject: NYRB Classics, continued
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 9:10 AM ET
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I'm sure a lot of PBS members, like myself, would love to be with you as you checked out those books in your relative's building.  What a dream !  Please tell me all about this adventure when it happens !

 Could you tell me more about the classics challenge ?  I've only been a member for a couple of months, so I'm still learning about PBS.  Thanks ! 

Date Posted: 3/29/2013 11:28 PM ET
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Hi Dwaine, 

Welcome to PBS. The classics challenge is something that members who post in this classics thread put together at the end of the preceeding year. Basically the categories are agreed on and members pick books to read to fulfill these categories, often posting their progress. Basically like any book challenge. I've included the link to the 2013 categories below. Other genre forums have their own challenges going. 

I noticed that you are now living in NYC, originally from MT (may I ask you more about Montana?). Have you tried the NYPL system? There is also a separate library system in Queens and Brooklyn, respectively. I find most books I want to read can be found in these very large library systems. The Brooklyn library system supposedly has a very large ebook lending collection (they sell subscriptions to any interested non-residents) but as a NY state resident you can get a free account. You just have to stop in a branch in Brooklyn to show a form of ID. 

I've only read one NYRB book, Dirty Snow. It was okay, but I do get intrigued by the NYRB titles when I'm browsing in the bookstore. Good luck in your quest to find them.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Classic-Challenge-2013-Lists/topic/271006/

REK, that sounds like a bibliophile's dream! Have fun and best wishes for many good reading finds. 

Subject: Montana and the NYPL
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 2:55 PM ET
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Sophia..feel free to ask about Montana though I can't be trusted with anything current; it's been at least 45 years since I've spent more than a week there.

I do make use of the library system in NYC but waits are endemic and it doesn't have everything I might want...so many disastrous cuts of late. Also, I admit to having the (crazy ?) need to 'own' the book I'm reading, even if it's gonna be swapped later.  There is one library I make much use of , the St. Agnes branch on the upper west side of Manhattan.  Twice a month it has a sale of donated books (not ex-library copies).  People line up for an hour or more to be early into a spacious basement filled with treasures.  I head for the paperback fiction section and never go away with less than six or seven titles.  It's stressful...many very serious readers ,plus too many dealers who can be agressive and rude as they fill their 'luggage' containers,  but (here's the trade-off) everything is only two dollars and copies are fresh and gently used.

Thank you for the information on the Classic Challenge;  I think I'll be part of it next time.

Finally, have you swapped 'Dirty Snow' ?  

Subject: P.S.
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 3:01 PM ET
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I just checked your bookshelf, Sophia.  I noticed Lively's 'The Photograph', one of my favorite recent reads.  What did you think ?

Date Posted: 4/3/2013 5:02 PM ET
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Glad to see Sophia told you about the classics challenge and provided a link!  I found another NYRB Classic on pbs.  On its way to me is Alone! Alone!: Lives of Some Outsider Women.  I'll see how these two go.  Why not join the classics challenge.  Most of the participants check all the lists in setting up their reading list.  What I like about pbs is that I can change books on my challenge any time something else catches my interest!



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Subject: NYRB...Classics and Collections
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 9:51 AM ET
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Thanks for  introducing me to a part of the NYRB family that I  wasn't aware of.....the Collections series ('Alone! Alone!...'  is part of that rather than NYRB Classics).  I checked out the NYRB Collections website for the first time (thanks!) and found some very interesting titles.  All of them seem to be non-fiction; although NYRB Classics has some non-fiction titles, for the most part they are fiction-oriented.

I'm showing my inexperience, but just how do I go about joining the classics challange?

R E K : thanks for your help and your interest.  (And even if  'Alive...' isn't an NYRB Classics title, I'm very interested in what you think of it, esp. the parts on Barbara Pym, one of my favorites.

P.S. You can browse the NYRB Collections titles at   www.nybooks.com/books/browse/all/?imprint=collections

                                     NYRB Classics titles at       www.nybooks.com/books/browse/all/?imprint=classics

Date Posted: 4/9/2013 2:41 PM ET
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By the way I am enjoying nonfiction books more and more.  To participate in the classic challenge just look for Classic Challenge for 2013--Lists Only in this category and make your own list!  If you have trouble, finding books to fit the descriptions check the lists of other participants.  We all do that, often as we go.  I still have some categories unfilled!



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Date Posted: 5/24/2013 3:39 AM ET
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Herself surprised is a great read. I think it is the second book in the trilogy that ends with The Horse's Mouth.

The Horse's Mouth gets most of the attention but I think Herself Surprised is actually better.

Date Posted: 5/24/2013 4:47 PM ET
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I loved Herself Suprised, too. It's funny, I grew up watching the Alec Guiness movie of The Horse's Mouth as my parents always really liked it and I was completely surprised how different the book was. It's really, really dark, though wonderful.

BTW - I posted both to PBS, so they do get put into the system occasionally. I've received a few others, too. The Dud Avocado, which I have yet to read. I can't remember off hand what else. But, you're right, they don't move quickly.