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What is the best book you found in a used book store or thrift shop?

 
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What is the best book you found in a used book store or thrift shop?
Looking for the strange and obscure but any answer is acceptable.
Except for book store having sex with me, because I am not a banana, more of a nut variety.
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Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
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Trump: The Art of the Deal
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Trump: The Art of the Deal
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My local library had a book sale, all hardbacks were $1, I loaded up my saddlebags with some awesome finds...Mostly Steven King, but I read that one too!
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The Next 100 Years by CC Furnas, published in 1936.
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not the biggest deal but i paid 50 cents for a 1st printing of The Shining about 10 years ago at a library. Great condition too.
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Looking for the strange and obscure but any answer is acceptable.
Except for book store having sex with me, because I am not a banana, more of a nut variety.
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a book so good it's on the banned word list

howbowdah?

secrets of the motherfucking youniverse
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Looking for the strange and obscure but any answer is acceptable.
Except for book store having sex with me, because I am not a banana, more of a nut variety.
 Quoting: Florida Man




a book so good it's on the banned word list

howbowdah?

secrets of the motherfucking youniverse
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this one

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The HAB Theory is a 1976 science fiction novel by American author Allan W. Eckert. The novel is from the apocalyptic fiction subgenre. Eckert believed that the real-world facts and conclusions he quoted in the novel, were worthy of further exploration... The book explores a version of pole shift hypothesis postulated by Professor Charles Hapgood in two volumes, plus the 1967 book Cataclysms of the Earth by Hugh Auchincloss Brown.


'Fun' introduction to the pole shift notion
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A complete compilation of Sherlock Holmes in hardcover
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First edition copy of the devils guard.. about German soldiers in foreign legion after ww2... 3 dollars for 500 dolla mint book.
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Found an old prayer book from the early
twentieth century in the Goodwill.
It is written in Slovak.
I barely passed German in High School,
so this is beyond me.
Looks like a prayer book to the "saints",
some version of Catholic I'm assuming.

"obraz zivotopis svatych pouceni a modlitba"

If any Slovaks out there who would like
it, I'd be glad to mail it to them.

Looks like it came from a Slovak church near
Uniontown, PA.

I believe lots of Eastern European immigrants
in the late nineteenth century settled in
the coal mining areas of western PA and
West Virginia.

I'm guessing it was from one of those congregations.
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I enjoyed "locker room lovers" by Marcus Miller. "They were team mates and shame mates!"
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5 first editions of carlos casteneda, in hardcover
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Present at the Creation, Dean Acheson
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5 first editions of carlos casteneda, in hardcover
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That’s a find!
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The 21 lessons of merlin .
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I found an old book at a vintage bookstore in Vermont about the Buffalo Hunters. It was published in the early 1900's.

It was a a horrible topic glorifying the wholesale slaughter and seeing the hunters as heroes...but it was a great book full of crazy facts.
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waiting for my daughter to get off work at the library, there was a "free books" bench next to the parking lot

I spotted a copy of "Little House on the Prairie" so I picked it up and glanced through, then I started to read it and discovered, hot damn this is really good

I took it home and read it and within a few weeks finished reading the whole series...

it's incredibly riveting entertainment -- great stuff... everybody should experience this rich slice of Americana
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How to Sketch Cats.
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Dirtiest book ever, still in print and widely available despite content:

“The Pearl - Journal and facitae of voluptuous reading”

Anthology of Victorian underground version of Penthouse Forum.

Supposedly French author George Sands was a contributor.
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I have an extensive library and buy most of my books from used bookstores. I’ve received several signed copies that are worth much more than I’ve paid for them.
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waiting for my daughter to get off work at the library, there was a "free books" bench next to the parking lot

I spotted a copy of "Little House on the Prairie" so I picked it up and glanced through, then I started to read it and discovered, hot damn this is really good

I took it home and read it and within a few weeks finished reading the whole series...

it's incredibly riveting entertainment -- great stuff... everybody should experience this rich slice of Americana
 Quoting: 91GMC


I agree! I love Little House on the Prairie.
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5 first editions of carlos casteneda, in hardcover
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Nice!!
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poor man's james bond
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I found a "Revised Duncans Ritual of Freemasonry" in hard back from 1922 in good condition, in a thrift.
Interesting book.
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First edition of the "Breakfast Table" series by Oliver Wendell Holmes. $3 at an auction. Great condition.
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The Last Mafioso - Jimmy Fratianno
I love that book
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I found a "Revised Duncans Ritual of Freemasonry" in hard back from 1922 in good condition, in a thrift.
Interesting book.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 83698768


i saw a masonic bible at the half price books, not totally sure how it differs from other versions, i've never seen it quoted as the 'masonic version' in the parallel websites.

but it was interesting Freemasons have their own version of the bible





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