I stopped by the Radio Shack where my brother’s working now to drop off some kettle corn I bought him at the harvest festival and I don’t know what I disliked most about the co-worker of his I left the kettle corn with: his condescending tone of voice when he responded to me saying I went to the corn maze for a little exercise with, “I go to the gym,” how I said my to-read pile was getting high and he said, “You should get a Kindle” (… do you seriously think anyone doesn’t have some kind of e-reader or app by now?), or when he responded to me mentioning one of my to-read books is one on transgender people my psych professor suggested as a source for my senior project by saying, “Oh, we had one of them in here yesterday. Wearing a skirt with a big bushy beard. I didn’t even know what to call it.”
Okay, so I finally got a chance to order a new copy of “The Circus Fire,” which is one of my favorite disaster books. The thing is that now I’ll have this old copy to give away and I’d like to, if only because it’s a very good book.
Here’s the thing — I’m not replacing the old copy because it’s worn down from age or reading it too many times (or the right amount, I suppose, given that if a book’s going to have to retire, I reckon that’s the right way to go). What happened is that one time I left it in my car as sort of my “emergency book” for when I finished another book and I needed another book to read until I got home and replaced it with a new book from my to-read pile. (You know, as you do.)
Anyway, sitting in my crappy car’s equally crappy trunk in the summer means it warped the pages, stained some of them a bit black with mildew, and cracked the hell out of the spine. All of the pages are perfectly readable, I swear, but I can pretty much guarantee that the book will fall apart as you read it. I wouldn’t even bother to attempt to sell it on Amazon because describing it realistically would make possible buyers laugh at me.
But still — free book! And a good one at that!
So … yeah. The first one to respond saying they want it gets it. Fair warning — it is about a terrible tragedy in which about 160 people, mostly women and children, died a terrible death by fire, so every trigger you would expect to be in there is.
But even if you don’t jump on this copy first, you really should pick up a copy if you’re interested, because it’s really well-written and researched.
Aren't you going a bit overboard?
*surrounded by pumpkins and candles and sweaters* Idk what you mean?