Wrapping it up.

Janine, I am sending this to tell you we appreciate everything that was sent. I am in the process of wrapping up my time here and will be heading home in a few weeks. There are still arrangements to be made and finalized. I am holding out that someone here will take over the library for me and become the new contact for the book exchange, Anthony

Naughty or Nice?

Anthony, This time had a lot of help. Friends from book club (Bookcrossing), from work and my family too. You know how you ask for something and people say: “oh sure.” But then they just forget about it. Well was organized enough that it didn’t happen. Everyone has contributed something. Took a couple of trips to the postal station to but it’s all been sent now. Cannot imagine how hard it must be for all of you so far away from your friends, family and all you know that is familiar during this time of the year.

Holiday shopping can be a project but have finished. This year I sent my former A.P. English teacher Mr. d., a copy of Vonnegut’s Mother Night. Recently learned he had not read any of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, but he admitted to seeing parts of the film version of Slaughterhouse Five. My original plan was to send him Cat’s Cradle but I could not locate it and chose Mother Night instead — thinking he might appreciate the World War II connection. Later did locate Cat’s Cradle. Was over with the “Naughty or Nice” section of staff recommendations.

Enclosed for you is a copy of Pride and Prejudice by Austen. This is the first Austen novel I read. Was back in college, juggling novels for different required classes; wondering why everyone was worried about everyone’s honor. Almost ten years later read it again and really got how it nails and rifts on human nature. Every year try to re-read it around the winter holidays. Be well and take care of you, Janine

First line only.

Dear Anthony, Sent Officer X, an autographed photo direct. For a bit of holiday fun — have sent you some books that are wrapped like presents. On the front of each book there is its first line printed or typed out. This is something we do every year at Bookcrossing. Everyone can choose a book based on the first line only. They cannot unwrap the book until they get home. Actually got this idea when visiting our friends in the DC Bookcrossing group but it is a lot of fun so we do it at our December meeting every year. Hope you are well, Janine