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

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

Please explain: Fobbit?

Dear Captain Anthony, Enclosed are the books by the authors requested Bukowski, Descartes, Kant and Rand. The holidays will soon be approaching. Please let me know if there are any special requests from your squad or others on your base. Enclosed are some fall poems by children and another supply of candy. And on another note, can you please explain: Fobbit?  Is this someone who only reads Tolkien? Somehow think not. Hope this note finds you well, Ms. J.

Right through our front door.

Dear Ms. J., We had a couple of actions come right through our front door — so we weren’t really able to have any Halloween celebration. All of the candy you sent was gone right after I opened the drop. Our resident Fobbit swiped at it first. We love candy. The baseball books have all but cleared because the word is out about our library to most of the other squads. Getting a lot of good feedback from different folks, I have just started to read Northanger Abbey.  Sincerely, Captain Anthony Bates

Adrift and easily distracted

Dear Captain Anthony, Days continue to grow colder here and while waiting to cross a street, saw a spider scramble down its web on a traffic light. Enclosed is the requested: “for sale” sign, and per my spider visit — duly sending to you some mysteries for the library including Austen’s Northanger Abbey, which is not a mystery, but more of a spoof or satire of a gothic mystery novel, which were immensely popular best sellers in Austen’s time — much like Stephen King today. Found that Catherine Morland the heroine of Northanger Abbey seems to be one of those people lost or adrift as things happen to them and can be easily distracted. This story is set in Bath where Austen lived for several years but most scholars and devoted readers now agree that Austen — very unlike Catherine did not enjoy her time in Bath. For a little bit of fun enclosing the ghost story of the man who haunts the library I belong to around the corner from my workplace, as well as the story of Mercy Brown from Rhode Island. Thought to be Bram Stoker’s original inspiration for his books about vampires. Best regards, Ms. J.

Officially a Janeite.

Dear Ms. J., Everyone in our squad sending their thanks for the books and care packages. It is good to hear that your surgery went well. All right you have converted me, three books and I’m officially a Janeite. Please thank all your Bookcrossing friends for all the extra books they have donated for you to send to us. Give our thanks and best to Lulu as well and let her know Chris says he will send more poems. There are a number of new requests for books I have someone looking for the works of Ayn Rand, Bukowski, Kant and Descartes. Others are asking for art supplies and music if possible so we can expand our library offerings. There are no specific requests but I believe some baseball books are a good idea for our library. Sincerely, Captain Anthony Bates