Twelve Books Still Looking for Homes
We've already posted the top-selling books from our first and second years in business, but booksellers often have a particular affection for some of the books at the other end of the spectrum: the good books that are still waiting to find the right home. Here are twelve books that we've had in the store since we opened—all of them acclaimed, all of which we'd recommend as highly as any others we have—that, for one reason or another, have yet to sell a copy in the two years since we opened.
I chose this as an Old Book of the Week and have quoted from it in our diary slot a couple of times, but no one yet has taken home this biting, snobby, observant, and compulsively readable record of decades of Paris artistic life.
The Portland Trailblazers' '79-'80 season was a dud, as the team that won the title three years before slowly drifted apart, except that it became the subject of one of the best books on professional sports (in which the money and fame at stake seem almost quaint by now).
We made Jones's first story collection, Lost in the City, a Phinney by Post pick last year, but his second collection is every bit as good as a complex and human portrait of Washington, D.C.
It took us most of a year after we opened to sell any Philip Roth. A few copies (mostly of my favorite, The Ghost Writer) have found homes since, but not yet this one, one of his most inventive, funny, and challenging.