Free Books From Me To You

UPDATED: All the books listed in this entry are no longer available. Thanks to everyone for helping to empty my bookshelves!


The Palinode and I have culled our bookshelves, and, wow, are we ever hoarders when it comes to literature. We have a couple of sizable bookshelves, both of which are stacked two rows of books deep. We have books piled on a table in the bedroom. We have books stored in crates in the office. There is another table in the living room that has a shelf full of them. Our hall closet has two or three large boxes crammed with them.

Unless we bought new shelving and moved into a bigger space, neither of which are slated for the near future, something had to be done, and so I sort of did something. I say sort of, because the larger portion of the books are the Palinode's, and prying books out of his possession is like trying to convince him that there is any such thing as universal justice — it's just not going to fly — so I found the job of sorting through hundreds of dusty tomes to be daunting. I ended up going through only one set of bookshelves out of all the areas of book storage in our apartment, but I managed to cull over 150 books, which was whittled down to less than 100 books after the Palinode had a crack at them, which is nothing short of amazing.

I felt triumphant! I tasted the sweet liquor of victory! A week later, though, I realized that all my hard won culling had merely resulted in a transfer of books from our shelves to the floor in the hallway. Rather than get rid of books, I had created a complicated process that effected the mere spreading around of the collection, so I have hatched a plan. I figure that maybe I should further complicate the culling process and spread these books around as much as possible by selling them to you, sweet people of the internet. Why not add multiple trips to the post office and the rest of the planet to my process?

Below, I have listed these previously read books alphabetically by title, indicated their style of binding, and marked them free but for the price of shipping and handling. I can't guarantee like-new quality, but I can tell you that most, if not all, have no sign of a cracked spine and have little, if any, dog-earring. Dust jackets are not guaranteed with the purchase of a hardcover, but the book's in otherwise decent shape. We treat books well around these parts. I also can't guarantee that either of us have read each particular volume, because sometimes a person gives you a hoopy, non-fiction book about aliens from a distant star system, and although you thank them for the gift, you never do find out what wisdom the Pleiadians have to offer you. Google a title or search for it on if you would like to find out more about it. If you want a book that has appreciable damage, I will let you know before I ship it to you. There are no returns; all shipments are final. Also, if you live in my fair city of Regina, Saskatchewan, the books still have the handling fee, because I have to get to BlogHer somehow.

It's first come, first served, so have at it!


Free Books but for the Cost of Shipping and Handling

How to order:
• Send an e-mail with the title of the book you want and your shipping address to
• I will e-mail you a money request via PayPal.
• Upon receipt of payment, I will ship your book to you in a bubblewrap-lined envelope, and it should arrive within 7 to 10 days.

• normal font = $5 USD s&h, bold font = $10 USD s&h, strike through = sold
• (p) = pocketbook, (t) = trade paperback, (h) = hardcover, (s) = spiral binding

  1. 52 McGs.: The Best Obituaries from Legendary New York Times Writer Robert McG. Thomas Jr. — Robert McG. Thomas Jr. (h)
  2. 101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles — Toni Patrick (s)
  3. Altered Carbon — Richard Morgan (p)
  4. Anglo-English Attitudes — Geoff Dyer (t)
  5. The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath (p)
  6. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — Greg Palast (t)
  7. The Best of Isaac Asimov — Isaac Asimov (p)
  8. Bleeding Hearts: Love Poems for the Nervous and Highly Strung — compiled by Michelle Lovrie (h)
  9. Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity — Ophira Edut, Editor (t)
  10. Booze — James H. Gray (h)
  11. Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings of the Pleiadians — Barbara Marciniak (t)
  12. The Bush Dyslexicon — Mark Crispin Miller (t)
  13. Chloe Plus Olivia — Lillian Faderman (h)
  14. Christ the Lord Out of Egypt — Anne Rice (p)
  15. City Life — Witold Rybczynski (t)
  16. Clay's Ark — Octavia E. Butler (p)
  17. Company's Coming: Barbecues — Jean Paré (s)
  18. Cooking for Two: Mouthwatering Meals to Prepare and Share — Anne Sheasby, Editor (t)
  19. Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers — Stanley Elkin (p)
  20. The Day of the Locust — Nathanael West (p)
  21. Demian — Hermann Hesse (p)
  22. Democracy on Trial — Jean Bethke Elshtain (t)
  23. Eats, Shoots & Leaves — Lynne Truss (h)
  24. The Empty Mirror — Janwillem van de Wetering (p)
  25. The Essential Asian Cookbook — Murdoch Books (t)
  26. Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups — Robert Anton Wilson (t)
  27. Flip Cook: Vegetarian (Over 130 Mouthwatering Recipes) — Martha Day (book stands on its own) (s)
  28. Flip Cook: Low-Fat (Over 130 Irresistibly Healthy Recipes) — Anne Sheasby (book stands on its own) (s)
  29. The Forest — Edward Rutherfurd (p)
  30. Free Culture: How Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity — Lawrence Lessig (t)
  31. The Fuck-Up — Arthur Nersesian (t)
  32. Fueling the Future — Andrew Heintzman and Evan Solomon (h)
  33. Gregg Diamond Jubilee Pocket Dictionary: A Dictionary of 34,055 Authoritative Gregg Shorthand Outlines — John Robert Gregg (h)
  34. The Handmaid's Tale — Margaret Atwook (p)
  35. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals — Barbara Haber (t)
  36. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders — Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry (p)
  37. High-Rise — J. G. Ballard (p)
  38. This History of Sexuality: An Introduction — Michel Foucault (t)
  39. How to Lose Friends and Alienate Peope: A Memoir — Toby Young (t)
  40. Humboldt's Gift — Saul Bellow (p)
  41. Last Chapter and Worse — Gary Larson (t)
  42. The Last Opium Den — Nick Tosches (h)
  43. Literary Occasions: Essays — V. S. Naipaul (t)
  44. The Little Food Book: You Are What You Eat — Craig Sams (very small - only $3 to mail) (t)
  45. Long Shadows — Erna Paris (h)
  46. The Magic Ground — Harold Horwood (t)
  47. The Malaise of Modernity — Charles Taylor (t)
  48. The Martian Chronicles — Ray Bradbury (p)
  49. Meal of the Week: A Menu Cook Book — Anne E. Harder (s)
  50. MinuteMeals: 20-Minute Gourmet Menus — the chefs at (t)
  51. Modern Times: Selected Non-Fiction — Jean-Paul Sartre (t)
  52. My Treasury of Old and New Favorites, Book II: Set a Hearty Table for Family and Friends — Rose P. Esakin (s)
  53. The New Basics Cookbook — Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (t)
  54. Omensetter's Luck — William H. Gass (p)
  55. On Death and Dying — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (t)
  56. Open Body: Creating Your Own Yoga — Todd Walton (t)
  57. PAD: The Guide to Ultra-Living — Matt Maranian (h)
  58. Private Warriors — Ken Silverstein (t)
  59. Red Azalea — Anchee Min (p)
  60. The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro (p)
  61. Retro Revamp — Jennifer Knapp (h)
  62. Selected Poetry — W. B. Yeats (p)
  63. Serpico — Peter Maas (p)
  64. Sex Tips from a Dominatrix — Patricia Payne (h)
  65. Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools — J. R. Miller (t)
  66. A Short History of Progress — Ronald Wright (t)
  67. Silent Takeover — Noreena Hertz (t)
  68. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Bonsai — Victoria Jahn, Editor (t)
  69. Smart Cooking: Quick and Tasty Recipes for Healthy Living — Anne Lindsay (t)
  70. The Soup Book: The Only Soup Book You Will Ever Need — Janine Flew (h)
  71. Step-by-Step: 50 One-Pot Meals — Sarah Edmonds (h)
  72. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers — Mary Roach (h)
  73. Surfacing — Margaret Atwood (it is littered with tabs from an essay I wrote in university) (p)
  74. Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World — Sarah Vowell (t)
  75. TIME Magazine's Great Images of the 20th Century: The Photographs That Define Our Times — Kelly Knauer, Editor
  76. Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes — William Bridges (t)
  77. War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know — William Rivers Pitt with Scott Ritter (very small - only $3 to mail) (p)
  78. The Watcher in the Woods — Florence Engel Randall (p)
  79. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families — Philip Gourevitch (t)
  80. When Corporations Rule the World: Second Edition — David C. Korten (t)
  81. White Noise — Don DeLillo (t)
  82. The Wilt Alternative — Tom Sharpe (p)
  83. Woken Furies — Richard Morgan (p)
  84. Woman's Orgasm: A Guide to Sexual Satisfaction — Georgia Kline-Graber, R.N. and Benjamin Graber, M.D. (p)
  85. Wonderland — Joyce Carol Oates (p)
  86. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players — Stefan Fatsis (t)
  87. Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes: 150 Fast and Simple Healthy Recipes — Barry Sears, Ph.D. (s)

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