“There are many more sorts of stories than there are sizes. Epics; ballads; historical or biographical or autobiographical narratives, letters, diaries; myths, fairy tales, fables; dreams, daydreams, humorous or indecent or religious anecdotes; all those stories that might be called specialized or special case—science fiction, ghost stories, detective stories, Westerns, True Confessions, children’s stories, and the rest; and, finally, ‘serious fiction’.... For there are all kinds of beings, and all kinds of things happen to them; and when you add to these what are essential to the writer, the things that don’t actually happen, the beings that don’t actually exist, it is no wonder that stories are as varied as they are.”—Randall Jarrell, introduction to Jarrell's Book of Stories
My first two picks from the list of books on sale are:
Conundrum by Jan Morris
Jan Morris could write exquisite copy for cuisinart manual, so imagine the delight to be found in this memoir of her life, which includes a stint in British Intelligence, being among the first to climb Mt. Everest, fathering five children, and—oh yeah—undergoing sex reassignment surgery in Morocco in the 70s.
Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White
After some debate, we decided to publish this book as part of our Children's Collection, but it really would have worked almost as well as part of the adults' classics series. The book reveals the further adventures of Gulliver's Lilliputians. Seems they ended up on a small island located in a pond a remote estate. There they lived for two-hundred years, unbothered by the outside world. But their seclusion comes to an end once they are discovered by the orphaned Maria (she of the coke-bottle glasses and knobby knees on the book's cover) and her unscrupulous guardians—one of whom goes by the name "Mr. Hater"!— who want to exploit the small folk as a circus act.
Hope to have a couple of more staff sale picks in the next day or so.