My newest Out of Print titles – a Duo!
Coming to the shop on October 1st at 10am CST:
Parnassus on Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley.
I think it’s safe to assume that we are all book lovers here. Well, let me just tell you – these two books right here are books that were made. for. you. They are a true celebration of reading, a thoughtful tribute to the world of books. Technically, Parnassus is book one and THB is book two, but they can be read separately and in any order. I particularly love THB for the fall.
Christopher Morley (May 5, 1890 – March 28, 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet. A true lover of literature, he was author of more than 100 novels, books of essays, and volumes of poetry, but is probably best known today for his first two novels, Parnassus on Wheels (1917) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919). Morley’s last message to his friends and family before his death was this: “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”
From the back of Parnassus:
“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night—there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.”
Roger Mifflin, lover of all things literature, travels across the countryside in a horse drawn book wagon, aptly named “Parnassus” after Mount Parnassus of Greek Mythology – Home of the Muses. However, a growing desire to write his own books prompts Mifflin to sell his traveling book wagon. Unexpectedly, the woman who buys it turns out to be more than he bargained for…
Parnassus on Wheels is a roaring good adventure, complete with roadside brawls, heroic escapes, and a sweet love story. But the most charming element of the story is its celebration of the book world and all of the books within it. This was Christopher Morley’s first novel published; Roger Mifflin’s adventures continue in The Haunted Bookshop.
From the back of THB:
“Haunted by the ghosts of the books I haven’t read. Poor uneasy spirits, they walk and walk around me. There’s only one way to lay the ghost of a book, and that is to read it.”
Roger Mifflin, self-declared “bibliotherapist” (the practice of healing minds with books the way doctors heal bodies with medicine), notices that a book has gone missing from his bookstore. The ensuing investigation leads him on the chase of his life.
This 1919 bibliomystery is a charming ode to books and the art of bookselling, wrapped inside a suspenseful thriller. In this novel, Christopher Morley, through the voice of Roger Mifflin, points out the importance of literature, and how much knowledge and wisdom can be gained if we only were to read more books. A must-read for all book lovers.
This titles will be available on October 1st.