A friend introduced me to The Book Thing of Baltimore, which is basically a place where people donate books and a place where anyone can browse through those donated books and get them for free. The books are roughly organized by genre (e.g. mystery, fiction, classics, politics, history), but more or less it’s a matter of having a good eye for authors and titles of interest.
Here’s what I found:
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield (I’ve wanted to read this since it was reviewed on Savidge Reads.)
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – you know, this had good reviews on the blogosphere, but I had tuned it out somewhat because there were so many reviews of it at the same time. I got a little tired of hearing about it. But it’s free and I should just find out for myself.
Middlemarch by George Eliot – This seems to be a well-loved classic and I haven’t read it.
The Moonpool by P. T. Deutermann – this is the third book in a good thriller series, of which I’ve read the first two books. This one used to belong to the Harford County Public Library so it looks good.
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – my friend Jenny is dismayed that I haven’t read anything by Potok. I think The Chosen was her recommendation, but I know My Name is Asher Lev is also a highly regarded work of his.
Sagramanda: A Novel of Near-Future India by Alan Dean Foster – this looks like a strange and potentially terrific sci-fi novel. This one used to be the property of the Baltimore County Public Library so it is in excellent shape with library binding.
Tenney’s Landing by Catherine Tudish – I read this collection of short stories several years ago and loved it. Another cast-off of the Baltimore County Public Library.
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock – This is a memoir of a preacher’s daughter and thus I could not pass it up. I too grew up as a pastor’s daughter. Hancock’s father was a Southern Baptist preacher in Kentucky and my childhood was in New England so there will be cultural differences, but I’m sure there will be some common ground.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – another classic. I’ve seen the mini-series adaptation, but not read any of Gaskell’s works.