Reading and Writing Now and Then

June 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

What a difference 100 years makes! My methods of reading and writing are in total contrast to Susan’s approaches. Susan exchanged letters with friends and family (living and dead); I email and blog. I read and collect e books; Susan read and collected books.

And did she collect! In Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House  I describe the extensive book collection that Earl Bice, administrator of her estate, found when he inventoried Susan’s home in preparation for the auction of her possessions:

In addition to her books on all kinds of religion, the collection of over 2,200 volumes included children’s books, many classics, history books, woman’s studies, and 250 travel books. Many of these were first editions. Like several other things in the house, some books were still in boxes, so it is not clear whether Susan was a reader, collector, or both.

Incidentally, the books were never offered at the auction because Brentano’s, a prestigious Chicago bookstore, purchased all of them. A moving van was required to transport the lot from Springfield to Chicago.

What a luxury to be able to afford 2,200 books and have the library in which to store them! Yet many people in 2012 share my passion for the e book convenience, and this brings me to the point of this post—a blatant commercial. Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House is now available in popular e book formats (ibooks, kindle, nook) for $11.99. However, if you purchase an e copy before June 30, you can receive a 15% discount ($10.19). Just enter the coupon code VH955 prior to checkout.

Of course, the original Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House is always available at the Sumac Shop for those old fashioned souls who like to feel a book in their hands. I know you’ll enjoy it whether you read it Susan’s way or my way.

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