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I am always the inveterate book lover and this past Saturday, 8/14, amidst all the depressing news regarding the pandemic, Haiti, and Afghanistan, among other things, I did pick up a great book haul of some amazing books!

Hello Web Design from the No Starch Press where they had a great sale and where they sell the book (hardcover) and the ebook, for the same great price! This is a book about Web Design for folks who are trying to pick up some tips without having a strong background in graphic design. I did work as a programmer/analyst for many years and have put up a web site, that needs some redesign, so I am looking forward to the advice given here. I last updated my site in 2016, you can check it out here: http://pgtestsoft.com/

I Would Leave Me If I Could A Collection Of Poetry by Halsey. Halsey is not only a poet, but also a singer/performer. I first heard of her on a collaboration with the Chainsmokers, Closer. Can’t wait to check out her poetry. (Baby hold me closer in the back seat of your Rover)

She Came To Slay The Life And Times Of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. I have heard of Harriet Tubman just about my whole life but don’t really know all that much about her. This book find was at Barnes & Noble, one of my favorite brick and mortar stores, it is written by a noted author, it is illustrated and about 150 pages, a perfect length. I just don’t read long novels or biographies. So I am really looking forward to this!

The Smile At The Foot Of The Ladder by Henry Miller. Way back when, when Henry Miller was more in the spotlight, I tried one of his longer novels. Basically, it was Drugs, Sex, And Rock And Roll. I didn’t get very far, maybe about 30 or so pages. If I wanted Drugs, Sex, And Rock And Roll vicariously, I would just put on a Stones album or albums from other Rock & Roll groups. So I never read anything by Henry Miller. Then I discovered this novella, about 50 pages, illustrated by the author and published by a great publisher, New Directions. The novella is about a clown, so I thought it was worth a try. I will let you all know!

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Well that’s it for this week’s haul! Remember to patronize your local bookstore if you are fortunate enough to have one.