Today I'm pleased to welcome myself as a guest to the blog to have a conversation with me about my new pursuit of bidding on ebay. (Yes, it's taken me 20 years to catch on to the concept.)
I was searching for one particular item, vintage books by a specific author, to begin a sentimental collection.
Author Emilie Loring was a bestselling author in the first half of the 20th century, writing romance novels with strong independent female characters. Her detailed bio, along with the list of her published books are featured on The Emilie Loring Collection website, written by Patti Bender who is also writing a biography, Happy Landings: The Life Behind Emilie Loring's Stories.
In 7th grade I had started to outgrow the Nancy Drew books and similar series. I ran into a junior high classmate at our rural Wyoming hometown public library who showed me the fiction shelf (in the adult section!) and made the recommendation. I felt so cool reading grown-up books. The books are simple love stories, with independent interesting female characters.
Yes! I have purchased six books. All are in excellent condition. My second bid was for a set of five first editions with the original cover jackets. It's almost as if they were put on a shelf and never touched by the original owner.
What contributed to your love of reading and writing?
In 1966 when I walked home from my first day of 1st grade, my mother was waiting for me at the end of the sidewalk. She asked me if I had a good day, and I started to cry. I was so disappointed that I had not been taught to read on that very first day. I can vividly remember that scene and my feelings 50 years later.
|author Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House on the Prairie series. I love those books. One of my favorite all-time quotes is from Laura Ingalls Wilder:
"Home is the nicest word there is."
I wholeheartedly agree with that!
Anything else you'd like to share?
To my family and friends in Wyo and NE who happen to read this: please be on the lookout for library-bound hardcover Emilie Loring books as you visit yard sales and estate sales in your area.