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Georgetown, Texas: Second-Hand Prose

Jerry Stratton, March 14, 2017

Second Hand Prose: The bookstore inside the Georgetown Public Library.; libraries; bookstores; Georgetown

The Georgetown Public Library’s books-for-sale area is very well organized and, for a public library bookstore, comprehensive.

In the Georgetown Public Library is a Friends of the Library book sale that could almost double as an actual bookstore. The first time I went, I picked up several hard-to-find items from my list, including Michael Moorcock’s The Stealer of Souls. It’s also where I discovered Natan Sharansky’s The Case for Democracy.

The second time I went, I picked up two of the Best American Short Story collections. I’ve been reading a bunch of these this year, after picking up the Salman Rushdie one at a big warehouse sale in 2015.

This may be the best library book nook I’ve been to. If you’re on a book tour of central Texas, the second best is about ten minutes further south at the Round Rock Public Library. Besides both having great used book sale areas, both are very nice libraries.

Second-Hand Prose is on the second floor of the library; if you feel like relaxing with your purchases, there is a nice coffeeshop on the first floor, with indoor and outdoor tables.

Second-Hand Prose
402 W 8th St.
Georgetown, Texas

Feb. 19, 2019

From the Dust Returned Ray Bradbury $2.00 hardcover

Feb. 28, 2018

Tehanu Ursula K. Le Guin $1.25 mass market paperback
The Joy of Hate Greg Gutfeld $3.75 hardcover

Oct. 24, 2016

The Best American Short Stories 2005 Katrina Kenison, Michael Chabon $1.00 trade paperback
The Best American Short Stories 2009 Alice Sebold, Heidi Pitlor $1.00 trade paperback

May 7, 2015

Man and the Computer John G. Kemeny $0.50 mass market paperback
Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power Robert D. Novak, Rowland Evans $0.50 mass market paperback
The Stealer of Souls Michael Moorcock $0.50 trade paperback
Reagan: In His Own Hand Annelise Anderson, Kiron K. Skinner, Martin Anderson $0.50 trade paperback
The Case for Democracy Natan Sharansky $1.50 hardcover
Known and Unknown Donald Rumsfeld $1.50 hardcover
The First Casualty Phillip Knightley $1.50 hardcover

Update (February 28, 2018): As of last month, they’ve switched to a donation-only model; that is, you pick out your books, donate what you feel like donating, and that’s it. I’m going to maintain the 3:2:1 ratio from now on, preserving the ratio inherent in the old prices of $1.50 for hardcovers, $1.00 for trade paperbacks, and $0.50 for mass market paperbacks. Then, apply some algebra (remember algebra? this is a song about algebra) to determine the “actual” price paid for each book. If you notice that the prices jumped today, that’s why.

In response to The bookstores less traveled: These aren’t the bookstores people travel across the country to visit. But if you’re already traveling across the country, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit them.

  1. <- Pryor Book Exchange
  2. I-35 book drive ->