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What the . . . ?

While vacationing last week in California, Mike and I stopped at a large chain upscale home furnishings store in a tony Newport Beach mall. We were shocked by what we saw:

There on display, piled high in a large bowl on a coffee table (like waxed fruit), were packs of trade paperbacks with the jackets ripped off, tied in bundles with weathered string.

Barbara on vacation

I didn’t know what to make of this. We called the salesperson over, who laughed nervously and threw up his hands. Since when are stripped bound books a decorative accessory? Instant clutter? A new use for returns?? Now everyone can be ready for a little book-burning when the neighbors stop by???

It makes me want to cry.

What do you think?


  1. Kakibe says:

    Call it recycling?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Only in California!! I can’t believe it! What’s a book without a jacket? How much are the bundles of books without jackets selling for?

  3. cindy says:

    okay, what were the titles.
    you know an author has to ask… haha!

    what the is right.

  4. Hernan says:

    Sorry to say I’ve seen this before…
    maybe the giant urn thing is an overpriced storage receptacle for

  5. Joe Tripp says:

    Do you think that we will see budles of kindles and nooks tied with wire in the next generation of home decor? :)

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