Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queens: The Changing Face of Irish Theater, Dermot Bolger (editor), P10
Hurlyburly, David Rabe, 15
The Theater Mania Guide to Musical Theater Recordings, P25
The Purple Decades: A Reader, Tom Wolfe, 35
Without Feathers, Woody Allen, P40
Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, Charlie Gillett, P40
Light and Shadows: A History of Motion Pictures, Bohn, Stromgen & Johnson, P40
Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion 1989, P40
Margot Fonteyn, Alastair Macaulay, P60
The Powers That Be, David Halberstam, P70 (hardbound)
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor, P70
Show and Tell, John Lahr, P70
Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens, Richard Panek, P70
John Gielgud: The Authorized Biography, Sheridan Morley, P99 (hardbound)
The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, Terry Teachout, P99
Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart, Steven Bach, P99
Taking It All In, Pauline Kael, P140
Shakespeare Into Film, Welsh, Vela & Tibbetts, P220
Now the question: Where do I find the time to read them?
The Book Sale branch is in Makati Cinema Square, which has more interesting titles (at least from where I sit) than the sea of blandness at the much bigger Mall of Asia branch. The Books for Less outlet is in Robinsons Place Ermita; it sells books in nearly-mint condition at a uniform price of P99 (I know, awesome!).
I only buy at National Bookstore and Powerbooks during their cut-price season. I've never bought anything at Fully Booked; too expensive, and while it has a wider range of titles, I'd rather wait a few months for the bargain copies. (Example: George Packer's The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq was selling there for P800-plus, I think. I found a slightly frayed hardbound edition at Book Sale for P160.)
As you can see, I'm into non-fiction works these days. They're harder to find, too, so there's nothing like the high of unearthing a good title at a low, low price.
The mini-library I've amassed over the years remains largely unread, especially the fiction titles--no thanks to the time I've slavishly devoted to newer pursuits like DVDs, blogging and the gym, and to perennial crowders like work, travel, sex and going to church (okay, I made up the last two).
I hardly have time to read, but I'm compelled to buy new books not only because the topics interest me, but also whenever a marked-down price taunts my ever-insecure purchasing power. "P35 na lang di ka pa makabili!" sneers the sticker on the book cover. I cave in, lug the books home, peruse them once or twice while waiting for a slow blog to load, then off they go to join the unread heap.
But before that, they're trotted out in this blog for purposes of gloating. Heh.
What cool bargain books have you found lately? And from where?