|The Planned Parenthood Book Sale, Oct. 7-11, 2021|
Founded in 1961 and located at the 4-H building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Oct. 7-11, The Planned Parenthood Book Sale is a gathering for collectors and common readers, who squeeze between church supper-style tables to compete with book scouts for obscure Mrs. Oliphants and omnibus editions of Bess Streeter Aldrich.
We were nostalgic for the sale when it was canceled last year. But, honestly, the appeal of the sale has faded in recent years. The emphasis has shifted from the sale of old books to newish best-sellers. As early as 2011, my book group was reminiscing about the Days When the Sale Was Still Great.
This year I didn't feel like being disappointed, so I sent my husband with a list of books. He found none. "No John Dryden? No Quincunx?" And he says there is no longer a section for early-twentieth-century books. I am dumbfounded.
He brought me gifts, a Penguin of Wilkie Collins's Armadale and a Dover edition of Trollope's Miss Mackenzie. Brilliant books. I already have them.
So you see my dilemma. At this point, I'd rather write a check to Planned Parenthood than do pity buys. Most people seem to prefer newer books, and you can always find something light.