Regarding yesterday’s entry: Mark Bartlett, Head Librarian at the New York Society Library, informs me that the replacement cost for the missing Law of Nations was actually $1,200, and not $12,000, as reported in the New York Daily News article that I quoted here yesterday. He also provided this link to an NBC New York story on the matter, with a short video of the book in question.
Thanks for the clarification, Mark!
During the final week of 2008, Friend o’ the Blog and Feared Book Reviewer Josephine Damian spent several days over on her blog discussing what she considered the Best Books She Read During 2008. And what do you think was her pick for the best non-fiction book of the year?
Well, it was Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s News of a Kidnapping. But to my delight — and complete surprise — Washington Irving: An American Original was a close second. Hey, runner up to a Nobel Prize winner? I’ll take that any day, thanks.
And to Josie: a big mea culpa for not posting this earlier. I e-mailed her to thank her for the kind words, then didn’t get back here to post it.
Thanks again, JD. I truly appreciate it.