Thanks to my good friend Nance over at Mature Landscaping, and also of the fabulous new blog HEN’S TEETH (of which I am a member– *flash promo sign* here), I was off on a wild goose chase this afternoon to acquire the hot book of the nano-second “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia”, which inspired a new movie with a considerably shorter title starring Julia Roberts.
The book came out in 2006, but being the slow-witted individual that I am (and also the cheapest) I merely read the reviews and didn’t get around to reading the book itself. I must say, the reviews were what are often euphemistically described as “mixed.”
Either you loved it or it left you cold, according to the critics.
Now, with all the hoo-ha surrounding the movie, apparently interest in the book has reached a fever pitch. And I got it bad.
The first and, for me, the cheapest route to reading EPL was to check it out of the library. Wrong. I went online to check availability and found it was out until the 18th. No problemo. I can wait for it to come back in.
But I overlooked the new feature on the library’s website which allows you to put in a request for any book that is currently out and they’ll hold it for you.
When I looked at the requests for EPL, there were already five.
At this rate I’ll be able to read it sometime around Halloween. Provided other people don’t get the drop on me and put in their requests first.
This appears to be the pattern of the day, as we shall see.
I was at Walmart (where else—my second home) later this morning and saw that they have the paperback edition for $12.
I don’t think I want to read it that bad.
When I got home I looked at various websites like Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and eBay; all sites where you can get good used copies. EBay had some up for auction, but the bidding looked competitive and the end dates for the auctions were about a week away. I needed instant gratification.
So I went to Barnes and Noble and found some used ones from $2.79 or thereabouts plus shipping.
I kid you not—while I was deciding which seller to choose, the books were snatched up right under my nose!
At least three of them in quick succession.
So I went to over to Amazon.com, my favorite book site, and damned if the same thing didn’t happen—even after I’d selected one and was actually in the process of check out!
Someone must have had a faster internet connection than I did.
Let’s face it. Ben Franklin had a faster internet connection.
So I hurried back to the marketplace seller’s list and frantically clicked on one who’s here in Texas. The book was going for $3.99 plus $3.99 shipping.
Mercifully, that order went through.
All I can say is—it better be good.
If not, I’m tempted to buy this parody from the distaff side:
What do you want to bet they make a movie out of this one too?