One of the best things about being in Kentucky for Thanksgiving was our visit to Black Swan Books, my favorite used and rare bookstore.  The owner, Mike Courtney, is quite the character, and he makes it an adventure to spend the entire afternoon in his shop.

In addition to an uncorrected proof of Styron’s SOPHIE’S CHOICE (you know I’m loving that), check out one of the real treasures I escaped with.

Though now that I’m home I’m finding it hard to figure out where to put it.


This gorgeous, illustrated edition is inscribed as a Christmas gift in 1881, but the gilt-edged pages have hardly been touched in their 130 years.

Full-page, engraved illustrations by French artist Gustave Dore.