The source of many a miracle

One of our HPB Bibliomaniacs in North Houston, Jan P., shared this story with us about a hard-to-find book and a 40 year search. The result? A Holiday Miracle? You be the judge! Whether it’s a miracle or not is up in the air, but it just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on a Monday, huh?

“Recently, I had an incident occur that points out how HPB is the source of many a Christmas miracle. I chatted with a friend recently who is a huge Margaret Mitchell/Gone with the Wind fan. We got copies in of Lost Laysen after going all our lives thinking GWTW was her only book. 

I called to ask him if he had heard of the book and would like a copy. We chatted a bit about it, and he told me the one book he wanted me to watch for was Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Letters. He had seen the book come in in the 1970s when he worked for B. Dalton. He didn’t have the money for it at the time and planned to get it when he could. Well, the book got bought and never came back in. He had been looking for it lo’ these many years, never finding it again, and now it’s out of print. I told him I’d keep my eyes peeled.

Since it was early enough in the evening, I figured I’d call our 9 stores in Harris County just to see. I called Humble, and they didn’t have it, so I called Copperfield next–and they did! Just like that. I was off the next day, so I drove over there to pick it up. HA! My friend comes to visit sometime in December. It’s all I can do to keep this to myself, and why I love working for Half Price Books.”

Just another example of how our HPBers are here to help — what’s that one book you search for every time you visit?

 — Becky

2 thoughts on “The source of many a miracle

  1. What a fantastic question! It's so because I'm hoping someone will recognize my book and clue me in to its title! The book I always look for when I go to HPB is a child's picture book. My mother bought it for me when I was a young girl, and I loved it! I can't remember the title or the author, so I've never been able to find another copy by searching online, but I know I would know it if I saw it. The story is about a little girl who is chosen by her village to travel across the land the collect the colors of the moon. Once she's selected, no one in her village can speak to her until she returns successful. On her way, she stops at an old woman's house for the night, and the old woman feeds her and gives her inspiration. The colors of the moon end up being a reflection of the moon's rays cast through water so it created a rainbow in a pool. She scoops the water up in her jar and returns home. The illustrations are gorgeous (Oil, maybe? Not sure of the medium) — one of the main reasons I loved the book so much. Can anyone help me?

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