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?