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New hardcover book

My friend Mary Anne's new book Bodies In Motion arrived today from Amazon. I'd forgotten the lovely unmarred surface of a new hardcover book, the uneven surface of the edges of the closed book, the soft sound when you open it for the first time, and the feel of cotton in the crisp pages. Buying books is something I gave up almost entirely when I stopped working. We have a good library within walking distance, and a large library of books in our home. Not buying books saves money and space, which my family could always use more of. I miss it, but not enough to cut back on other treats like eating out.