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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
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Mar 14, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 14 to 26, 2010

Just a quick survey to pick your brains out there. This is in no way real or based on actual events.

Let's say that a good neighbor, friend and fellow book junkie lends you a paperback book. Let's say it is called... oh I don't know... Assassination Vacation. Suppose the book got very mild water damage on it, just enough to look like you read it on the sea shore of Bermuda. This was in fact no fault of your own, probably water splashed on it when you were washing black grease off of baby ducks where you volunteer at the animal shelter or when you were swimming with the infirm where you are also a charming and beloved volunteer. Suppose said book has been painstakingly marked for an upcoming book club with flags and notes in the margins, etc. rendering it nearly impossible to just replace. Would you...

a. Give it back and never acknowledge said water damage.

b. Wait until a rainy day and return it by putting it on the front porch.

c. Buy a new book for the owner and give both back.

d. Announce the dilemma on the world wide web.

Thanks for your help on this purely hypothetical situation.
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Anita Hypothetically, as long as the flags are still there; no harm, no foul. The post itself was an English teacher's creative writing assignment delight. Oh, and there must be complete adulation at book club for the witty selection for the month. (Notice how I narrowly avoided the inclination to put a smiley emoticom.)

message 2: by Erin (last edited Mar 25, 2010 08:44PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Erin I appreciate the avoidance on the emoticom. I find they can give me chills, but on the other hand, my comments are sometimes taken the wrong way and probably would have done better with the addition of said emoticom. 8 >
I emailed a friend about something ridiculous and said it made me scared and unable to move. I meant it was so stupid I was dumbfounded. She sent the police to check on me....

message 3: by Lisa (new) - added it

Lisa Nelson I like B. I agree with Anita. I love getting a book that is all marked up. It is fun to see what other people liked. Remember 10th grade English maybe Mrs. Reynolds I can't recall now, but I do remember she said she marked up every book even if it was a library copy.

Also, I'd love to hear more about the cops getting sent to your house.

message 4: by Doug (new)

Doug Bradshaw Hilarious. If I were the neighbor and you gave it back to me with a little apology and some cupcakes, I'd be thrilled to death.

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