So glad I travelled forever to check out The Monkey’s Paw! It had such a wide collection of books on every topic ever imagined - from fiction to film, karate to Canada. They were all old and/or used, but the majority were still in excellent shape. Because the shop specializes in rare and out-of-print books it is a little more pricey than the average used bookstore, but so worth it because of the gems just waiting to be picked up. For example, I picked up the following two books while perusing the shelves:
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor ($35) and Can You See Me Yet? by Timothy Findley ($12)
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love Flannery O’Connor, so I was super excited when I found this collection. Also, I have been a fan of Findley’s since I studied him in one of my fourth-year Canadian lit classes and couldn’t resist picking this one up too.
The main reason why I wanted to check out this bookstore was the vending machine in the back. It dispenses a random book for $2.
I tried 3 times, and got 4 books total (BONUS!).
Dictionary of Fictional Characters by William Freeman
This book lists over 20,000 fictional characters from prose, poetry, and dramatic works, stating the role each character plays, in which work he/she appears, the author of said work, and the year it was created. Definitely a cool addition to my shelves.
Jolly Book for Tinies
This is (obviously) a children’s book. It has the cutest inscription inside the front cover, too:
For obtaining the highest per cent of
Grades 1 and 2.
June, 1937 Elaine M. Limoine”
For some reason the biblio-mat seemed to think I have a fascination with sailing/boats/the sea and gave me these two as well:
The World’s Warships by Raymond V. B. Blackman and Manual of Seamanship Vol. II - 1932 by Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty
The latter is actually really cool - it belonged to Lieut. R. S. Williams, and has a bunch of advertisements and fold-out pages to show drawings of boats and how they work.
Overall I’m really happy with my book haul. If you are in the Toronto area I definitely encourage you to drop by and check out The Monkey’s Paw.