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Thread: Why does Christmas have to be so difficult???

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    My boyfriend talked about this book he's been looking for called "The Howling" by Gary Brandner. I guess they based a movie on it back in the 80's, which he loves, but then heard the movie is hardly anything like the book. So he's been looking for the book and has not been able to find it. We looked through the library's database...couldn't find it within the libraries in western Wisconsin. So we looked through
    WISCAT (which includes all of the libraries within the state as well as some ones out of state). Couldn't find it there either, which is weird because I have never did search on WISCAT and not found what I was looking for. The book was published in the late 70's and its out of print so we can't find a copy anywhere.

    Finally found copies of the book on amazon.com. Here's the problem: the banged up used copies are $55 minimum. The "like new" one is $100. The two brand new ones are $129.95 and $254.48. And the used hardcover edition is a whooping $219.41.

    Why must finding the perfect Christmas present be so difficult? I want to get him the new copy, but its so freaking expensive. Then again, for my ex-boyfriend, I was making a quilt that's probably going to exceed $300 once done and did not give a crap about the costs. lol. Guess I'm a real quilter afterall: hate spending more than $100 on a single item but will easily spend the same amount of money for supplies for one quilt without a second thought.

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    That is ridiculous!!! Don't sweat it, get him something else. :D

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    I found one paperback for $31.00 @ http://www.alibris.com. I have purchased from this source and would again.

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    Sometimes my quilt expenses are spread out over more time, so it doesn't seem as pricey as it really is. Sorry the book costs so much. Must be a collector's item! Would sure make a nice gift, though.

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    I would gethim the paperback that Magpie found!

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    Try half.com I've gotten some old books with them.

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    I'm wondering if my DD has this book???? I have read it too and seen the movie. Have you tried the thrift shops? Next time I go to mine I can check and see if they have it and I will ask DD too. Just give me a few days and I will get back to you.

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    You are so creative you should make him a quilt of the book cover. You won't mind the cost of that and it will be a unique gift!

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    Try those sources people mentioned. I have also had frustration trying to find out of print books. If not I bet you will come up with something else that's special :)
    Good luck!

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