Continuity of Ownership


A couple of months ago, I purchased a used book from an online bookstore.  After receiving the book in the mail, I put it aside because I did not have the time to browse through the pages, let alone read it.

Last weekend, I saw the book again while clearing away the dishes.  I decided to read it for a bit just before going to bed.  Yes, folks, it was covered with a good amount of dust!  I decided to browse through its pages and lo and behold, the book was a signed copy of author Susan Van Allen.   It said, “To Anouche, Enjoy! – Susan Van Allen.  I was ecstatic at the idea that the book that I now own was signed by no other than its author!  I thought of what Forest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” Only my version is “Used books are like a box of chocolates. You never really know whose signature you’d see inside it.”

Most people probably prefer buying new books but I am the opposite.  Aside from the fact that used books are less costly, I also like the idea of buying used books because I believe in preserving the “continuity of ownership”.   I am always thrilled to find writings, scribbles, doodles, or sometimes even codes written by previous owners in different colors of ink. I often wondered when and where the original owner bought the book.  What were his/her notes about?  What was he/she was thinking at the time?  Was he/she the original and the first owner? The second? The third perhaps?  I would like to think that books never really die and are never forgotten.  I would like to keep a wishful thought that they just change hands and never get lost. ***

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Anthony Di Pepperconi says:

    Fabulous content. A delictable read, very informative and cheeky.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your nice comment.


  2. Michele Forbicioni says:

    Good point of view worth to be shared andrive followed. Thanks Pia

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Tom P Koch says:

    This is one of the most thrilling shorts I’ve ever read. I still believe in that, you know? That stories should sometimes thrill people but always intrigue with the possibility of fortunes.

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    1. I totally agree. I love used books!


  4. Craig Karman says:

    We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say France in a literary prize?Or Croatia?

    This work is the seed of rebirth in true literary intellect.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Craig. Truly encouraging!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Fran Silverburger says:

    Delightful!Cinematic, moving, yet tastful.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Clifford says:

    Engaging, it reminds me that the individual writer has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the mediocre and the need to be one with the masses.If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the gift of sharing truth thoughts on paper.

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  7. Giovanni says:

    Veramente interessante… Contenuti chiari, semplici e reali. Veramente ben fatto. Complimenti… Mi piace.

    Liked by 1 person

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