Knowledge Is Cheap

Christmas has come and gone, and now that you've blown your cash on presents, you may be wondering where your next meal will come from. So what's a cost-effective way to entertain yourself? Shop at the Brandeis Used Book Store in Boca Raton. You'll be amazed at the prices. This month you'll be doubly amazed. Every volume is 50 percent off.

Even more unbelievable, you have a good chance of finding what you want. Unlike the typical used-book store, where disorganization reigns, here every tome is shelved not only by category but also by author. And oh what categories: everything from "needlework" to "Judaica" to "Clinton." Just when you think you've exhausted the possibilities, up pops another, such as "diet."

You'll find more-contemporary stuff in the current section, as well as the in the hardcover- and softcover-bestseller sections -- Carl Hiassen's Sick Puppy, for example, or Melinda Haynes' novel Mother of Pearl. Both were there in hardcover copies in pristine, jacketed condition on a recent visit. This month they cost $4 each. In the collectible-and-rare section at the front of the store, you might turn up a beautifully bound 1947 version of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, currently on sale for $15, or Creative Home Decorating from 1946 for just $2. If you're really cheap, just look at the photographs, then put it back on the shelf. Around the corner the almost-as-intriguing classics section features (if it's still there, of course) a Modern Library Classics edition of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love. The dust jacket's in perfect shape and the sale price of $1.50 ain't bad either. That's 45 cents less than its original price more than 40 years ago.


The half-price sale continues

Brandeis Used Book Store, 9060 Kimberly Blvd., Boca Raton

Through January 31, 561-852-2650. The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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