While I did pick up one book for myself (One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde; I needed it since I have all the other books in the series), the shopping experience was more depressing than anything else.
I spent some time in the history section, doing some collection development work. At least this time others will benefit from our Borders-liquidation obsession.
- American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H. W. Brand
- Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf
- Stone by Stone; The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls by Robert M. Thorson
- Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North by C.S. Manegold
- Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
As for Russell, he made out like a bandit:
- The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen
- Bloody Mohawk: The French Wars and Revolution on New York's Frontier by Richard Berleth
- The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski
- The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson
- Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country by Laton Mccartney
(I exclaimed when I found this one and practically threw it at him; one of his forebears was implicated in said scandal and if that's not a good excuse to buy a book on the subject, I don't know what is)
- Worlds at War: The 2,500 - Year Struggle Between East and West by Anthony Pagden