The Greatest Used Book in History Concluded: December 1988

This is the final installment of the infamous diary within a used book that found its way to me via a used book sale held at a defunct library.  Hidden among the stacks, I came across it entirely by chance and purchased it with grocery bag full of other books for just a few dollars.  It contains the strange diary of a cat obsessed woman living in 1988 who is a little down on her luck. I have been releasing these entries slowly over the last year as the book developed a cult like following. I’m just glad that so many people seem to have enjoyed as much as I did. I encourage everyone to share the diary with those that they love or might want to bond with forever.

At the time of this posting, I have finally found and contacted the person I believe to be the diary’s original owner and am setting up an interview.  She has requested to remain anonymous for the time being.

If you would like to enjoy her tale from the very beginning (something I cannot recommend highly enough) or just want to catch up on some of the earlier entries, please go to The Cat Lover’s Diary.



*This was my 100th post too. What a weird coincidence.

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31 Responses to The Greatest Used Book in History Concluded: December 1988

  1. Truly the greatest used book ever! I am kind of sad to see it end (and on your 100th post too). Are you nervous about meeting the author? I can’t believe you managed to track her down! I wonder why she ever gave her diary away . . .

  2. This is awesome!! This is the first one I read so I’m going back to read the rest now!!! What a find!

  3. I really want to know what she looks like…potentially quite a hottie with all these offers of dates?! I mean, a barman’s phone number?! That’s impressive. I think the lesson I’ve learnt is NEVER to let diaries fall into the hands of bookshop owners – destroy, destroy, destroy!!!

    • Posky says:

      I assume she writes about most of the dates in the diary and, by that count, it’s not particularly impressive. She definitely dated Thomas and Marv a short while but I think the rest almost can’t qualify (as in the case with the photographer or Ralph).

  4. Tattoos, love and lunacy... says:

    God Matt, I loved this series so much you have no idea. “He’d prob try to smoke the tree and snort the cookies?” You can’t make this stuff up. xo

  5. asoulwalker says:

    Best hundredth post ever. Period.

  6. asoulwalker says:

    Also, the inclusion of a Yeats poem definitely adds to the epicness of the whole venture.

  7. Many congrats to the Cat Lover for finishing her year on a high note — and to you for your 100th post! Looking forward to the next 100. I am sure they will be just as awesome.

  8. drawandshoot says:

    Wow. The end, eh?
    I do hope her 1989 was as good as her 1988. She dreams big. I guess we’ll find out!

  9. Happy 100th post :D love this

  10. calahan says:

    I wish she’d written what her 1988 bonus was. I’m guessing $20-30!

  11. seaofcarnage says:

    Love these posts. I think that woman is somehow related to me. Seriously I have family that this could have been, but alas no one fits that time frame and age. Maybe one day I will sit down and write about my crazy family.

  12. mrsdsmaunderings says:

    wow, maybe shés got 50 cats now & smells like fish or something…lets hope not ;) I’ve awarded you the Super Sweet Blogging Award so pop over & check it out – happy 100th post :)

  13. Ad-libb3d says:

    Brilliant collection. Congrats on 100!

  14. twissblog says:

    I can’t believe we just have to wonder what happened in 1989!

  15. I really hope you can get an interview with her. I hope she never called Marv back! He would probably snort her new years confetti…

  16. I really hope that she found love, some self-confidence and some inner peace. A wonderful glimpse into the life of someone with a big heart who deserves a better hand than she got dealt in 1988. Yet even after a year like that, she still writes in her final page “I really want to make sure that 1989 can be just as good as 1988 was”. Thanks, Posky.

  17. Anna says:

    Congratulations on the big 100! It just wouldn’t be a celebration without cats.

  18. TikkTok says:

    Dare we hope she has more she’d be willing to contribute? ;)

  19. Does she own a hundred cats yet?

  20. missjonai says:

    This is priceless. I love the tone of her writing…so matter-of-fact that it makes the strangest, most mundane events hilarious.

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