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Reviews:
The Altman Code by Gayle Lynds
The Art World Dream by Eric Rudd
The Autobiography of Malcolm X retold by Alex Haley
Bare by Elisabeth Eaves
Being Committed by Anna Maxted
Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K Dick
Giorgio by Anita Benarde
GIS: Socioeconimic Applications by David Martin
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Headache Relief for Women by Alan M. Rapoport and Fred D. Sheftell
Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton
Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann
Mrs. P's Journey by Sarah Hartley
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Sacred Flowers by Roni Jay
Sacred Symbols: Ancient Egypt by Thames & Hudson
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Spooky California by S. E. Schlosser
Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Ward No. Six by Anton Chekov

Miscellaneous
Baby Teeth and Eating
Dinner with Sean
Eight Facts About Me
Eight Months Old
Happy Monkey's Day
Harriet at 8 1/2 Months
Heat Wave
Ian's Teeth
Maxine Runs Cold
Maxine Runs Hot
New Jeans
New Postal Rates
No Swimming and Other Stuff
Swimming
Swimming Again
Toast
The Wooden Spoon

Vacation
Traffic
South Pasadena

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Comments for New Postal Rates

Postal PillarNew Postal Rates: 05/21/07

This afternoon I made my first run to the post office after the May 14 rate restructuring. As a BookCrosser, my two main concerns were the rise in the media mail rate and the disappearance of the surface mail rate. I only had five books today, three media mail and two international. The total price came out to just shy of twenty dollars. Interestingly, the book to Finland (a large trade paperback) cost half the entire price.

For the small books, the new rate structure seems to result in cheaper prices. The larger books, though, can be a shocker, especially under the new "first class international" rate. It's actually slightly cheaper than the old "air mail rate" but twice the old "surface" rate.

On a side note, I've realized that I sent the wrong book out to Wales. It's not that big of a deal. It's an easy to replace book if the person will be receiving this incorrect can't or doesn't want to ship on to the correct person. It's just annoying.

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