The Natural by Bernard Malamud
The Natural
Bernard Malamud

Green is a particularly evocative and versatile color. It can depict illness and envy, and yet also signify nature and fertility. It can mean wealth but also reveal that it’s safe to move forward. There is the green, green grass of home and Othello’s green-eyed monster. Green is also the traditional color of Islam. Robin Hood and his outlaws wore Lincoln Green and Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz lived in the Emerald City.

Despite this wealth of cultural references, book designers are surprisingly reluctant to use green on dust jackets – the color has a tendency to fade with age. The exception is any book written about the Irish or Ireland when it becomes peculiar to not see green used on the wrapper.

Today, the color green is a blanket term for the environmental movement. AbeBooks has been helping the world’s used bookstores sell their books since 1996 and we would not exist without a worldwide demand for secondhand books. Sustainability is the capacity to endure and we believe a book should enjoy many owners over the years.

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) by buying a used book from a secondhand bookseller and make it a green one.

A Selection of Green Books (all used copies)

Ferns by Christopher N. Page
Ferns
by Christopher N. Page
The Coup by John Updike
The Coup
by John Updike
Oh What a Paradise It Seems by John Cheever
Oh What a Paradise It Seems
by John Cheever
The Island Race by Winston Churchill
The Island Race
by Winston Churchill
Doctor Sax by Jack Kerouac
Doctor Sax
by Jack Kerouac
Chips: The Story of a Cocker Spaniel by Diana Thorne & Connie Moran
Chips: The Story of a Cocker Spaniel
by Diana Thorne & Connie Moran
Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
Smallbone Deceased
by Michael Gilbert
The Razorís Edge by Somerset Maugham
The Razorís Edge
by Somerset Maugham
Set This House on Fire by William Styron
Set This House on Fire
by William Styron
From Whaling Station to Sheep Run by Kathleen Monypenny
From Whaling Station to Sheep Run
by Kathleen Monypenny
Ash Wednesday. Six Poems by T.S. Eliot
Ash Wednesday. Six Poems
by T.S. Eliot
Best Irish Short Storied edited by David Marcus
Best Irish Short Storied
edited by David Marcus
Bridie Steen by Anne Crone
Bridie Steen
by Anne Crone
Simple Stakes a Claim by Langston Hughes
Simple Stakes a Claim
by Langston Hughes
Dorothy: Return to Oz by Thomas L. Tedrow
Dorothy: Return to Oz
by Thomas L. Tedrow
The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
The Silver Child
by Cliff McNish

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