Book People Signed First Club Subscription – January 2015
Book subscription boxes have become one of my new favorite box genres, and I have been signing up for every one of them I can find! The Signed First Club subscription from Book People is just what it sounds like – every month they send you a first edition signed book.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Signed First Club
The Cost: $35 a month (you have to pay $210 up front for a 6-month subscription)
The Products: “You’ll receive one signed first edition hardcover book each month, handpicked by BookPeople’s discerning Signed First team. We’ll also include a protective Brodart book cover to preserve the value of your book.”
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton – Retail Value $26 (On Amazon for $19.71)
Book synopsis from Amazon:
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
Medgar is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin’s grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the ‘company’ and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community.
And here is the signature page:
Verdict: I think it’s important to call out that the value in this subscription is the curation from Book People, and getting a signed copy of a first edition box. If that’s valuable to you, I think you’ll enjoy this subscription – if it isn’t, then I wouldn’t recommend this box. For me, it does add value, so I’m happy with this subscription – I received exactly what I was expecting. (The book also has an added plastic protective cover). The reviews of this book are really good too, and it was just released a few weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to reading it!
What do you think of the Signed First Club? Is getting a signed copy of a book valuable to you?