Library Loot! December 15th

It’s been a long time since I have done a Library Loot post, though I have certainly been using the library often.  Library Loot is a meme hosted by Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and Claire of The Captive Reader.  I had a few holds come in this past Saturday and then picked up a couple of interlibrary loans and one book from the shelf today.

Here is what I have:

Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon – I really liked Ayelet Waldman’s book Bad Mother that I read earlier this year.  It made me curious to read her husband’s book about parenthood.  This will also be my first book by Chabon.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman – After seeing some buzz about The Imperfectionists, I added myself to the hold list months ago and now I have it – yay.  This novel is about a small English-language newspaper and the people who work for it.  I am intrigued by books that focus on people-at-work and that aren’t mysteries or thrillers, where that focus is commonplace.

The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith – I love Smith’s book Fair and Tender Ladies, and I also enjoyed Black Mountain Breakdown.  When I heard about this book from Letters from a Hill Farm, I leapt at the chance to read something seasonal by an author I trust.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – I really enjoy the film adaptation of this book, and am looking forward to reading the original source material!  Ideally, I was going to have Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand checked out at the same time (for a challenge), but alas, the hold list for that book is very long.

Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis – I used to read Christian fiction a lot when I was younger and, to put it simply, I burnt myself out on them.  However, now and then, I will make forays into the genre again.  In Ellis’ book, a reporter meets an old conspiracy theorist while doing a feature on the moon landing anniversary.  Turns out the old man also knew her mother, who died mysteriously when the reporter was born.

The Best Travel Writing 2008: True Stories from Around the World – I decided to pick up a book of travel essays while at the library.  I have read two books from the Best American Travel Writing series, but haven’t read from this series yet.  Bonus: introduction by Sara Wheeler, who is a travel writer I admire.

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7 responses to “Library Loot! December 15th

  1. I started The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and sadly had to take it back to the library before completing it. But from what I read I was impressed by Chabon’s writing. Enjoy!

  2. I liked Kavalier & Clay, congrats on your haul!

  3. Your first Chabon? He is one of my favorite authors, and his essays get you acquainted with his fantastic style. I hope you love it!

  4. Darlyn

    Awesome loot! I recently got my hands on a copy of Chabon’s Kavalier and Clay, but I have to work my way through my TBR pile before I can finally read it. Looking forward to your reviews of your library loot. 🙂

  5. Wonderful library loot, Christy! ‘The Christmas Letters’ looks like an interesting title. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. ‘The Best Travel Writing’ looks like a fascinating book. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂 Enjoy reading your library loot 🙂

  6. Miss Pettigrew is such a delight. I need to watch the movie! Enjoy the book 🙂

  7. Fabulous picks! I read Manhood for Amateurs, The Imperfectionists, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day this year and they were all wonderful.

    Enjoy your loot!

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