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.