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.
7 responses to “Library Loot! December 15th”
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!
I liked Kavalier & Clay, congrats on your haul!
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!
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. 🙂
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 🙂
Miss Pettigrew is such a delight. I need to watch the movie! Enjoy the book 🙂
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!