Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
I read an absurd number of books in July (28, as of Tuesday night) and have reviewed exactly one of them. Not an impressive statistic. Next week I ought to avoid the library and focusing on reviewing at least a few of them…but that’s a problem for next week.
Sisters by a River by Barbara Comyns – Recently reissued by Virago, Comyns’ first novel tells of “of a chaotic and ultimately tragic childhood on the banks of the River Avon.”
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen – a long essay (and very short book) about how reading has shaped Quindlen’s identity and life. Highly quotable (expect excerpts soon) and highly defensive of middlebrow literature (hurrah!).
Island Summers by Tilly Culme-Seymour – This memoir about three generations of women and their summers spent on the family’s small Norwegian island was on display in every bookstore I visited while in the UK and, knowing that it wasn’t coming out in North America until late September, I itched to buy it. I restrained myself and was then rewarded by discovering that the library had purchased a digital edition already.
The Family Man by Elinor Lipman – A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer’s ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago.
Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman – Given up for adoption thirty-six years ago, April Epner, now a quiet-living, sensible-jumper-wearing Latin teacher, has never had the slightest desire to be reunited with her biological mother. But, as it turns out, she doesn’t have a choice.
Isabel’s Bed by Elinor Lipman – Isabel Krug is a glamorous blonde with a tabloid past; Harriet Mahoney is a bookish single would-be writer, unlucky in love, who never takes risks—except one.
Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp
The Eye of Love by Margery Sharp – do read Barb’s review
Martha in Paris by Margery Sharp – ditto
What did you pick up this week?