Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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.
You know what is amazing? Not having to study every day. I can come home from work, go for a walk, cook dinner, read a book, talk to people like a normal human being…it’s spectacular. Highly, highly recommended.
I can also spend too much time browsing at the library – on weekends AND weekdays. Hence this week’s haul:
No More Champagne by David Lough – I am geekily excited to read this book about the precarious state of Churchill’s personal finances and business affairs.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave – a new novel from the author of Little Bee, focused on the lives of three young Londoners – a young woman who runs away from finishing school to take up war work, an art restorer turned soldier, and a teacher promoted to education administrator when his seniors all go off to war – during the early years of the Second World War.
Our Land at War by Duff Hart-Davis – A look at the impact of the Second World War on rural communities.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth – a clear-sighted look at Nordic countries in response to the idealised vision the rest of the world seems to have of Scandinavian utopias. The reality is a bit more complicated.
The Ghosts of Europe by Anna Porter – Published in 2010, an examination of how the former communist countries of Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) have adjusted to democracy and what their futures might hold.
Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski – how did I not know about this book until I stumbled across it at the library? It is a collection of firsthand accounts from a variety of perspectives (there are more than 1,000 extracts) covering four fateful days in the spring of 1945: April 20th – Hitler’s birthday; April 25th – the day American and Soviet troops met on the Elbe; April 30th – Hitler’s suicide; and May 8th – the German surrender.
Channel Shore by Tom Fort – a journey along England’s southern coast, exploring the relationship between land and sea.
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman – the only one of Lipman’s novels I have not yet read. She has a new one coming out in February, which sounds amazing, but the wait is long so I suspect I’ll be filling the time with some rereads – but this first!
The Night Stages by Jane Urquhart – Urquhart’s most recent novel, set primarily in mid-Century Ireland. And also the Gander, Newfoundland airport, which is charmingly unique.
What did you pick up this week?