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.
More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin – I read Home Cooking by Colwin just about two years ago and loved it. She is undoubtedly one of the best food writers I’ve come across so I am really looking forward to this second volume. The librarian is also a big fan – when I picked this up (it’s an inter-library loan) we commiserated over how sad it was that Colwin died so young and what a wonderful writer she was.
Model Woman by Robert Lacey – A biography of Eileen Ford, of the Ford modelling agency.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – Really looking forward to this (so much so that I placed a library hold even though I gave a copy to my mother for her birthday last weekend – I don’t want to wait until she’s done!).
Red Plenty by Francis Spufford – Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called “the planned economy,” which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It’s about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder – a record of the mass killings by both the Soviet and Nazi regimes in the vast lands that lay between their two capitals.
The Fall of the Ottomans by Eugene Rogan – A look at the First World War in the Middle East and its immediate aftermath, resulting in the end of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East.
What did you pick up this week?