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badge-4Library 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.

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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!).

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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?

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badge-4Library 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.

Another slightly slow library week for me as I am pulling more books off my shelves to read these days.  A good practice but I feel a bit odd coming home from the library with a mostly empty bag!

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When in French by Lauren Collins – a memoir from Collins, a writer for The New Yorker magazine, about her experiences as an anglophone married to a Frenchman, living in Geneva.  I am fascinated by this sort of foreign language memoir and read it as soon as it arrived.

The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicolson – an exploration of why Homer matters (now and always).

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith – a very light collection of short “unexpected love stories”, each inspired by a photograph.

mrs-tim-gets-a-jobMrs Tim Gets a Job by D.E. Stevenson – my inter-library hold on this came in last Friday, just in time for me to read it for the 1947 club.

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badge-4Library 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.

Slim pickings this week, mostly because I’m still wading through The Romanovs.  It continues to be a bit overwhelming so I am breaking it up with I Was a Stranger by John Hackett, which is so full of love and kindness that it quite balances out all the mutilations and assassinations.

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Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy – a look at the English debutante season of 1958, the last season before the court presentation custom was abolished.

The Dancehall Years by Joan Haggerty – very excited to read this well-reviewed locally-set novel, tracing four families for several decades, starting during the Depression.

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freeman – as I mentioned last week, I am considering this for the upcoming  1947 Club.

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By far my favourite thing I picked up at the library this week is the DVD of “Fortunes of War”.  I have vague memories of watching it (or parts of it?) a decade ago, when it acted as a very effective distraction during exam season at university.  Now I can enjoy it at my leisure  and am having a wonderful time.  It is making me feel slightly shameful that I still haven’t read Olivia Manning’s books, though.

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badge-4Library 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.

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To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – a little too complicated for me to attempt to blurb, so I’ll let the publisher have the pleasure.  I am three quarters of the way through and completely in love with this book.  I don’t want to stop reading but I certainly don’t want it to end.

The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore – murderous, mad Russians!  Fun times lie ahead.

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett – I’d been looking forward to this since Sarra Manning mentioned it back in January.  Read it quickly and have to say it didn’t make much of an impact.  Probably suffered from comparison to To the Bright Edge of the World (since my reading overlapped).

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A Killer in King’s Cove by Iona Whishaw – slight cheat here: this title and cover is the soon-to-be-released reissue.  I have the original.  But no matter, the story is the same and it sounds intriguing.  A post-war mystery – with spies! – in small town British Columbia is not something I even knew existed before.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel – a hold I’d completely forgotten placing (placed, I think, after reading this LA Times review).  Sounds like fun.

Naga Path (also published as Drums Behind the Hill) by Ursula Graham Bower – I was 90% certain I’d heard about this book from Slightly Foxed.  But then I checked their index online and Bower is nowhere to be found.  So that’s a mystery.  Regardless, I’m very excited to read Bower’s story about her experiences in the Naga Hills, both as an anthropologist and, during the Second World War, guerrilla fighter.

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The Long Weekend by Adrian Tinniswood – you know me, can’t turn down any sort of social history about the inter-war years.

I Was a Stranger by General Sir John Hackett – An account of Hackett’s experiences during World War Two, after escaping from a German prisoner camp and being taken in and hidden by a Dutch family.  This was reissued several years ago as a Slightly Foxed edition.

Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica A. Fox – I saw this memoir about a young woman who left her job in LA to go work in a Scottish bookstore recently and was intrigued (just not quite intrigued enough to buy it at the store where I spotted it).

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The Daughters by Adrienne Celt – I’ve had this on my radar since reading the NPR review last summer.  As autumn begins, it seems like the right time for a story about women, their families, and the stories they share.

My Kitchen in Rome by Rachel Roddy – very, very excited to get my hands on this cookbook.

The Lady with the Borzoi by Laura Claridge – a biography of Blanche Knopf (of the publishing house) and her role as a literary tastemaker.

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badge-4Library 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.

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Off on holiday at the end of this week with plenty of books to hand!

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badge-4Library 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.

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badge-4Library 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.

I have been struck with a bad case of bookish indecision.  I was reading like a whirlwind but suddenly, over the last week or two, I find it impossible to match my reading to my mood.  I’ve started and abandoned a dozen books (generally after reading them for far too long) in my quest for just the right thing.  I have found a few good fits – anything Patrick Leigh Fermor-related seems to suit me perfectly just now – but mostly I’m stumbling around in the dark.  I’ve picked up a suitably broad array of books this week on the assumption that there must be something here for every mood.

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All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill – I love books about learning a foreign language.  And – for once! – rather than Italian or French or Greek or Latin, the language at the heart of this memoir is Arabic.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – there have been some medical scares among friends and family lately – some happily resolved, some unlikely to be – so Kalanithi’s memoir of his short life after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer seems like an appropriate choice.  It’s been effusively reviewed by everyone and every publication I’ve come across and I except there will be lots of tears.

The Lark Shall Sing by Elizabeth Cadell – my first three Cadells were all fun and I’ve tasked the library’s inter-library loan system with tracking down many more for me.  This is the first of a trio about the Waynes of Woodmount.  If you’re interested, all three books are now available as e-books.

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The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec – in her early 30s, Klinec went to Iran hoping to learn more about Persian cooking.  Instead, she fell in love with a young Iranian and discovered the complexities of cross-cultural romantic relationships in such a rigid society, where family traditions and expectations weigh heavily on young couples.

Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane – newest Chicklit novel from McFarlane.

Palladian Days by Sally Gable with Carl I. Gable – summer (and autumn and winter and spring…if you’re me, that is) is always the right time for memoirs about buying and restoring homes in foreign countries.  In this case, it’s a historically-important Palladian villa – not exactly a crumble farmhouse – so the level of fantasy involved for me will be greater than ever.  I can handle it.

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