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badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner – I’m already halfway through this fascinating memoir about Willner’s maternal family, separated for decades after her mother fled East Germany in the 1940s. (Book Depository)

Love from Boy edited by Donald Sturrock – I’ve borrowed this collection of Roald Dahl’s letters to his mother before without ever reading them but I’m in the mood for letters and hoping this will hit the spot. (Book Depository)

Mountain Lines by Jonathan Arlan – A walking memoir (which I’d somehow missed on its release back in 2017) about walking the GR5 from Lake Geneva to Nice. (Book Depository)

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas –  My love of expat memoirs continues with this story of a woman who moved to America from Iran as a child and whose cultural identity was further confused when she married a Frenchman.  (Book Depository)

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver – This novel about the fragility of American middle class lives is scary and upsetting and sadly realistic.  (Book Depository)

In Search of Nice Americans by Geoff Steward – I’d not heard of this before but saw it on a display and am trusting Tony Hawks’ (author of the very funny Round Ireland with a Fridge) words of praise: “Geoff Steward has written a brilliant debut travelogue and I’m sure there will be more. It’s charming, engaging and, above all, really funny.”  (Book Depository)


Finally, when not reading I’m having my own mini Ingrid Bergman festival, featuring Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a fascinating documentary about Bergman made with her own home movies, Spellbound with Gregory Peck, and the always delightful Indiscreet with Cary Grant.

What did you pick up this week?

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The Roxy, Axbridge, Somerset (10th October 2012) – photo credit: Jason Ingram

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

Belonging by Nora Krug – a visual memoir of Krug’s quest to make peace with her country’s history – and her own German identity – by learning more about her family’s history.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell – I’ve loved many of O’Farrell’s novels and am very intrigued by this memoir about her bizarrely numerous near-death experiences.

Imogen by Jilly Cooper – I’m an erratic listener when it comes to the Backlisted podcast (I find the hosts irritating but the books and guests interesting) but I did catch the recent episode on Imogen by Jilly Cooper. It sounded light and silly and, having breezed through it as soon as the hold came through, I can confirm it is both those things (in a pleasant enough way).

What did you pick up this week?

photo credit: John Bessler