Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and Claire at The Captive Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Last week, believe it or not, I didn't visit the library in an attempt to catch up with what I already have. I did think about banning myself for the rest of the month but knew that wouldn't work but have stopped putting books on hold for the moment. So this week I returned a few, and some unread, and gathered up some more loot. We're going away next week so I'll have no library visit again .

 Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin

In Vergil's epic, The Aeneid, the Italian princess who is to marry the Trojan hero plays only the slightest part in the tale, and never speaks a word; in this magnificent book, Ursula Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice and brings her vividly to life. A triumphant mix of prehistory and mythology, an exploration of heroism, an outcry against the waste of war........
 Perfection by Julie Metz

Non-Fiction - Six months after her husband's death, Julie Metz discovered that he had had a string of affairs. This incredible blow forced her to confront what was underneath the perfect veneer of her life and question this idea of perfection. A story of coming to terms with painful truths, and of rebuilding a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood.

Thanks to Amanda at DesertBookChick whose review of this book caught my attention.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

 In the year of the 150th anniversary of Origin of the Species, set in a town where Jane Austen was a frequent visitor, Tracy Chevalier once again shows her uncanny sense for the topical. In the early nineteenth century, a windswept beach along the English coast brims with fossils for those with the eye! From the moment she's struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is marked for greatness. When she uncovers unknown dinosaur fossils in the cliffs near her home, she sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world's creation and stimulating debate over our origins.

The Sand Fish by Maha Gargash

A novel from Dubai

Set in the 1950s in what is today Dubai, "The Sand Fish" is the story of a young woman from the mountains who is sent away from her family to become the third wife of a rich and much older pearl merchant.

Queenmaker: A novel of King David's queen by India Edghill

Turning inside out the traditional view of David as a beloved king and gentle author of the Psalms, Edghill's well-written debut novel, "Queenmaker, " paints a dark picture of the lauded biblical hero as seen through the eyes of his first wife, Michal.

My 'Q' book for Historical Tapestry's ABC challenge.
What's in your loot this week?


  1. Quite a nice haul from the library!! I'm interested to hear about Remarkable Creatures!

  2. I enjoyed Perfection. I've liked Chevalier's works before. But I haven't read Remarkable Creatures yet. Enjoy.

  3. I have seen Lavinia in the library, but in the wrong language I think. Must check again

  4. I just picked up Perfection at the bookstore. I'm sure I read about it on a blog too and the back of the book had me intrigued. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. great loot! ive been slacking on my historical fiction reading so i will definitely put some of yours on my wish list!

  6. Wow, all of these sound great. I really enjoy Chevalier's other books but haven't had a chance to read Remarkable Creatures yet. Will definitely be adding Lavinia to my TBR list.

    Enjoy your loot!

  7. Nice loot. I really need to put some limit on my library lending I think.

  8. Great stack of books, Cat. I loved Lavinia and hope you enjoy it. I have to check my library for The Sand Fish. It sounds wonderful.

  9. Great finds! I've been wanting to read some Le Guin, I've never read any! Enjoy your loot!

  10. I keep meaning to try books by Le Guin and Chevalier!

  11. I haven't read any of your "loot" - but it looks great. I've thought about reading Remarkable Creatures, as I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring. Happy reading!