Library Loot (March 21, 2012)

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

I was being good today because I’ve still got quite a few books from previous loots. So once again wee reader has a bigger haul than I do!

On another note – finally, the sun was out!

The Last Temptation – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Michael Zulli

I think I’ve read more of Gaiman’s graphic novels than his books. Here’s another one!

Steven is afraid. Afraid of ghost stories, afraid of growing up… just afraid. That is, until he meets the mysterious Showman and his Theatre of the Real. Steven takes a ticket and watches the show on a dare, but getting out of the performance will be harder than he ever imagined. And then Steven learns what it is to be truly afraid. Neil Gaiman, internationally acclaimed and bestselling writer of both prose fiction (Neverwhere, Stardust) and graphic novels (The Sandman, Signal to Noise) teams with veteran artist Michael Zulli (The Sandman, Creatures of the Night) to create this dark and brooding morality tale. The Last Temptation is the latest addition to Dark Horse’s proud and growing library of Neil Gaiman hardcovers. Originally published as part of the short-lived Marvel Music line of the early ’90s, Zulli’s lush and beautiful duoshade artwork is now showcased in a new format for this stunning second edition.

And an e-book
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Vintage) – Isabel Wikerson

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

Wee reader’s loot:

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons – Il Sung Na

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! – Mo Willems

Goodnight Moon Big Book – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

OLIVIA Learns to Surf – Diana Michaels (Adapter), Patrick Spaziante (Illustrator)

I Love My Daddy – Sebastien Braun

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
See more Library Loot here.

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6 thoughts on “Library Loot (March 21, 2012)

  1. Goodnight Moon is one of those books I’d never heard of until I was an adult. I keep coming across references to it where they assume you know all about it and I feel so lost! Thank goodness Wee Reader won’t be in the same predicament!

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    1. There are plenty of baby/children’s books I only recently heard of, like Pat the Bunny and the Clifford books… lots of catching up to do!

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