Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The 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.
Burnt Shadows: A Novel – Kamila Shamsie
This is one book that has been sitting on my TBR list for too long.
Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. Hiroko Tanaka watches her lover from the veranda as he leaves. Sunlight streams across Urakami Valley, and then the world goes white.
In the devastating aftermath of the atomic bomb, Hiroko leaves Japan in search of new beginnings. From Delhi, amid India’s cry for independence from British colonial rule, to New York City in the immediate wake of 9/11, to the novel’s astonishing climax in Afghanistan, a violent history casts its shadow the entire world over. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerizing in its evocation of time and place, this is a tale of love and war, of three generations, and three world-changing historic events. Burnt Shadows is a story for our time by “a writer of immense ambition and strength. . . . This is an absorbing novel that commands in the reader a powerful emotional and intellectual response” (Salman Rushdie).
Port of Morrow – The Shins
Yes, as you might notice, this isn’t a book. It is a CD. It only very recently dawned on me that I could borrow music from the library. Odd isn’t it, considering the many times I’ve walked past the shelves of CDs. Similarly I never really look at the DVDs available, although most of the patrons borrowing things seem to have stacks of DVDs in their baskets.
Anyway, love The Shins!
Port of Morrow, the fourth album from The Shins, was recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of 2011 with James Mercer as usual handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals and the majority of instrumentation. The record was produced by Greg Kurstin and mixed by Rich Costey. The cover art was created by Jacob Escobedo
Long Player Late Bloomer – Ron Sexsmith
Wait, this is his 11th album? Ok I have a lot of catching up to do. His 2004 album Retriever is one of the most-played on my iTunes so I’m really looking forward to this one.
A singer-songwriter acclaimed by a galaxy of artists from Bob Dylan to Elton John, Chris Martin to Michael Buble, Steve Earle to Lucinda Williams for his insight into the human heart and a melodic purity (to paraphrase admirer Elvis Costello) unheard since the heyday of Paul McCartney, you ll find him straight after the Sex Pistols in any self-respecting encyclopedia of modern music. That s as close as Ron Sexsmith has ever got to in-yer-face hard rock. Until Now
For his 11th album, Long Player Late Bloomer, the award winning troubadour has paired himself with a fellow Canadian, the producer of bone-crunching classics by Metallica, Motley Crue and The Cult the genuinely named Bob Rock. The 13 tracks on the album that came out of this partnership each and every one of them sound like honest-to-god hits.
Diapers Are Not Forever – Elizabeth Verdick (Author), Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)
What did you get from your library this week?