Library Loot (1 September 2012)

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.

Yes! Two Library Loots in one week! While wee reader showed his dad around the children’s section, I headed upstairs for the non-fiction section (where the graphic novels are also held) and grabbed some books. Of course I had to wander around the fiction area for a little bit too!

West with the Night – Beryl Markham

I keep meaning to read this…and ta-da, here it is.

West with the Night is the story of Beryl Markham–aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty–and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and ’30s.
Regarded by many as one of the best adventure books ever!

The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life – Alison Gopnik

In the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Now Alison Gopnik — a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother — explains the cutting-edge scientific and psychological research that has revealed that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and more conscious than adults. In a lively and accessible tour of the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments, Gopnik offers new insight into how babies see the world, and in turn promotes a deeper appreciation for the role of parents in shaping the lives of their children.

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love – Chris Roberson, Shawn McManus (Illustrator)

While my library’s Fables collections is bizarrely scattered, they had this one.

When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Whether she’s soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy’s overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy’s exclusive shoe boutique.

Good as Lily – Derek Kirk Kim, Jesse Hamm (Illustrator)

A strange mishap on her eighteenth birthday causes Grace Kwon to be confronted with herself at three different periods in her life–ages six, twenty-nine, and seventy–while she and her friends struggle to save a crumbling school play.

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters


One post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners-mother, son, and daughter-are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

Strangers on a Train Publisher – Patricia Highsmith

I guess this kind of counts too as a RIP VII read.

The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith on a prolific career of noir fiction, proving her a master of depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.

The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut novel, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. “Some people are better off dead,” Bruno remarks, “like your wife and my father, for instance.” As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder

Wee reader had some loot too!

The Best Place to Read – Debbie Bertram (Author), Susan Bloom (Author), Michael Garland (Illustrator)

Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book – Gyo Fujikawa

Have a great weekend!


  1. Yay for a second library loot post in one week 🙂 And wow, even more loot for Wee reader. He’s already devoured the few you brought home earlier?!

    Your loot is really diverse, I wouldn’t mind reading Sarah Waters or Patricia Highsmith or any of the graphic novels you took home!

    Have a great Sunday 🙂


    1. Haha. He flipped through those a few times. And I’ve been reading them to him too.

      But he’s really liking the Gyo Fujikawa book for some reason!


  2. West with the Night is pretty exciting–but I wonder if the rumor that it was ghost-written is true. I really loved Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s North to the Orient. It was written in the thirties and you feel like you are right there in the airplane with her and Charles.


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