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.
I seem to be sneaking off to the library whenever the husband is working from home and wee reader is napping. It’s not that I don’t want to bring him to the library… I would love to attend the baby programmes once again but they all seem to take place during his naptime (1-3pm). And it’s still a little tricky getting books for myself when he’s wandering around, so sneak off to the library it is for now.
Birds on the Trees – Nina Bawden
I think this is one of those books which I wouldn’t have heard about if not for book blogs. As for which particular blog, I’m not sure… sorry!
Noted for the acuity with which she reaches into the heart of relationships, Nina Bawden here excels in revealing the painful, intimate truths of a family in crisis The expulsion from school of their eldest son shatters the middle-class security of Maggie, a writer, and Charlie, a journalist. Since childhood, Toby has been diffident and self-absorbed, but the threat of drug taking, and his refusal (or inability) to discuss his evident unhappiness, disturbs them sufficiently to seek professional help. Veering between private agony and public cheerfulness, Maggie and Charlie struggle to support their son and cope with the reactions—and advice—of friends and relatives. Toby’s situation is explored with great tenderness, while Maggie’s grief and self-recrimination are rigorously, if compassionately, observed. This is a novel that raises fundamental questions about parents and their children, and offers tentative hope but no tidy solutions
The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox
I’ve been wanting to read more by Elizabeth Knox ever since I loved her Dreamhunter duet.
One summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family’s vineyard when he stumbles on an angel. Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production. But Xas turns out to be a far more mysterious character. Compelling and erotic, The Vintner’s Luck explores a decidedly unorthodox love story as Sobran eventually comes to love and be loved by both Xas and the young Countess de Valday, his friend and employer at the neighboring chateau.
The Towers of Trebizond: A Novel – Rose Macaulay
“‘Take my camel, dear,’ said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.” So begins The Towers of Trebizond, the greatest novel by Rose Macaulay, one of the eccentric geniuses of English literature. In this fine and funny adventure set in the backlands of modern Turkey, a group of highly unusual travel companions makes its way from Istanbul to legendary Trebizond, encountering potion-dealing sorcerers, recalcitrant policemen, and Billy Graham on tour with a busload of Southern evangelists. But though the dominant note of the novel is humorous, its pages are shadowed by heartbreak—as the narrator confronts the specters of ancient empires, religious turmoil, and painful memories of lost love
Snowman – Raymond Briggs
What did you get from your library this week? Happy Thanksgiving!