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.
This was just a quick drop-in at the library on Friday after a doctor’s appointment, enough to grab a few things for myself, some magazines for my mum, and a couple of books for the wee reader.
A natural history of the senses – Diane Ackerman
Usually the main display area has some themed book display. This week it was simply Staff Recommendations. I’d read a few of them already and this one was on my TBR list.
Diane Ackerman’s lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
The Goodreads description was too long so here’s the last paragraph:
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.
Skylark Farm – Antonia Arslan
While picking up Attachments from the Holds shelves, I went pass the As and this caught my eye. First of all, great title. And an added bonus, it’s translated from the Italian. Later I learn it was nominated for several awards. Another plus!
A beautiful, wrenching debut novel chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915.
At the center: Yerwant, who, at thirteen, left his home in the Anatolian hills of Turkey to study at an Armenian boarding school in Venice. Now, in May 1915, after forty years, he is planning a long-awaited reunion with his family at their homestead, Skylark Farm. But while joyful preparations for Yerwant’s arrival are being made in the town of his birth, Italy enters the Great War and closes its borders. At the same time, in Turkey, Yerwant’s family begins a brutal odyssey of forced marches and prison camps, hunger and humiliation at the hands of the Young Turks who are determined to rid their nation of minorities. In the unfolding story we follow Yerwant’s family as it struggles to survive and as four of its children set out on a dangerous and daring course of their own: to reach Yerwant, and safety, in Italy.
Antonia Arslan draws on the story of her own family to tell the story of Skylark Farm. She has transformed the “obscure memories” that are her heritage into a novel as lyrical and poignant as a fable.
Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym
Thomas over at My Porch has been hosting a Barbara Pym week and I’ve been following along, wishing I had something by Pym to read too. This was the only one on the shelf (there are other Pym books, just not at this branch). Still I’m glad to have it, although it’s a belated effort!
This early novel by Barbara Pym captures the charm and folly of English middle-class life. The two title characters share a devoted friendship based on memories of Oxford school days, poetry and their neighbors’ private affairs- all discussed over leisurely lunches. And they share a common goal: finding a suitable mate for Prudence.
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend – Rachel Bertsche
When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, she realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: Meeting people everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites, she’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever
Speaking from among the bones – Alan Bradley
If I’m not wrong, book no. 5 in the series.
Flavia de Luce 11, ardent chemist, is used to digging up clues, in her lab potions or pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. She is not used to digging up bodies. On the 500th anniversary of patron Saint Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey opens his tomb – to find church organist Mr Collicutt, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked
What did you get from your library this week?