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.
Fire from heaven – Mary Renault
I requested this book after reading Jo Walton’s Among Others
Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son’s loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle’s tutoring provoked his mind and Homer’s Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon’s cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander’s skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.
A bite of the mango –
I was curious about this book after reading about it in The End of Your Life Book Club.
As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry.
But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both her hands.
Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously survived. The sweet taste of a mango, her first food after the attack, reaffirmed her desire to live, but the challenge of clutching the fruit in her bloodied arms reinforced the grim new reality that stood before her. With no parents or living adult to support her and living in a refugee camp, she turned to begging in the streets of Freetown.
In this gripping and heartbreaking true story, Mariatu shares with readers the details of the brutal attack, its aftermath and her eventual arrival in Toronto. There she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.
The strange files of Fremont Jones (Fremont Jones #1) – Dianne Day
I think I first heard of this book from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust to Go. It’s set in the Bay Area!
Brave, resourceful, adventurous Fremont (née Caroline) Jones is a woman ahead of her time. Hungry for independence, she’s traded in her conventional life in Boston for a career as a “type-writer” in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. But Fremont soon discovers that her clients aren’t always what they appear to be, and that in doing her job she’s transcribing her way into a wealth of mystery—and mortal danger….
Dashing lawyer Justin Cameron well-nigh sweeps Fremont Jones off her feet—and into a situation ripe with perilous intrigue. A client meets an untimely death that Fremant suspects is linked to the paper she typed for him, of which she can recall but one small fragment. And her attempts to disentangle reality and imagination in the gothic tales penned by Edgar Allan Partridge, whose demeanor is one of terror under the barest restraint, send her up the rocky California coast on a mission of discovery from which she may not return….
A riveting, atmospheric mix of intrigue and humor introduces a new investigator as cultivated as Sherlock Holmes and as spunky as Kinsey Millhone.
The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Wee Reader picked out the first three books himself.
Bizzy Bear. Let’s get to work! – Benji Davies
Counting tools 1 to 10
This little piggy – Tim Harrington
City lullaby – Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by Carll Cneut
A ball for Daisy – Chris Raschka
Maggie’s chopsticks – Alan Woo ; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
A long way away : a two-way story – Frank Viva
Fire engine man – Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha
What did you get from the library this week?