Library Loot (January 23 2014)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 


A really quick visit to the library on the way to pick up Wee Reader from preschool. Quick enough to allow me a zippy glance at the New Arrivals and grab some holds.

Delphine – Richard Sala

The cover hooked me in.


A mysterious traveler gets off the train in a small village surrounded by a thick, sinister forest. He is searching for Delphine, who vanished with only a scrawled-out address on a scrap of paper as a trace. In his newest chiller, Richard Sala takes the tale of Snow White and stands it on its head, retelling it from Prince Charming’s perspective (the unnamed traveler) in a contemporary setting. This twisted tale includes all the elements of terror from the original fairy tale, with none of the insipid saccharine coating of the Disney animated adaptation. Yes, there will be blood.

Originally serialized as part of the acclaimed international series,Delphine is executed in a rich and ominous duotone that shows off Sala’s virtuosity just as much as last year’s full-color post-apocalyptic horror fantasy The Hidden did; punctuated with stunning full-color chapter breaks.

Genius – Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen
Something I found while checking out the New Arrivals shelves.

Ted Marx works hard at his career as a quantum physicist. But lately the demands of his job have begun to overwhelm him. Then Ted makes a startling discovery: his wife’s father once knew Einstein and claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret—a secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs. If Ted can convince his father-in-law to tell him what Einstein had to say, his job will be safe. But does he dare reveal Einstein’s most dangerous secret to those who might exploit it? In their comic book Genius, acclaimed duo Teddy H. Kristiansen and Steven T. Seagle have created an exploration of the heights of intellectual and scientific achievement and the depths of human emotion and confusion.

March Book One – John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Another one I picked out from the New Arrivals line-up.


MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

In MARCH, a true American icon teams up with one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists. Together, they bring to life one of our nation’s most historic moments, a period both shameful and inspiring, and a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

Drowning Girl – Caitlín R. Kiernan


India Morgan Phelps — Imp to her friends — is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth — or from something far, far stranger…

Chinese Opera – Jessica Tan Gudnason


For centuries opera companies have mesmerized audiences with their elaborately costumed and made-up characters and the pageantry of their productions. Among the several hundred regional companies in China today, the best known are the Peking, the Cantonese, and Shanghai’s Yue Operas, which are featured in this photographic book. Jessica Tan Gudnason’s stunning portraits look more like painted sculptures than photographs. Her images were taken over a ten-year period during which she frequented opera productions, capturing actors in all stages of preparation for roles or fully dressed for a performance. Her images range from gorgeously costumed and heavily made-up leading players to children dressing for supporting roles. Gudnason’s aim is to recreate the excitement, emotion, sound, color, and movement of the actors backstage from an insider’s view.Supplementing the photographs is an insightful text by actress Gong Li as she comments on these powerful photographs and their significance as well as provides information about Chinese opera companies. This unique book is ideal for collectors of exceptional photography and for anyone who loves opera, music, and theater


Wee Readers’ loot:

A plane goes ka-zoom! – Jonathan London ; illustrated by Denis Roche


Water in the park: a book about water & the times of the day – Emily Jenkins ; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? – Bill Martin, Jr. ; pictures by Eric Carle


What did you get from the library this week?



  1. That cover would have caught me too. As would the copy of March, which I saw someone rave about recently (1330v maybe). The others look interesting too: nice haul. I walked to the library today, returned 8 books, and then realized that I’d forgotten my card (and all other ID0, so had to return bookless. And of course I have n-o-t-h-i-n-g else to read!


  2. Our wee reader enjoyed Brown Bear and A Plane Goes Kazoom, too! Lately she likes the Tallulah books by Marilyn Singer. Her mother has been amused by John Lithgow’s Mahalia Mouse Goes to College. I’m pretty sure the little one doesn’t follow most of it, but it exposes her to many new words. I was impressed by some of the rhymes, such as “students” and “imprudence.”


      1. Yes, the actor! I was surprised to find his name in the children’s book stacks, but there he was. He’s written a few, it seems.


  3. Oooh! Nice stack! I need to see if my library has a copy of Delphine for Graphic Novels February. March and Genius are good reads with March the better of the two. Happy reading!


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