Library Loot (May 31 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.
I had a library date with Wee Reader! I put the baby to nap and with the grandparents sticking around at home, Wee Reader and I popped off to the Library for some book-picking, puzzle-playing and other-kid-watching. It was nice to spend some time with just one kid for a change!

Happy All The Time – Laurie Colwin

My first Laurie Colwin. I know! I don’t know why I’ve never read any of her books. I would’ve liked to picked up Home Cooking but that’s at another branch. Next time!

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This delightful comedy of manners and morals is about romantic friendship, romantic marriage, and romantic love–about four people who are good-hearted and sane, lucky and gifted, and who find one another. Knowing that happiness is an art form that requires energy, discipline, and talent, Guido, Holly, Vincent, and Misty deal with jealousy, estrangement, and other perils involved in the search for love

 

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You – Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin

I’ve been wondering about this book! I love books about books.

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E-books:

Ladder of Years – Anne Tyler

I was downloading some extra e-books to take along on vacation. This seemed like an easy read.

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BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION, declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family’s edges, “walking away from it all” is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life . . . .

Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld

sisterlandCurtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

To play the fool (Kate Martinelli #2) – Laurie R King

I quite enjoyed King’s first Martinelli book, A Grave Talent (my review), and this is the second book in the series

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Celebrated author Laurie R. King dazzles mystery lovers once again in this, her second Kate Martinelli mystery. The story unfolds as a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. When it comes to incidents like this, the authorities are willing to overlook a few broken
regulations. But three weeks later, after the dog’s owner gets the same fiery send-off, the SFPD knows it has a serious problem on its hands. Other than the fact that they’re dealing with a particularly grisly homicide, Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on. They have a homeless victim without a positive ID, a group of witnesses who have little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus. Kate
learns that Erasmus is well-acquainted with the park’s homeless and with the rarefied atmosphere of Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, yet he remains an enigma to all. It’s apparent that he is by no means crazy–but he is a fool.  Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates only through quotations. Trying to learn something of his history leads her along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance

Kids’ loot:

What did you get from your library recently?

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3 thoughts on “Library Loot (May 31 2014)

  1. Anne Tyler is such a reliable writer of well crafted, sincere books. Also would be interested to know what you think of Sisterland.

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