My library card has been getting a big workout — a workout that’s been nonstop since early February. However, as our moving date creeps closer and closer, I’m trying to shift my focus away from the library and more towards the books I own.
Checked out last Sunday:
- A is for Alibi (Sue Grafton) – This first novel in the “Alphabet” series introduces the character of Kinsey Millhone, a twice-divorced private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. A is for Alibi covers the investigation by Millhone into the death of Laurence Fife. The investigation is initiated by his wife, Nikki Fife, who was charged and convicted of his death. Eight years later, and upon her release, she sets Millhone the task of finding the real killer.
- Emma (Jane Austen) – Emma, raised to think well of herself, befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of unknown parentage, and attempts to remake her in her own image. Ignoring the gaping difference in their respective fortunes and stations in life, Emma convinces herself and her friend that Harriet should look as high as Emma herself might for a husband — and she zeroes in on an ambitious vicar as the perfect match.
- Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer) – A young Jewish American — who just happens to be called Jonathan Safran Foer — travels to the Ukraine in the hope of finding the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
- The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (Sally Smith O’Rourke) – “New York artist Eliza Knight certainly did not realize it at the time, but her life changed when she bought the old, beat-up vanity table one lazy Sunday afternoon. Tucked away behind the mirror she found two letters, one sealed, but one already opened: May 12th, 1810. Dearest Jane, the Captain has found me out. I am being forced to go into hiding immediately. But if I am able, I shall still be waiting at the same spot tonight. Then you will know everything you wish to know. F. Darcy.”
- Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (Elizabeth Aston)- “Mr Darcy and Elizabeth have gone to Constantinople, while their five daughters descend on the dangerous and dashing world of Regency London. The world is changing, but opportunities for women are limited, as intelligent, independent-minded Camilla soon discovers – and Society is unforgiving of those who transgress its rules. The sisters are assailed on all sides by the temptations of London, with its parties and balls, gossip and scandals, intrigues and schemes, not to mention the inevitable heartbreaks arising from proximity to so many eligible – and ineligible – men.”
- Rhett Butler’s People (Donald McCaig) – A sequel/prequel to Gone with the Wind told from Rhett Butler’s point of view. I’m very excited to read this novel, but won’t touch it until I finish Mitchell’s classic.
Checked out two Wednesdays ago:
- Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell) – The sweeping story of tangled passions and the rare courage of a group of people in Atlanta during the time of Civil War. Gone with the Wind is for Matt’s read-a-long.
- Mrs. Kimble (Jennifer Haigh) – Ken Kimble is revealed through the eyes of his wives: Birdie, his first wife, Birdie, who struggles to hold herself together after he leaves her; Joan, his second wife, who is a lonely heiress seeking the company of her “unknowable” husband as her last chance at happiness; and Dinah, his third wife, a damaged woman half his age.
Left over from February:
- Annette Vallon (James Tipton) – Set amid the terror and excitement of the French Revolution, the story of a woman who has been forgotten in the shadows of history, Annette Vallon, William Wordsworth’s mistress and muse, is finally told.
A weekly (or monthly, in my case) event, Library Loot encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from their local library. Whether you vlog about or write about, the format doesn’t matter as along as you share what followed you home this week (or, again in my case, each month). The event is hosted by Eva and Marg.