Library Loot: 7/22

I’ve decided to finally stop lurking and start participating in the weekly Library Loot meme. I go to the library once a week and pick up all the books bloggers have convinced me to read. I’m trying to use the library less and focus on the unread books I already OWN, so I try to not pick up “impulse books”; just the books I’ve put on hold because of evil, evil, wonderful book bloggers.

(Also, for some reason, all of the books I got this week HAVE VERY SIMILAR COLOR SCHEMES. Conspiracy!!!)

Library Loot is currently hosted by Marge at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and a TBA co-host.

  • Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich (2009): I’ve read Nickel and Dimed (which I mostly enjoyed) and Bait and Switch (which I didn’t really like); despite my opinions on the books themselves, I’ve enjoyed her writing tremendously. I have high hopes for Bright-Sided.
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (2009): I’ll admit it: When I told my cousin’s boyfriend, a bookseller, about my semi-embarassed love for books like The Godfather by Mario Puzo and Christopher Moore and Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper, he suggested I check out Charlie Huston, who is one of his favorite authors. I decided to start with this one because his older books are about zombies or vampires and I am all zombie/vampire-d out.
  • Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie (2006): Danika suggested this book when we were discussing The Well of Loneliness; apparently Hello, Groin‘s main character, who is a lesbian, doesn’t a) die, b) get raped, or c) have one of her pets killed in a freak accident. So with great admiration for both the ridiculous title and the author’s totally sweet last name, I put the book on hold at the library.

  • Guyland by Michael Kimmel (2008): Feministing, one of my favorite non-book blogs, recently posted about all the great work Michael Kimmel does as a feminist ally. I was impressed by his advocacy and his dedication and decided to read his book.
  • In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch (2010): A bunch of bloggers have reviewed this book, but I think Amy’s review solidified my desire to read it.


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9 responses to “Library Loot: 7/22

  1. Eva

    Love how bright yellow all of those first covers are! :) I really want to read Guyland, but I’m sure it will upset me so I’ll have to gear myself up.

    • I keep unintentionally getting collections of books with similar covers that are otherwise unrelated! So weird. I agree that Guyland will probably be upsetting–which is why I’m excited it’s written by a feminist ally. At least I won’t have to worry about his motives or gratuitous lady-hating. ;)

  2. I look forward to your thoughts on Bright-Sided. I really enjoyed her book Dancing in the Streets when I read it earlier this year, and I’ve been curious about that one.

  3. Hey Cass, I like the new look of your blog. The conversation with Danika about The Well Of Loneliness was interesting. Personnaly I hate that book and I’m with you with the angst riden depressing lesbian books. I think I’m going to check out Groin.

    • Why thank you! The Well of Loneliness IS terrible. It makes my head (and my heart, a little) ache. I actively avoid lesbian fiction because it’s usually predictable–I usually only pick up books that have been recommended by friends & I’m assured won’t contain the usual plot devices.

  4. bookgazing

    I think Guyland will be a scary read, but very worthwhile, hope to hear what you think. Adds ‘Hello Groin’ to my list (my list is full of ridiculous titles, so it will feel at home).

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