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. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!
Dust by Elizabeth Bear: For the Women In Science Fiction challenge. I have to get cracking on this one!
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum: Recommended by Kim, among others. Murder! Medicine! MPoison!
Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Clair Harman: Recently reviewed by Iris, I couldn’t resist it when I saw it on the shelf at the library.
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious: Metalious and her scandalous book’s adaption into a much less scandalous movie garnered a chapter in The Bad and the Beautiful, a book about Hollywood in the 1950s that I recently finished. Sometimes I (not so secretly) enjoy books full of drama and soapy so-bad-its-awesome scandals.
Joan Crawford: Hollywood’s Martyr by David Bret: Sooo you may notice I have been on a bit of an early-Hollywood kick lately. I watched What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? for the first time last weekend and was instantly interested in Joan Crawford’s life. I’m sure Mommie Dearest will make its way to my TBR pile soon, but I thought I’d start with a less biased account.
Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto: Apparently this is the end-all of all Crawford bios, so I thought I’d check it out from the library, too.
Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood’s Dark Dreamer by Emanuel Levy: I also watched Meet Me In St. Louis for the first time last weekend, and it made me super interested in Minnelli and Judy Garland.
The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage: I forget what made me put this on hold at the library, but here’s part of the amazing sounding description: “Living on a diet of fried Spam, vodka, sardines, cupcakes, and Southern Comfort, Andrew Whittaker is slowly being sucked into the morass of middle age. A negligent landlord, small-time literary journal editor, and aspiring novelist, he is—quite literally— authoring his own downfall. From his letters, diary entries, and fragments of fiction, to grocery lists and posted signs, this novel is a collection of everything Whittaker commits to paper over the course of four critical months.”
Back to Barbary Lane: The Final Tales of the City Omnibus by Armistead Maupin: Three of the Tales of the City books are collected here: Babycakes, Signifigant Others, and Sure of You. It’s a giant book and the pages are kind of falling out, but I think it adds to the charm of the books. Although I’m assuming that since these later books are set in the 80s in San Francisco and they have several gay male characters there will be a lot of death from AIDS and I’m not really looking forward to it.
Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin: The third book in the series.
My Queer War by James Lord
Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila Rupp: This is next on my list as soon as I finish a couple of the books I’m reading now!
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town by Elyssa East: The “ghost town” is in Massachusetts, so I’m excited to read about a nearby location.
Unburnable by Marie-elena John
The Pollysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby: Reading now, thanks to Erin!