Library Checkout: February 2016


  • Early Warning by Jane Smiley
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Walking Away by Simon Armitage

Skimmed only:

  • Bibliotherapy with Bereaved Children by Eileen H. Jones
  • The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life by Raymond Tallis


  • History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky
  • Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden

 Consulting for travel planning purposes:

  • Lonely Planet guides to Germany and Switzerland
  • Time Out guide to Vienna


  • The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
  • Golden Age by Jane Smiley


  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante [I’m now first in the queue – my library system wisely ordered several more copies!]

(Thanks to Shannon at River City Reading for the great blog idea and template! Check out her blog for other link-ups.)

5 responses

  1. Yay for The Signature of All Things! And, for being first in line for My Brilliant Friend.
    What did you think of The Zookeeper’s Wife? I couldn’t get into that one.


    1. Yes, I’m looking forward to the Gilbert. I’ve meant to read it for years. And March should finally be the month that I try Elena Ferrante!

      I really liked Zookeeper’s Wife; I enjoyed the combination of a less well trodden Holocaust story and the funny animal antics. I did wish Ackerman had made more of Antonina’s original journals rather than doing her own historical reconstruction, though.

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  2. Impressive. 😊

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Oh gosh, I LOVED The Signature of All Things. So excited to see it on your list! I haven’t read anything else by her, but just adored the characters and story so much.


    1. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Gilbert’s nonfiction but was hugely let down by the only fiction of hers I tried (Stern Men — just awful!). Lots of people I trust love The Signature of All Things, though, and the subject matter sounds right up my alley.


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