Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The Polar North

This book about living with the Greenland Inuit mixes travel with linguistics and anthropology, but is mostly about how people live in the frozen north. Much like Laurens Van Der … Continue reading

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Coming Up this week

With this being the last week of posts before our Christmas Break, we have an eclectic mix of subjects. The Foxes are busy with holiday preparations and even we can’t … Continue reading

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How to Spell Chanukah…And Other Holiday Dilemmas edited by Emily Franklin

When I saw this book in my library’s catalog, I thought the blurb said it was a group of funny essays about Hanukah and imagined something akin to varying flavors … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grantchester: from page to screen

(There may well be SPOILERS here, for the books and the recent TV series.) Well, this phenomenon crept up on me. I was looking for something new and different to … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

This is one of those books that encompass so much that you are still digesting it weeks after finishing it. When I told my mother what I was reading, she … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hummingbirds in my Hair

The title of Hummingbirds in my Hair ought to be, Dogs in my Caribbean Life, but is, instead, is Adventures of a Diplomatic Wife in the Caribbean, and the cover … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books by John Carey

I love books about books. I love memoirs. And, having been living in Oxford for getting on ten years, I love reading about my adopted home. Happily all three come … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 9 Comments

Coming up next week on Vulpes Libris

We’re well into December now, and looking down the barrel of the Christmas break. Still looking for that perfect Christmas present? Perhaps one of this week’s usual eclectic mixture of … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s Not Behind You: Poor Souls’ Light

Last year, the Curious Tales publishing collective launched their first limited-run, illustrated collection of ghost stories (no reprints, no POD, no Kindle): The Longest Night, five tales in the spirit … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sharing Poetry

About a year ago, I joined a book group – after years of resistance. When it comes to reading, I am still a bit of a stroppy teenager, instantly resistant … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

Margaret Atwood

I once read The Handmaid’s Tale, probably at the wrong age, and it freaked me out so much I didn’t want to go near a Margaret Atwood novel again. This … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

Haphazard by Starlight – Janet Morley

A poem a day from Advent to Epiphany First, an admission: this is a classic case of judging a book by its cover. I was actually looking for an old … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 6 Comments

Coming up next week on Vulpes Libris

This BookFox was trotting home in the chilly fog this evening. Is November finally here, the day before it goes for good? We’re busy in the Den: the books are … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Conversation with Tom Vowler

(Plus a free draw: We have one copy of That Dark Remembered Day to give away. Full details are at the end of the interview.) Tom  Vowler is an associate … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 1 Comment



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