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.

Summer Break

Where are we, you ask. What happened to the Foxes? Well, we are on our Summer Break and we hightailed it out of here so fast, that we forgot to … Continue reading

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Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte

This is my third go at pulling a book off my Shelf of Shame. I found my choices for Shelf of Shame 1 and 2 challenging and exhilarating: I had … Continue reading

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Back in February, one of the biggest news stories to come out of the book world in recent years broke. Harper Lee, who had famously only ever released one novel, … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In hindsight, it’s difficult to gauge the full impact of certain books. One can view media reports from the time, but that doesn’t include conversations between regular people over phones, … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

When I was musing over which author to read for the third Shelf of Shame week, I had (as my line in the Coming Up This Week post suggested) mulled … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 9 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: Shelf of Shame Week (3)

On a couple of previous occasions, we have improved ourselves by holding Shelf of Shame Week – the time when foxes look bashfully at their bookshelves, and take down the authors or … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jenny Erpenbeck, The End of Days

There are several ways to describe The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky. The selected quotations from big-name newspapers on the cover rave and croon over its … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Judge, a film about family

Despite the current trend to stock the cineplex with movies filled with car chases and explosions, I am always on the lookout for movies which feature an actual plot. When … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (trans. by Ted Goossen)

The critical acclaim and the cult following of Haruki Murakami in this country is such that the front cover of The Strange Library that only Murakami’s surname is required. Also on … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

If you are, like us, recovering from Drinking Week, let us nurse you through any literary hangovers with another varied selection of posts. We’ve got films, German literature, and a … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tequila Mockingbird. Cocktails With a Literary Twist, by Tim Federle

I’m now feeling rather sorry for mockingbirds – the name seems to invite jokes at their expense. Here’s the second mockingbird in as many weeks lending its name to chucklesome … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

“The Legend of the Holy Drinker is Joseph Roth’s last work of fiction, quite deliberately so. Like Andreas’s repayment of the two hundred francs, it was his last detail. Again, … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

The drinking in Hemingway’s fiction

Ernest Hemingway was and still is a famously alcohol-inclined novelist, evidently a heavy drinker for most of his life. For folks who want to live out their fan-fantasies of drinking … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

In Conversation With:Chloe Hooper

This VL Classic was originally posted in June 2010. Sam talk to Chloe Hooper about The Tall Man, and what it’s like to discover the heart of darkness in your … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · 1 Comment



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