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 Magic and Serenity of Historical Spaces—Writing in a Wisconsin Prairie Church

Fifteen years ago I moved from the country to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Once there, I found I had trouble writing. I felt an awareness of the city, an awareness of … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wishing for Winter by K. Eason

When your husband turns into a troll hiding under the dissertation bridge, you get very good at doing things by yourself. But I could only do so much yoga and … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

If the title to this graphic novel makes it sound a little all over the place, then that’s appropriate because all over the place is exactly what this book is. … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Origins of the Universe and What it All Means by Carole Firstman

We humans are good at figuring things out. We’ve figured out why apples fall down instead of up. We’ve figured out that objects are made up of tiny particles, bound … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

In Search of the Perfect Summer Read

I have a history of choosing the wrong book to take on holiday with me. This habit started early, with my first trip away on my own at the age … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

  There are fashions with book titles, just as with most things, and right now ‘girl’ seems to be the word book marketers think will induce us to part with … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Who is Gillian Flynn and why does she hate women so much?

It takes a while sometimes to work out what you like and what you don’t like about a book. It took me a while to work out what I didn’t … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Art of Grace by Sarah L Kaufman

It’s probably an unfortunate coincidence that when I read Sarah Kaufman’s book, the weather took a turn for the better. Taking the turn for the better during a Norwegian winter … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Stumps of Flattop Hill by Kenneth Kit Lamug

When my kids were small I used to read to them a lot, usually in an effort (doomed) to get the little blighters to go to sleep. I’d let them … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

The North Water by Ian McGuire

I’m not a big fan of the novel Moby Dick – when a friend of mine recently mentioned he was embarking on a third reading of Melville’s classic my response … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper by Christopher David Rosales

Have you ever walked the streets of a major city for the first time and had the experience of losing your bearings, wandering a couple of streets from the well-marked … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pickle Index

Before I begin, here’s a few things you need to know about Eli Horowitz. Eli Horowitz is a self-taught carpenter Eli Horowitz founded a publishing company Eli Horowitz wants to … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

Anyone who has read Jonathan Coe knows that he has a knack for exposing the particular absurdity of a certain type of Brit, because we in the UK have all … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett

This is how it all began. Long before The Silent History became a book, it was an app. Buy the app, download it to your iPhone or iPad and once … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment



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