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.

As If! The Oral History of Clueless™ as told by Amy Hecklering, the Cast and the Crew [to] Jen Chaney

This book was brought out for the 20th anniversary of Clueless in 2015. I missed it then, but caught up with it at Jane’s 200th and have just read it … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Two Journeys, Memoirs by Gabourey Sidibe and Rosamund Burton

Recently I read two books that were quite different; one was a memoir, the other a travel book and I was struck at how they each were accounts of a … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Guilty Pleasures

Like many people, I often go through my public library’s catalog and place books on hold. Naturally, they all become available at once and then it’s a challenge to read … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week…and Year

Happy New Year! It’s a new beginning and we at VL are full of plans. Not only do we have some fun theme weeks lined up, such as Romance and … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Grand Budapest Hotel,

Watching a Wes Anderson movie is like being in a parallel universe. It’s not an extremely different place, as in many sci-fi movies, but one that’s recognizable with types of … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Rough Guide to The Beatles by Chris Ingham

I’d always thought of The Rough Guides as travel books, so was startled to see this on the shelf, but later discovered the publishers have a whole division devoted to … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Astaires: Fred and Adele – by Kathleen Riley

Review by Edward Petherbridge. (I should declare my interest, but I guess readers will know that Kathleen is a friend and collaborator …EP.) I am starting to write this at … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

All Those Moments by Rutger Hauer and Patrick Quinlan

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 10 Comments

The unexpected reach of the Scarlet Pimpernel

When I was a child, desperate for something to read when staying with my grandparents, I browsed among the books in the very small cupboard in the hall that my … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

Having always loved German Shepherds, I was eager to read this book. The author, like me, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, watching Rin Tin Tin on TV and longing for … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

Coming Up:Shakespeare Week

Welcome to Vulpes Libris’ 2nd Annual Shakespeare Week! We have a variety of offerings about The Bard this time, with stage, screen and book versions. We debate the authorship question, … Continue reading

November 13, 2011 · 2 Comments

Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson

Last year, the new show that quickly became my favorite was HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”. The hour long show explored the personalities of those living in Atlantic City in the 1920’s. … Continue reading

September 26, 2011 · 8 Comments

Minds in the Water, a film by Justin Krumb

Special Report from the U.K. premiere A slight departure for Vulpes Libris, but since we have broadened our remit to include films and television shows, I have a special report … Continue reading

July 30, 2011 · 11 Comments

Adventures in the Screen Trade: a Personal View of Hollywood, by William Goldman

Coincidence: I’d planned ages ago to review Adventures in the Screen Trade, and scheduled it for this month. Last week, on impulse, I got hold of Hegarty on Advertising and, … Continue reading

July 1, 2011 · 5 Comments



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