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.

Interesting Recent Reads

Regular visitors to our site may recall that I keep a list of books read each year and put little stars next to the ones I like best. While it’s … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 5 Comments

Trotsky’s Notebooks 1933-1935: Writings on Lenin, Dialectics and Evolutionism

Bad Kirsty (my inner reader, not so much bad as outspoken):  Hello there.  Bet you thought you’d got rid of us, eh? Good Kirsty (the uptight one in charge of … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chamberd

While I’ve heard the term ‘steampunk’ for several years now, I was never exactly sure what it meant. There were the old-fashioned clothes and cool hats, but there also seemed … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth by Frances Wilson

For me, one of the tests of a good biography is if the presentation works whether the reader knows anything about the subject or not. Too many biographers make the … Continue reading

June 6, 2011 · 10 Comments

Smile Or Die, by Barbara Ehrenreich

This is the first book I’ve read by cultural commentator Barbara Ehrenreich. I’ve read and enjoyed her journalism – in fact I was inspired to read this book when I … Continue reading

January 19, 2011 · 11 Comments

The DAISY Player (and ‘The Ice Man’) cometh …

As part of our Talking Books month, the RNIB kindly loaned me a DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System – explained in their interview HERE) plus two talking books to try … Continue reading

September 21, 2010 · 4 Comments

Why Men Can Only Do One Thing at a Time and Women Never Stop Talking, by Allan and Barbara Pease

Ray asked Ruth to look up the address in the street directory.  She opened it at the appropriate page and then turned the directory upside down.  She rotated it the … Continue reading

April 6, 2010 · 25 Comments

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel, edited by Sarah Franklin

I don’t have kids and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to take a vacation, so I don’t know what possessed me to pick up this book, … Continue reading

March 29, 2010 · 6 Comments

How Rembrandt Reveals Your Beautiful, Imperfect Self by Roger Housden

At first, this book appears to be some sort of weird combination of self-help guide with a twist of culture. Or part of a surrealist series containing Michaelangelo’s Guide to … Continue reading

March 15, 2010 · 13 Comments

Shoot An Iraqi by Wafaa Bilal

Would you volunteer to spend a month letting people shoot at you? Artist Wafaa Bilal spent all of May 2007 in a side room of the Flatfile Gallery in Chicago … Continue reading

February 15, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Music Room by William Fiennes

This book was like a rope with 3 strands. One strand was a memoir, one was a tribute to the author’s brother who had epilepsy and the third was tracing … Continue reading

January 25, 2010 · 5 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

It’s a new year, (a new decade, even) and the Foxes are back from their holiday break all rested and sparkly. Of course, that last could just be the tinsel … Continue reading

January 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Thursday Soapbox:The Perfect Book Store

This is the time of year most people go to book stores. This is the time of year I usually avoid bookstores. Statistics show that at least 50% of book … Continue reading

December 3, 2009 · 20 Comments

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Wishing our U.S. readers a Very Happy Thanksgiving! Sarah Vowell is not your average historian, she’s quirky, funny and revels in irony. She hunts down the oddities in the past … Continue reading

November 26, 2009 · 5 Comments



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