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.

Nifty Nonfiction: Dreadlocks and Deliveries

Two books on elements of everyday life that I found interesting. Twisted by Bert Ashe This is a memoir about hair. As a person who has had short hair all … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – by Frederick Douglass

He who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me. He who is … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Tattoo Dictionary

Tattoos have been part of human culture since the Neolithic era. The methods used and the quality of tattoos have progressed and changed, but the reasons behind choosing to have … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Two Travel Books

With circumstances being what they are, I am unable to travel, so I very much enjoy reading about other people’s adventures. Here are two longtime favorites and their latest offerings. … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

What We Read on Our Summer Vacation

As you know, the Foxes were on summer break for the month of August, but even though we were doing other activities, being Book Foxes, of course we didn’t leave … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Swordfish And The Star, by Gavin Knight

Without being planned, this has turned into a two-thirds complete Cornish theme week. Which is brilliant, as the insights into being inspired as a writer by Cornwall in Bookfox Moira’s … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Roots, the original TV miniseries

In one of my early high school American History classes, we were studying the American Civil War and the teacher was talking about slavery and how slaves were considered 3/5th … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney

Padraig Rooney’s chatty wander through Swiss history and geography in The Gilded Chalet runs through a lifetime of reading, raking together all the interesting facts he’s collected about Switzerland and literature, … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses

I worked for my PhD in the later 1980s in an intellectual environment in which New Historicism was only just becoming a thing. Fifteen years later, when I moved back … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I love Twitter. Seriously. I love it. I’ve been on it since December 2008, and I look at it every day. In fact, you should follow me: @theotherkirsty. I don’t actually tweet … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 2 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

Nicola Humble’s Culinary Pleasures

I missed Nicola Humble’s cookbook phase because she published the results of her seven years of research on the history of the British cookbook outside the academic cabbage patch, with a … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Reading Resolutions for 2015

As the new year begins, lots of people make general resolutions. I don’t, because they cause more anxiety, but this year I found myself making a couple regarding reading. First, … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

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

December 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

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