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.

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

A VL Classic, first posted in July of 2016 Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Haag’s The Durrells of Corfu

This is an exhaustively researched biography of the Durrell family (Gerry, Larry, Margot, Leslie and Mother, for those who know them from Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals). It’s … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Words Are Stones. Impressions of Sicily, by Carlo Levi

I said earlier in the week that I picked up this book because I was short of sunshine and missing Sicily. I’m not sure now that this was the best … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic. Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

I’d heard good things about this anthology before Vulpes Libris was offered a copy, so I grabbed it. It’s a miscellany from Saqi Books, consisting of dialogues, short stories, art … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt

As a person who has had aquariums for over 20 years, I was eager to read this book about a fish that some consider the most expensive in the world. … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Group Post:What We Read on Our Summer Break

Though the Foxes were recently on Summer Break, that didn’t mean we took a break from reading. Goodness gracious, no. Some of us did take some fun trips to exotic … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Great Castles by Peter Roberts

At first glance, this looks to be just another coffee table book with pretty pictures. And it is that, but there’s more to it. For one thing, there’s more castles … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs. The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co., by Jeremy Mercer

For any visitor to Paris of a bookish inclination, a visit to Shakespeare And Company to purchase at least one book is an absolute must. My proud possession is my … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Flâneuse, by Lauren Elkin

As soon as I saw this book I knew that reading it was a must, as a companion to Edmund White’s masterly Flâneur, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Lauren … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Frank Fraser Darling’s Island Years, Island Farm

I bought this book at The Ceilidh Place bookshop in Ullapool last week. I’d just taken a blowy boat trip to the Summer Isles, and wanted to read Frank Fraser … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

American music writing

Guest reviewer Brad Bigelow from The Neglected Books Page gives us a joyous blast of musical literary Americana. When Kate asked me to step in and provide a piece this week, … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl

Hope Jahren is a scientist, now based in Hawai’i, but she’s worked in and built laboratories all over the USA. She’s a plant scientist, a palaeobotanist and geobiologist, searching for … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

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