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

Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so much in Walden, which could’ve been written by any … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a 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

Ida Cook’s Safe Passage

Before I can tell you how excellent Ida Cook’s memoir Safe Passage is, I have to rage at its publicity. It’s been trumpeted as ‘the incredible true story of two … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 5 Comments

What I Read on my Summer Vacation (a round-up)

Just because the Foxes were on holiday doesn’t mean we weren’t reading. Unlike some of my fellow Foxes, I wasn’t traveling, so in a way, I had more opportunity to … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

adventures around the globe: recent nonfiction

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod This is the book that Eat, Pray, Love wanted to be, filled with adventure, romance and wisdom. The author scrimps and saves at her high … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Storm Jameson

You wait for ages for a biography of Storm Jameson, and then two come along, more or less at once. Jennifer Birkett’s Margaret Storm Jameson: A Life came out in … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ciao, Carpaccio! An Infatuation, by Jan Morris

I always wanted to go to Venice since I was a teenager studying Othello for A level, and, much more to the point, Byron’s Childe Harold. In Canto 3 there … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Coming Up this week

With this being the last week of posts before our Christmas Break, we have an eclectic mix of subjects. The Foxes are busy with holiday preparations and even we can’t … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

This is one of those books that encompass so much that you are still digesting it weeks after finishing it. When I told my mother what I was reading, she … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Hummingbirds in my Hair

The title of Hummingbirds in my Hair ought to be, Dogs in my Caribbean Life, but is, instead, is Adventures of a Diplomatic Wife in the Caribbean, and the cover … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wordsmiths and Warriors by David and Hilary Crystal

I’m a bit of a sucker for glove compartment books. You know the sort – the ones that are so large (like Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches and Thousand … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Paris Tales, translated by Helen Constantine.

I have already written about the goodies to be found on the £1 book rack outside Treadwell’s Bookshop in Store Street, Bloomsbury. Lately, a day trip to Paris made me … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ohio in Historic Postcards:Self Portrait of a State by H. Roger Grant

My sister and I enjoy attending antique shows and inevitably, there is always a table selling postcards. We always stop and browse and sometimes add to our own small collections. … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment



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