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.

What I Read on Christmas Break

Like many avid readers, I always have at least one book on tap, no matter what else is going on. So, just because the Foxes were not posting over the … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 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

American Bee by James Maguire

Every March, dozens of children from all over the country gather in Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee. This book charts some of their journeys, explores the history of … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As we change the calendars, we note that Spring is scheduled to arrive officially later this month. Some of the Foxes view this with skepticism seeing noting but piles of … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Favorite Books of 2013 (last half)

Our Christmas break seemed to sneak up on me, so I didn’t get a chance to share my favorite books from the latter part of the year. So in the … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Newspaper Musings

My local paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, recently announced it was going to reduce home delivery to 3 days a week. For awhile last winter, it wasn’t known if the … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

My Favorite Rembrandt Painting

On one of my rare visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art as a teen, I bought a postcard of what became one of my favorites in their collection:’A Bearded … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Buzzard by John Gorman with Tom Feran

This was a walk down Memory Lane to my teenaged years when my sister blared her radio nonstop. WMMS was one of the radio stations we listened to (the other … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Favorites at the End of 2012

In June, I shared my favorite books of the year up to that point and promised to revisit the idea in December. Here we are with the ones that earned … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 6 Comments

Storm Thoughts

As you may have heard, the eastern edge of North America was recently hit by a hurricane with record-breaking properties, at one point it stretched over a thousand miles across. … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 10 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

My Favorite Books of 2012, so far

Every year I keep a list of the books I read, titles carefully penned on blue-lined notebook paper. Next to a select few I place stars, indicating a book I … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Amish mysteries of P. L. Gaus

Amish is trendy, not as trendy as vampires, but still quite popular. Beverly Lewis and others have made a rather good living writing about the Plain People. A less well … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · 4 Comments

1861:The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart

Originally, I had intended on doing something different to mark America’s national holiday, but the 4th of July was mentioned so much in this book, that I figured it was … Continue reading

July 4, 2011 · 7 Comments



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