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.

The Good Mother Myth ed. by Avital Norman Nathman

The Good Mother. You know her, don’t you? She’s got one or two or three perfect children who, without fail, eat three balanced, healthy meals every day. There are no … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 5 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

BloodMining by Laura Wilkinson – a story of mothers in crisis

Megan Evens appears to have it all: brains, beauty, a successful career as a foreign correspondent. But deep down she is lonely and rootless. Pregnant, craving love but unable to … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · 6 Comments

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This book was not what I expected. What I expected was a literary, introspective, harrowing questioning of what it is to be a mother, a novel that would turn the … Continue reading

June 16, 2009 · 10 Comments

Communism and the Family, by Alexandra Kollontai

In the popular conception of Soviet culture, Kollontai equals sex.  This is hardly surprising, because in her own lifetime this remarkable and complex woman – a Commissar and later a … Continue reading

November 25, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle

It took a long time for Roddy Doyle to be accepted in his own country as a ‘serious’ writer. His first novel, The Commitments, which was later made into a … Continue reading

July 24, 2008 · 5 Comments



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