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

Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear

This is a book which almost defies description. It’s a memoir, yes, but that’s only a part of it.There’s lists, anecdotes, quotes from books and movies(but not the usual ones) … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The premise of this book is deceptively simple; to monitor the natural world in an area over the course of a year. The area being where the author lives near … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

self-published art books

Like many artists, I’ve fantasized about seeing my paintings in a glossy book. But that honor seems to be reserved for 2 types of artists, the famous ones, obviously and … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Smithsonian Natural History

A VL Classic originally posted Summer 2012 When I was in elementary school, I used to lug home from the school library a book on natural history. The title and … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

Smithsonian Natural History

When I was in elementary school, I used to lug home from the school library a book on natural history. The title and author are long forgotten, but I do … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

VL Classic: Sunday Haiku by Anne Brooke

Disclaimer: Anne Brooke is my friend. She offered review copies; I jumped at the chance.   A year in haiku. Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall; Autumn doesn’t scan.   Some … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 4 Comments

Fire Season by Philip Connors

The job of fire lookout always seemed as if it might be a good fit for me. Looking at forests, plenty of time for reading and painting, peace and quiet, … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · 5 Comments

In The Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzhuff and Tony Angell

The first painting I ever won a ribbon for was of crows. It was a large picture of spring woods, all silver and light green, with a flock of crows … Continue reading

June 13, 2011 · 3 Comments

Evidence by Mary Oliver

My friend Jane introduced me to the work of Mary Oliver. She had seen the author give a reading and thought that I too, would like Ms. Oliver’s poetry. Jane … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I was born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room … Continue reading

May 21, 2010 · 11 Comments

Thursday Soapbox:A Fondness for Field Guides

One of the first books I remember owning is a Golden Nature Guide to Mammals by Herbert S. Zim. My family was poor, so buying a book was rare, this … Continue reading

February 25, 2010 · 10 Comments

Beatrix Potter:A Life in Nature by Linda Lear

This is a very thorough biography and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I’ve read other books on the subject and even watched that film “Miss Potter” with the miscast Renee … Continue reading

October 19, 2009 · 3 Comments

Vietnam:A Natural History by Eleanor Sterling,Martha Hurley, Le Duc Minh

To most Americans, the word Vietnam conjures up images of the war from the 1960’s and early ‘70’s. That’s why the subject of this book was somewhat of a novelty. … Continue reading

May 11, 2009 · 3 Comments



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