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.

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

Coming Up This Week

It’s the last week of summer. In the U.S., the new school year has already begun and that always signals that autumn is here, even if the sun is still … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Sound of a Wild Snail eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

This is a gem of a book. By that I mean it sparkles, has depth and great value. It is a splendid mixture of natural history, philosophy, literature and poetry, … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 11 Comments

Tales of an African Vet by Dr. Roy Aronson

As someone who loves animals, I admire veterinarians. They are hands-on about making animal lives better, something made challenging by the difficulty of clear communication. Wildlife vets have even more … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 3 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

Still Life by Melissa Milgrom

As a tiny tot, I would often visit the elderly couple who lived upstairs and play with their stuffed baby alligator. This wasn’t a Beanie Baby(those hadn’t been invented yet), … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · 4 Comments

Adventures With Ari by Kathryn Miles

Imagine having your attitude adjusted by a puppy. I know that sounds like a commercial tagline for a Disney movie, but trust me, this book is not a saccharine sundae. … Continue reading

June 29, 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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