Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Library Loot!

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg and Eva that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

My work hours have been reduced this summer because I need to be home with my kids.  Luckily, my library branch has been more than generous to allow me to work a much more flexible schedule so I can get my job done, but be home when my kids get home from their morning summer camp (have I mentioned that I LOVE my job??).  Today was the second day of Summer Reading Club so before the mass of children entered my stacks, I grabbed a few of the new picture books (and some old) before they disappeared off the shelves.  Normally I have time to straighten my area after the whirlwind of children depart, but not today.  I'm sure it will be waiting for me in the morning!

Children's Picture Books:
Lives of Extraordinary Women by  Kathleen Krull
The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Seve
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker (reminds me of Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, don't you think?)
Chester's Back by Melanie Watt

Additionally, it's book group night tomorrow night, and we have two choices, so I checked out each of them just in case I decide to read both:

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.


Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
In this captivating book, award-winning journalist Geraldine Brooks offers an intimate, often shocking portrait of the lives of modern Muslim women, and shows how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once-liberating faith. "A valid, entertaining account of women in the Muslim world."--The New York Times Book Review.

Which one would you choose?


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I've read some great reviews on Infidel. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I would pick Infidel - just because it sounds so interesting! But, I haven't read either book.

Eva said...

I'd choose Infidel, just because the author is from a Muslim culture. ;) But like Melissa, I haven't read either!

Stephanie said...

I recently read Nine Parts of Desire, and I thought it was fascinating. Enjoy!

Booksnyc said...

I read Nine Parts of Desire earlier this year and loved it! I have also had Infidel on my wishlist for quite some time so I will be interested to read your review if you you choose that one!