Library Loot – Week of August 26th 2011

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire and Marg 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. (N.B. Still working out to get the Mr. Linky widget on here so it will be here next time.)

For this week, I was quite restrained at the library and on Amazon, although it’s tough to tell from the large pile of books in the photo.

Here is what I have:

The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook – Flora Annie Steel and Grace Gardiner. A non-fiction about life in the time of the Raj for English wives whose husbands were stationed in India. As I adore anything  about the Raj and Anglo-Indian times, this is right up my alley. A sort of Mrs Beeton for the Memsahib, I would think.

Consuming Passions – Judith Flanders. Another non-fiction about Victorian life and how people spent their leisure time (if they had it). I have her other book about the Victorian house, so looking forward to this one.

Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire – Simon Winchester. Yet another non-fiction (methinks I am on an non-fiction craze right now). The author sets out to find out what was left of the British Empire. It used to be pink all over the globe and now? Not so much. Should be interesting.

Mormon Country – Wallace Stegner. Another non-fiction, this time a collection of essays by Stegner who lived in Utah for 15 years. Should be interesting, and as I am going to visit Utah at the end of the month, thought it would be good to read up about things.

Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey. Not so sure about this one as it says “mystical” in the description on amazon, but we’ll see. Another series of essays, this time from an author who spent some time as a park ranger in Southeastern Utah. Again, another book for preparing me to visit that state. Will probably read the Stegner book first though.

And the dark green one that seems to have no title is a title that I found on a website called “Neglected Classics” (or similar) and is called Zulieka Dobson by Max Beerbohm. Apparently a novel about life in an English college for the Don and his family. Written in 1911. I must have been convinced by the website’s description that it was good, so we will see.

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “Library Loot – Week of August 26th 2011

  1. Ooo, The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook sounds great! Like you, I love reading about British India. Have you read Margaret MacMillan’s Women of the Raj? Consuming Passions and Outposts are also both on my TBR list. Enjoy your loot!

    (and a clarification about the Mr Linky: whoever is hosting (Marg and I alternate weeks) will have a Mr Linky in her Library Loot post for other participants to add their link to. That way there’s a central repository of links so all the Looters can easily check out who picked up what this week!)

    • Great. Thanks for the info re: Mr. Linky. I was having trouble working out how it operated. And yes, i have read Macmillan’s Women of the Raj. There is also one called Children of the Raj by Vyvyan Brendan, and also May You Be the Mother of One Hundred Sons by Elizabeth Bumiller is good….

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