Library Loot 07/26/12

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by  The Captive Reader and  The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they have checked out from the library.

I just discovered this event and I’m ever so glad I did! I love my local library, it’s where I get the vast majority of the books I read. I’m always willing to show some library love so here we go!

I *just* got home from said library with a few books in my hot little hands. (Descriptions come from Indie Bound) I plucked American Dervish off of a shelf when I saw it because I’ve heard such great things about it. Bring up the Bodies was a request of mine that was waiting for me/ (Thank you inter-library loan system!) I am a Pole? Well, I think Stephen Colbert is about the funniest dude in the world so I thought the kids and I could read it together and have a good laugh!

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

Mina is Hayat’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah’s doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat’s skeptical father can’t deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family’s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina’s side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act — with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.
At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
“The sad thing is, I like it” – Maurice Sendak

“The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation.
Also Father’s Day.
Also, other times.” 
– Stephen Colbert

Thank you, to the heavens and back, to every library out there! 

7 thoughts on “Library Loot 07/26/12

  1. Looks to be a great haul Jennifer. I had not heard of \”American Dervish\”. You make whatever Hayat does sound tantalizing. I am always a bit fascinated by peoples reaction to betrayal, whether perceived or real. My curiosity is piqued!


  2. If it weren't for libraries, I would be deeply, deeply in debt (and then some) — all from purchasing books. The library is where a HUGE chunk of books I read come from, too.American Dervish is new to me, but it sounds like a curious book I'll check out. Enjoy your reads!


  3. I used to buy books like a maniac, back in the day. But then I made a few rules for myself. I would only buy classics, books I know I would read numerous times and whatever books my kids wanted. The library is a life saver!!


  4. Every time I see Bring Up the Bodies I am reminded that I still haven't read Wolf Hall. I am very good at saying that I \”need to read it soon\” but at the rate I'm going I'll be lucky to read it before the third book is released. If only there weren't so many other wonderful books to be read – what troubles we readers have!Enjoy your loot!


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