May 9th, 2005


From the Cataloguer's Desktop

A Dune Adrift : the Strange Origins and Curious History of Sable Island, by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle (the U.S. edition has the boring title "Sable Island")

Scribbling the Cat: Travels With an African Soldier, by Alexandra Fuller.

Madame Bovary's Ovaries : A Darwinian Look at Literature, by David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash.

Peninsula of Lies : A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love, by Edward Ball.

To the Heart of the Nile : Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa, by Pat Shipman.

The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon, by Robert Whitaker.

The Children's Blizzard, by David Laskin.

The Lost German Slave Girl : The Extraordinary True Story of the Slave Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom, by John Bailey.

Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell.

The Book of Love Letters : Canadian Kinship, Friendship, and Romance, edited by Paul and Audrey Grescoe.

The Last Gentleman Adventurer : Coming of Age in the Arctic, by Edward Beauclerk Maurice.

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, by Robert Kurson.

Art and Fashion : The Impact of Art on Fashion and Fashion on Art, by Alice Mackrell.

Song of the Azalea, by Kenneth Ore, with Joann Yu.

Life on the Ice : No One Goes to Antarctica Alone, by Roff Smith.

Bloody Falls of the Coppermine : Madness, Murder, and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic, 1913, by McKay Jenkins.

Sun After Dark : Flights Into the Foreign, by Pico Iyer.

Christopher Dresser, 1834-1904, by Michael Whiteway.

Families Like Mine : Children of Gay Parents Tell It How It Is, by Abigail Garner.

Instruments of Murder, by Max Haines.

Blue Blood, by Edward Conlon.

Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton.

In Praise of Slowness : How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed, by Carl Honoré.

Mr. Nasty : a Confession, by Cameron White.

Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film and the City, by Katherine Shonfield.
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I did add ...

... to my own personal library today, as well as producing the latest booklist. Today's treasure is Lime Street at Two, by Helen Forrester ... this is volume four of her autobiography; I've owned the first three volumes for many years, but hadn't been aware of this one until I saw it at work today.

Helen Forrester is my pettiness cure ... if I ever catch myself feeling that life is being mean to me, a few pages of her horrific life in Depression Liverpool slamdunk my perspective back into reality. I love her fiction as well ... gritty and real enough to touch; I highly recommend Liverpool Daisy as a "first Forrester" book.

P.S. to kat1392: tell the librarian she's a romance writer (the covers should fool her ***grin***)