Saturday, August 03, 2013

Library Loot: First Trip in August

New Loot:
  • Reunion by Lauraine Snelling
  • A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury
  • The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline by Flora Fraser
  • Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess by James Chambers 
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • Great Tales from English History: The Truth About King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart and More by Robert Lacey
  • Great Tales from English History: Joan of Arc, the Princes in the Tower, Bloody Mary, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Isaac Newton and more by Robert Lacey
  • Great Tales from English History: Captain Cook, Samuel Johnson, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Edward the Abdicator, and more by Robert Lacey
  • Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, downstairs romance by Margaret Powell
  • Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves
  • People's History of Britain by Rebecca Fraser
  • 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World by Frank McLynn
  • English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith 
  • Macbeth: A True Story by Fiona Watson
  • The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • The Vikings by Robert Ferguson
Leftover Loot:
  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt  
  • Forged in Fire by Ann Turnbull
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones
  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.  

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2 comments:

Claire (The Captive Reader) 10:58 AM  

Queen Caroline is such an interesting figure that I'm sure The Unruly Queen will be fascinating. Enjoy your loot!

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