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[BHE 304] Adopted Books from a Librarian’s Collection

Providing a home to adopted books.

Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that managed to find their way into our hands through covert or perfectly legitimate means. This week is extra special as I am sharing my book haul from a good friend’s (an international school librarian) collection, since she and her family are leaving Singapore. Since they are unable to ship their books overseas, it is important that her well-loved books go to homes that will read them and care for them, and I am glad to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the books that helped define her and her family.

Adopted Books: Children’s Titles

Clementine Friend Of The Week by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee, Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee, Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee, The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee.

Jip and Janneke: Two Kids From Holland by Fiep Westendorp, I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss (simply because I could not resist), The Island On Bird Street by Uri Orlev.


The Complete Adventures Of Curious George by Margret & H. A. Rey.

Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome, Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome.

A Dirty Story by Sarah Brennan and Illustrated by Harry Harrison, An Even Dirtier Story by Sarah Brennan and Illustrated by Harry Harrison.

Adult Novels, Classics, and Some Nonfiction

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, Tropic Of Capricorn by Henry Miller, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson.

Five Quarters Of The Orange by Joanne Harris, The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris, The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue.

Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood.

In Love And Trouble by Alice Walker, Outrageous Acts And Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem.

The Accidental by Ali Smith, Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams by Sylvia Plath, Madame De Treymes by Edith Wharton.

A Small Personal Voice by Doris Lessing, The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing, The Summer Before The Dark by Doris Lessing.

The Prime Of Life by Simone De Beauvoir, She Came To Stay by Simone De Beauvoir.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux, The Pillars Of Hercules: A Grand Tour Of The Mediterranean by Paul Theroux, Girls At Play by Paul Theroux, Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (see Iphigene’s review of the book here), Comfort Zone by Christopher G. Moore.

Out Of Africa And Shadows On The Grass by Isak Dinesen, Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje.

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Casuarina Tree by W. Somerset Maugham.

The Nightwatchman’s Occurrence Book And Other Comic Inventions by V. S. Naipaul, The Master by Colm Toibin.

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff And It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter Of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung.

Trying To Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving, A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe.

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz.

Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson, Once In A House On Fire by Andrea Ashworth, We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

The Italians by Luigi Barzini, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, Don Camillo And The Devil by Giovanni Guareschi.

The First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré, Wild Boy by Jill Dawson, Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones.

Yakada Yaka by Carl Muller, The Jam Fruit Tree by Carl Muller, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul by Douglas Adams, The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, The Valley Of Horses by Jean M. Auel.

Whew! That’s it! How about you, fellow bibliophiles? What books have you adopted over the past several weeks?


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1 comment on “[BHE 304] Adopted Books from a Librarian’s Collection

  1. Oh my! So much wonderfulness. No new books this week for me… but oh wow, what a haul for you.

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