Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition

The holidays are over and I thought it might be fun to do some bookshelf Show & Tell.  Here’s a list of what I found at the bottom of my stocking (in no particular order):

  • In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor
  • The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin
  • Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson & Her Family’s Feuds by Lyndall Gordon
  • Krakatoa – The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
  • Nada:  A Novel by Carmen Laforet (translated by Edith Grossman)
  • Life by Keith Richards (audiobook narrated by Johnny Depp)

That’s a whole lotta non-fiction!  The two books I’m most excited about are the Emily Dickinson bio and The Berlin-Baghdad Express (I’m a complete sucker for WWI history).

Use the comments below if you’d like to do some Bookshelf Show & Tell of your own.  🙂

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4 thoughts on “Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition

    1. I’m about halfway finished with In the Wake of the Plague and it’s been very interesting. Cantor has some interesting theories and is incredibly knowledgeable.

      I’ve already finished (and posted a review) for Nada… and have listened to 6 discs of the Keith Richards Autobiography. Sometimes books sit around on my night table before I can get to them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this bunch!


  1. I’m also a sucker for WWI histories (I had to resist the urge to just use the term “Great War”…), but I haven’t read anything about it in years… In general, I’ve barely read non-fiction in the last few years, trying to fill the gaps in my classics education instead. Rather pathetic, actually.

    I, alas, have no Bookshelf Show and Tell. I’m cutting back on the book-buying until I make it through some seriously backlog I’ve accumulated…


    1. That is the saddest thing I’ve heard this week! You know, Show & Tell isn’t limited to new books…

      I wish I had your willpower, as does Mr. BSR (he’d be horrified if I ever referred to him as Mr. BookSexy! 🙂 ). Fortunately for our joint pocketbook, everything I have listed above were gifts.

      I’m a complete WWI addict – so feel free to use the term “Great War”, I will not hold it against you. I’m amazed there aren’t more of us, considering how many are fascinated by WWII (if the non-fiction shelves and the History Channel are anything to judge by). The two wars so closely related to eachother – how can you understand one without the other? I’ve been hooked since reading The Guns of August.


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