Library Loot: June 1 to 8

by Notorious Spinks on 06.03.2011


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire (The Captive Reader) and Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out of the library. I support my local library to get books I’m not sure I want to own and to make sure they stay in my business.


This time I got Pym by Mat Johnson.

pym by mat johnson

Recently canned professor of American literature Chris Jaynes is obsessed with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe’s strange and only novel. When he discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe’s fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island of pure and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror. Jaynes imagines it to be the last untouched bastion of the African Diaspora and the key to his personal salvation.

He convenes an all-black crew of six to follow Pym’s trail to the South Pole in search of adventure, natural resources to exploit, and, for Jaynes at least, the mythical world of the novel. With little but the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring tale, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack cakes, Jaynes embarks on an epic journey under the permafrost of Antarctica, beneath the surface of American history, and behind one of literature’s great mysteries. He finds that here, there be monsters.

I’ll let y’all know how I like it. So what have you picked up from your local library lately?


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Literary Marie June 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

I’m trying to use my library more and get out of snob mode.


Notorious Spinks June 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

LOL @snob mode. Girl I go and get those books and keep it moving. No snobbing for me.


Christine June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Wow that sounds like one fascinating novel. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


Notorious Spinks June 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks and thanks for stopping by Christine.


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