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About meAfter 22 years as a history professor, I'm now the reference librarian at a small museum, and a freelance writer, editor, and indexer of publications on history and popular culture. Born and raised in southern New England, I'm living there again after 27 years spent in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and South -- an unreconstructed Yankee who loves the sea, the snow, bay scallops, and good clam chowder. For the demographically curious, I . . . was born in 1963, am the son of a teacher and a social worker, am 6' 3" tall, am left-handed, attended public schools, have a PhD (University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1990) drive an aging Toyota minivan, sail a vintage 21-foot racing sloop, and have owned seven Macintosh computers since 1987.
About my libraryMy LibraryThing catalog is mostly books on history, science, technology, and popular culture, along with a lot of classic science fiction, pre-1920 British poetry, maritime history, mysteries & thrillers. There are also clumps of books about language, mass media, constitutional law, baseball, archaeology, yacht racing, and Antarctic exploration, among other things.
GroupsBoats and Sailing, BookCrossers, BookMooching, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Combiners!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Current Events, History of Science/Technology/Medicine, History: On learning from and writing history, Hobnob with Authors —show all groups, Legacy Libraries, Librarians who LibraryThing, Librarything Series, Name that Book, Non-Fiction Readers, Science Fiction Fans, Science!, Unique Library Thing Book Group, Used Books, Writer-readers
Favorite librariesBritish Museum - Central Library, Brown University - John Hay Library, C.K. Leith Library of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Gale Huntington Research Library, Vineyard Haven Public Library, Wellesley Free Library Fells Branch, Wisconsin Historical Society - Library and Archives
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Real nameA. Bowdoin Van Riper
LocationVineyard Haven, MA
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceNov 12, 2005
Currently readingWar Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945 by Edward S. Miller
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