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CollectionsE-books (3), Read and Given away to Family and Friends (18), Your library (831), Currently reading (21), Read but unowned (1), All collections (855)

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Tagshistory (399), art (230), New York City (83), first edition (76), science (69), technology (67), non-fiction (67), history of technology (62), design (61), biography (60) — see all tags

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About meI read, there for I am. A life without books is just unthinkable.

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About my libraryMy library includes books about New York City (the center of the known intelligent universe IMHO), history of technology, railroads, maritime history, the Napoleanic Wars, craft in it's many mediums, and everyone's favorite subject - food. I started adding art monographs to my library a few years ago since I'll never be hanging any Rothko's or Sorolla's on my walls. I love browsing for art books at Ursus Books in NYC. A great bookstore! If you are up in Maine checkout Penobscot Books another great place for art books. I try to support some independent booksellers in Santa Fe but still buy on-line from the likes of Amazon and B&N. Anyway my art focus is on figurative painters, Impressionism, the early Modernists and Abstract Expressionism.

So, slowly but steadily my books are taking over more and more space. Adding another bookshelf is like putting another lane on a crowded highway. Traffic just expands to take over the available space. It's the same with books. To keep things from getting out of hand I do recycle much of my fiction reading to local book sellers or give them to friends and family. A few keepers but I've always been more attached to my non-fiction.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Abraham Lincoln & Lincolniana, American Civil War, American History, Art Books, Art is Life, Book Arts, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Historical Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsStephen E. Ambrose, Mark Bittman, Bill Bryson, Ron Chernow, Andrei Cherny, Bernard Cornwell, Eric Jay Dolin, Jonathan Fenby, David Hackett Fischer, Stephen Fried, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pete Hamill, Harold Holzer, Susan Jacoby, Lisa Jardine, Ross King, Erik Larson, Karl Marlantes, John McPhee, Lynne Olson, Ruth Reichl, Mary Roach, N. A. M. Rodger, Russell Shorto, Dava Sobel, Kevin Starr, T. J. Stiles (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstores192 Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - 82nd & Broadway, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Union Square, Book Culture, BookCourt, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Crawford-Doyle Booksellers, Garcia Street Books, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Photoeye, Rizzoli Bookstore, St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), Strand Bookstore, The Corner Bookstore, Ursus Books and Prints

Favorite librariesNew York Society Library, The Morgan Library & Museum

Favorite publishersUniversity of California Press, W.W. Norton, Yale University Press

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Real nameAlan

LocationSanta Fe, NM

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Member sinceMay 31, 2008

Currently readingThe Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Borzoi Books) by Tim Wu
500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style (500 Series) by Ray Hemachandra
Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer
The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race by Richard Bak
Thomas Hart Benton: A Life by Justin Wolff
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