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CollectionsYour library (2,167), Currently reading (4), All collections (2,167)

Reviews57 reviews

Tags20th Century (1,139), American (924), Novels (668), History (392), 19th Century (378), Poetry (339), First Edition (259), English (220), Medieval (175), 17th & 18th Centuries (173) — see all tags

MediaNot set (51), Book (2,116), Paper Book (1,619), Audiobook (6), Ebook (3)

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About meA touch of gray and a garden that needs weeding. And an LT library that needs updating - I'm a few dozen books behind!

My rating system, used in several threads:
1 - The author ought to be ashamed of him(her)self(C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle)
2 - A bad book that can and should be ignored (Atwood's The Edible Woman)
3 - Written well enough, but why? (Dan Brown's DaVinci Code - and, yes, we all know why $$$)
4 - Neither memorable nor a waste of time (Murakami's After Dark)
5 - Well written, fun, not very filling and easily forgotten (Gabriel Garcia Marquez's My Melancholy Whore)
6 - A solid, good book, worth reading (most of Hemingway or Atwood falls here)
7 - A book that reaches deep inside you and twists something (average Faulkner)
8 - Memorable and moving with a lasting impact on my life (Mahfouz, Katherine Anne Porter, Joyce). Everyone around me knows I like these books.
9 - Wow! Books I feel compelled to force on other people. (Thomas Mann's Transposed Heads - which you really, really need to read!! Now! Go, order it!)
10 - Moby Dick

About my libraryMany of our books are old, interesting editions. We hope the children catch the contagion.

A few underappreciated little gems are identified as, well, "underappreciated little gems". If you must peak at one thing in my library, there it is.

I once opened a newly purchased, dusty, 100-year old history book to find a well-preserved four leaf clover pressed inside. I've had better luck on opening other books.

Below is map showing countries from which I have read at least some literature. You can see other people's maps on a thread in the "Reading Globally - Fiction" group. I need to find some good books to read from Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the southern Slavic countries.

Suggestions are always welcome.


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or write about it on the open travel guide

GroupsAudiobooks, Bully's Tavern, Club Read 2009, Early Reviewers, History Readers: Clio's (Pleasure?) Palace, I became a fabulous opera, Infinite Jesters, Le Groupe des Mignon Photos, Le Salon des Amateurs de la Langue, Mahābhārata Anyone?show all groups

Favorite authorsAnonymous, Anonymous, Geoffrey Barraclough, Heinrich Böll, Marc Bloch, Zong-qi Cai, Lewis Carroll, Natalie Zemon Davis, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Umberto Eco, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Jean de La Fontaine, Luo Guanzhong, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Henri Freeqy IV (founder); everyone in their heart of hearts, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Ismail Kadare, Kalidasa, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Charles Lamb, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, James Laughlin, Halldor Laxness, Clarice Lispector, Naguib Mahfouz, Thomas Mann, Yo-Yo Ma, Herman Melville, María Rosa Menocal, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vladimir Nabokov, Paul Nizan, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Sima Qian, Dylan Thomas, Barbara W. Tuchman, Vyasa, Tennessee Williams, Wu Cheng'en, Wai-lim Yip (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBarefoot Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Prudential Center, Book Ends, Boston Book Annex, Brattle Book Shop, Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Harvard Book Store, Montague Bookmill

Favorite librariesAmherst College Frost Library, Boston Public Library, Phillips Library - Peabody Essex Museum, Winchester Public Library

Other favoritesMuseum of Fine Arts (museum and shop), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (museum and shop)

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics

Homepagehttp://thetreadleoftheloom.blogspot.com/

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Member sinceFeb 27, 2006

Currently readingNine Medieval Latin Plays (Cambridge Medieval Classics) by Peter Dronke
Porius by John Cowper Powys
Los Angeles County Museum of Art,Edwin Arnold'sThe Song of Krishna: The Illustrated Bhagavad Gita [Hardcover](2010) by Edwin Arnold (Translator) Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Illustrator)
The Recognition of 'Sakuntala: A Play in Seven Acts (Oxford World's Classics) by Kalidasa

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