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Member: BLBera

CollectionsRead 2014 (72), Read 2013 (105), Your library (1,870), Currently reading (5), To read (1,204), Read but unowned (250), Favorites (19), All collections (2,128)

Reviews72 reviews

TagsContemporary fiction (519), Mystery (398), Historical fiction (360), Translation (164), Memoir (160), Read 2012 (126), Read 2011 (124), Nonfiction (106), Short stories (93), British literature (53) — see all tags

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About meI am a lifelong reader and an enthusiastic library patron. I teach college English, so I am always looking for great new books to teach.

About my libraryI have a few thousand books (I've never counted all of them)and am running out of space for them. The majority of my books are fiction although I read a lot of women's memoirs, too. The books are in no particular order although I will group like authors together sometimes. I like finding a book I forgot I had, so the random arrangement doesn't bother me. My father, who makes bookshelves, has been told to cut me off, so I have to start going through my shelves and donate books I will never reread and read those I have been meaning to. More room for new ones...

2 1/2 stars - It's OK.
3 stars - I like it.
3 1/2 stars - I like it a lot.
4 stars - I love it.
4 1/2 stars - Almost perfect.
5 stars - Perfect.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014

Favorite authorsSherman Alexie, Julia Alvarez, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, A. S. Byatt, Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, Jane Gardam, Alice Hoffman, Siri Hustvedt, Penelope Lively, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, Meg Wolitzer (Shared favorites)

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Real nameBeth


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Member sinceMay 12, 2010

Currently readingThe Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor by Flannery O'Connor
A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Vintage) by Elaine Showalter
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood
Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir by Rosamond Bernier
The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon

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Hi Beth! I found a couple of documents that discuss facilities standards/guidelines for student advising in compliance with FERPA:
Hi, Beth! I always love to speak to a friend in almost real time even when I don't have anything to say!
Wow! The link does work!
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Scout is adorable, Beth!
Yep - added Howard's End... based on your rec. I hadn't heard of it before, but looks great. I have so many unread books in my house - was going to make this year be the one that I read them and don't buy others, but that lasted about one day.
Hi Beth! I have not yet written any comments / or a review on " Midnight at the Dragon Cafe" but it has been one of my few favorite books so far this year. It's a sad but very interesting story of a young girl and her mother immigrating to China to be with her father, who went ahead of them and established a restaurant in a small town in Ontario. There is a sort of a prejudice against them -and to a certain extent, from the Chinese towards the " lo fah" aka white people. While that is interesting in itself, the family dynamics and realities of the relationships in within the Chinese family are not what they would seem to be , and young Annie soon catches on to that. If you can find it, I really recommend it!

Beth, you and I really seem to love our mysteries! I'm looking at our 210 books in common, and there's a lot of other good stuff there too. Were you sad to see 75ers not enjoying the Kate Fansler mysteries? I haven't reread one in years, but I guess that they have dated.
Anyway, Happy New Year!
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