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Roxana, or The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New by Marvin Kaye
How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife by Christopher Jay Johnson
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
A Walk Through Bruges, Map of the City and 60 Colour Photos by J.J. de Mol
Chicago (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by Jane Ewart
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CollectionsYour library (1,209), HC/PB (1,128), Hardcover (808), Paperback (320), Kindle (81), Read but unowned (388), To read (485), Favorites (152), Currently reading (1), Stored in Guest Room (9), All collections (1,597)
TagsClassic Literature (577), Collectible Edition (547), History (455), Biography (274), Leather-Bound Books (249), Classic Novel (235), Reference (229), Adventure (199), Science Fiction (183), Famous Americans (164) — see all tags
About meAmerican male in his fifties, very happily married, proud father of two daughters. I'm originally from the New York/New Jersey area, but I lived in the Carolinas for eight years and have resided near Chicago since 2005. Besides reading I enjoy travel, astronomy, and music. Betelgeuse (pronounced BET-el-jooz or BEET-el-jooz) is a star found in the constellation Orion.
About my libraryI have 1,100+ hardcovers and paperbacks in my personal study, and about 80 Kindle e-books. Most of my library is comprised of history, biographies, and the classics, but I am also fond of adventure novels and science fiction. I usually read a book every week or so, and once I've finished something I give it a rating in LibraryThing. Two books with the same rating aren't necessarily of comparable literary quality -- I might award five stars to a Tolstoy novel and five stars to a pulp fiction classic, because I appreciate them both for what they are.
GroupsFolio Society devotees
Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph J. Ellis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Gibbon, David McCullough, John Milton, William Shakespeare, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)
Real nameKevin A.
LocationNaperville, Illinois, USA
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceSep 21, 2008
Currently readingSaladin: The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Empire by John Man
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