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Member: BlackSheepDances

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About meEclectic reading: literary fiction, heavily influenced by translated works, global poetry, and nonfiction history and science.

2011 EASTERN EUROPEAN CHALLENGE is on at or (join at tab on home page top: 2011 READ EAST)

About my libraryEclectic. I buy more than I borrow, even if it's just from the used book sale or from Amazon if I have the $$$. Stacks of books make me feel rich.

GroupsARC Junkies, Australian LibraryThingers, Bloggers, BookMooching, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Californians Who LT, Fans of Russian authors, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Historical Fiction, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsBill Bryson, Knut Hamsun, Per Petterson, Dag Solstad, Tim Winton (Shared favorites)


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Real nameAmy Henry

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Member sinceMay 6, 2009

Currently readingA Little Party Dress: Lyric Essays by Christian Bobin
Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia by Jeff Parker

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Hi BlackSheepDances,
I read your very complete review of Marion Nestle's "Why Calories Count". I am also reading it and was just curious what other people thought. Anyway, at the end, you expressed a desire to know more about how to make better choices. I would like to recommend that you read some of Marion Nestle's other books. To address your specific question, try "What to Eat". In this book, she does a tour of each section of the grocery store, discusses how to interpret the various labels on foods, and what different "standards" are supposed to mean such as organic, natural, etc. Her earlier works are also very interesting. I read "Food Politics" several years ago and it got me hooked on Nestle.

Becky / starboard
Found [Life and Fate] by Grossman at Barnes & Noble this weekend. Should make complementary reading when I start digging into Vollmann's [Europe Central]
Did you mean Archipelago Books?

FWIW: The other link did have some awesome stuff in it. Time for some high-octane browsing.


Thanks for the positive feedback and info on Archipelago. I put them on the links section of my blog. I would love to review their titles. I wouldn't mind reading some Le Clezio and any contemporary poets and whatever criticism they published.

Finished "The Letter Killers Club", a New York Review Book. Thought you might like to check out the review:
Hi, I don't know if you're still working on your linguistics thing from october but I saw you were missing the NC term for woman's bag, we call it a pocket-book.
I enjoyed your review of The Hare with Amber Eyes and will be looking for it. If you travel to LA, the county museum has a large collection of netsuke that I think is on permanent display.
Hello there, BlackSheep! :)

First off, thank you for adding me back to your Collection Of The Interesting (Libraries) Of Others, AND for the Friends invite! Made me smile! :) I also chuckled and nodded at your comment in your Profile: "Stacks of books make me feel rich." LOL. Ditto, here. I agree completely! Sometimes I find myself just staring in wonder at my own personal treasure-trove of books in my Library. Just in admiration and wonder at the beauty and marvel they contain. Do you do that, too?

Speaking of collections: My goodness! What lovely books we share as well. 67 wonderful works: assorted, varied, and eclectically mixed with a splash of panache. Just how I like it. :)

It was lovely meeting you and I know I shall return again to wander around your collection soon, which is one of the many reasons why I added you in the first place! LOL.

Much Bliss & Happy Reading,
The parcel has arrived safely, thanks so much. An eclectic selection! I can see many hours reading in the hammock in my near future …
Here's Linda's, my wife's blog:
Oh, sheesh, Don Quixote! You know, I'm actually reading it right now. But who knows if I'll still be reading it a week from now! But would be happy to talk about whatever I do read of DQ. I'm also reading The Diary of Samuel Pepys, so it's slow-going whatever I'm reading.
Hi there Amy,

Thanks for dropping by and enjoying the blog! I need to spend more time in yours (I see your prolific postings practically, what, every other half hour? ;-) ). I like that you focus a lot on unknown poets and more obscure stuff; I've a passion for these literary underdog-types too. Hope you had a nice, not to crazy Thanksgiving.

Oh, and I couldn't help noticing copyedit52's note below. Great guy. Great writer. Here's a link to a piece from a novel-in-progress of his, he graciously allowed me to post on the blog, if you're interested:

Yes the NaNo site can be painfully slow in the evenings. I tend to go on first thing in the morning (UK time) and upadate then. The site is quite fast then as most of America is still asleep! It used to be like that in the old days when the internet first came out!

I'm at 15K words which I can't quite believe. I keep double checking my word counter!

Hi Amy,

Do you have a copy of Every Man Dies Alone? I have an ARC which was in like new condition until my neighbor borrowed it, but it is still in very good condition. You are welcome to have it, if you wish.

Hi Amy

just wanted to let you know that I have just read 'The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating' and loved it. Thanks again!

Hello, I am so sorry for the long delay in responding. Life stuff, you know? I absolutely love this site. It's a place where you can lose yourself for hours at a time!

Thanks for the wonderful comment. Can't say how much I adore Grossman. Reminds me of Beckett in the way a literary genius can also be a really nice guy. (He had the balls to write NKVD Commissar Yezhov about freeing his ex-wife ... I think it's his ex-wife or a friend's wife or something. I forget.)

To subscribe to my site, just go to the end of the post and click "Subscribe to this site by email." Hope this helps.

Terrified. I'd only gotten back from a seven hour flight the morning before, and was pretty woozy from jetlag when it hit.
We're still getting big aftershocks – had a 5.0 this afternoon. But our house was ok, once we had the chimney taken down. And the new house (which we've been in for just on two weeks – yay!) is also undamaged, and seems to be somewhat insulated from the worst of the quivers. The underlying soil structure plays a huge part on how bad things feel, and how bad the damage gets. (Sorry – we've all become earthquake experts …)
My review of Grossman's "The Road."

Hope you like. I'm definitely reading more Grossman.
Amy, I think I'm on several people's you-know-what lists after my London and SF posts! It's such a treasure to have a bookshop like this, and I wish we had a shop even close to this in Atlanta (not to mention the 5,000 other things that SF has that Atlanta lacks).

I was absolutely thrilled that Vargas Llosa won, too; I thought that he would not be recognized by the Nobel Prize committee, who, IMO, was heading towards irrelevance with some of its most recent selections, namely Muller, Jelinek and Pinter (I saw his play "The Hothouse" at the National Theatre in London in 2007, and was befuddled by it).

I'm also thrilled that Howard Jacobson won the Booker Prize today for "The Finkler Question". BTW, it should be available in the US starting today.

I'm jealous that you live in SLO! I haven't been there yet, but I've heard that it's beautiful there. And, you're relatively close to Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz (I love the Bookshop Santa Cruz, although I haven't been there since my best friends moved from Palo Alto to Madison, WI), and SF.

As one procrastinator to another, no worries!
Finished "The Road" by Grossman, which was amazing. You should join Literary Snobs on LT. Fun group. Lots of interest in Eastern European lit.
Thanks for you answer of Oct. 9.

Youʻre probably right about "What ʻs

his face/" being "slang". If so, it is

what I was calling "idiosyncratic" as

opposed to "dialect". And very likely

youʻre right that it is evoked by

ʻvisualizing" the known-but-unnmedʻs


Iʻm leaning toward the idea that

"it MATTERS whether..." is idiosyncratic,

too. I have only heard it from one

speaker, and I was wondering from

what dialect -- if any -- it derived.

I couldnʻt just ask him what dialect he

grew up with, becasuse he had already

said that he never lived in any one place

longer than a year. (He may have

been exaggerating how nomadic was

his upbringing; he did have a pronounced

accent. And of his accent I could only

tell that it wasnʻt the local (Greater Boston)

accent and wasnʻt one of the many accents

that we Northerners lumped together as


My interest is in what is left of dialect

in the U.S., and "dialect" isnʻt synonymous

with "accent", although accent is a part of

it. Thanks, anyway. Wishing you success

in research.
"The Road" is the first thing by Grossman that I have read. I do want to read "Life and Fate" now. The journalistic aspect of his writing reminds me of Roberto Bolano, another opponent of fascism.
I was wondering if your research has uncovered

anything on how these things are said in different


1. Phrases that begin with "It DEPENDS ON whether. . ."

If someone, instead of " it depends on" says "it MATTERS..." ?

Is that dialect, or just idiosyncratic; and, if dialect,

which dialect is it?

2. In designating someone whose name the speaker

canʻt remember: "Whatʻs his/her NAME?" But,

occasionally: "Whatʻs his/her FACE?" Dialect, or

just idiosyncratic?

Iʻve tried googling this, but canʻt input

just the right terms to come up with anything

that may have discussed it.

They've arrived today! Extremely excited. Thanks again...
No problem at all! I am just back from a holiday in any case. Thanks!
I read Olaf Olafsson's first book 10 years ago. I simply forgot to add the book to my library here. "Walking into the Night" has been on my TBR list, but also forgot to add it. He also has a couple of other books that have been translated into English: "Absolution" and "Valentines."

As I can see, your cat is a reader. Katy Belle simply knocks them/everything over. Her preference is TV commercials. She really isn't a "Belle," nothing like her predecessor, Miss Kitty. But we simply love her in spite of her "wild" nature. She is a true cat; stalks us since she is an indoor cat.

Take care,
Hi Amy -

If you wish, you are most welcome to borrow my copy the "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." I haven't read the first two books of the triology yet, and I have a number of other books to read before I do.

Hi Amy. "Christine Falls" is reserved for you on BM. Thanks!
Great review of "Room", Amy. Love your reviews, in general, and have been madly adding books to my wishlist because of it!

Thanks so much for your kind words! The pub date for SAFE FROM THE SEA is actually 9/28. Thanks for checking! Can't wait to read your review. - rachel / Unbridled Books
Thanks, Amy. I'm following you now too!

Tina (aka iubookgirl)

Sorry for the lopng delay -- I tend not to check LibraryThing as often as I should. Well, now too much time has passed; my memory, or impression, is that Saeterbakken was after some such plot ambiguity, but that he dropped it because he was mainly interested in suffering. When I was in Norway last fall I met some friends of his; they say he's as dark in person.
He sits on books without looking at them, so i'm thinking he absorbs knowledge through his paws. But he prefers to climb bookshelves, hunt bumblebees, and steal bananas.
Thanks! I'm now following you back on your blog. =O)
Great review of Video Verite, Amy, and a thumb from me!
I REALLY LOVE PETTERSON'S WRITING! and yes i realized about the prequel and am about to read it next. thanks for the heads up!
Thank you! Actually there are some good English-language bookshops here but the snail book might be a little obscure. Thank goodness for the Book Depository (free shipping worldwide)...


Loved your fascinating, very interesting review of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating!!

your kitty picture is so cute!!! saw where you just read 'i curse the river of time.' i just started it today!
Hi Amy. I reserved "Video Night" for you on BM. Thanks for the request.

Ooops... bit of a culture-clash confusion I think. I wasn't hassling you to post the review - what I meant to say was that if you don't mind posting me the book, that would be great! I can certainly wait until your friend finishes with it first...

thanks, Margaret
Shadow of the Swords arrived in the mail yesterday. My, it truly has a dreadful cover, really made me laugh to see it for realz, but I started reading it and found it startlingly good. Thank you so much for your kindness in sending it, and I'll let you know what I think of it as I get further into it. (I've gotten to the part where Saladin lops off Reginald's head. Good stuff!) :)
The Imperfectionists is on my 'think about adding to wishlist' list, so I would love to know what you think of it when you have finished it!
Hi Amy,

yes please! I'm always on the lookout for new poetry, and if I don't enjoy them myself I can always find a home for them in one or other of the poetry groups I'm part of.
But let me at least smooch you some point for it. Or send you something that might interest you?

Hardback is totally fine. I'm not picky :)
Thank you so much Amy. I'm back home now so whenever you can reserve it for me would be great.
I will look out for Cloudstreet and The Riders - this was the first Tim Winton I read. Thanks for the tip. As for Russell ... I hear what you're saying!
I really liked it... but I don't think I can imagine it being made into a good film - partly because it's too bleak, and partly because I think reading it you forgive the implausibilities because of the quality of the writing - and because all three characters are in a way symbols of something - which I am not sure would come through in a movie. We'll see!
Hi there,

brought to your profile page from your review of Dirt Music which I have just read. A couple of memoirs which I really enjoyed, which you might like too, are Dancing In Cuba by Alma Guillermoprieto, and Heading South, Looking North by Ariel Dorfman, both about history and politics and personal lives.

wandering_star (Margaret)
Cool! A Central CA Coast friend! I will keep a particularly close eye on your blog once you begin the Eastern Europe Challenge. I'm unfamiliar with, but quite curious about it. My knowledge is pretty much limited to this thread: I know the names Arnost Ludwig, Georgi Gospodinov, Josef Skvorecky (assuming I spelled them right) but that's about it.

Great blog you've got. Cute kid there too!

Enjoy your weekend!
No worries! Whenever you find it. I've got about 12 ARCs/galleys to read and review in the next couple of weeks, so I can wait. :)
Thanks so much, Amy! I appreciate your sending Shadow of the Swords, and I'll pass it on when (if) I finish.

I'm starting to do a lot of reviewing. I think I'm going to emulate you and stop reading when a book doesn't grab me rather than pushing on and suffering. :)
Thumbs up, Amy, on your Parrot and Olivier review. I have this one waiting at the library for me. It will be my first Peter Carey book, although I own True History of the Kelly Gang and have good intentions of reading it someday.

I hope you're having a good summer. It's going by too quickly for me.

I do still have London, and will reserve it for you. Thank you for your interest!
Thank you so much! I don't mind waiting at all. My BM ID is the same, sparingqueen. Whenever you can get it out is cool.

I left a response in the Pimp Your Inventory thread about wanting Luncheonette. If you don't ship to Canada would you be willing to hold it for me while I find an angel? Thanks!
Thanks for the warning, Amy. I'm planning to see if the library has it. That way, if it's too much, there's no harm done.

Hi Amy,

Just stopping by to say I read and thumbed your review of Poetry and Cultural Studies. You really do some interesting reading! I'm just getting into poetry--so far, Billy Collins--and will check this book out.

Hope all is well with you.

Jack Reacher is ready for you at BM.

I've reserved Amandine for you! By the way, how do I join the Scandinavian challenge?
I do still have Amandine, and I'll reserve it for you.
No problem, and no hurry (the kids get lots of reading time in the Summer). I just wanted to be sure it hadn't gone astray.

I'm afraid that someone on another site already beat you to the punch. Thank you for trying.
Hi Amy,

Nice to meet you. Thanks so much for your kind words about my review. You'll probably get a kick out of knowing that shortly after I posted it I received this message:

"Just browsing as usual before uploading my own books (for the first time), found your review of a book I haven't yet read, A season of Second Chances. A nasty, bitchy, unpleasant, spiteful review and to judge from other reviews inaccurate. Is this the spirit of LibraryThing? What a lousy bookseller you must have been. Why bother with such gratuitous abuse? - Theowhite."

After a few days, the person that left it for me came back and deleted it. (Maybe they read the book?)

At any rate, your note provided the happy antidote to that one, so thanks again!


Yay! I was hoping you'd be pleased and that I'd picked the right one(s).
Now we just wait for number two to arrive …
Thank you. I'm glad you found my review helpful. :)
Hi Amy,

I did love "In The Wake", it was almost poetic at times. Thanks for letting me know about his new book, I hadn't heard about it.

Does "Purge" qualify for the Scandinavian Challenge? I know it was written in Finnish but I wasn't sure it took place there (or, if that mattered).

Hi Amy,

Just wanted to update you on my Scandinavian Book Challenge. I've completed "The Summer Book" by Tove Janssen and "In The Wake" by Per Petterson and should finish "Pippi Longstocking" by Astrid Lindgren this week.

I just read (and gave a thumbs up to) your review of Purge and think I will read that next.

I'm enjoying this challenge of focusing on a Scandinavian books.

Hope you're doing well.

Hi Amy,
I remembered that you said you finish your semester the last week of may, so I imagine you are in the throes of finishing papers or taking exams. I wanted to wish you good luck! I finished about two weeks ago -- huge relief -- and I will only take one summer course.

After my classes finished I started Astrid and Veronika over again. What a lovely book!
Take care,
Unfortunately someone else mooched it already! Sorry about that. :(
Hi Amy,

Just wanted to let you know I thumb-upped your review of Reporting at Wit's End. I bought the book after reading another review of it on LT and am looking forward to reading it. I also LOVE the New Yorker although it's a challenge to keep up with it! I also put The News Where You Are on my wishlist after reading your review.

Will do, Amy.

Am reading more these days, and loved the idea of a Scandinavian Challenge (missed the others).
I still will be stopping by to sneak a peak at your little man. Love the photo near the fence! I can tell he is a charmer.

Will say "Hey," whenever I stop by.

Hi Amy,

RE: Scandinavian Challenge

I have completed THE LAST FIX by K.O. Dahl (Norwegian) - May 3, 2010.

I do not have your email address, and if you prefer, I will list books completed here.

Hi Amy,

I think I finally successfully signed up as a follower on your blog and saw my comment posted under the Scandinavian Challenge. I forgot to include my country though--it's the USA. Looking forward to participating!

Hi Amy,

Yes, please sign me up for the Scandinavian Challenge. I read The Summer Book at the end of March so I'm sure I can fit 5 more in by the end of the year. I haven't read too much in the past by Scandinavian authors (Out Stealing Horses, The Unit, Hanna's Daughters, Kristin Lavransdatter are all that readily come to mind) so I'm looking forward to expanding my reading universe. It'll be fun to search out some more titles.

Hi Amy,

Thanks for marking my library an "Interesting". Your Scandinavian Challenge looks like fun. I recently read The Summer Book by Tove Jansson--does that count? I'm looking forward to following you on LT as well as your blog.

Hi Amy,

I've reserved the books for you, but I did want to add that Fitzpatrick's The Russian Revolution has some marginalia and underlining. Other than that, it's a relatively clean copy (the spine is still tight, and it doesn't smell funky or anything like that). I just wanted to let you know!

Thank you, Amy -- I appreciate the encouragement!
Wow -- I'm so impressed! I've always had fantasies about taking interesting college courses -- I remember going through the catalog in school and wishing I could take all sorts of classes. Good for you!

I am in grad school earning an elementary education teaching license. I'll do my student teaching in 5th grade in the fall, and earn the license in December. My plan is to continue on to a school library masters. My daughters are in 2nd and 5th grade, and I've volunteered in their school library for years. Love, love, love being there. In CO you have to be a licensed teacher before becoming a teacher-librarian, which is why I'm starting with the gen-ed license. I'm hoping by the time I'm ready there will still be school librarians -- the position is in jeopardy because of massive school budget cuts. I'm just taking things one step at a time, and trying to remain optimistic. I'm sure things will look brighter when the semester is over and I'm no longer in survival mode! Good luck to you as well. Your sons are so lucky to have such an interesting and well-educated mother!
Me, too. I feel like I need to read, and not having enough time is frustrating. What are you studying?
...and yes, I DO want to eat the berries. I am ready for spring.
Hi Amy, thanks so much for visiting! I'm so excited there's a sequel. Nice to have more of a good story to look forward to. I am enjoying Astrid and Veronika, but unfortunately, I am in school, and my semester finishes in three weeks, which means all of my big papers and projects are due soon if not now. I read the book when I can, but it is never as much as I would like. I love how it starts so small and quiet and intimate. I'm glad that when I haven't read for several days, I can pick it back up and slip into their lives for awhile. I may just start again when my semester is over, because I really want to give the book my full attention. What about the book makes it a top 10 for you?

Happy reading --
Hi Amy,

Well, they can't all be home runs, can they? Even a so-so book by Per Petterson will beat most books being published these days! I'll keep my eye out for this one. Thanks for the heads up.

Happy Reading!
Hello Amy!

Sorry I took so long to reply - I am so happy to have helped with one word, but I will be asking for your help more I think; not so smart as I like. Well; my memory isn't! And, if I remember correctly, (hahaha) I mentioned that to you a while back.
But I do love words... and isn't it nice to find just the one you want! :) And to have others understand! *happy sigh*

So good we keep connecting; glad it is now formal! :)
Hope the mooching is going well too.
definitely for fun! meeting up with other retired friends, taking a little river cruise on the Elbe from Prague to Magdeburg, on to Berlin and then finishing up in Paris to visit friends and family.
Of course scoping out the book stores along the way!

- g
I would LOVE to share them with you and your husband. But right now, I have a little problem. I am returning to Europe in a few days and won't be back until April 26.
Would it be okay if we wait until I get back to make the transaction? I have literally run out of time to package and mail out books.

As soon as I return, I'll put them in my inventory and reserve them for you. I don't think there is an ISBN on the flash cards, but I'll just throw them in as a "bonus" because the books are pretty slim. (about 30/40 pages each). Just glad that someone will actually enjoy them.

I live in a wonderful ethnically mixed neighborhood, so next library book sale after I return, I'll look for Chinese and Spanish children's books for you.
Thanks for inviting me to be a "friend" :-)
- glenda
Hi Amy,

Now that I think about it, I haven't received an Archipelago book in quite a while. Hmm... wonder what's up. I know I haven't received all my 10 books yet.

No, I don't blog at all ... I don't have the time, and I don't think anyone would be interested in what I have to say when I travel since most of my travel is done for work and not leisure. I do try to find the time if I can, to explore bits of the city off the tourist track when I can, and I've discovered some amazing little local restaurants and cafes, as well as some beautiful buildings, bookstores and fantastic people.

One thing that I did some years ago when I was in Thailand over a weekend was sign up for a weekend cooking workshop. It was a great experience and I picked up some great recipes on authentic home-style Thai cooking. I'd like to do this again in other countries if I get the chance.

have a great weekend

Hi there Amy,

OK you're really putting me on the spot. I liked all three. If it's any help it picks up exactly where the second book ended and resolves the issues that were left dangling at the end of that book. I'd say try it for 50 pages and see what you think:)
Thanks for your invitation to join your reading challenge. At the moment I don't think I'll join in as I'm trying to catch up with reading from my to-be-read piles and I think there are only 2 by Scandinavian authors in my pile. It may be some time before I get round to reading them.
Hi Amy- I have "Dogs" reserved for you! Enjoy!

Thanks very much for listing Wow for me. I really appreciate it. In another thread, you said you were looking for some Cormac McCarthy books. I have a copy of The Road and also Suttree in my TBR. If you're not in a hurry, I can list them for you in a couple of weeks after I've finished reading.
Absolutely okay! Thank you. :)
Thanks a ton for agreeing to send Maus I! :D
I really love owning physical copies of graphic novels.
I'd love to mooch Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and The Hedgehog's Dilemma if nobody else has asked for them.
Hi Amy,
Thanks for agreeing to send Wow when you've finished with it. I will echo Lyn to say I am more than happy to help you sort out the whole international shipping thing -- which will be a piece of cake for an octopus-wrangler :-)
From reading previous comments from US members who ship to Canada, there are a couple of relatively inexpensive options and I'm sure many LTers would be happy to give you more detailed info.
Thanks again!
I'd be interested in mooching your copy of 'Lapsing into a Comma' by Bill Walsh, if it's still available.
It is not too complicated once you have done it...

The way I list mine, and I do it manually, is just by using 'Lman angel network' in the author name and then I put the name of the book - I do that so I know which book it is I have sent. But it doesn't really matter as you can list the actual book and reserve it for any member now. That scheme of 'angel network listing' was there before a reservation system was implemented; that's right, we didn't always have the option to reserve books. That came later.
Or you can use the book listings added specifically for angel mooches and in the condition notes write the name of the book. This was done so lots of extra books were not added - but I don't care to do that now, as I want to see the title of the book I sent - look at my 'given' to see what I mean.

It really is not that hard - once any book is added and reserved you can send a 'recommend' email (from the 'recommend' green tab on the right side of the book page) which then has the link for the member to follow to the book. The reason I don't add the actual book is so other members, with it on their list, do not get disappointed in not being able to mooch it.

Lots of angels just list the book normally and then reserve it for the member they are angel-ling for...
BTW, you only get 2.2 points for an angel request though...but you haven't bought the book originally. Your mooch ratio improves with international sending too. It seems quite confusing at first; in a year's time you will laugh at all this!

If you ever need to list one, and can't figure it out - just list the book as you would if it was your copy, reserve it with the member's BookMooch id, NOT user-name, and then send them the link, also through their id! If you need to get an angel to send one of your books then ask for one on the angel thread - as in to get that book to jenni in Canada, someone will mooch it from you and send it to her, but you will need to reserve it for this US angel first, at the time you list it, so no one else gets it first. :)

Whew! That was longer than I meant - ask each step if you need to... why don't you add your BookMooch link to this profile as a start - again, use your BM id as the handle.
~ Lyn
Hi Amy,
On the Pimp Your Inventory thread a couple days ago, you said you had added A Time for Everything and that you would be adding Wow:A Handbook of Living. Posting on the Pimp thread usually means that other LTers can ask the book owner to reserve it which is why I sent you my previous message. I was going to include the link to the BookMooch Angel Network page which explains how it works but I see Lyn beat me to it :)
Hello Amy,
Glad you are getting mooching all sorted out. Here is a link about the 'angel' network FYI:

Keep on asking questions; we will all try to help you out... it is good to see you are bothering to find out IMO! :)
And you made me feel heaps better; I have major memory moments ALL the time! LOL
~ Lyn
I would love to mooch your ARC copy of WOW: A Handbook for Living, but if you don't ship to Canada, I'm pretty sure I could find an angel. Thanks!
Hey thanks for snapping a happy towel with me! I didn't feel too beat up about the author photo thing lol. I had just gotten to an excellent part of a book and then decided to check the author photo (inside cover this time)and AW! The guy looked so alien to someone who might write the amazing thing I was reading that it broke the spell a little. Thus the rant. But thanks for saying something!
That's great news, Amy! I hope you enjoy the new Petterson book. I'll be looking forward to your comments about it. You are one lucky duck to get the ER copy. I'm glad it went to a real fan like you. ~Donna~
Thanks for the heads up on the Georg Letham book, Amy. I'm always complaining that I can't find anything on BM, but the truth is that I've already mooched 79 books since joining Bookmooch. Therefore, of course, I did find something! :D

I'm far too trusting! :-)

Glad you liked my library and my review.
Thanks. Glad you like my blog. Hope you enjoy reading Rescue Ink when you get to it.
Welcome to BM! It is more than okay to start small with bookmooch. The admins actually recommend that you start with as few as 10 books so that you don't get overwhelmed. I know when I started I added a few too many and it was a huge rush at the post office. Now, they know me by name, lol.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. The group is a great bunch of people who love to help out.
Ugh Ethan's wife is so whiny!!! Yes, that's the fireplace in my townhouse. Now my fiance and I live together so I'm renting it out and I miss the fireplace with all the books lined up on it. But I like everything else about living with my fiance. ;) I'm checking out your blog too, thanks for the comment!
Potato skins! That's a good one. Have you found yourself using it as you get older? I think I started out using it mockingly, but now it comes without thought. "C'mon, it'll put hair on your chest!"
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. What a wonderful pleasure LibraryThing has been. What a great place to mine for interesting new titles. I can see I'll be dipping into your library too!
Hi Amy, I finally got around to reading and reviewing In The Wake by Per Petterson per your recommendation. Loved it! Forgive me please for going overboard (did it again!) on boat and sea puns in my review. I couldn't help myself as Petterson made the sea such an integral part of the book. Thanks for the tip and the back story as well.
I hope you enjoy it. It is one of those books that has stayed with me after I've finished it. Still pondering the characters.
RE: subscribing. Do you use a feedreader like Google Reader? That should let you follow my blog. Or from your blogger dashboard page, you could follow me there.

Funny, I forgot that my blog page was in my profile.

A name like Black Sheep Dances also sounds very fibery!

We share a lot of books, and I love your reviews. Thanks to you, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Bloodroot.
You asked about the Noir series - I quite liked Dublin Noir but I don't know enough to be able to recommend it to you, and I'm only at the beginning of San Francisco Noir still. Also, with some of these anthologies like SF Noir, I know some of the writers involved and I'm likely to read it differently to someone coming to it new as it were.

If you're not sure, borrow one or two from the library and then buy those or other anthologies from the series if you like them.
Hi Amy

No ARC on Still Small Voice. I read it because it came to my attention when it won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 2009.
Hi Amy,

I think he probably used a lot of true stuff. The author references a non-fiction book he used for reference: 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison Salisbury.

No the starvation didn't surprise me. The deprivation of food and fuel was the main horror of the siege I thought. I often wondered about cannibalism and this was the first I had seen it addressed (though to be fair, I have not done research on it).

Hi Amy,

Thank you for your comment about the City of Thieves. Sorry it took me so long to reply. I enjoyed it, but found it horrific, if thats possible. In terms of what I thought. I did review it on the book page and on my 100 book reading challenge (horribly behind in posting).

Hi Amy, Thanks for your comment about translations. I do try to read a lot of work not originally written in English; some of my favorites over the past several years have been "The War of the End of the World" and "Conversation in the Cathedral" by Mario Vargas Llosa, "Everything Flows" by Vassily Grossman, whose masterpiece is "Life and Fate," "Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Afred Doblin, "Every Man Dies Alone," by Hans Fallada, "The Radetzky Waltz" and "The Emperor's Tomb" by Joseph Roth, "2666" and "The Savage Detectives" by Roberto Bolano, "Wizard of the Crow" and "Petals of Blood" by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "Buddenbrooks," "The Magic Mountain," and "Joseph and His Brothers" by Thomas Mann, "Beware of Pity" by Stephen Zweig, "The Case of Comrade Tulayev" and "Unforgiving Years" by Victor Serge, "The Bridge on the Drina" and "Bosnian Chronicle" by Ivo Andric. You can see that I had sort of a mini-theme of eastern and central European fiction, but this was largely unplanned; it just worked out that way. Hope this is helpful; I have comments about many of these on either my 75 Book Challenge or Club Read threads. Rebecca.
Thank you for your lovely comment Amy. I checked out your blog and like it very much...particularly the post about the orchid. I kill plants regularly...only the hardiest survive....I do like a good garden...revel in them even....but just don't seem to be able to get off my bot and actually do any gardening. I know I should know but ....where does black sheep dancing come from???
In response to your question re Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness. I really liked it and would rate it among her best but I've liked almost everything I've read from her. That said, to answer your question if it's worth a re-read or purchase, I rarely read anything twice, even if I've loved it; just too much else waiting to be read. And I rarely even buy books other than on my Kindle. This one I actually listened to from discs I got at the library. Hope you like it.
You know, now that you say it, I think it IS a line from that movie! I didn't realize it at the time though!
Thanks for the encouragement. I'll look into it.
No, the name is a reference to Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, one of my favourite shows. Check it out on youtube, it's a musical show and lots of the songs are online. It's a britcom thing with a lot of adult/political/over the heads of kids references that makes it appropriate for all ages.

I do love the legend of Robin Hood but I don't think this coming movie will be one of my favourites.
Oh wow, thanks for following I really appreciate it. And for thinking my library is interesting. :)
Would you like to discuss Shutter Island?

Send me an e-mail please if you would like to.
Re: Shutter Island...did you like it? I liked it alot although I had caught on to the letter/name twist early on (I thought it was a bit obvious).

I didn't realize that the main guy was actually a good guy. And I had no idea that Teddy's friend wasn't real. (I gave book away so I don't remember all names and can't check).

The other stuff sort of was unsurprising but I did love the level of suspense.

I was confused about the book....I thought all along that the detective was really a real detective and not a "double" so to speak of Andrew/Teddy.

I still don't know how it played out....I am guessing that all the acting was part of Teddy's therapy? Not sure.

THANKS for the reply.
Thanks, Amy! It's so unlike me to be so forthright. *lightning bolt* Ironically speaking!

Thank you for your "friend" invitation. I accept with pleasure, and it will be a pleasure to stop by your profile to view that charming little man's picture!!

I also would like to thank you for adding me to your "interesting" libraries. I always consider it an honor when another LT member takes the time to peruse my library. I shall be peeking through yours as well.

Irene AKA saratoga99
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see we have quite a few books in common and many of our ratings are similar. Was this the reason you found my library interesting or was there something else?

I noticed you live in San Luis Obispo. I love that area and nearby Morro Bay is one of my favorite places in California.

Cute little boy's photo in your profile. Is he your son?
Hi, BlackSheepDances. Thanks for the Interesting Libraries add. It looks like Books off the Shelf is the only group we have in common. I've set aside my current book from the TBR shelves because an inter-library loan book showed up. It's hard not to feel competitive, after all.

Have fun,
Amy, I picked up In The Wake on your recommendation today. It looks good. Thanks for sharing the backstory with me. I also had Let the Great World Spin which I see you will be reading soon as well. I love it when I have several good books to choose from.
Hello Amy and thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see we do share a lot of the same books so I'm going to add you also. Do you have a thread I could be following?
Oh, sorry! I was afraid of that but I had already posted. And lucky you - I'm already getting depressed thinking about my son leaving home and he's only a junior in HS! Where does the time go!
Hi Amy, Nice to meet you and thank you for the friend request. We seem to have a lot of books in common and I'm looking forward to spending some time checking out your library. I see you are participating in the Books Off the Shelf Challenge, too. I'll look for your thread there. Isn't it amazing how the books pile up?! Is that your little girl? She's adorable! Joanne
Yay! Not being able to remember a book title is one of life's greatest annoyances.
Hey, thanks for the comments. There were times I honestly considered giving up on The Canal, because I'd usually (bad mistake) read it before dinner, and that interfered with my appetite. But, then I told myself, "Self, it's only 100-some pages. You can do it! You're almost done!" It was an enjoyable book, but at the same time, it was very, very gut-wrenching-ly intense.

And, no, I've never heard of Cecilia Ahern. But, thanks for the heads up!
I was so amazed the first time I went to Galapagos. It really seems like a different world. I have a sense of what it must have been like for those early sailors- these islands far away from anywhere full of strange reptiles. Easy pickins for food but hard to find water.

There's this feeling of history there- imagining Darwin, whalers, sailors carrying off the tortoises by the hundreds into their holds because they'd live a year or two with out food or water. There is not much development on the islands so a lot of it looks just the same as it did then. Unfortunately you can also see the history of the degradation of the archipeligo from overhunting and imported species.

The good thing is that the Ecuadorian National Park has a lot of very strict rules about where people can go and when. There are a lot of visitors but very limited places and paths they are allowed to go on and they have to have a park trained naturalist with them. That preserves most of the islands from being trammeled. And because they give permits to the various tour ships for specific times it doesn't feel crowded. We are often in places where we are the only ship.

Some people are up in arms about there being too many tourists. However, the tourist trade is making restoration possible. It's true it wasn't always like that but things are changing radically. The company I work for was the first to start giving back to the environment and the communities and the others have gotten somewhat shamed into it. Lindblad actively raises funds to eradicate invasive species (one small island they sponsered is now free of goats and donkeys and the giant tortoises are making a comeback)and also does a lot of stuff to help schools, etc. Tourists also help the Charles Darwin Research Station stay funded and they are dedicated to restoration.

So when I go back year after year, yes I do see some paths that are more trampled but I also see more tortoises and land iguanas out in the wild with vegetation growing back that had been decimated by goats.

There's many different tours- some don't have very good guides. Probably some people have a bad experience that way. I'm not sure what the best way would be to visit on the cheap. If you can speak spanish I'd say go stay in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island or to the smaller town on San Cristobal. Take some day tours and visit with the locals.

You do it with small children? Or do you mean as a homeschool method? Or both?
I liked the sentiment of GOTS more than Hunger. The protagonist of Hunger lives at the margin of society and has a chip on his shoulder. I've read that Hamsun has been accused of plagiarizing Dostoyevsky, and I definitely sensed that in Hunger. There's a minor character, Hippolyte, in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, who is the spiritual twin of the protagonist of Hunger. And both writers have a knack for depicting characters who are humiliated and angry at themselves for their sensitivity. That aspect wasn't present in GOTS except just a little bit in the son Eleseus. Another work of Hamsun, a novella, Pan, really centers on that experience of raw exposed emotion and rejection. It's like first love in a middle school, swift, awkward and painful.

Robert K. Massie's biographies are a fun way to get background on Russia. I remember really enjoying Peter the Great, and Nicholas and Alexandria.

Hi Amy! Thanks for leaving a comment - it's the best part of being on LT. I was surprised at how quick a read GOTS was. It was like an unusually good game of The SIMS at high speed. Oline was annoying wasn't she? Like Gollum. But she had to make her own social safety net however she could I guess. Today, she'd probably be working at Starbucks part time, and stealing coffee.

I noticed your library didn't include Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. I think you'd like that a lot, too. Lavrans is a lot like Isak. The novel starts slowly, with a lot of medieval names, but it's well worth the effort to press on, and it turns out to be a beautiful epic work like GOTS, or even War and Peace.

I just finally got around to Durrell this year. I'm glad I did. One tip I have is to Google a little background on the Gnostics. Durrell was friends with Jacques Lacarriere whose little book on them is very helpful in understanding the confusing term and Durrell's thinking. Gnosticism is a major theme in The Avignon Quintet. I haven't yet read the Alexandria Quartet, but plan to do so later this year.

Happy New Year,
Thanks for the kind comment! With two little ones in the house, creative time has been given short shrift in recent months, and I/we haven't been blogging much or posting to sites like Ficly. It seems that most of the people I was interested in following at Ficly all stopped posting stories around the same time, and I've just never been back...I have jotted down a few ideas, though, so I might make it back sometime.
I thought you might have a laugh at that, I laugh at myself. I have her watching Your Baby Can Read videos and everything. She gets so excited when I put them on and cranky if I'm late with them, I think she knows they are to teach her. She watches my mouth so carefully when I sound the words out for her.
I thought TWTM might be a bit much. I already feel so inadequate so thanks for the warning. To me part of the joy of Homeschool is that it can be done faster and more efficiently so they have more free time for other interests and having fun.
Your blog page is beautiful. I saw your comment in The Well-educated mind, you said you homeschooled your children using The Well-Trained Mind and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about it?
I have a nine month old but I'm planning to use the book to homeschool her (and perhaps another) using that book. How did you like it? How many hours a day did the kids spend working? How many hours did you spend preparing? Did you actually teach them Latin? May I pick your brain a bit more at a later time?
Thank you.
Hi Amy, and thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I loved what you said above about books making you feel rich. I so agree with you. Your reviews are well thought out and I enjoyed reading them. I've never even heard of In The Wake, but now I want to read it. I have enjoyed the two books by Petterson that I've read. Stop by anytime to "talk books" with me. Happy Reading in 2010.
Good to hear from you. I will check out your reviews - 23! I guess you had been holding on to them.

Many places I'm content to read about without having to go there. The two that I really wanted to experience first hand were Galapagos and the Antarctic peninsula. I was tremendously surprised that it happened I was able to go to both.

I will pick up Tim Winton at some point and let you know what I think.

Take care,

Thank you for your comment about The Riders. I'm afraid I just stumbled across Time Winton recently myself. I have another of his books (short stories), but haven't read it yet. Also, I know little about Australian lit so I'm no help there either. His writing reminds me a bit of Larry Watson and Cormac McCarthy -- a bit raw -- though McCarthy is much more so. Is there an Aussie book group here you could ask. They're are CA and San Diego groups, so maybe an Aussie one as well. Good luck on the search. If you get an answer, let me know, too. I'm always on the hunt for some new author to adore.
Hi Amy,

I sometimes look up a member after reading a good review to see what else they are reading. Here it is the first time you've submitted one! Thanks for your thoughtful insights. I'll add you to my interesting libraries.

Take care,
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