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About me11/10/07~~I'm a 67-year-old woman who loves to read. Besides reading, I enjoy figure skating shows, crossword puzzles, on-line jigsaw puzzles, collecting sea shells, and music--not necessarily in that order. My favorite singer is Dan Fogelberg, followed closely by Andrea Bocelli and Waylon Jennings. I am a big Jerry Lewis fan. I have 3 grown offspring, 10 grandchildren and even great grandchildren -- 14 at last count.

08/13/12~~I was pretty much blue today, as it would have been Dan Fogelberg's sixty-first birthday. May he rest in peace.

10/20/13~~Now I am 73 years old.

12/16/12~~Dan and my Uncle Bob have been gone for five years. I miss them.

About my library11/10/07~~"Salmagundi" is the only way to describe my library. My daughter, DeanieG, is also using LibraryThing, which we laughingly refer to as "LiberryThang," and we have many books in common. My favorite book is The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle, followed closely by A Confederacy of Dunces.

11/16/08~~I finally got around to going through my library and tagging those I've read. I may have missed some. Also, I didn't tag mathematics, computer programming or sociology books, along with most other nonfiction. I wish I had all the books I've read but have given some away, some belonged to others, some were borrowed and never returned, etc. I have enough unread books to keep me busy for a while, yet I keep buying more.

05/08/09~~I feel compelled to say that, though I have books marked as "Oprah's Book Club," that is not the reason I bought them. I don't watch Oprah and have, in fact, almost not bought a book because of that. Silly, I know, but I cannot help it. ‹(^¿^)›

07/19/09~~I surely do like the Collections feature. As you can guess, at my age I've read hundreds of books that I either once or never owned. Some books I've remembered on my own, and others have been called to mind by my looking through OP's libraries -- an excellent memory jogger. :-)

09/14/09~~Equally as silly as not liking people to think that the only reason I bought a book was because of Oprah: when I order a book, not even knowing that it was made into a movie, and receive said book with a cover indicating a movie tie-in, instead of the one that was shown. I suppose the text is still the same. lol

10/20/09~~I just received three more books from my daughter, DeanieG. Yay! I've lost track of how many books she's given me over the years, but she's the only one who does that. Thank you.

10/19/10~~A package from was just delivered. I said to myself, "Self, you haven't ordered any books lately." I opened the package. She (my daughter, DeanieG) did it again! Six books. Yay! Thank you my darlin' daughter. I love you. By the way, I loved you before you started buying me books. ♥

12/30/10~~Deanie did it again -- twice! She sent her dad a wonderful gift card for his birthday, which is on December 4, and sent us one together for Christmas. Wow! We got many great books. Two haven't arrived, yet, and two are pre-orders, but that just gives us some more anticipation. Thank you again, my darling daughter.

10/20/12~~My Deanie sent me a lovely gift card for my birthday. I'll let you guess what I spent it on! I've missed posting a couple of times when she's sent a "book" card. Sorry, Deanie. I love you bunches. ♥ And thank you!

10/20/13~~Another "book" card from my Deanie. Thank you. Love you. ♥

05/11/14~~Thank you for another "book" card, Deanie! Love you. ♥

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Favorite authorsPeter S. Beagle, Mark Childress, Pat Conroy, Teri Coyne, Carmen Agra Deedy, Nelson DeMille, Fannie Flagg, Gail Godwin, John Grisham, Allan Gurganus, Melinda Haynes, Ursula Hegi, Joshilyn Jackson, Stephen King, Billie Letts, Morgan Llywelyn, Jeff Long, Kathryn Magendie, Robert McCammon, Anne Rice, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Leonard B. Scott, Wilbur Smith, John Kennedy Toole, Leon Uris, G. Joseph Wimbish (Shared favorites)

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I'm so glad :-)
That's terrific. Thanks for sharing! :-)
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Just sitting here, radiating adorableness.
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Aw! She IS Cute!
I'm sorry you and your husband haven't been well lately. I hope things improve soon for both of you.
Best wishes and hugs,
Just post to a new thread in Talk about LibraryThing.

Or if you want to post a place where lots of people will answer but probably not me because I'm not a member, you'll also be welcomed at

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Welcome to LibraryThing

Any of those would work. Take care.
No, it runs until midnight GMT Monday - the days marked at midnight are the end of the day, not the beginning. It only took me five minutes of rechecking the timeline to be sure! Not clear - sorry. I'll put a note in the logbook thread, so if others are also confused it should be clearer.

Also, it turns out I started it an hour early. It should have started at 1700 PDT, not 1600 when I started it (first - actually, second post in the Logbook thread). Presumably other people were actually paying attention to the timeline and put themselves at the right time...
Tank you!
Thank you!
Lettie....never mind, got it to work...the 'Touch Stone' info. is at the right, just never knew exactly what it meant...should've just tried it!!...thanks again, Gemma.
Hi Lettie Ann! Many thanks for adding me to your friends, it's really exciting to be corresponding with someone on the other side of the Atlantic! Yes, I think we share a lot of books - I see you're also a Jean Plaidy fan. I'm determinedly having a go at some Nobel Prize winners this year; next year I'm going to chill with lots of Virago Classics and historical fiction.
Keep me posted if you discover any great reads (NB I was interested in your favourite book by Peter S Beagle, whom I'd never heard of before. If it beats Ignatius it must be good; should I add it to my evergrowing wishlist ?]
Much love
That's...that's...hysterical! Boo, that's perfect.
No you can start any time. You'd probably get a 50 book challenge really fast. I have been reading more lately, in part because I'm not on FB as much and I just go in my room and read when I want. Love you.
Hi my Mommy! Been reading good books? I have!! Love you.
thanks for the advice. Happy Holidays!
I love you.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! lol! Wish I were there, also...miss you crazy much.
So, Mom, I jumped over to your page to leave you a message, like "i love you" or "Hey!" and I saw all these posts from all these peeps and I was wondering what is there to do on here to get so many comments from so many different people....I must be missing a whole lot of something.... ;-)
Get $100 Starbucks giftcard, only for library thing users! :D
Loved reading your review of Dead Anyway. It's another example that raises the question "How did that ever get published!" And it certainly makes me curious about his other books -- I have a hard time believing they are any good, either. Not curious enuff to read any of them, though.
You mean there are actually three of them?
Sure, Lettie ... the Old Testament, the new Testament and the Bible.
eats best at home.

Well of course you do Boo. Now you have trained hubby to do the cooking! What did he do before 'retiring' and learning that 'our ladies' have to work quite hard at feeding us?
Thanks for your answer (which got here "early Tomorrow"-- Hawaiʻi Time.

I donʻt see a "Jeremy" in my listing ("Interesting Libraries), and I donʻt

know how to reach anyone whose name I donʻt have listed to click on?

Is there some way to do that? I hav enʻt re-booted (unless I did

it accidentally) Iʻm not sure I would know how. Its hard o

believe Iʻve actually had courses in computer science, but back in

those days it was mostly theory, not practice that we learned.

As it stands now I can put it in order by Author OR Book Title,

but I donʻt GET the authors on the screen, even though I can

tell from memory that itʻs in AUthor- Ordder.

in Author-Order.
Thanks for your reply about L T's
order of presentation.

This has happened before, on my Collections.

ANd I restored the previous format but without

knowing exactly how -- sort of by accident. In

this case, I at first couldn't get the icons

that are used for revising and deleting an item

(pencil icon and X icon). I restored those

-- "by accident" and then was left with the

unwanted LC call number-order in place of the


As it stands know I can't get authors, except

by going back to the book's own page. I'm being

Good morning!
If you really are interested:- A careful strip off the branch of ANY fruit blossom, a few taps to ensure there are lurking no wasp eggs, drench in confectionary sugar, dip in Crepe batter ("Pancake" mix) and deep fried. Dust with more sugar and serve piping hot. Eat!
We were amazed when our friend in France dashed out into her garden and produced this desert in minutes!
Good reading!
Hi, Boo,
Sorry if my last TPBM comment sounded like a put-down - it wasn't intended thus. I knew nothing about the First Amendment until I just looked on Wikipedia. It has always seemed odd to me that the US adopted "In God we Trust" as a motto for what purports to be a secular state, although the First Amendment doesn't seem to say anything about the beliefs of the government - just that it shouldn't mess with those who think differently.

I would much prefer to live in a secular state but the Church of England is a sufficiently flabby - maybe tolerant is a nicer word - organisation not to cause any problems for non-believers.

abbott thomas
you're right, but most of them are translations. If you go to the book site you can find out the original title. Have fun
Hej, yes, Roman is novel in English, and a Novelle would be short story; and a Gift is a poison ... it's fun to look at some words we use and then see what they mean in other languages or how they are translated. So writing 'GIFT' on a gift to Germany is not a good idea (as it happened after WW II)...

I read two books by Leon Uris, thanks for the hints on the other authors.

Hej, yes, Roman is novel in English, and a Novelle would be short story; and a Gift is a poison ... it's fun to look at some words we use and then see what they mean in other languages or how they are translated. So writing 'GIFT' on a gift to Germany is not a good idea (as it happened after WW II)...

I read two books by Leon Uris, thanks for the hints on the other authors.

Hi Lettie

When checking the 'What should you borrow?' section on your account I come across some titles which sound interesting and I probably going to read when stumbling over them,,, (like Deep end of the ocean, Secret life of bees, Map of the world, Just so stories, Sarum etc). That's why I earmarked your library.

Sorry, it wasn't my intension to confuse you.

'the Mother Tongue' was ticking me off (article + capitals), I just wanted to remind the writer that as English, French (and any other spoken language) IS mother tongue, so going back to mother tongue was not the writers intension...

I had French in school (about 7 years or so), but I am not fluent. I like the sound of French but I don't like to speak it, despite the fact that we often have meetings where both languages are used at liberty. I speak Mother Tongue (which is Swiss German) and English, and I have some ideas of Korean (my wife is Korean).

Wish you a blessed start into the new year
Now you may rest in peace, please! Not literally!
I'm from Dublin, but have lived in NY for 17 years. I still make it back several times a year, though, to keep up with family and friends.
It's always a fun place to visit.

Merry Christmas

Glad to hear that the operation (about 1 year before

mine), did not lead to any dietary restrictions..

In my case the NO Hamburgers rule may be an i

dosyncracy of the doctor assigned to me at the Kaiser

clnic here, but he doesnʻt put much emphasis on

it -- treats it as if it "went without saying"..

In #334 of the TPBM Thread, you wondered

why Roland had to give up eating hamburger.

I missed being the next poster on that, but

the reason is supposed to be a more

general ban on FRIED foods. Beyond that,

I don't know the nutritional/digestive

reason behind it. The operation, apart from

the fried food ban,was supposed to have little

effect on my diet. And, as i mentioned in

335, I haven't been a devout follower

of the rulilng.
Hi Mommy! I miss your face. Actually, I miss all of you!
I'm about halfway through "Bedbugs" far not too impressed...
I was so very confused when I started reading that comment. Where had I been talking about snakes. . . then I got to the bottom. Ah, math jokes, you are the best. Thanks for the laugh :)
Ah! Well, thanks for the suggestion! And thanks - I think they're pretty cute :)
I did :) Someone, can't remember who, mentioned and I found a copy there a couple months ago. Started reading it the day it came in - mid-June - and I still haven't had time to finish it with life happening (like it does) and distractions popping up (like they do). Hopefully soon - I'm about 3/4 of the way through it, I just never seem to find the time to finish it off!
I love you!
Me, just don't know...
Hi Letty, Yes that is great news about Lucia St. Clair Robson's touchstones! I was glad to hear from you as we just don't seem to be bumping into each other very often. I am reading up a storm this year but my wish list still grows and grows. I've been introduced to graphic novels and I am enjoying this genre. Haven't read any Lucia St. Clair Robson this year, but in the western area, I loved Dances With Wolves, one of my favorite reads of this year. Also new-to-me author Sandra Dallas's The Diary of Mattie Spenser, about homesteading in Colorado was a fantastic read. I will have to make more of an effort to drop by some of the game sites and re-connect with you! Hope you and your family are all doing well.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my pictures, Lettie!

Your last comment, on my Magic kitty, is a bit surprising - he's a "cream mackerel tabby" according to my mother's friend, who judges cat shows and not particularly rare. The one who was in my car, Merlin, is sitting right next to the computer near the power supply so she can suck up the warmth! She's Magic's littermate and they're both getting to be old kitties.

Take care and see you around.
Thank you for inquiring! Sorry, I got busy with Easter stuff. Finally tonight I am back to my routine. I guess I picked a hard song. Maybe the next one will be easier.
Wouldn't be Brian or Sean. I have cousins with those names (though not sure if Shawn or Sean, either way, no good).

Back when she was pregnant with the first, before we knew the sex, when we were talking boys names, we originally thought Timothy, but then my wife had second thoughts because she didn't like the thought of him being "TP", that kids would make fun of him referring him to what they use to wipe their butt. A little irrational, but then again, that's how my wife can be at times.

So "T" names were out the window, but then we found out on December 1st of 2009 that we were having a Girl, so it cut our name-hunting in half. I'm sure there are other names that are out as well, as I'm 100% sure, knowing my wife, that she wouldn't want a name that can be shortened to a name that rhymes, like Zachary, or Jack (i.e. Zack Patrick). Other names that would definitely be out if we have a 2nd and it's a boy would be John, Kevin, Robert, Evan, Greg, Philip, Albert, Arthur, Bob, Michael, Mark, Jeremy, Price, Jason, Charlie, David, etc.

Maybe I can coax my wife into Bartholomew? :-)

She wanted Eleanor, I said no, I wanted Danielle, she said no, continued to go back and forth for a while until I mentioned Rebecca, and the name stuck.
Sounds like your sister-in-law is the opposite extreme.

I don't feel the urge to go to every mall and garage sale there is. Actually, I avoid garage sales, and other than some rare occasions, it will usually be March/April or November/December when you see me in a mall. But I also couldn't stay in the house 7 days a week. I'd have to get out, whether that be a restaurant, movie theater, casino, chess tournament, etc. I just can't envision myself spending every day eating, sleeping, and watching Football, Baseball, Basketball, Local News, and 5 hours of Game Show Network every day!

If we have a second, and if it's a boy, his middle name will be Patrick. We had determined that if we had 2 of the same sex, the first girl's middle name would be my Wife's middle name, Louise, and the first boy's middle name would be Patrick, and both would apply in the case of one of each. However, first name is specifically a name not in the family on either side. We believe in traditional names, but want at least some form of originality within the family. Hence the name Rebecca Louise (we have no Rebeccas on either side of the family).
Happy third to your great grandson!

My daughter will be 1 on the 28th of this month.

We may have one more, or we may just stick with her, but no way we are going beyond 2, and if we have the 2nd one, birth will likely occur within the next 2 years, as otherwise my wife will be getting close to 37 (she's 34 right now) and the odds of problems tend to go up significantly.

Highly doubtful I'll have a great grandson by 70. I'll be lucky if I have a grandson (or granddaughter) by 70. I guess the odds are I will, but probably not before my 60s. I was 8 days shy of 35 when Rebecca was born.

As I'm sure you probably figured out from the previous message. I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't eat healthy! (And yes, I'm well aware the third is NOT a good thing). I guess on the plus side, I have lost 11 pounds in the last 24 months. It's probably because I tend to snack more on things like Pretzels than Ice Cream (not that I never have sugary snacks), but that nice greasy hamburger or greasy pizza or greasy fried chicken ain't the best thing for you.

Of course, I must say, nothing is funnier than going to a McDonalds (this actually happened once, around Summer 2009), getting a double quarter pounder (with cheese is 39 fat grams, but I don't eat American Cheese, so probably closer to the low-30s for me), and listening to the woman in the next booth and her friend talking about dieting and eating healthy, and they are both eating salads with an entire packet of Salad Dressing. Uhm...that's more fat grams than the Double QP with Cheese!! Hard to believe, but true! I was in Chicago in May of 2008, and on their little paper sheet they put on the trays they had the fat gram facts for a bunch of McDonalds menu items, and the worst was the salads with dressing, one of them being 46 Fat Grams!! Without dressing, it of course was far better than any burgers or fried chicken.

I could not envision being homebound. I'd go stir-crazy. I could see if I couldn't drive, but I'd then take public transportation or ride with a friend that has a license. I just can't imagine what life is like for you. I'm surprised you aren't going thru major depression. My wife's one remaining Grandparent I believe is also homebound, somewhere in her low 80's I think, and I can't imagine what it's like for her. All I know is that she's a very happy camper this year as she's a die hard Packers fan.

Well, back to doing real work, unfortunately. Good luck with the transition from Terrible Twos to Terrifying Threes!
Eh, you have a long ways to go before you die. That's you in the gray and orange striped shirt in the picture, right? LOL! In all seriousness, if that's you on the left in the picture, you don't appear to be any older than me.

Well, if you want to live longer, stay off the drugs, and that goes for nicotine (i.e. cigarettes).

I've seen various studies they've done over the last 5 to 10 years, and the impression that I get, based on various numbers given at various random times, no "official" reports, is that those that eat healthy vs those that don't eat healthy, all other factors equal, the ones that eat healthy outlive those that don't by 3 to 6 months. Those that don't smoke vs those that do, all other factors again being equal, the ones that don't smoke appear to outlive those that do by about 10 to 11 years.

Therefore, if you are puffing the nicotine, lay off the "cancer sticks" and you might be able to get all your books read. As for whether to eat salads and brussel sprouts and apples, or hamburgers and ice cream and potato chips, I personally say sacrifice the 3 months and enjoy life!

I sure hope I can complete my TBR list. If I die of "old age", I should be able to, as I'm about 3 1/2 weeks shy of 36, but then again, who the heck knows what else can happen? I may end up some 106-year-old hamburger-eating freak, and I may be ran over by a drunk the day after tomorrow.

Personally, I am forecasting a death for me in 2073. I think Alanis Morissette was singing about me when she said "An old man, turned 98, he won the lottery, died the next day." Guess I better get moving if I'm going to finish all of these books! :-)
I'll add John Hart to my list. Probably will be quite a while though before I get to him. Already have the following either ongoing or on my TBR list:

Vince Flynn - Caught up, basically waiting for "American Assassin" to come to paperback
David Baldacci - Currently reading "Stone Cold", the 3rd of 5 in the Camel Club series
James Rollins - Have read the first 4 (of 7 thus far) in the Sigma Force Series, and have one other book of his to read.
David Lynn Golemon - Have read the first of thus far 6 in his Event Group series.


Brad Thor - Scot Harvath series
Ted Bell - Hawke series
Scott Sigler - "Infected" and the sequel
Chris Kuzneski - He has a series that's 5 or 6 books deep right now
Jack DuBrul - The 6 or 7 book series he did himself, not his work with Clive Cussler
Stephen Coonts - Jake Grafton series
Daniel Silva

This also shows why I am not doing Secret Santa in 2011. Just flat out need to catch up! :-)
For us, I'd say May, October, and December are our worst, and literally nothing in March or September, with all the October birthdays literally being in one household (Octoberfest, anyone?). If we hung out with extended family, May would be by far the worst as I have something like 5 or so cousins or 2nd cousins that are also May.

Everything listed below is birthdays unless otherwise specified. Note, I don't see my Mother's husband or Father's wife as step-parents as my parents divorced when I was 28.

January 19th - Father
January 21st - Brother-in-law
February 10th - Wife's Mother
April 28th - Daughter
May 6th - Myself
May 11th - Mother's Husband
May 21st - Wife's Sister
June 26th - Sister's Anniversary
June 28th - Sister
July 11th - Mother
July 16th - Sister-in-Law thru my Wife's side (Wife's Brother's Wife)
August 26th - Nephew
October 1st - Sister's Anniversary
October 2nd - Wife's Brother's Anniversary
October 8th - Twin Nieces
October 13th - Brother-in-Law
October 31st - Sister
November 4th - Our Anniversary
November 5th - Father's Wife
December 13th - Wife's Brother
December 22nd - Wife
December 31st - Wife's Father

Then of course there's Mother's Day (May), Father's Day (June), Christmas (Dec), etc.
Around the turn of the month is completely chaotic, and with the last item being as early as physically possible, it's really bunched together.

Here's what we are looking at:

Thursday, April 28th - Rebecca turns 1
Saturday, April 30th - Rebecca's first birthday party
Friday, May 6th - "Daddy" turns 36
Sunday, May 8th - "Mommy" has her 2nd Mother's Day, and with my wife's parents in town from 4/26 to 5/9, we've got a second Mother's Day celebration in the house.

Other notables:

A couple of friends of ours had a son 9 days after Rebecca was born, and with my parents divorced and re-married, in effect, it's like as if Rebecca has 3 sets of Grandparents, but only 4 of the 6 are biological. My mother's husband (one of the non-biological) turns I think 68, but not sure about age.

So to a lesser degree:

Saturday, May 7th - Larry turns 1
Wednesday, May 11th - Richard turns 68 (I think)
We haven't heard anything since the first week of March, so supposedly he's doing ok at this point. Probably still trying to regain the weight though.

Of course, we've been mostly focused as of late on trying to get invitations out, party supplies, etc for our daughter, who turns 1 later this month. At first I thought it was a simple task, but it almost feels like I'm re-living the days of Wedding Invitations. Go Figure! LOL!
I think The Killer Angels is a better book than the book by Jeff Shaara which I have read, but that does not mean Gods and Genrals is not a very good book..Here is my comment on Gods and Generals made right after I read it:

3001. Gods and Generals, by Jeff Shaara (read 25 Aug 1997) This book is modeled on the author's father's monumental The Killer Angels, and covers the years leading up to Gettysburg, culminating in Stonewall Jackson's death in May 1863. It is tremendously moving, and does not sound like fiction--there are no fake characters. It should definitely be read before The Killer Angels, though I could not do that since it was not written till after I had read with tremendous appreciation The Killer Angels.
Desperation is the companion book to the Regulators. I assume that's the one you are referring to.

The book just stunk. I couldn't even finish it.

The reason I liked Insomnia is probably not the reason most did. If there wasn't the whole political side of it, with pro-choice activist Susan Day and the opposing side doing things like putting the building in flames, wouldn't have been as good. It wasn't just about the weird creatures with the auras over their heads.

Been a while since I read it, latter half of 2005 I believe.

They say it's some kind of stomach issue where he hasn't been able to digest properly. He was released from the hospital on Friday. Not sure if they are intending any future surgeries or not. They are trying to get him back to the bottle, but he won't do it (I guess 18-month olds are resistant like that). They do have him back to eating baby food. Not sure how long that's going to take or last.

Thanks for the thought. Hopefully our daughter never has to go thru that, though she has been going thru a phase where she just always seems to have WAY too much mucus in her system. Causes her to throw up her bottle every now and then...been happening about once every two weeks or so since the start of the year.

Thanks for the support. It's amazing how different things are with a baby than an adult. I had the flu bug in January, and lost 7 pounds in 1 day, from 210 to 203. Didn't really think twice about it as I re-gained 5 of those 7 pounds within a couple of days, resulting in a 2-pound loss. Something adults like to see all the time.

However, when an 18-month old drops a pound a week for a month, and goes from 23 pounds to 19 pounds (i.e. about 20% of body weight, the equivalent to me losing 42 pounds from my flu in January), and still dropping with vomitting, and they are having trouble figuring put what the problem is, it's scary. They say after you eat, half of what you eat should be digested in an hour, and another half of that in the 2nd hour, so after 2 hours, 3/4 of the food should be digested. He ate pears Friday morning around 7ish, and vomitted full chunks (i.e. undigested) at something like midnight or 1am Saturday morning, pretty much the entire serving.

What's worse, this doesn't happen every day. Maybe 2 times a week. So no real way to predict or see a consistent pattern. Not like certain foods are doing it either, different every time.

What's even more freightening is our daughter, who is almost 10 months, 8 months younger than our nephew, is now MAYBE a pound lighter than him (I think she's between 17 1/2 and 18 pounds), and it's not like she's overeating, and she's actually somewhere between the 25th and 50th percentile (i.e. a little below average), if that gives you some idea where he's at.

This past Friday/Saturday was the 2nd time this resulted in him being in the hospital, the first being Superbowl Sunday.

With the health situations in my wife's and my families, this is actually very scary. It almost makes me want to do research on the health of boys and men. My father had open heart surgery at 53 due to blockage, now 67. My father-in-law has schleroderma, diagnosed in the late 90s, a heart attack at 58 or 59, and now heart issues again and in the hospital right now (61). I'm the oldest of 3, only male, had childhood health and neurological problems (they think because of furtility drugs because my parents were trying almost 10 years when they had me), both younger sisters healthy. My wife is the oldest of 3, one brother (middle child), with severe OCD and depression, and now this case. My wife's side nobody had kids yet except her. We had a girl (in extreme good health and ahead developmentally, crawling at 7 months, walking at 9 months), and my other sister had twin girls (fraternal, not identical), both in good health.

I find it very hard to believe that this is a coinceidence.
Thanks, Lettie, for letting me know about Fire. Yes, I for sure was one person who wanted to know your reaction when you were done. I'm glad you liked it. While Graceling had the cachet and impact of "great new author!", I think Fire may be the better-written book. I really liked that she wrote a "companion" book that was related to the first one but went off on a completely different creative tangent. Like you, I enjoyed the humor, and I'm a pushover for a good romance, too.

I'll keep an eye out for Maggie Stiefvater. Thanks for the suggestion.

Best wishes - Joe
Hi Letty. Yes, I've been back for awhile. Been having a hectic January as my husband has been home sick. He hasn't been to work yet in 2011. He's going back on Monday - Thank heavens. At first he was so sick that he just kind of laid around but the last week he has been feeling better and definitely getting in my way. I also haven't been around my usual haunts on LT as much since I joined the 75 Book Challenge this year - it is a very socal bunch of people. Between that and a couple of other challenges I am working on my time on LT has been taken up. I hope you and your family had a great New Years, I will still be around, especially on the Silly Book Game with questions and answers as that is my favorite. Hope you are getting in some quality reading.

COngratulations on Auburns' victory in the BCIS!

I didn't get to see it, as we have been without TV

for the past two weeks or so. Seems to have been quite

a game.
Only got your message once.

"Mr. Tanner," and "The Shortest Story," are really fine songs. There so many great ones that it almost seems silly to pick a favorite, but I must admit I do have a favorite: "A Better Place to Be."

Thanks for the tip on the "Books You Share," list.

I too loved "A Confederacy of Dunces," at least the first two times. A third try didn't work so well for me. Not sure why.

I'll try the writer you suggest. You mentioned that she wrote a novel of feudal Japan. That's one I'd be interested in. Have you read "Musashi," by Eiji Yoshikowa? It's about one of Japan's historical figures. 900+ pages and it's so good you're sorry when it's over.

I just got a novel about the end of the Roman Empire, "Eagle in the Snow," that I'm eager to get to.

I understand how you feel about Dan Fogelberg's death. I felt the same way when Harry Chapin died.

Good to meet you on LibraryThing.

Gosh, yes, you certainly must attend to your ER book first! Thanks for letting me know - happy New Year!

Hi Lettie:

As I always do when I check out another LT'er's profile, I looked to see what books we share. 18!

That the first one listed is "Heart of the Country," jumped out at me. I'm the only LT'er to review it, albeit it's only a one sentence review.

I noticed for the first time that "books you share" isn't listed alphabetically. Wonder what guides the listing order?

Hi Lettie,

This is to let you know that my second book, 'A World Denied', is now out and available through Amazon and other on-line booksellers. As you might guess from the title, it continues the story begun in 'A World Invisible', and I am now in the planning stages of the third and final novel in the sequence.

'A World Denied' is published by Wooden Hill Press (ISBN: 978-0956443212) at $12.99. I really hope you will buy it and enjoy it!

Have a great Christmas,

Hey, I don't think there is anything wrong with saving that last piece of pecan pie for yourself - who slaved over a hot oven to make it in the first place? I tried to get my husband to read "Ride the Wind" as I loved it so much, but he said he couldn't get into it - I think the sheer size of the book put him off. He's happy as long as I keep him in books by Wilbur Smith, Steven Hunter and Nelson DeMille.
Lucky you, reading Fearless - I am still sitting on both it and Tokaido Road. I have Shadow Patriots on order and am waiting for her last one to come out in paperback. I will have to stop hoarding and actually read one!!
Enjoy your book!

I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the info. Maybe it will end up in my New Authors list for the 1111 challenge.
Cheers to you too and many more.
Kind of. Not as much as dragons, but still. Why, do you believe dragons and/or unicorns exist?

Oh yeah, ummmmm...that picture you commented's actually not mine. You can actually snag it from the snaggle picture section. I don't know why, but people are always interested in the pictures that are not mine instead of the my profile picture that I want people to focus on.

That T-Shirt saying was funny.
Man, whatever that bug was it delivered a 72 hour ass kicking and then hops to someone else. Damn government experiments. I read Shutter Island and really liked it.
Mercy buckets, Boo. Looks like that bug is a three-day wonder.
Thanks for your commendation.

On Vyvyan Holland, author of "Son of

Oscar Wilde". His change of surname

was instituted by his mother, Constance

Lloyd Wilde (she didn't change her own

married surname), according to Wikipedia.

According to a "Time" article , she was

"under pressure" from her own family,

the Lloyds. Like the Wildes, they were

Anglo-Irish (though Lloyd is usually a

Welsh name.) Their hostility to Oscar

dated back long before his trials and

prison sentence. It started with the

engagement of Constance and Oscar;

the Lloyds thought Oscar was of inferior


My knowledge of Vyvyan and his forced

change of name in childhood is mostly

from "Son of Oscar Wilde" by [Vyvyan

Holland (with) revisions by Merlin

Holland (Vyvyan's son and Oscar's

only grandson).

It's not clear to me from"Son of O W,

just who was most responsible for the

name change. Vyvyan may have been

avoiding mentioning names, but he

seems aware of getting unwanted

"protection" from the reputation of

his father. I would have to re-read

the book to see if there is anything

more specific on this; I couldn't

find out from the index.

Vyvyan seems well educated, and a

good non-fiction writer, but shows

no signs of his father's aptitudes--

poetic, novelistic, and dramatic, not

even much interest in creative writing.

Oscar's other son, Cyril Holland, was

one of the thousands of British who

were killed in World War I.
Hi, Boo (if I may be familiar!)

I can't give a very helpful opinion, I'm afraid. I bought Closing time when it first came out 16 years ago, started it but ran out of steam. It's one of those kept-to-go-back-to-one-of-these-days books. I really only remember not being gripped by it as I was with Catch-22. I suppose it was an old man's book about old men: now I'm an old man maybe it will appeal to me more ;-)

Looking at the LT ratings, it seems as if my experience was not unique. I suppose if I were you, I'd read Catch-22 again to remind myself how good Heller could be before trying the later book. In fact, that's what I will do when Closing time comes to the top of the TBR pile.

Let me know how you find it.

Best wishes, at
I guess I do spend a fair amount of time seeking out photos for posting on LT. Actually, I'm pretty much multi-tasking when I do so, although "multi-tasking" sounds kind of high falutin' considering the pointlessness of much of what I do. I watch a fair amount of TV, mostly sports, news, Law & Order (in all its manisfestations), but I can't just sit there doing nothing else. So I'll go scrounging around the internet looking for photos while keeping one eye on the tube. For example, I just finished watching Nebraska eke out an overtime win over Iowa State (boo!), while also looking for photos of the winners of the Wolfson History Prize. Sorry, too much information, I know, but you asked!
Thank you.

Goodnight Boobalack!
Can I use you for a reference for after the ATF people come looking for me? Srisly, ATF should be it's own store- one stop shopping for the unrepentant redneck. And if Uncle Sugar insists on providing free health care for everybody, cigarettes should be free and whiskey $1 a gallon.
Just wanted to tell you about Donna Ward, whose mystery book you reviewed. She's having a grand time speaking at bookstores and selling the book as she travels.
Thanks for the editing advice. :)

Thank you! I confess that's exactly the answer I was wishing to hear.

Actually, it's better, for now I know the storyline is realistic enough. My interest in that book just sky-rocketed! lol

If/when I get around reading it, I'll make sure to let you know what I think of the end.

Thanks again!

Girl from Shangri-la.
Hey Lettie,

Hope you don't mind, but I read you read "Shiver" over at the PBM thread and thought I might drop in a message. How did you like that book?

You know, I'm not into paranormal stories at all, but the intro of this book intrigues me. Is it as good as some reviews state? Is it worth swimming across a sea of paranormal references? How much of the current "I'm a mytical creature and I'm cool" hype can be found in there? Just curious, you see. ;-)

Anyway, thanks for reading.

Have a wonderful Friday,

Girl from Shangri-la.
BTW, Fabul Tov on the new kidlet.

You are one lucky lady, I know how much joy our two grandchildren bring into our life. Your large family must enrich your life tremendously.
Congratulations Lettie on the new addition to your family. I just saw your post on TPBM thread. Is this your first great-grandchild? I bet you can't wait to hold him. Great news!

Hi Lettie, that's funny as I just received an order from Amazon that had Lucia St Clair Robson's Fearless in it. That gives me two of hers on my TBR right now. I understand about drawing her books out completely! I just kept looking at Tokaido Road and thinking, someday soon... Now that I have two of hers I may actually read one of them!

Hey boo, I've added 'antigodlin' to my list of cool words.
Hi Lettie, thanks for "stopping by." Surely you're not suggesting that one of our players used Google to find a song title ;-)

Read some of your profile page and I see that we share a favorite: I'm also a big fan of A Confederacy of Dunces. I used to keep a copy in the car so I would always have it to look at if I stopped for a meal. I enjoy Peter Beagle too... I wrote a paper about A Fine and Private Place in school.

best, Jim
Thanks Lettie, as you can see - Spelling was not my best subject!
I tweeked it, I should know by now that everything needs rewrite.

Oh, lucky you! I intend to get my hands on all of Lucia St Clair Robson's books eventually. Right now I am trying to rein in my book buying, at least until I get my TBR shelves under 250 books!
Enjoy all the good read you have coming your way. Judy
Just have to thank you for using 'A World Invisible" on Book Talk's 'Silly Game'! Very much appreciated - such fun to see it listed by Touchstone. You are a champion, Lettie!
Lettie, thank you so much for your review of 'A World Invisible', I really appreciate it! And thanks too for tackling Amazon - I've checked, and your review is up and on-line!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, and am happy to tell you that I have passed the half way point in writing the sequel!

All good wishes,

Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed 'A World Invisible' - really good to hear! How odd about all those coincidences... A review would be lovely, and if you could post it on too I'd be very pleased. However, probably the best thing for me would be mentioning it in one of the LibraryThing discussion threads - word of mouth is so powerful!

If you haven't looked at my website recently, please do. I've added new photos of many of the locations, including the V&A Museum and Oxford. There is also a family tree for the characters, although it is labelled with a spoiler warning for people who haven't read the book!

I can't find how to make this a live link for you, I'm afraid, but it is:

Best wishes,

Thank you for telling me. . . I hope you will enjoy Donna's book.
You are so welcome my Mommy...hope you enjoy them!! xoxo
Excellent! How interesting about all those Rebeccas. Someone I recently met, and whom I think is going to become a good friend, has a close relation with the same name as one of my characters, Christian name and surname. So many coincidences...

I do hope you enjoy the book.

All the best,

Thank you for dropping by my profile page. I am so excited I just checked Lucia St. Clair Robson's website and she has a new book! It's called Last Train From Cuernavaca and apparently is going to be/or currently is available on Amazon. I didn't realize she was still writing! I love the way I can just totally immerse myself in her stories. See you on the threads. Judy
Lovely to find your comment this morning, Lettie! I hope very much that you enjoy 'A World Invisible' - please do let me know.

(And I agree, your granddaughter and her baby are indeed beautiful!)

Happy reading!

I am pretty sure Aunt Nancy was Harriet Jacobs' true aunt, i.e., her mother's sister. I think you are right -- her grandmother considered everyone her children. I think this happens when you keep losing members of your family. So sad. I really wish they would teach this book in high school! I don't think we learned enough when I was in school -- it was all too "academic".

Happy reading!

Thanks! I think so too!! xoxoxo
Thank you for the recommendation! I have put it on my "to read" list. I finished "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" a couple of days ago. It was very tough to get into -- very painful -- but slowly I became engaged. It is an amazing story and it is unusual to have a woman's perspective on slavery.
So as not to further clutter the 'full disclosure' thread, I just wanted to let you know that your latest post (in response to mine) was genuinely and non-sarcastically hilarious.
Ahaha, easy, all i do is type as many "LOL's" as I can on the registration page, and then copy that over to the login page. :) I'm glad my screen name at least made you laugh. Only problem with the name is that sometimes people don't take my posts seriously, lol.
Sorry it's taken so long to reply. Been on a sabbatical. But I hope you got around to reading Flow Down Like Silver and if you did, that you liked it. When I like something, I always want others to like it. I think most people feel that way. I thought it was superb.
hiya and happy new year back atcha. i'd do it the first way but with the name of the short story italicized using html coding and then with the touchstones if they work. but that's just moi. i don't see why quotation marks wouldn't work just as well. as a player, i'd like to know what story a quote came from. :)

I thought it might be something like that. It's only a 'silly game' so don't even worry about it.
Hi, just a reminder that you forgot to add a question to the end of your entry on the Silly Book Game!
Thank you for your seasonal greetings. I also wish you a Merry Christmas.

Yes, I do get sick of political correctness. I, however, buy into some of it, self-protectively or as courtesy.

Have I properly inferred from your comment above that your birthday is October 20?

Coincidentally, maybe, my birthday is October 20. I am, however, 65.

I probably could have worded that differently. One of the things I love about this thread is the imagination and creativity of the postings.
May I plead illness and a terrible, horrible, no good day, please?
Thanks for that, Lettie. Both sound much too excting and uncontrolled for me! Generally I like to keep both feet on the ground.

Best wishes

Nothing wrong... what Internet access are you running?

I'm using IE on a Windows XP Pro OS.

This line should have the strike-through in it.

If it doesn't, then it's been disabled for messages, but not in the Talk threads.

Spell out the word "strike" (within the LT and GT signs).

It's one of the very few html commands I know.
Well thanks. Anyone willing to read my opinions and discuss them intelligently is worth the time in my book.

What makes me seem like a patient person? Not offended, just curious.
I'll make a note of that, Boobalack. I run a Sci-Fi review site ( with an average of 100 viewers a day. I copy my reviews over from there. I was just stating that every single one of my readers already has heard of The Lost Symbol. It doesn't help Dan Brown in the slightest for me to cover his work. Some other lesser known authors may benefit slightly from the attention but not a million book seller like Brown.
Well I tried, Boobalack! I hear you wantin' to read for fun. Some of us are just plain self-sadistic. We're nuts!

sorry for the delay...sock puppets are on the loose hereabouts causing havoc...

You just show up and be yourself, that's the only requirement.
the power of the salon compels you to join
the power of the salon compels you to join
the power of the salon compels you to join
thingy [pl. thingies?] first came to my attention as a highly desirable word choice when George told John, Paul and Ringo to 'watch out for the fiendish thingy' in Help! remember? :)

in re: symbolism, i feel sure i miss most of it. *sigh* i need to read a book on how to read books. i know there is one. i'm just not sure how i'd do with that on audio.

i just started a penelope lively book--adore penelope lively--and know that just in the first chapter i'm missing vast heaps of significant thises and thats and am trying very hard to listen closely to what she's doing. uh, the book is [heat wave]. i haven't read a review. i just sort of stumbled on it and snapped it up because it's lively. er, Lively.

i'm a great fan of mary renault and there's an opening scene in one of her books that has always just grabbed me visually. it wasn't until years after i'd first read it and after i'd read it probably 20 times that i read wossname's biography and he talks about her infatuation with theatre and specifically, the opening of that book and her use of staging, lighting and other devices to set a scene. i'd always visualized it so clearly and it never occurred to me, dunce that i am, that it was being literally set up as one might a theatrical scene. almost more a movie scene, really, than stage theatre with the movement of the narrator's, and reader's attention into the setting and, ultimately, into our introduction to the main character in her world, which was as a probationer in the hospital in england circa 1938-38. based on renault's work as a nurse in oxford's infirmary.

just finished connie willis' [doomsday book], a time-travel novel [hugo and nebula award winner] set in oxford in 2050 and oxford in the 1300's. i usually don't like time travel novels as i get caught up in the potential flaws but i was quite riveted by the end and felt she ended it well, which i was afraid, for a while, she wouldn't.

i recommend it if you like well-researched books on that period. the major flaw for me was that one never got a feeling, as one does from, say, austen, of the degree to which women either labored constantly or did nothing on a daily basis.

but i meander. off and away.

I'm glad you're considering joining. For what it's worth, I think a sense of humor like yours is more important and necessary for joining than knowledge. Knowledge puffs up; humor keeps us all honest and on our toes.

Enjoy the balance of your day!
well the p.s. thing sounds like a good concept. is it? are you liking the extras? i wonder why they all p.s. books don't have the bits and bobs at the end. hmmmmm. let me know if you solve that mystery. i shall be having to call you 'harriet the spy' after all your sleuthing. or any other sleuth you'd care to be named. :)


I would absolutely be honored if you would join Le Salon Litteraire. Every salon, in my humble opinion, needs a Boobalack. You are a crackup my dear! (And I hope I'm not being too forward by calling you "my dear").

Very very best!
Brent (the "Freaky")
I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I'll read it next time I'm at your house. Love you!
You are welcome! I love you and Happy Birthday!!!
yup. bet that's it. i used to love the paperback book club books. *sigh*
well, it's a barnes and noble series and i'm betting it's a particular format. maybe stands for paperback series or something. maybe a high quality paperback or a large format paperback--something like the old paperback book club books.

there's a large, diverse selection so i'm guessing that's what it is. if i see one posted, i'll ask the owner. :)
you wrote: Another question. What does (P.S.) mean after the title of a book, or rather as part of the title? Thanks.

uh, the only example i can think of is the book 'p. s. your cat is dead' in which it means, well, "p.s." as in 'post script' or 'by the way.' are there other examples?

uh, sorry. the movie is [master and commander: the far side of the world] and it isn't anything *like* the book [master and commander] which is the first in the lengthy and extraordinary series of which [far side of the world] is the tenth. just, you know, to be clear. clearer. maybe. a little bit. or not.
oh lord, don't you hate it when they put movie covers on books when they hadn't ought? i'm so irritated by the movie cover of 'far side of the world' (by patrick o'brian, that lovely man) i could well nigh puke.

and i'm delighted to see that you're a fan of peter beagle. the battle with the tent in 'i see by my outfit' made me laugh till i was nearly sick the first time i read it when i was, i suppose, in my 20's.

you don't seem to read fantasy at all but you might at least consider something by terry pratchett. i don't read fantasy anymore but i read pratchett. also neil gaiman's [graveyard book] is one i read somewhere around the time of [all quiet] which had smashed me quite flat. i listened to the tape as i can't really read books anymore and he narrates it himself. one of those rare authors who make good narrators. it's a very good book. in my opinion. it has changed the way i feel around graveyards. i've always liked graveyards anyway, though i feel no inclination to grace one with my presence. after reading 'graveyard book', though, i'm even more respectful of all that history beneath and around me than i was before.

i'm 65 last january 8. :)

oh, and no, i don't think you're dense. i like a person who asks questions. ex-teacher, me.

also a query: notice you recently added a book called 'the kindly ones.' isn't that how the fates, or was it the furies, were referred to by the ancient Greeks in order not to irk them? furies, i think.

was it terribly grim? I'm interested in WWII as my dad was a medic during the battle of the bulge.

*chuckle* weird sense of humor, i guess. i often can't follow people's mental flights.

i envisioned someone taking on the responsibility of a baby, that is, a child, after taking a correspondence course in astrology wherein she is directed by the stars and planets to give birth or adopt or some such thing.

it struck me as terribly droll. i had an entire scenario in my mind. apparently, other people's minds don't work as mine do. i expect folks will have trouble with my last response too, and the last of mrs. rochester, as it's probably my mind working strangely again.

actually, that's one of the things i love about this game--seeing how people's minds work and trying to move my thinking outside the box.

anyway, delighted you asked. :)

and i highly recommend _the bachelor brothers' b & b_ if you like humor, irreverence, book talk, crazy characters and don't require action. it's short and it's a riot.

Sorry, and thanks.
Noticed you liked White Oleander, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more before you commit:


Came across your profile and enjoyed reading it. Thought you may be interested in joining my thread. Why don't you check it out and see if it is something you would like to participate in. Sure would love to read your entries you would post on there.
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