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Tagstyranny (1), Chinese culture (1), Korea (1), Dr. Johnson's dictionary (1), North Korea (1), speculative history (1), historical novel (1), the Holocaust (1), dictionary (1), (1) — see all tags

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About meI'm a mystery writer and author of books on educational technology. In my "past lives" I've been a science editor, college teacher, technical writer, and corporate training consultant. I belong to the Authors' Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. These days I spend more time writing than I do reading, but I'm always searching for another book that's impossible to put down. I firmly believe that "When you are ready, the book you need to read will find you."

About my libraryWhew! This is tough. My house is filled with books. Most people I know are appalled by the stacks of books--read and unread. I'm sure this has happened to you: "Do you really need all these books? Haven't you read them already? Why do you buy a book if you don't have time to read it right now? Why don't you throw all these paperbacks out? What are they good for except collecting dust?"

My dream is to have a room of built-in bookshelves.

GroupsAsian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Historical Fiction, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Japanese Culture, Librarians who LibraryThing, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsPatrick O'Brian (Shared favorites)


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Real nameCatherine C. Mambretti


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Member sinceOct 30, 2008

Currently readingThe Warnock Library, Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, with commentary by Eric Korn by Samuel Johnson

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Catherine -

Thank you for your response. I am temporarily on dial-up, so downloads are excruciatingly slow, but I will keep your info so I can read your work after this area finally makes it into the 21st century.

I remember reading a thread somewhere in Talk where ebook readers were mentioning which source library they used (for Add Books) that had a good database of ebooks. Tried to find that conversation, but failed. So went to the Ebook group - - with the question: . Perhaps it will generate responses to help you be able to add your books quickly.

Also, I did just a quick check (searching the tag: ebook). All the titles I happened to pull up, showed that they were each entered into catalogs manually. So, there is always that option. On the Add Books page, manual add link found near the bottom of the left column.

Regarding the Author Badge, it looks like it is achieved via email. Your books must be entered into your library first.

Can't wait to read your work. It looks interesting!


(For continuity) you said:
Thanks for the feedback. I don't know why I don't have an author icon--will definitely look into it. My novel about Jamestown is unpublished, but a short story involving the characters was published in "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine" (Dec. 2007). It's called "Dead of Winter." You can find a free copy (I hope) at posted as a pdf under my name, Catherine Mambretti. It is also included in my short-story collection, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, which is available at Amazon as an ebook for the Kindle and iPhone. A free copy can also be downloaded in several file formats from (until July 31, on sale). On August 1 the price goes up to "Buyer Sets the Price," starting at $0.99. I also have a mystery novel set in 1952 Chicago in ebook form. Since my fiction is mainly available only in ebook form, I haven't figured out how to get them listed on LibraryThing--which is why I've been neglecting this website. I love LibraryThing, but I have little time to devote to it. If you can tolerate the idea of an ebook, my novelette involving a contemporary Chippewa, CHALK GHOST, has just been named a "Semi-Finalist" in the contest for 2009. All of these ebook websites, except, require a credit card number even for free books. But you can get around that by buying yourself a gift card, if that's a concern (as it is for me). But TextNovel wants a cell phone number. I would appreciate a "thumbs up" vote at TextNovel to help me on my way to winning if you take a chance on it. I hope I've answered your questions. Please "read me." I'm eager for feedback.

Catherine -

I followed you here from your review on the page of Roanoke Island: the Beginnings of English America. There you mentioned that you are an author, so I was surprised to land here and see no "Author" badge on your page. You should get one! You said that you've "written a novel-and-a-half about Jamestown", but I do not find them (or perhaps I do not understand HOW to find them) on your homepage linked above. Would love to see you put the titles of your works on your profile page, in addition to your library. I see that some of your work is entered into your library, but it is your Roanoke/Jamestown work that I would like to check into. Oh, and that cute picture you have for your profile is just begging to have a description!
On the subject of decorating with books, have you ever seen a book called "At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries?" It's great! I requested it as a parting gift from a job I had years ago, so my copy is signed by all my old office mates. My favorite library in the book is Keith Richards' from the Rolling Stones. Also, a former Librarian of Congress (a political appointee, not a real librarian) had the brilliant idea of organizing the books in the LOC by size. Although libraries do this to a certain extent with extra large books, can you imagine doing this for the entire Library of Congress? I think his idea was that it would save space. Fortunately, his idea wasn't carried out.
Anyway, it was interesting to read about the O article. I don't intentionally hide any of my paperbacks, but I do double-shelve my books, so I guess some people could think I'm hiding my more embarrassing books.
I just wanted to let you know I liked your description of your library. I have a lot of books all over the house, too. I recently had a designer come to my house to help me with re-arranging the furniture in my living room. She saw my walls of books and was appalled. She couldn't figure out what I needed them all for, and thought they detracted from the "look" of my room! I don't think she intended to be rude, but I could hardly wait to get her out of my house!

I see you are a new "LibraryThinger", but that we already share 3 books. Welcome!

Cheers, Jan
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