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About meI'm an attorney, artist, photographer, writer (fiction and poetry), vegetarian, distance runner and beginner yogi. I also rescue and rehabilitate, for adoption, dogs and cats (intake, adopter screening, adoptions, foster care) for a local all-foster, no-kill humane association ( and usually have a foster cat or dog in residence, awaiting adoption. I live and work in the Chicago suburban area. Reading is beyond a passion, it's a way of life. I average about a book a week. I have a black cat Lucien (5-ish) and Spectacled Parrotlet Will (12-ish), who are AWESOME. I lost my very best friend and companion at 16+ years of age, my dog Sunny Aug. 7, 2013.

About my libraryMy motto is pretty simple: If it's good, I'll give it a try. I enjoy most subjects and genres (but not a huge SciFi, Mystery or Fantasy chick) and feel by reading, we learn until we die; and I love to learn. I am mostly into literary fiction (contemporary and classic), non-fiction of most subjects but especially biographies, Buddhism, mindful, body wellness and nature stuff.

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Happy 7th Thingaversary, Carolyn!
HI Carolyn, I'm writing because I am reading old postings and see how you
have written about Object Lessons-the collection from the Paris Review. I have
read two stories so far and I agree with you that they are real dogs (not
to speak badly about dogs but they were pretty bad). The first story by Joy
Williams was inpenetrable. I tried to find some assistance from the introduction but he revealed nothing apart from his feeling that it was brilliant. I thought it was a terrific bore. If you can't begin to make heads or tails of a story, what good is it? I read the second story by Craig Nova
last night and I was also very underwhelmed. I had hoped the intro by Ann
Beattie would illuminate this bland work and her comments were so confusing
and obtuse that I couldn't tell what she was talking about. I continue with
the collection but based on your comments from last year I might bail.
Carolyn, I wish you all the best results from PRK and a much easier recovery than usual! Happy 2014 and congratulations on your new eyes.
Congratulations again on getting your poem published!

I told you I'd let you know when I read The Lost Dogs, so you can find my review here:

Good luck with your foster cat!
I'm so sorry to hear about Sunny. She was lucky to have a rescue mom like you!
Happy Thingaversary, Carolyn! Hope you celebrate in true LT style...adding a book a year plus one for extras means, what, seven for you? Yay!

Hi Carolyn,
I have just finished reading "Plainsong", I did indeed so enjoy it. However it has left me needing to follow up on some loose ends!! it relates to those two darling boys, Ike and Bobby, and their relationship with Iva Stearns, plus a few of their other doings.
In your original posting you mentioned an online discussion group regarding this novel. Could you give me some info on the site.

I am hoping that Eventide will answer a few, however in the meantime it has me wondering!!!

Cheers, Hazel
The other thing I liked about the book is that the animals always die at the end and in this one he didn't! I was so sad when I heard he had cancer.

I picked up The Lost Dogs by the same author. Do you think you'll read it too?
Great review of Wallace! It was one of my favorite books I read last year.

You can follow Wallace if you're on Facebook:
Hello Carolyn:

Thanks for your review on The Polish Boxer. This is going to be my next read!!!
I'm so sorry about your friend. I was stage 3 when diagnosed in 2008. I know the chemo room well! Happily, there was no throwing up. Everyone was pumped full of Benadryl and slept all day!

If I can help with any aspect of your story, I'd be more than happy to do so. I did lose my hair during chemo, but it didn't bother me at all. I just decorated my head with campaign slogans for President Obama, or other designs and messages, like a big peace symbol. I know it usually seens to bother women to lose their hair, but I honestly had fun with it! Cooking smells were pretty bad. Chemo even seems to have changed my taste forever, too. To this day, barbeque nauseates me and I crave avacado, which I only used to eat in quacamole. I eat avacado in everything, now!

I did have what I believe to be rather unusual symptoms, although I also ended up getting very, very sick with some of the usual symptoms as well. I learned to be grateful for a large appetite and a bit of extra meat on my bones, believe me! Oddly, the first real symptom I had was nerve damage that mimicked sciatica. It got so bad that I ended up falling several times, and although I haven't fallen for a long while, I still use a walker and am unable to work. The not working sucks. I used to work for BN! A dream job, believe me!

Most recently, I'm fighting Medicare so that I can have a PET scan to determine whether or not my cancer is back, or I'm just dealing with scar tissue. In spite of a blocked kidney, I have felt very well, though.

Ack! I think I've already told you most of my story, whether you want to hear it or not! Sorry!

P.S. It's pretty cool that we both received the same ER book1 I really enjoyed Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes!

I'm looking for pix of the best vacation ever. Welcome home, even though you're probably not all that happy to be back.
Hi Carolyn- I'll wait until I'm finished with "Cloud Atlas" before I make my verdict. I am loving it, although the section with the "clones" has slowed it down a bit for me.
As far as the Chicago Meet-up goes, I live in Downers Grove, so as of now, I plan on having it. We did get a pretty good response, when we first mentioned it, We'll see! Glad you are interested.
Take care and Go Bears!

Hi Carolyn- Good to hear from you! Another fan of "Revolution" too! I am also a big music lover but I am not a musician. I bet that added more layers to your enjoyment.
Here's the link to the Chicago meet-up, stop by:

BTW- I am loving "Cloud Atlas". I see you were not as big of a fan. I'm only about 140 pages in, but this book rocks! Hope you had a nice weekend!


p.s. Great Bears win, huh?
Carolyn- I'm so glad you are loving "Revolution". It's a special book. I finished "Unbroken" and gave it 5 stars. Amazing book.
BTW- We are planning on doing a Chicago Meet-Up in March for local LTers. If you are interested, I'll send you the link. Have a good weekend!

Carolyn- We are all book greedy! "The Invisible Bridge" is supposed to be excellent! I recommend "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly, one of my top reads of last year!

Hi Carolyn- You were asking about books for your Nook! I've heard great things about all those books you chose! I'm well over halfway through "Unbroken" and it's outstanding!
Go with that one!

Thanks for writing an excellent review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I had it on my wishlist but you have saved me a waste of time. I enjoy mysteries but now I know I'd hate this one.

You and your niece might enjoy The City of Ember (Jeanne DuPrau) a bit more than The Hunger Games. It has some similar themes, but is aimed at a younger audience. I read it every year with my 6th graders and they LOVE it. The sequels are also pretty good as well. Just my two cents......

I had a clue what Girl was about because a friend had warned me that the movie wouldn't be my thing, but yes, it's odd noone seems to mention that its about violence towards women.
Thanks for the review on Girl with Tat. I'd dropped it off my wishlist when I saw your comments on the weekly what are you reading thread. Now that I've read your review, I know I'd hate it. You saved me!

I just read and thumbed your review of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I took it out the library when it first came out, read 100 pages and then had to take it back. I was never inspired to try it again but have certainly been amazed at how many people have read and loved it. Your review makes me think I definitely did the right thing not wasting anymore time on it.

Nice review of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Fair, & pretty much how I felt about it too.
I responded to you regarding Strange Men. I recently finished The Marriage Bureau for Rich People. I'm also working on Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos. If either of those appeal to you, please let me know. If not, no worries! I'm sure I'll get Serious Men eventually.
Hello What did you think of the Secrets of the Sea: A Novel (P.S.) by Nicholas Shakespeare. I just finished reading it. I rather liked it
loved your review for "The Piano Teacher"!
A lot of my thoughts were similar to yours regarding this book.

Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Hi Carolyn,

Just wanted to drop by and say 'Howdy'. Also that I was slated to receive "Museum of Human Beings" too, but have given up on it ever arriving. [Going so far as to delete it from my library.]

It always makes me curious when such offerings don't arrive. Was it a SNAFU? Or did the publisher change it's mind?

Good to hear from you, Carolyn! I loved the Fortune Cookie Chronicles -- my family and I lived in Korea for 20 years so we are very fond of Asian food, Chinese, Thai, Korean all. That experience has made us all very interested also in stories of immigrants and their children (my four children all grew up in Korea), the challenges, joys and adventures of cross-cultural experiences. So that book really scratched where I itched...a really fun book on several levels. I ordered The Lady and the Panda last year sometime after it was one of the featured non-fiction selections on Are you aware of dearreader? It's as grand a site/reading club as LibraryThing!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Blessings, Martha Huntley
Carolyn, You stopped reading The Lady and the Panda too soon. Ruth Harkness was a great improvement over the animal collectors of her time, and went on to feel about them and the zoos of the day as you do...she is one who both marked a change and helped bring about a change, though she was in the midst of what she, like you, so hated. I think if you had followed her experiences (the book is very much written chronologically), you would feel some kinship with her and appreciate the changes since the more.
I notice we've read and like a lot of the same books. Grace and peace, Martha Huntley
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