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About me"The greatest university of all is a collection of books." -- Thomas Carlyle

I have always loved to read, but only in the past several years have I returned to reading on an almost daily basis. I often read five books at a time, bouncing from one to the other as my interest rises and falls in the work at hand.

I read a lot of nonfiction, especially history and biography. Traditionally, my interest has been primarily in American history, colonial period through the Civil War, plus Presidential biographies from all the various eras. Over the past few years, however, I became seduced by ancient Greece and the classical education I never had, so I read The Iliad & the Odyssey, Hesiod, Herodotus, Thucydides, and some great treatments of the various periods by current historians. I continue to pursue a study of the ancient world, as well as the so-called "big history" that reaches back to anthropology and even beyond human origins.

I used to read a lot of fiction. My favorite authors are William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Andre Brink, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and John Irving. Of late, I began reading contemporary literary fiction fairly regularly, including great recent stuff by Cormac McCarthy, Richard Powers, Junot Diaz, Khaled Hosseini, Dennis Lehane, and Andrea Barrett. Latest obsession has been Haruki Murakami. For awhile, I joined a first edition book club at the Odyssey Bookshop, a local independent bookseller, that fed a steady diet in this vein. At the same time, I have attempted to re-visit classic fiction such as Dickens, Crane, Stowe and Melville, Hemingway & Faulkner.

Until recently, I also belonged to a local books-and-beer reading club, B.C. Musical Glass, and we chose an unusual book each month that strays beyond usual interests. Beer was mandatory, of course.

It is not unusual for me to have four or five or even six books in progress at the same time, often a mix of fiction, non-fiction and classical. That way I never get bored!

I am very meticulous about handling and caring for my books. I loan anything to friends except books, because that is the one item few value on the same level as I do.

I have a B.A. in History with a minor in Politics from Fairfield University. I have completed a year of an online course in reading and writing Classical Greek through the Lukeion Group. I am taking courses towards that Masters Degree in Public History at APUS -- I am a Practicum away from graduation.

I am the owner and president of GoGeeks Computer Rescue, a company specializing in computer repair and custom computer manufacturing, which has absolutely nothing to do with books or reading ...

On April 14th 2009 I was elected to a three year term as Library trustee for the town of East Longmeadow MA. In 2011, I was elected as Vice-Chairman for the board of Library Trustees. I have since retired from the board.

One of my dreams is to finish a novel. I have written multiple short stories and have several longer (unrequited) longer works in progress ...

About my libraryI have 2282 books in my collection as of 6-26-14 (most on shelves but resorting to boxing up as I run out of physical space), primarily hardcover, which I cataloged using the awesome Book Collector software from collectorz.com. I batch uploaded my collection from Book Collector to LibraryThing and I still have to sort thru and figure out what didn't stick. So the LibraryThing list is not entirely accurate and underestimates the complete collection by a bit.

Here's what I've read over the last several years:
2004/2005
1. The Eternal Frontier – Flannery
2. Facing East From Indian Country – Richter
3. Benjamin Franklin – Isaacson
4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Stowe
5. The Dahlgren Affair – Schultz
6. Lincoln’s Last Night – Axelrod (5/16/05)
7. His Excellency: George Washington – Fleming
8. American Colonies – Taylor
9. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies – Las Casas
10. Moby Dick – Melville
11. Memories of my Melancholy Whores – Garcia Marquez

READ 2006
12. The Iliad – Homer (2-2-06)
13. 1491 – Mann (2-3-06)
14. Troy – McCarty (2-9-06)
15. President Nixon – Reeves (2-21-06)
16. The Last Voyage of Columbus – Dugard (4-2-06)
17. The Red Badge of Courage – Crane (4-10-06)
18. The Odyssey – Homer (4-20-06)
19. Empires at War – Fowler (5-31-06 ?)
20. Troy and Homer – Joachim Latacz (6-12-06)
21. Agamemnon – Aeschylus (7-7-06)
22. 1776 – McCullough (7-9-06)
23. The War at Troy – Quintus of Smyrna (7-16-06)
24. Guns, Germs, and Steel – Diamond (8-20-06)
25. Gulliver’s Travels – Swift (8-29-06)
26. The King Must Die – Renault (10-13-06)
27. State of Denial – Woodward (10-29-06)
28. Before the Dawn – Wade (11-23-06)
29. Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman – Shostak (12-9-06)
30. The Trojan War: A New History – Strauss (12-17-06)


READ 2007

31. The Kill Bill Diary – David Carradine (1-11-07)
32. Freethinkers – Susan Jacoby (2-19-07)
33. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (3-23-07)
34. Persian Fire – Tom Holland (3-25-07)
35. Histories – Herodotus (6-2-07)
36. The Classical World: An Epic History From Homer to Hadrian – Robin Lane Fox (6-5-07)
37. Thomas Paine – Craig Nelson (6-14-07)
38. The Other Side of Silence – Andre Brink (8-6-07)
39. Cities of the Plain – Cormac McCarthy (8-9-07)
40. A Dangerous Friend – Ward Just (8-12-07)
41. Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick (8-12-07)
42. The Peloponnesian War –Donald Kagan (8-23-07)
43. The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini (9-8-07)
44. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (9-22-07)
45. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz (9-25-07)
46. The Echo Maker – Richard Powers (10-14-07)
47. The History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides (10-25-07)
48. Bridge of Sighs – Richard Russo (11-17-07)
49. Theogony – Hesiod (11-29-07)
50. Roanoke Island: The Beginnings of English America – David Stick (12-1-07)
51. Coronado – Dennis Lehane (12-6-07)
52. The Air We Breathe – Andrea Barrett (12-13-07)
53. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (12-23-07)

READ 2008

54. The Case of Abraham Lincoln – Julie M. Fenster (1-2-08)
55. The Pirate’s Daughter – Margaret Cezair-Thompson (1-31-08)
56. American Shaolin – Matthew Polly (2-8-08)
57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (2-11-08)
58. Frogs – Aristophanes (2-12-08)
59. Hellenica: Books 1-4 -- Xenophon (2-16-08)
60. Charlatan – Pope Brock (3-3-08)
61. A Golden Age – Tahmima Anam (3-16-08)
62. Arslan – Engh (3-25-08)
63. The Commoner -- John Burnham Schwartz (4-2-08)
64. Anabasis – Xenophon (4-6-08)
65. Scapegoats of the Empire – George Witton (4-13-08)
66. Killing Custer – James Welch, Paul Stekler (4-20-08)
67. The Persians – Aeschylus (4-24-08)
68. The Choephori(The Libation Bearers)- Aeschylus(4-27-08)
69. The Eumenides - Aeschylus (4-30-08)
70. Ajax – Sophocles (4-30-08)
71. Philoctetes – Sophocles (4-30-08)
72. Oedipus Rex – Sophocles (5-3-08)
73. American Creation – Joseph Ellis (5-11-08)
74. Antigone – Sophocles (5-18-08)
75. The River of Doubt – Candice Millard (5-22-08)
76. All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy (5-31-08)
77. Mudbound – Hilary Jordan (6-5-08)
78. The Crossing -- Cormac McCarthy (6-24-08)
79. Four Hats in the Ring – Lewis Gould (6-24-08)
80. Me of Little Faith – Lewis Black (7-3-08)
81. Zeus:A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God – Tom Stone (7-14-08)
82. How to Survive a Robot Uprising – Daniel H. Wilson (7-25-08)
83. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy (8-2-08
84. The Cruelest Miles – Gay Salisbury & Laney Salisbury (8-15-08)
85. Inverted World – Christopher Priest (8-23-08)
86. Whale Hunt – Nelson Cole Haley (8-24-08)
87. A Thousand Splendid Suns -- Khaled Hosseini (9-15-08)
88. A Crack in the Edge of the World – Simon Winchester (10-17-08)
89. In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin (11-29-08)
90. Just After Sunset – Stephen King (12-17-08)
91. Pyramids – Terry Pratchett (12-18-08)
92. The Road – Cormac McCarthy (12-26-08)

READ 2009

93. Noah's Flood – William Ryan & Walter Pitman (1-31-09)
94. The Bizarro Starter Kit – D. Harlan Wilson, et al (2-7-09)
95. Courtesans & Fishcakes – James Davidson (2-10-09)
96. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder – Lawrence Weschler (2-28-09)
97. Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer (3-17-09)
98. Hellenica PT II – Xenophon (3-23-09)
99. Book Finds – Ian Ellis (3-28-09)
100. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski (4-12-09)
101. The Honey and the Hemlock: Democracy and Paranoia in Ancient Athens and Modern America – Eli Sagan (4-14-09)
102. Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History – David Christian (4-17-09)
103. Child of God – Cormac McCarthy (4-23-09)
104. Snow Crash – Neil Stephenson (4-26-09)
105. Suttree – Cormac McCarthy (5-09-09)
106. Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho (5-12-09)
107. No Country for Old Men -- Cormac McCarthy (5-24-09)
108. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk (6-1-09)
109. The Illustrated A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking (6-3-09)
110. The Fuck-Up – Arthur Nersesian (6-24-09)
111. Outer Dark – Cormac McCarthy (6-26-09)
112. The Devil in Dover – Lauri Lebo (6-27-09)
113. The Garden of Last Days – Andre Dubus III (6-28-09)
114. America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink – Kenneth Stampp (7-16-09)
115. The Orchard Keeper – Cormac McCarthy (7-24-09)
116. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (8-9-09)
117. Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal (8-15-09)
118. Acharnians – Aristophanes (8-24-09)
119. The Beautiful Cigar Girl –Daniel Stashower (9-2-09)
120. Wildebeest in a Rainstorm – Jon Bowermaster (9-3-09)
121. The Long Fuse – Dan Cook (9-6-09
122. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (9-26-09)
123. Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore -- Bettany Hughes (10-17-09)
124. Black Elk Speaks – John G. Neihardt & Black Elk (11-5-09)
125. Europe Between the Oceans – Barry Cunliffe (12-6-09)
126. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (12-10-09)
127. Perfecting Sound Forever – Greg Milner (12-12-09)

READ 2010

128. 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon – David Pietrusza (1-2-10)
129. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood (1-22-10)
130. Phaedo – Plato (1-28-10)
131. The Athenian Constitution – Aristotle (2-10-10)
132. Folk Photography – Luc Sante (2-11-10)
133. The Great Comeback – Gary Ecelbarger (2-13-10)
134. The Lost City of Z – David Grann (2-16-10)
135. Going Native – Stephen Wright (2-28-10)
136. Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia – Francis Wheen (3-25-10)
137. The War That Killed Achilles – Caroline Alexander (3-27-10)
138. The Ancestor’s Tale – Richard Dawkins (3-29-10)
139. The Iliad – Homer, Lattimore verse translation [re-read, alt. translation] (4-2-10)
140. A Companion to the Iliad – Malcolm Willcock (4-2-10)
141. Tutankhamun: His Tomb And Its Treasures – Edwards (4-12-10)
142. The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood (4-18-10)
143. War With The Newts – Karel Capek (5-8-10)
144. The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley 5000-3500 BC – edited by David W. Anthony, Jennifer Y. Chi (5-13-10)
145. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography – Simon Singh (5-14-10)
146. From Egypt to Babylon: The International Age 1550-500BC -- Paul Collins (5-27-10)
147. 1492: The Year the World Began – Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (5-28-10)
148. Presidential Confidential – John Boertlein (6-19-10)
149. Cleopatra: A Biography – Duane W. Roller (7-13-10)
150. Tours of the Black Clock – Steve Erickson (7-15-10)
152. Duma Key – Stephen King (8-4-10)
153. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks (8-6-10)
154. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan (8-9-10)
155. Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times – Thomas R. Martin (8-28-10)
156. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 – Dave Eggers, ed. (9-18-10)
157. The Plot to Seize the White House – Jules Archer (9-19-10)
158. The Six Wives of Henry the VIII – Alison Weir (10-19-10)
159. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer – James L. Swanson (10-22-10)
160. Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories – Michael Sims, ed. (10-23-10)
161. A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt – Robert Earl Hardy (11-7-10)
162. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien (11-14-10)
163. Lords of the Sea:The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy – John R. Hale (12-12-10)
164. Camp Concentration -- Thomas M. Disch (12-17-10)
165. Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand – Ursula K. LeGuin (12-31-10)

READ 2011

166. Thucydides: The Reinvention of History – Donald Kagan (1-12-11)
167. The Tarim Mummies – J.P. Mallory & Victor H. Mair (2-10-11)
168. The Greeks – H.D.F. Kitto (2-19-11)
169. 169. The Reserve – Russell Banks (?)
170. Pattern Recognition – William Gibson (3-07-11)
171. City of Thieves – David Benioff (3-18-11
172. The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled -- Vincent Bzdek (4-16-11)
173. From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods – Martha Howell & Walter Prevenier (4-22-11)
174. Life – Keith Richards (4-29-11)
175. Sitting Bull: Prisoner of War – Dennis C. Pope (4-30-11)
176. Alexander the Great -- Paul Cartledge (5-18-11)
177. Lapham’s Quarterly: Spring 2011 – Lewis Lapham (5-21-11, book club selection)
178. The Horse, The Wheel, and Language – David Anthony (5-25-11)
179. Return to Nisa – Marjorie Shostak (5-28-11)
180. Nightmare Alley – William Lindsay Gresham (7-25-11)
181. The Snakebite Survivors Club: Travels Among Serpents – Jeremy Seal (7-28-11)
182. 1861: The Civil War Awakening - Adam Goodheart (9-10-11)
183. Lincoln: President-Elect – Harold Holzer (9-14-11)
184. The Sisters Brothers—Patrick DeWitt (9-17-11)
185. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy – Caroline Kennedy & Michael Beschloss (10-3-11)[audio]
186. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 – Robert Dallek (10-5-11)
187. House Arrest – Ellen Meeropol (10-19-11)
188. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War – Karl Marlantes (10-31-11)
189. A War Like No Other – Victor Davis Hanson (11-1-11)
190. The Slynx – Tatyana Tostaya (12-10-11)
191. The Greco-Persian Wars – Peter Green (12-18-11)
192. Great Harry: The Extravagant Life of Henry VIII – Carrolly Erickson (12-31-11)

READ 2012

193. The End of Manners – Francesca Marciano (1-27-12)
194. Life in Year One – Scott Korb (1-28-12)
195. A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr. (2-10-12)
196. Scorpions – Noah Feldman (2-13-12)
197. The Disappearing Spoon – Sam Kean (3-3-12)
198. Catapult – Jim Paul (3-30-12)
199. Rubicon – Tom Holland (3-21-12)
200. The Limits of Power – Andrew J. Bacevich (4-7-12)
201. Swords Against the Senate – Erik Hildinger (4-19-12)
202. Shiloh: And the Western Campaign of 1862 – O. Edward Cunningham (5-3-12)
203. War Fever – J.G. Ballard (5-17-12)
204. The Passage of Power – Robert A. Caro (6-11-12)
205. The Three Christs of Ypsilanti – Milton Rokeach (6-24-12)
206. Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – The Definitive Life – Tim Riley (7-15-12)
207. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam – The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War – James M. McPherson (8-3-12)
208. Prisoner’s Dilemma – William Poundstone (8-10-12)
209. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (8-27-12)
210. 1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America – David Pietrusza (9-2-12)
211. Public Enemies – Bryan Burrough (9-9-12)
212. To End All Wars – Adam Hochschild (9-25-12)
213. The Given Day -- Dennis Lehane (10-8-12)
214. Indigo – Catherine McKinley (10-9-12)
215. Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue – Paul Bowles (10-26-12)
216. Norwegian Wood -- Haruki Murakami (11-3-12)
217. Europe's Last Summer – David Fromkin (11-10-12)
218. Plows, Plagues & Petroleum – William F. Ruddiman (11-11-12)
219. Red Sorghum – Mo Yan (11-15-12)
220. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (11-16-12)
221. This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz (11-20-12)
222. Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver (12-4-12)
223. Reservation Blues – Sherman Alexie (1-4-13)
224. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami (1-25-13)
225. Why Does the World Exist – Jim Holt (2-23-13)
226. Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons – John Carter (3-1-13)
227. Cold Skin – Albert Sanchez Pinol (3-14-13)
228. Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy – Ted Widmer, ed. (3-19-13)
229. Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas -- Nicholas Pileggi (4-5-13)
230. Gettysburg -- Stephen W. Sears (4-7-13)
231. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (4-13-13)
232. The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa (4-19-13)
233. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power – Jon Meacham (4-20-13)
234. Revenge – Yoko Ogawa (4-22-13)
The Most Glorious Fourth: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, July 4, 1863 -- Duane Schultz (5-15-13)
236. To Have and Have Not -- Ernest Hemingway (5-15-13)
237. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow (5-23-13)
238. Independence – John Ferling (6-4-13)
239. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why -- Laurence Gonzales (6-8-13)
240. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (6-11-13)
241. The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World -- Sean Carroll (7-9-13)
242. Civilwarland in Bad Decline – George Saunders (7-22)
243. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque (7-25)
244. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation – David Goldfield (7-26)
245. After Dark – Haruki Murakami (8-2)
246. Zealot – Reza Aslan (8-26-13)
247. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Charles Mann (8-31-13)
248. The Age of Everything: How Science Explores the Past – Matthew Hedman (9-14-13)
249. A Black Hole is Not a Hole – Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (9-18-13)
250. Death in the Afternoon – Ernest Hemingway (10-10-13)
251. The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War’s Cruelest Mission – Alan Axelrod (10-14-13)
252. Shot All to Hell – Mark Lee Gardner (10-26-13)
253. Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright – Steven Millhauser (11-07-13)
254.The Bones of the Earth – Howard Mansfield (11-17-13)
255. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent (11-20-13)
256. Sartoris – William Faulkner (12-6-13)
257. The Girls and Boys of Belchertown: A Social History of the Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded – Robert Hornick (12-17-13)
258. The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick (1-6-14)
259. The Civil War in Color – John C. Guntzelman (1-8-14)
260. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner [re-read] (1-9-14)
261. The Elephant Vanishes – Haruki Murakami (1-15-14)
262. The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe – Michael D. Gordin (2-2-14)
263. Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner – William Faulkner (2-28-14)
264. Kraken – China Mieville (3-22-14)
265. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: war in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 – Edward L. Ayers (4-14-14)
266. The Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami (4-27-14)
267. Taken At The Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece – Robin Waterfield (5-3-14)
268. Dividing the Spoils: The War For Alexander the Great’s Empire – Robin Waterfield (5-14-14)
269. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami (5-26-14)
270. When the Devil Comes Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans - Chester Hearn (5-28-14)
271. Ghosts on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire - James Romm (5-31-14)
272. The Diving Pool: Three Novellas – Yoko Ogawa (6-1-14)
273. Envy of the Gods: Alexander the Great’s Ill-Fated Journey Across Asia – John Prevas (6-6-14)
274. One Summer: America 1927 – Bill Bryson (6-24-14)
275. From Democrats to Kings: The Brutal Dawn of a New World from the Downfall of Athens to the Rose of Alexander the Great – Michael Scott (7-4-14)
276. Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave -- W.C. Jameson (7-11-14)
277. Green Hills of Africa – Ernest Hemingway (7-29-14)
278. Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War – Amanda Vaill (8-2-14)
279. The Kept – James Scott (9-1-14)
280. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami (9-11-14)
281. Pilgrim’s Wilderness – Tom Kizzia (9-28-14)

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