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Reviews76 reviews

TagsFiction (604), First Edition (511), Nonfiction (420), Biography (293), History (225), Memoir (211), New York (178), England (167), Short Stories (164), Women's Studies (140) — see all tags

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About meI am happiest in a bookstore. My favorite sources for books are: Daedalus Books (online); North Shire Bookstore, Manchester, Vermont; Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, Massachusetts; Brattle Book Shop, Boston, MA; Rodney's Bookstore, Cambridge, MA; Calamus Bookstore, Boston, MA; Rivendell Books, Montpelier, Vermont; Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, Vermont; Aardvark Books, San Francisco, CA. Powell's online. Edward Hamilton catalogue. And yes - I confess to patronizing Amazon on occasion . . .

About my libraryMy library is like my art collection or my collectibles: colorful, eclectic, reflective of my life interests and my curiosity of others, full of history and different cultures. I had floor-to-ceiling shelves built in two different rooms to hold all of these words, all these dreams, friends, pleasures, and memories. I do not hold on to all the books I read; I keep only selected ones. I give away books that are not memorable. Each volume remaining in my library has been kept for a reason.

GroupsBiographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Queer and Trans Lit, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsRobert Antoni, Gaston Bachelard, James Baldwin, Edward Ball, H. E. Bates, John Berendt, Paul Bowles, Mikhail Bulgakov, Robert Olen Butler, Truman Capote, Denise Chong, Wilkie Collins, Maryse Condé, Lydia Davis, Delacorta, Marguerite Duras, Lawrence Durrell, Paula Fox, Cristina Garcia, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Rumer Godden, Shirley Ann Grau, Rosa Guy, Thomas Hardy, Lillian Hellman, Alan Hollinghurst, Gayl Jones, Neil Jordan, Jamaica Kincaid, Erik Larson, Stieg Larsson, Harper Lee, Henning Mankell, Paule Marshall, W. S. Merwin, Diane Middlebrook, Anchee Min, Yukio Mishima, Susanna Moore, Anaïs Nin, Patricia Powell, Ruth Rendell, Jean Rhys, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Danzy Senna, Nevil Shute, Colm Tóibín, Fay Weldon, Edmund White, Shay Youngblood (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceOct 9, 2009

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Thank you so much. I was about 3 chapters in when I held the book up to my husband and said, "what do you think this book is about?" and he said a pimp. Short and simple. I really had no idea what I was going to reaad but was afraid that the commercial representation might scare people away. But then there's that old saying... Can't judge a book... I felt so bad for his wife but I loved the old married couple aspect. Something we all dream for. That one person that understands us completely and can still overlook our failings. What a hard way to live until you finally start to live for yourself, right?
Yeah, even on an ARC it seems odd that there weren't captions on the photos. I'd take not being annoyed/confused over the extra atmosphere they provided any day. It is always reassuring to me to find that my reactions to a book (particularly an ER) mirror other reactions. :)
Just dropping by to compliment you on your excellent review of The Archaeology of Home. You perfectly captured the essence of the book.
Having received your comment, I of course immediately went to read your review of The Archaeology of Home, and while we defintely had the same reaction to it, I think you conveyed those thoughts and reactions much better than I did in my review. I did like it well enough to want to read more of Greider's work; here's hoping that she keeps the excellent research work and loses some of that "whining" you mentioned!

Hello IsolaBlue,
I think your review of The Man from Saigon is terrific. I read the book about a month ago, and I especially appreciate your observation that the story is told as if in a dream (which, now that you mention it, is just what it seems like in retrospect). And your final sentence does indeed describe Leimbach's style in this book. Thank you for these insights.
Best regards,
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