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CollectionsYour library (1,216), Requested from library (3), Read but unowned (262), Recently read (28), Recommended reading (134), Currently reading (13), Wishlist (18), Look for (15), To read (54), Re-read ? (29), Did not finish (5), Maybe read (31), Return (18), Own copy ? (22), Favorites (21), To Give Away ? (5), Given away (101), To Buy (12), All collections (1,437)

Reviews7 reviews

Tagsbook group (227), biography (118), historical fiction (86), reference (85), travel (80), American history (76), classic (62), WWII (60), New England (59), history (52) — see all tags

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Recommendations3 recommendations

About meMy ratings:
No stars – Not sure of my rating or haven’t read
5 Stars – Outstanding. “Timeless, a real treasure”
4.5 Stars – Excellent. Well written, worth reading. I loved for whatever reason.
4 Stars – Great book. I would recommend.
3.5 Stars – Very Good
3 Stars – Good. Glad I read. May have some reservations.
2.5 Stars – Fair. Probably wouldn’t recommend.
2 Stars – Disappointing. Not a book for me.
1.5 Stars – Did not like
1 Star – Not worth my time
.5 Star – Couldn’t stand it

About my libraryMy library includes many of my favorite books as well as many favorites of family members. Coming from a long line of avid readers and book lovers, I have a few books from parents, grandparents, and several greats back – from several parts of the family; well worn books from individuals with many interests. I do own many of the books I have entered on LT, but I also enthusiastically support the local libraries. Therefore, I include on LT a good number of books “Read, but unowned.” Our regional library network, with opportunities to borrow books from a wide range of area libraries, is an exceptional resource for those of us who have no more shelf space, who reluctantly part with books, and / or who have family members who object to having SO many books on our shelves. We have outstanding Friends of the Library book sales at a wonderful nearby library. Therefore, I am trying to increase the number of books in my LT “Given away” category by donating books instead of buying. Unfortunately, this seems to be a losing battle.

GroupsHistorical Fiction, Non-Fiction Readers

Favorite authorsJames Carroll, Pat Conroy, Thomas L. Friedman, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tracy Kidder, Richard Marius, Sharon Kay Penman, J. K. Rowling, Wallace Stegner, Abraham Verghese (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresDockside Books & Gifts, New England Mobile Book Fair, Northshire Bookstore, Northshire Bookstore - Saratoga Springs, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo

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LocationGreater Boston MA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 25, 2010

Currently readingMy Own Country: A Doctor's Story by Abraham Verghese
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home by George Howe Colt
The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress : A Novel by Dai Sijie
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Hello JSW,
I've enjoyed perusing your library. It caught my attention when I looked up McCullough's The Greater Journey, which I'm currently reading. From there I saw at least one of your books that I put on my wish list -A Clearing in the Distance. I just finished In the Garden of Beasts and also gave it 3 1/2starts. Caleb's Crossing is an upcoming selection for my book club. Other possible common interests we have are gardening and hiking. However, I live in the mountains of NC, while you appear to be in Maine. I'll add you to my "interesting libraries" (I think it's called).
Jane aka spartahiker
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