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About meI am a Polish Canadian, and read mainly in English. I read a lot of books in Polish in the years from my childhood to young adulthood, and still read some Polish fiction and non-fiction now, but most of the books I read are in English with an occasional book in German.
I have read books from many, many countries, but I have visited only the ones below.

About my libraryA mixture of fiction and non-fiction, books owned and read, owned and unread, and borrowed and read.
I have been keeping more or less accurate records for the last six or seven years. Everything before then is approximate.

GroupsAudiobooks, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Roberto Bolaño, Bill Bryson, A. S. Byatt, Peter Carey, Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Amitav Ghosh, Ryszard Kapuściński, Wojciech Kuczok, David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, Steven Pinker (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceNov 20, 2006

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Hi Magda
thank you for taking time to review MUMU.

Dear Magda,

Good to hear from you again, and thank you for your kind words. I am out of the military now. I really don't know what the official military opinion would be of the book, but you would probably get a different opinion from every individual member you asked! Maybe that is why offical military opinion sometiems seems so schitzophrenic!

Take care,

Dear Magda,

Thank you so much for your kind and honest comments about my book, "Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq". I hope that you are enjoying it. I do need to tell you that I have treated Polish troops at the hospital in Iraq, so I hope you will take the term "our troops" to mean all those young men and women who are far from their families tonight, no matter what contry they are from. (I did not treat any Canandians, but my friends in Afghanistan are.) Somehow, we are all in this together, and war affects us all. Unfortunately, the defensless innocents, like children are hurt the worst. Yes, there were a lot of us from San Antonio. It took about 320 people to run the hospital, and for each rotation, about 220 of them came from our hospital in San Antonio. The rest were from bases scattered across the globe. We had the largest share because we are the largest Air Force Hospital. We were proud to do our part, but it did take a toll. We had to close down operating rooms back in Texas because there were so many surgeons and nurses in Iraq. It was especially thin at the overlaps between rotations because there were two groups away in Iraq. Enjoy the rest of the book and I would love to hear more comments.

Take care and love life!


No coz, tak bywa :)

Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


I see that you have read a book by [John Robert Colombo] Did you know he just registered with LT and you can be one of the first to send him a message or add him as your friend?

You can find him under "jrc"

If you have any trouble get back to me.

You are the only other person I know who has read 'Generations of Winter', a book that I very much enjoyed. Would you recommend any other books by this writer, or any epic historical novels that take place in Eastern Europe?
Hi - Have you read [The Long Walk]? - I forget the author's name, but its about a Polish soldier taken to Siberia who escapes and walks to India. Good book. I can get you the author's name from my son.
I noticed that you were a fan of Ryszard Kapuscinski, so I thought I'd let you know that a small Canadian press, Biblioasis, has just brought out a volume of his selected poetry. It's the only edition of Kapuscinski's poetry available in english. It's called I Wrote Stone, and was translated from the Polish by Diana Kuprel and Marek Kusiba.

His verse is interesting, and as one would expect, thoughtful, philosophical, aphoristic and engaged politically, morally and viscerally with the world around him. It's something all fans of Kapuscinski should read, a book that meant a lot to him, and that he worked very hard to see published before his death. It's a shame, alas, that he did not quite make it.

Anyway, it's available from Biblioasis. Online (, and anywhere else you can find good books. Check it out.

(Sorry: I am an interested party: the publisher. But we're a small, literary press, and we're just doing our best to let anyone who might be interested know about this collection. Pardon my intrusion.)

Dan Wells
Hi Niecierpek,

Thanks for the information and the websites on the photo. Fascinating! I will print a copy and post it for others to see.

Interesting collection of books you have here.

Where is that photo taken on your profile page?
It's nice to meet you! I look forward to exploring your books.
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