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Member: Poquette

CollectionsYour library (2,128), Currently reading (2), To read (7), Read but unowned (12), Audio Books (7), Favorites (136), Wishlist (29), Virtual Library (79), Kindle (212), All collections (2,229)

Reviews106 reviews

TagsArt History (145), Reference (125), 20th Century Writers (124), Religion (112), Travel (110), Literary Criticism (107), Reviewed (107), SciFi/Fantasy (95), Novels/British (91), 19th Century Writers (86) — see all tags

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About meStumbled on Library Thing on, March 16, 2010, and less than 24 hours later I was a member and had catalogued my first book.

The best things in life are discovered serendipitously, and that's how I happened to see a reference to LibraryThing -- while looking for something else. Actually, if you must know, I was looking for a listing of the books in Thomas Jefferson's library. I happily found that, and an item on the same Google search revealed a link to Library Thing. When I went to bed that night I was actually hyperventillating after spending about an hour fooling around on this site. At 2:20 a.m. visions of a catalogued, organized book collection were interfering with sleep.

The 12-step program to deal with my book-buying proclivities edges closer and closer. Hardly a day goes by . . . But I'll worry about that tomorrow.

After a gap of more than a year I am back to logging my reading. The new threads in 2014:
Poquette's Bibliomania
Poquette's Bibliomania II

My 2012 thread was called Poquette's Bibliomonde where I tracked my reading for the first half of 2012.

In 2011, my reading threads were:
Poquette's Bookaccino
Poquette's Bookaccino II and
Poquette's Bookaccino III

Here are a few of my favorite things:

City - Paris
Vacation - East African Safari
Transportion - Train
Color - Blue
Number - 5
Year - 1492
Book - Foucault's Pendulum
Library - Abbey Library of St. Gall
Movie - The Maltese Falcon
Constellation - Orion
Composer - George Frederick Handel
Singer - John Mark Ainsley

About my libraryMy collection reflects mostly nonfiction -- history, philosophy, literature and criticism and scads of art books, quilting books and other arts and crafts, the latter categories not yet catalogued.

My tag cloud functions as a subject index to my books, and there you will get a bird's-eye view of my interests. I welcome comments about shared interests, or whatever inspires you.

Added 1/22/11

GroupsAncient History, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2014, Friends of Mary Ann Evans, Infinite Jesters, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, Medieval Europe, Monthly Author Reads, Short Storiesshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobert Alter, Jane Austen, Louis de Bernières, Boethius, Italo Calvino, Joseph Campbell, Angela Carter, Isak Dinesen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Umberto Eco, George Eliot, Harlan Ellison, Joscelyn Godwin, Remy de Gourmont, Richard Halliburton, Herodotus, Henry James, Laurie R. King, John D. MacDonald, Herman Melville, Pascal Mercier, Plato, Kim Stanley Robinson, Evelyn Waugh, Frances Yates (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArgonaut Book Shop, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo

Favorite librariesBibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) - Site François-Mitterrand, British Library, Mechanic's Institute Library & Chess Room, San Francisco Public Library, Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen / Abbey Library of St. Gall

Real nameSuzanne S.

LocationLas Vegas, Nevada

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Poquette (profile)
/catalog/Poquette (library)

Member sinceMar 17, 2010

Currently readingVenice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic by James H. Johnson
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories by Robert B. Strassler

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Hope you are staying dry after the flooding yesterday!
I've done that too, and I can't blame it on my iphone either! Rebecca
Thanks, Suzanne. It was all the discussion on your thread that led me to finally read If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, and I'll definitely try some more Calvino. By the way, my Club Read thread is here, Rebecca
You're welcome. :)
An amazing amount of books in your library. Looking forward to receive some reading advice.
Ah, a loophole for the loopy! :)
Great to hear from you again Suzanne, it will feel like an old friend returning when I see you posting on club read. Hope the downsizing has not been too painful and that you still have some room for your books.

a bientot
Happy 4-year Thingaversary: huzzah!
I'm glad that you liked my review of Communion Town, Suzanne. I had an unusually hard time finding it when I went to London last summer, as none of the usual bookshops had it in stock, and I ultimately ordered it from Foyles's warehouse. To my knowledge it hasn't been published in the US yet.

I noticed that a paperback version of the book will be released on January 31st, which may be part of the reason why the hardback version is unavailable. Amazon UK and AbeBooks (US) have copies of the hardback, and Amazon UK is accepting pre-orders for the paperback.

Best wishes,
Not seen you around lately, hope everything is OK. I suspect that real life and work have overtaken you again.
I've enjoyed various reviews but just now occurred to me that by marking yours an "interesting" library (and which library isn't, to some degree?), I can more easily scan your reviews in a more timely manner, using the Connections module.

So I have done!
Thanks, Suzanne;

it was just an informal post, but on seeing how low the book was rated, I thought I'd add my cheer. It is striking how something built by relatively few, so cynically coolly, so knowingly false, can win blind trust of crowds. Perhaps it's not even trust--championship rather. Yes, speaking of Foucault's pendulum, modern conspiracy theories really took off with the legends surrounding the Templars. They appear in the Cemetery too, via their "heirs", the freemasons, as partners in the Jewish cabal.


Thank you! I'll be over there reading it later today :)
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I'm speechless at the mysterious wonder of this photograph. And trasfixed. Picola43 sends thanks.
Thanks! You know, I'd focused on how that book is changing some of how I read, but the effect on how one writes could be even more significant. I've got to read more Alter.
Brilliant work on the Calvino!
Ditto janepriceestrada's first two sentences below! And now that I see from Carnophile you've reviewed IC, I'll be off to check that out. Haven't read his work of criticism either. Sheesh! 'Fraid I'm limited to If on a winter night..., which I loved. Have a very nice Modern Library ed. of that one, in fact. Do get to Gilbert Sorrentino when you can. He's one of those authors I would be a completist about if only I could find readily find his work. Not much one for the kindle or ordering online, but I may break eventually. Mulligan Stew, which opens as you may know with, I think it was 17 real rejections letters for Gilbert Sorrentino's novel, Mulligan Stew, is a funny, phenomenal read. When I read it, though, I was clueless that a reading of Flann O'Brien's (Jesus, I forget) either At Swim, Two Birds or The Third Policeman, was pretty essential to really get the gist of what Sorrentino was doing. But I enjoyed the novel nonetheless.
Fantastic, fantastic, review of Invisible Cities.
It made me realize there's a lot much more to it than I suspected. I'm still not sure what you're referring to with the Fibonacci reference, but I'll find out.

I haven't read Invisible Cities yet. It's been on my radar for a while. Perhaps I'll pick it up soon - seems like the kind of thing that would be helpful to have someone to discuss it with. Interestingly though, there tend to be fad-y books for architects to read, but I don't think this one has ever been one. At least I've never heard anyone I know talking about it.
Hi Suzanne,

I'm still here, occasionally. There's a lot of living taking up my time these days. Plus, I think I'm needing a bit of a sabbatical from LT for a bit. I'll be in and out, and will definitely be checking your thread! Do stay in touch when you can and if you're ever in the NYC area, give me a "head's up." I would love to meet an LT friend in person. Lunch maybe?

Take care. I'm going to zip by your thread.

Warning noted. I figured it might be something like that. Still, I'm interested.
Hi Suzanne,

I haven't actually acquired the books, they're just on my wishlist. I was (starting to) catch up with your thread yesterday and you had a long post about what you have been reading which made me want to read all those I added two to the wishlist (another was already on it). The Rise of Christianity is a book I may try to read when I get to the New Testament.

Thanks for the link, Suzanne. I will check it out this weekend and familiarize myself with those writers you mentioned, as I don't know a one.

I say get those novel ideas of yours un-nebulized when you can and go for it! Dolores Durando published her first novel last year at the age of 90 (I'm not suggesting you're that old, btw) but like you say, stranger things have happened.
Thanks Suzanne,

I'm not involved in the salon anymore either. Most of my time here in LT these days is spent cataloging William Gaddis' legacy library, which has become a bit of a fun and fascinating obsession for me this past month. Have you ever read him? I think he'd be right up your tome alley big time. The Dalkey Archive just reissued his first two books this year -- really nice looking editions. Highly recommended, both of them.

It's so good hearing from you! I'm glad you liked the review and checked out the band. Atmospheric music seems to be the best way I know how to describe Erickson's indescribable novels! I'm afraid I rarely venture out into groups these days, so I'm not up on what you're reading, but I'd enjoy hearing what you're up to and what's been good and maybe bad for you of late. Do you still have a Club Read thread? I'll mosey on over there if you do.

Best to you,
Hello Suzanne,

Goodness, I'm flattered! I don't imagine you'll be disappointed by "The Night Circus" and look forward to hearing what you end up feeling about it.

There have been a number of books through the top five in my life, but "Lolita" has always been there, well since I first read it in 1976 anyway.

"The Tale of Genji" is there more often than not. The Royall Tyler translation is hugely superior to the old Seidensticker translation.

"The Dispossessed" is another there-since-I-read-it book, dating back to 1979.

And now, since I've only recently finished it and since I adored it and since it's in my mind daily, "11/22/63" rounds out the top five. What a marvelous story. King is today's Dickens, only I like King's books and loathe Dickens's.

PS: My link got delete but just go to and search for Rex Stout and then look at the audiobooks rather than the radio programmes.
Hello Suzanne S.,

I saw your comment about the Rex Stout audiobooks somewhere and I think I have good news for you. Since the books I listen to on audible often are Books on Tape productions, I thought to check there and sure enough, the Rex Wolfe titles they have are BoT productions, read by Michael Prichard. You can listen to a sample here to see if he has that "William Conrad type of voice" you miss.

Susan S.:)
Very nice Moby-Dick review!
hello Suzanne!! thank you very much for all the guides!! I'll take note of that. :)

ok, i think i should finish to fill up my profile first so that you and others may know more about me. :) tnx again!! God Bless!!

your new friend,
Thank you kindly! Your review of Moby Dick caugfht my eye too, and almost made me feel I might want to read it. And I always prefer when a thought through celebration like yours end up a Hot Review, over when a kind of fun-poking bad review like mine does.

thank you for your warm welcome!! i'll try all your suggestions. i just wanna ask, where here in LT i could search for the name of my favorite author?? :) hopefully we could be "friends" here.. :) thanks again!!
Thank you very much for dropping by to tell me, Suzanne! I suspect you'll get a lot of pleasure out of A More Perfect Heaven.

As for a shellacking, I delivered one of those to The Sheltering Sky, which was a lot of fun to write. Though it appears that I got some of my facts wrong, according to a thread visitor. Oh well. Writing about a book most of two decades after reading and loathing it is bound to cause trouble.

Super review on the whale !
You are a hard worker
Long time no see moquette !
Thumbed your latest !

Thanks for the lovely review of The Good Soldier. It has been on my tbr list for some time. I must make room for it soon.
Great seeing you back around, Poquette. Just read your review of the Ford Madox Ford and it's occurring to me reading it -- guess I'm becoming cognizant of the idea that probably should have been obvious to me already -- of how truly intrigued if not obsessed Ford was by that word, "good". I recently wrote a bit for my blog on a biographical sketch that Ford wrote on Henry James, in which "good" plays a central part. Thought you might find it interesting in light of your good review:
Hi. In reading your bio I see you were looking for a list of Thomas Jefferson's books. There is a book titled "The Road to Monticello" by Kevin J. Hayes which is about Jefferson's library and accumulation of books. I have not read it but your reference made me think of it.

That was one heck of a review of The Swerve, Suzanne. Thank you.

Best wishes - Joe
Glad to hear you're well, though busy. My life may also keep me a bit in and out until the New Year, but hopefully we will run into each other hear and there!

Take care,

Don't work too hard Suzanne, Just work quick we all miss you on Lt
Hi Poquette, you've been very quiet for a while. Hope everything is ok there. We've been missing you.
Best wishes,
I'm sure you're reading, reading, reading and haven't the time to be posting to LT. At least I hope that's why we haven't heard from you in a bit. Hope all is well.

Hi Suzanne,
thanks for your long reply. It was fun reading it.
It seems we have a Kindle in common, as well. Although many books are not available for the Kindle yet - and buying electronic duplicates of "real" books does add a lot of costs - at the moment I am reading a lot on that device. Somehow my eyes have aged a bit (like the whole of me, I guess) and Kindle reading is very pleasant.

Kind regards to Nevada - which is really a long way from where I live.


PS: Are you on facebook or such?
Thanks for your comments about my review of the Bible. I agree much of the King James version is lovely--has a Shakespearean grandeur that's unmatched. I've loved some independent, separate translations of various books too. My high school religion class was assigned "The Book of J" composed of one narrative strand of Genesis and I remember how fresh the familiar story seemed in a different translation. The same is true of a translation of just The Song of Songs I saw recently. The Bible after all is a library of books by different authors. Even from a religious point of view it's inspired by God, not authored by God. So even if you reject parts of the message, I don't see why it's necessary to condemn the Bible as a whole. I may find Leviticus tedious and at times appalling. That doesn't mean the Song of Songs isn't one of the treasures of world literature.
Ha! Glad it worked out, S. Do say hello if you're ever visiting!

And to the below comment: Ha! The lunch is mine! Take that, Teresa!
Oh. And do I get the lunch?
Hi Suzanne, By now you've probably figured it out, but just in case: click on the word comments" in the lower right hand corner at Enrique's blog. I just posted over there.
Hi Suzanne, just came for a little look at your profile and library, following your recent visit to my thread. I love your description about how you stumbled across LT and got so excited about being able to catalogue your library! I felt the same when I first found it, back in 2006, but didn't get very far at that point in adding my books because the task was so huge. I reconnected again with LT in Feb 2010 just before you joined, and started cataloguing new acquisitions from that point and slowly working my way through the existing collections.

And I see you have the Library at St Gall among your favourite libraries - I've never visited there, but it's a familiar name from when I was doing my doctoral research, on early Irish and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. Many of them - whole MSS and fragments - had ended up at St Gall in the wake of Irish monks travelling all over Europe in the early middle ages. I'd love to go there one day.
Not physically - e.g. you get rid of thousands - and some are listings of stuff.
Somebody's been shopping!
Thanks for digging that up for me. I just don't liike filling in my email and other information prior to deciding whether to subscribe or not.
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