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About meI am a high school history teacher in Sarasota, Florida, and an inveterate, voracious, almost omnivorous reader. During the school year I read one or two new books a week (new in the sense that I haven't read them previously), and average between four and seven new books a week during my summer break. My addiction to the written word dates back to third grade; and while I haven't yet gotten to the point of holding up convenience stores to support my habit, it is indicative that most of the used bookstores in the area know my face if not my name! Thank God for Goodwill -- great hardcovers for as low as $2.99. And I've already had to replace my library card, as it was practically worn through (not an easy feat since it's plastic!). But as much as I LOVE to read, I love to TALK about what I've read just as much -- and herein lies the problem. I have had enormous difficulty in finding kindred spirits in this area, both in the flesh and on-line. While many folks do indeed love to read, it seems darned few are either interested in or capable of engaging in a literate and articulate discussion about what they've read. I've joined both Shelfari (ugh!) and individual author e-groups, and have been frustrated beyond belief by the inability or unwillingness of most of my correspondents to engage in any kind of in-depth discussion about the books we have in common. So. . .dialogue definitely desired!
About my libraryMy library extends from childhood favorites (The Wind in the Willows, the Miss Bianca books, a few of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classics) to works on social history (my particular love). I enjoy classic sci-fi (Heinlein, Zelazny, the great Orson Scott Card, Doris Egan, Lois McMaster Bujold), fantasy (Marta Randall, Marion Zimmer Bradley, the inimitable Tolkien and JK Rowling's Harry Potter,and of course Terry Pratchett's Disc World delights)to mysteries and suspense thrillers. I enjoy dipping into an Edgar Wallace (no, I'm not that old, but I am an antiquarian in some ways)and own almost all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe oeuvre. I still adore Manning Coles (set pre and immediately post WWII), and once in a while indulge in a little masochistic Matt Helm (say what you will, Donald Hamilton was a hard-headed realist who could write darned well). I enjoy Harlan Coben, adore Lee Child, was an aficionado of both Dick Francis and Robert K. Tanenbaum's work until their writing style changed so drastically -- Francis b/c old age and then death prompted other, and far less gifted writers to insert their words under his name; Tanenbaum for what I can only assume were personal reasons after the loss of his partner; and even read a Regency romance or two (the EARLY Roberta Gellis's, Georgette Heyer, Sheila Bishop).
GroupsAmerican History, Awful Lit., Baker Street and Beyond, Battlestar Galactica, Books Compared, Booze!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Go Review That Book!, Happy Heathens, Historical Fiction —show all groups, King's Dear Constant Readers, LTers with dogs, MyPeopleConnection Book Clubs, Name that Book, Non-Fiction Readers, Orson Scott Card, Pro and Con, Reading Resolutions, Richard III, Science Fiction Fans, The 'verse, The Black Orchid (A Nero Wolfe Group), The Green Dragon, Unread Support Group, Used Books, What Are You Reading Now?, Women of Mystery
Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Cadell, Manning Coles, Michael Crichton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Doris Egan, Dick Francis, Donald Hamilton, Robert A. Heinlein, Georgette Heyer, Jean Kerr, John D. MacDonald, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, P. J. O'Rourke, Robert B. Parker, Elizabeth Peters, Terry Pratchett, Mary Renault, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Josephine Tey (Shared favorites)
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Real nameRachel Wasserman
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Member sinceJun 8, 2008
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