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About meMy husband and I live in a 102-year-old house in Portland with lots of books, a jazz vinyl collection, and two tabby cats named Billie and Ella (the Jazz Cats).

I practice law at my own firm, the Dumas Law Group, mostly representing the victims of childhood sexual abuse. I and spend the rest of my time exploring, fussing with the house and garden, reading books, and playing with my Rose City Reader book blog.

I am a compulsive "list" reader. Having finished the Modern Library's Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century, I'm still actively working on National Book Award winners, Booker Prize winners, and Pulitzer Prize (fiction) winners, Book Critics Circle winners, and One Book by Every Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. I am also lackadaisically working on the Modern Library's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books of the 20th Century, Pulitzer Prize (history) winners, and National Review's list of most influential (non-fiction) books of the 20th Century. Arguably, I burn up valuable reading time playing with my lists. I know this.

About my libraryMy LT library includes all the books I live with.

Any book tagged "James's" belongs to my husband and it is unlikely that I have read it or ever will -- unless it is also tagged "TBR" in which case I intend to get to it someday.

I am loosey goosey with my star ratings. Stars should be taken with a grain of salt. Generally, 5 stars means it is an all-time favorite; 4 stars means I liked it and would recommend it; 3 stars means I enjoyed it but probably wouldn't recommend it; 2 stars means I didn't like it; and 1 star means I thought it was really bad. I give 3 1/2 stars to many books, indicating that I would recommend it to certain readers, compared to a 4 star rating that means I would recommend it to anyone.

GroupsBloggers, Booze!, Christianity, Nabokov!, Needlearts, Oregonians, Political Conservatives, Portland Readers, ReJoyce, The Drones Club (all things P.G. Wodehouse)show all groups

Favorite authorsKingsley Amis, Saul Bellow, Lee Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Jim Harrison, Steven F. Hayward, John Lescroart, Ian McEwan, Vladimir Nabokov, Anthony Powell, Annie Proulx, Philip Roth, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


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Edmund Burke:

Select Works of Edmund Burke (3 volumes, Liberty Fund, 1995, Paper, Like New):
Vol. 1. Thoughts on the Causes of Present Discontents, Two Speeches on America
Vol. 2. Reflections on the Revolution in France
Vol. 3. Letters on a Regicide Peace

Russell Kirk:

The Conservative Mind from Burke to Eliot, Revised 7th edition (paperback)
The Portable Conservative Reader (paperback)
Prospects for Conservatives (paperback)
The Politics of Prudence (hardcover)
The American Cause (hardcover)
Redeeming the Time (paperback)
The Unbought Grace of Life: Essays in Honor of Russell Kirk (paperback)

Library of Modern Thinkers (ISI Books):

Eric Voegelin (hardcover) – Michael Federici
Bertrand de Jouvenel (hardcover) – Daniel Mahoney
Michael Polanyi (hardcover) – Mark Mitchell
Robert Nisbet (hardcover) – Robert Lowell Stone
Wilhelm Ropke (hardcover) – John Zmirak


The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 (hardcover) – George Nash
Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea (hardcover) – Irving Kristol

Literature and the American College: Essays in Defense of the Humanities (hardcover) – Irving Babbitt
Character and Culture: Essays on East and West (paperback) – Irving Babbitt

Rationalism in Politics (paperback) (Liberty Fund) – Michael Oakeshott
Economics in One Lesson (paperback) – Henry Hazlitt
Ghosts on the Roof (paperback) – Whittaker Chambers

Ideas Have Consequences (paperback) – Richard Weaver
Visions of Order (paperback) – Richard Weaver
The Southern Essays of Richard Weaver (paperback) (Liberty Fund) – Richard Weaver

The Present Age (paperback) – Robert Nisbet
Twilight of Authority (paperback) (Liberty Fund) – Robert Nisbet
Tradition and Revolt (paperback) – Robert Nisbet

On Looking into the Abyss (hardcover) – Gertrude Himmelfarb
From Bauhaus to Our House (hardcover) – Tom Wolfe
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Literature (paperback) – Elizabeth Kantor
Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities (hardcover) – John Ellis
The Conservative Imagination (paperback) – Philip Thody
Good Order (paperback) – Brad Miner (ed.)


The Dream (hardcover) – Winston Churchill (Levenger Press, Like New, no dust jacket, $40)
The Making of the Finest Hour (hardcover) – Winston Churchill (Levenger Press, Like New, includes CD of BBC radio broadcast of speech, no dust jacket, $30)


The Killer Angels (hardcover) – Michael Shaara
The Fred Chappell Reader (hardcover) – Fred Chappell
Child of God (paperback) – Cormac McCarthy
The Most Amazing Thing (hardcover) – Robert Grudin
The Literary Book of Economics (hardcover) – Michael Watts (ed.)
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (hardcover) – J.R.R. Tolkien
Unfinished Tales – J.R.R. Tolkien (hardcover) (1st edition, Like New, no dust jacket, $8)

Robert Penn Warren:

World Enough and Time – hardcover, 1st Edition, Limited Edition, Signed, Ex-Libris, tanned pages
Meet Me in the Green Glen – hardcover, 1st Edition, Ex-libris, tanned pages


William Faulkner (bio, paperback) – Joseph Blotner
Lanterns on the Levee (memoir, paperback) – William Alexander Percy
The Elegant Universe (science, hardcover) – Brian Greene
The New Way Things Work (science/kids, hardcover) – David Macaulay
The Millennial Project (science, paperback) – Marshall Savage
The Monsters and the Critics (essays, paperback) – J.R.R. Tolkien
Crossing the Threshold of Hope (theology, hardcover) – Pope John Paul II
Distant Intimacy: A Friendship in the Age of the Internet (hardcover) – Joseph Epstein
Doomed Bourgeois in Love: Essays on the Films of Whit Stillman (paperback) – ed. Mark Henrie
Ill Met by Moonlight (non-fiction survival, paperback) – W. Stanley Moss
The Last Place on Earth (non-fiction exploration, paperback) – Roland Huntford
Another Sort of Learning (humanistic essays, paperback) – James V. Schall
Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy (hardcover) – Matthew Scully

C.S. Lewis:

Mere Christianity (.50) (paperback)
The Abolition of Man (.50) (paperback)
The Screwtape Letters (.50) (paperback)
A Grief Observed (.50) (paperback)
I just finished The Man who loved China and read your review.

"Simon Winchester could write an interesting book about garden mulch."

I wish I could have handed out a few dozen thumbs for that one.


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