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About me'Just another hard-working dog.

About my libraryI am a book hoarder. There, I said it. A bona fide "Tsundoku". Books and book titles, are hunted in all suitable habitats, from threads of LT, from dozens of libraries throughout nearby towns, in library sale basements, in enormous bins at the Goodwill Outlet, etc. My library is a bit virtual; I own most, but not all of these.

LT is my book journal:

Last years' efforts are here:
and here:
and here:

Groups100 Books in 2012 Challenge, 100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 501 Must-Read Books, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Books Africa, All Things New England, Ancient Historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsNicholas A. Basbanes, Wendell Berry, Bill Bryson, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Don DeLillo, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner, Thomas L. Friedman, Graham Greene, Bernd Heinrich, Ernest Hemingway, Christopher Hitchens, Homer, Jon Krakauer, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, Saki, J. D. Salinger, William Shakespeare, Paul Theroux, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, David Foster Wallace, Edward O. Wilson, Simon Winchester, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresPowell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore, The Book Barn, Whitlocks Book Barn

Favorite librariesCheshire Public Library, Clark Memorial Library, Homer Babbidge Library (University of Connecticut Main Library), Linderman Library at Lehigh University, Miller Memorial Central Library (Hamden Public Library), New Haven Free Public Library: Main Library (Ives Memorial Library), Yale University - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (BRBL)

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Hi Steve: I can't remember where I pinched my profile picture from, it does get a few comments. For people who know cats, we can see that this daft woman is going to get a good scratching in a minute.

I do get a bit concerned with my cat using the laptop when I'm not at home. She denies it, of course, but I live in fear of huge bills from ebay for fresh fish or, worse still, her being rude to some nice lady in Australia on Library Thing.
Hi Steve: thanks for you reply re;Jerry Garcia.

All our great Rock n Rollers are dead now,, .. .. .. .. .. I don't feel too good myself sometimes, to be honest.. .. ..

My calico cat is demanding her own LT membership.. .. Where will it all end? :)
Hi Steve, thanks for reply.

Garcia looks a lot more fulfilled and happy in your shot than the band ever did. I hope he is doing well.

It is interesting seeing shots of some of the old stars, it should be called “Spot the survivors.”

I note you have another idol.. .. .. .. Jed Clampitt. (Remember Elli-May!!!)

Stay well.
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cool pic!
Hi, Sandydog,

Please do not respond to spam posts. Ordinarily, if a spam post gets four flags, not only the post, but the thread itself, disappears. However, if there are multiple posts in the thread, it stays visible. So responses defeat the purpose of flags.

Thanks. -- interesting list of 'great works' - artworks, music, film along with books.
That's good to know, George!

Take care Bro.
Pleased to welcome a new group member to 501 Books! :)
If you can get your hands on this, you might like some of what you find inside...
You're welcome, I guess. Anything in particular catch your eye? Anything in general interest you? Maybe I can throw a few other ideas your way...
Two, that is. Fat fingers on iPad...
Are you my long lost bro? You clearly have exquisite tastes.
TBD really is TBD - decided - not TBR. It's books that I haven't yet tagged properly, mostly acquired / read relatively recently.
Hey way to pimp that IJ Reader's Guide. Go Sandydawg, go!
Steve, I'm a bit late, huge surprise there; thanks for adding me to your "Interesting Libraries".
I'll just spend a few moments strolling through yours, if you don't mind.
28 jan - from today's writers almanac:

It's the birthday of the novelist Colette (books by this author), born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye in the Burgundy region of France (1873). She is best known as the author of Chéri (1920) and Gigi (1945).

She said, "The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike." And, "What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner."

It's the birthday of José Martí (books by this author), born in Havana, Cuba (1853). He was a poet and journalist, and he helped lead Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain. Pete Seeger's folk song "Guantanamera" is a translation of an autobiographical poem by José Martí.
another bit of info re Maugham: "Of Human Bondage" is my local book-seller's favorite movie of all time; would like to see it myself sometime (I did read it, years ago)...
25 jan, via Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac": It's the birthday of W. Somerset Maugham (books by this author), born in Paris (1874). His father was in Paris as a lawyer for the British Embassy. When Maugham was eight years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. His father died of cancer two years later. The boy was sent back to England into the care of a cold and distant uncle, a vicar. Maugham was miserable at his school. He said later: "I wasn't even likeable as a boy. I was withdrawn and unhappy, and rejected most overtures of sympathy over my stuttering and shyness." Maugham became a doctor and practiced in the London slums. He was particularly moved by the women he encountered in the hospital, where he delivered babies; and he was shocked by his fellow doctors' callous approach to the poor. He wrote: "I saw how men died. I saw how they bore pain. I saw what hope looked like, fear and relief; I saw the dark lines that despair drew on a face; I saw courage and steadfastness. I saw faith shine in the eyes of those who trusted in what I could only think was an illusion and I saw the gallantry that made a man greet the prognosis of death with an ironic joke because he was too proud to let those about him see the terror of his soul."

When he was 23, he published his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, about a working-class 18-year-old named Liza who has an affair with a 40-year-old married man named Jim, a father of nine. Jim's wife beats up Liza, who is pregnant, and who miscarries, and dies. The novel was a big success, and Maugham made enough money to quit medicine and become a full-time writer. For many years, he made his living as a playwright, but eventually he became one of the most popular novelists in Britain. His novels include Of Human Bondage (1915), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Cakes and Ale (1930), and The Razor's Edge (1944).

Somerset Maugham said, "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."
You know I used to manage the BookHampton in Southampton, right? ca. 1976-7... good, if weird, times. Met Truman Capote, Paula Fox, Pete Hamill, Dustin Hoffman, Larry Rivers, Wm. Irwin Thompson, various memorable others in that store...
list from end of life bookclub -- I'm adding elegance of hedgehog to my TBR list, and maybe girls like us...

appointment in samara
seventy verses on emptiness
marjorie morningstar
the hobbit
daily strength for daily needs
people of the book
i am sorrow
the uncommon reader
the lizard cage
brat farrar
continental drift
the painted veil
murder in the cathedral
wherever you go, there you are
the price of salt
the reluctant fundamentalist
the year of magical thinking
olive kitteridge
girls like us
suite française
the bite of the mango
the elegance of the hedgehog
the girl with the dragon tattoo
my father's tears
too much happiness
That is absolutely uncanny about Hamlet. Are you yankin' my chain? If not, it's a sign that the time was right to begin IJ. I'd say it's pretty wavy all the way through. Tidal wavy...
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries Steve... and Happy New Year!

Whatever, Sandy. Jesus' Son is merely gritty ... not gritty x 5.
Goin' good, Sandydawg! What an awesome book sale sounds like you got to attend today. Try not to buy all 140,000 volumes.

It's really good to hear your kind words about the group. I obviously haven't been there in forever, but the group still holds more fond recollections for me than I could possibly hope to count, even from this distance.

Btw, I recently read Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales, and saw that you'd already cataloged it. If you've not read it, I have to say it's one of the better outdoorsy adventure reads I've yet encountered.


Just dropping in to say thanks for the Salon welcome, that video's a gem. Rosey IS smart!
never knew gutenberg posted daily 'bestsellers' -
also thinking of looking into how to proofread for the cause...
"Member gallery: Sandydog1" --- That's quite an extended family you have.

I was just wandering around LT and somehow found you (not that you were lost). Got to scanning your to-the-point, insightful reviews with some tinges of humor and enjoyed them. While reading your review of "The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World," the thought popped into my wandering mind that Hitler unintentionally accelerated science in the USA by some 20 years and, of course, ultimately did the Japanese no favors as well.

I quite enjoyed and found interesting your review of "The Canon" by Natalie Angier.

Have a wonderful spring day.

"Hitch" is an interesting, although, to me,

wrong-headed author.

The article "Hitch-22" that you mention

sounds interesting, if only to answer a

technicality-of publishing question: How do you get 420

pages into a magaazine issue?

The Waterfield book, b t w, on Socrates that

appears under "Books you (and I) Share"

is one that Iʻm reading now. I donʻt

usually pay much attention to the "Shared"

books, bec ause, on my end of it, few

of them are actually owned by me--theyʻre

predominantly Wish List items. But this

one did catch my attention. Iʻve

obtained it from the Public Library.

Hello! Thanks for the 'Interesting Libraries' add! :-)
Hi Steve
just looked at 'what should you borrow' feature in your library and I have read about 90% of them! Good library!
That picture takes me back -- it was on the cover of my first copy of The Master and Margarita, which fell to pieces years ago.
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Oooh, I love it!
In BOOKMOOCH I have a Beryl Markham work; 'THE SPLENDID OUTCAST; Beryl Markham's African Stories' (1987) available if you want it. It is in good condition and has 139 pages including eight short stories.

Jim Thomson

Greetings, long-lost brother - I do see we share 65 books, most of them TBR - though your list is fearsomely bigger than mine (should I be suffering from TBR envy?)

You have good taste.
I can't read the spreadsheets on looking for someone who has the time to type the titles for me.
thought you'd like this one:
Glad you're back! As of last night, my CT friends are still without power.

Btw, my dog is an English lab. She's so sweet and so patient with our other dog, which is a Wheaton terrier who has no concept of personal space.

Friends in CT tell me that things there are a mess. Here in Jersey, too. We're fine, hope you're okay, too.
Thanks for dropping by! Actually, that wasn't my cat. My real cat Chizzy is now on my profile, along with a copy of The Same River Twice, signed by Rique and geneg and Murr. I should have put that pic there long ago.
You dog! Snaggin' that Nun before me! Been on the lookout forever. Nice grab!
Love the profile pic, Steve. Made me smile!
Thanks for the recent note, dawg!
Holy shiitake mushrooms, dog! Don't you get eaten by them sharks. Glad you liked the pics -- which are sort of an illusion, them being oases in the desert.
You are definitely one of the good ones! Your books show it, and your postings show it, and your sense of humor shows it too. ;- ) I look forward to seeing all that blossoms from it. I'll be keeping my eye out and paying close attention. All the best, my good man. To be continued in days ahead . . .
Sorry, I must have missed your comment when you posted it, I don't usually take three months to respond to people. There is a new 2011 edition of The Irish Soldiers of Mexico and I just got a copy. Looking forward to reading it.
Hey, before I forget, last weekend at one of my regular haunts, I found a book that was on that 100 Adventure books of all time list, that you finished for us, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, that Nat'l Geographic "digested" for us from Washington Irving's journal writings. It's a beautiful pb edition. I didn't realize it, but apparently Nat'l Geographic published their own editions of every book on the list -- might be worth hunting for and collecting.
That sounds awesome.
Nice In Patagonia grab, Jerry!
You ain't Steve! You're Jerry! He's alive! He's ALIVE! And he just sent me a message!

I'm watching a documentary on Avalon myself, while reading a Henry James short story. Good times, eh?
Hi, Steve, thanks for dropping by my thread! I'm looking forward to browsing through your library to see what you're reading.
Thanks for the link to the travel/adventure books, Steve. That is a great list, and I emailed myself the link.

I haven't read a whole bunch of the ones listed! A couple I didn't see that I liked, although they're probably deeper in on the list, were Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia and The Songlines (Australia). Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes, following Captain Cook's adventures, is another good one with some humor.

I can't believe someone else has read The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat! (Although no doubt I should know better on LT). That one was a gift from my wife and a big surprise to me as to how good it was.

Anyway, thanks again, and I'll see you around LT!

Best - Joe
I don't want to throw off the "Choose a Book" thread by commenting there, Steve, but thanks for mentioning "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush". It looks really good, and I hadn't heard of it before. It's on my tbr now.

Best wishes - Joe
For some reason hadn't thought to run this kind of search before, for top audio book sites --
Thanks so much for the warm welcome to the Salon! I was really surprised to see that. You made my day!

I seem to have noticed you hail from CT? My wife and I have talked about having a summer home thereabouts after I retire (close to Mystic would be nice). These Texas summers have a way of catching up to you. Funny, they never bothered me as a kid, but now that I'm approaching my golden years, 100+ degree days seem a tad warmer than they used to.

1st Quarter): January 1st, (long gone), -- March 31st.
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon with an L.T. rating of 4.39.

2nd Quarter): April 1st -- June 30th.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens with an L.T. rating of 4.27.

3rd Quarter): July 1st -- September 30.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly with an L.T. rating of 4.05.

And for the 4th and final Quarter of 2011): October 1st -- December 31st.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton also with an L.T. rating of 4.05.

And perhaps, if cyderry would be so kind to get together another list of L.T. 'highly rated' books come near the end of 2011, we will be able to smoothly segue into 2012. That would be such a treat.
i think i will enjoy her (Karen Armstrong's) writings. most of my spiritual delvings are Buddhist. i don't really read much about world religions but she entices me. i've just found a program on LINK tv with her and someone else (a Buddhist) that i've set to record. listening to her talk has set me back to doing Buddhist metta practice (the formal practice of compassionate lovingkindness) and that's helpful.

Do you have any thoughts on whether I should do Bleak House OR Curiosity Shop next for my audible dog-walk book??
Antidote to Cormac McCarthy (& what I'm listening-to now) -- Keith Richards' Life, narrated Johnny Depp, brilliant! In Imperfect, jump to 'On Translating a Mexican Poet'...
I thought you may be interested in a new thread of mine. Check it out.

happy new year BTW

I haven't yet read Burmese Days, but it's on my shelves somewhere (I've started to stack books on the legde of the bookshelves so I sometimes forget what's behind them). I've also read Keep the Aspidistra Flying which wasn't bad, but wouldn't recommend it (though there are favorable reviews on Amazon, so perhaps it was me not the book). Do you have the Everyman's edition of the Essays? That's a nice thing. It's in bright red cloth. Fourteen hundred pages wide...
As I couldn't find Bill McKibben's "Wandering Home" in your library, I'm recommending it to you now (as a nature-ish book).
Yes! I loved Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
Thanks Sandy!

I'll have to read it now. It's been a "should" for me, partly because my grandfather was from South Africa. He left in the 1910s or 20s, and died before I ever met him, but of course, I feel this book is about my heritage.

Thanks again!
Thank you for commenting on my 50 Book Challenge thread. I'm encouraged that I'll finally make it to 50 in my 3rd year too.

Calendar years don't have much meaning for me: the school year starts in September, the Christian year starts with Advent, my work year starts the end of June. So my challenge year starts whenever I've reached 50 from the previous challenge. :)
You added my book to your massive library, so I assumed you'd bought it. Or was it a virtual book, which of course needn't be purchased, or even real?
Hey, you broke down and bought it! Good for you!
You da bomb with the welcomes, Dog! I appreciate your taking it on immensely, more than you can know, so that the tradition continues. If you ever get burnt on it, lemme know, and I'll give you a vacation or find another, though prob'ly not another who does it as well as you.
Thanks for the welcome. This LT thing, and the LSLDPPLP perspective in particular, has changed my life! No more not being able to locate the next great read, that's for sure - the new problem is prioritising what to go for before time's up. Currently reading 2666, having never heard of Bolano before: I am in thrall completely. Infinite Jest on its slow way from a book warehouse somewhere. We're just back from holiday, and I'm relieved to discover the LT site still works well enough on the 32 kps dial-up connection that is the only one we'll ever have up on this Irish hill.
Hey Steve, just read your review for "A Reader's Companion." I love those kinds of books. Were you able to get some good recommendations from it?
Thank you for adding my library to your list of 'interesting'. I've browsed a bit through yours, and some of the titles awaken me from my sleep...' thanks!
Hey Steve, thanks for the kind words. But I've got nothing on you! Your library is impressive. I'm going to take some time, and leaf through your collection, if you don't mind. Thanks.
Thanks, I looked at the group you suggested, but I just cant fit any more reads into my week. Will keep an eye on it though- this site has given me so many books to read. I have a renewed enthusiasm that's for sure. (There's nothing like a book drought to get you down!)
That's great -- let me know how you like them when you get to it.

This one I just got, and it's quite good:

Einstein's Jury by Jeffrey Crelinsten

I have always been fascinated by the reception Einstein's theories received, and have tried to read what I could on the process by which the profound intellectual shift in physics took place. Who knew what when? Who objected? Is it true that Eddington's 1919 eclipse measurements settled the matter? What about 1905-1911 -- what happened then? Etc. This book is thoughtfully researched and argued.
Thanks for the "interesting library" shout-out! I've done the same - your library is great! It seems we have many books in common, and we have groups in common too.
Honored by the "Interesting libraries" designation -- I look forward to checking out your library; currently digging out from snow, and no power or internet at home!
Garp beat me to it: I love your picture Sandydog!
Man you look a lot like Jerry Garcia LOL
I think you would like Hitchens book, not only well-written but passionate. But everything in its time, right? Mary Beth (Why on earth did I sign my name Mary Bej!?) on Feb 17th? Giggle giggle...
Hi, What did you think of "God Is Not Great?" I thought it was bravely written and a good counter-balance to some of the stuff out there that uses little to none of the bible's historical background to back up their arguments. Hitchens' does though, and most of the time I found his reasoning crystal clear. I think it is his journalistic style that appeals to me,also. Mary Bej
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