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About my libraryMany of my books have gone to new owners but I am cataloguing those books too - or at least those the titles of which I can remember - because my main reason for joining LT is to discover new titles and authors through Connections, Similar Libraries, etc.

I'm just beginning to add star ratings: They reflect only my level of enjoyment of the books. One star means "If I'd known I wouldn't have bothered". No stars at all means I either haven't yet read the book or I've forgotten how much, or whether or not, I enjoyed it.

GroupsAustralian LibraryThingers, Boats and Sailing, Book Nudgers, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Cookbookers, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Cryptic Crosswords, En françaisshow all groups

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Favorite bookstoresGleebooks (Blackheath)

Favorite librariesBlackheath Library (Blue Mountains City Library Service)

LocationSydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Member sinceMay 18, 2007

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Kay,

Thought that I'd say "hello." This summer has been really something. Day after day of sweltering temperatures and no rain. Everything is unbelievably dry and the USA midwestern farmers (mostly corn, soy beans and wheat are in trouble with the drought and, from what I read we all also are going to see rising food prices world wide. To top it all off, a storm hit a narrow belt in our area and, lucky us, our little town was hit with the highest winds. Many trees were done, some large trees pulled out by their roots. It was a mess in our neighborhood. Somehow, though we escaped the worst of it. Lost a large tree limb, some siding and roof damage; really fairly minor stuff, though. We did loose electric power for three days.

The most gripping story was a family just west of us who had a neighbors' tree fall squarely on the middle of the house. It penetrated the roof and caused considerable damage. The really negative thing was that they had just moved in the day before the storm.

We did go to my daughter's wedding and the wedding of a daughter of a friend. Both were wonderful. The latter wedding was in Washington, DC and we drove there. We did get a chance on the way to stop to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, certainly an iconic work of his. I shouldn't have the nerve to say this about Frank Lloyd Wright but, I think he was a concept kind of architect with not a lot of interest in the nitty-gritty of architecture such as keeping water from leaking through the roof. In addition, he was pretty much a egotistical, philandering guy. Not a charmer in my book, but talented in his way.

I'm over half done reading The Devil in White City about (1) bringing Chicago's 1893 World's Fair to life and (2) a psychologically sick man who preyed on young women coming to Chicago for various reason, mainly for the Fair. It's a pretty interesting book and, even though I was born, raised and lived in the Chicago area, the stories are new to me. The book is almost ten years old, but I'm nothing if not delinquent on my reading.

Hope that you're just peachy (Is that a valid expression in Australia?).
Munn
Hello Kay,

For the first time in a while I went with friends to a Chicago a cappella (Holiday - in the broadest sense) concert. You may recall that I was on the board of this nonprofit group some time ago. They posted on YouTube, Jonathan Miller's (The founder of CAC) arrangement of Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus as done by CAC. I thought it was a fun piece and that you might enjoy it. Most things that CAC does are done "straight," for lack of a better term, and some are quite challenging. Their concerts are quite varied in musical genre.

For a "bonus" here are a couple more CAC pieces... One... Two...

Just thought that you might enjoy it.

Hope you have a wonderful, warm and peaceful holiday season.

Munn
Thank you, Thrin, for your kind comment about my review of "Five Bells" and my reviews in general. I see you are in Australia and I was introduced to Gail Jones by another Australian LTer, amandameale. Despite the things I found irritating about the book, I am impressed by her writing and I'll look for other books by her. Do you recommend any in particular? Rebecca
Thanks for your prompt answer, and for looking.

Then, I guess the status of "your" "Midwife Toad"

is the same as the status of "mine" --in a category

far outnumbering the books actually owned.

But I appreciate your looking for it, and

your efforts, in general, as described. Acquiring

books isnʻt my idea of the main purpose of LT, but

I was making an exception in this request, because

"The Case of the Midwife Toad" is very scarce in the

public libraries here -- the only copy, in a whole statewide

System -- being in Hilo, the 3rd biggest of the

public libraries.
My wife [Leialoha Apo Perkins] is interested in obtaining
a copy of [The Case of the Midwife Toad] by [Arthur Koestler].

I noticed that you are one of the comparatively few members
who have listed it in your collection. (Itʻs listed in mine, too,
but "my" copy is only a Wish List item.)
And that, in "About my Library" you said, "Many of
my books have gone to new owners. . ." Is that because
some of them have become available for sale?

In any case, thanks for your consideration

Roland
I thought that as a more or less fellow colonial, you might find this interesting. Perhaps, even amusing!
P.S. I checked out The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and added it as a book of interest to me. It seemed of interest to me from the reviews. I have a little familiarity with that era in Japan (kind of like North Korea today in terms of isolation...).

Bill
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