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CollectionsYour library (3,635), Poetry (274), Read but No Longer Own (955), New England history (90), Margaret Atwood (51), Quilting, Sewing & Other Needlework (94), Joyce Carol Oates (85), juvenile (47), Boris Pasternak (16), Read but unowned (2), Favorites (27), Recovered books (2), All collections (3,640)

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About meLongtime member of LT, once very active now somewhat less. I think my library tells you everything you need to know about me... except: I am wife to the best guy in the world, mother of three terrific now-adult children, and Nana to, not one, but two ADORABLE grandsons!

As of 2019 I am self-declared "retired". I enjoy reading and . I also sew, quilt; and paint/paper walls, furniture and other things. I like to garden, play in the woods, sing made up songs and laugh out loud (as often as possible). I enjoy baking, travel, museums of all kinds...really this list is endless.

I journal my reading with brief reviews on a joint thread with my husband, dukedom_enough, in the group Club Read 2020 HERE.


A Faithful but Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed (linked stories) by Jason Brown (2019, US).
The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson (2018, Icelandic, 1st book in series)

2020 BOOKS READ: √ denotes reviewed

The Cabin by Jørn Lier Horst (2019, crime novel, Norwegian)
Restoration by Olaf Olafsson (2012, Icelandic-American)
One Station Away, by Olaf Olafsson (2017, Icelandic-American)
Run to the Earth Paul Yoon (2002)
Phantom Limbs: Stories by Margo Lanagan (2019, Australia)
Laterality: Exploring the Enigma of Left-Handedness by Clare Porac, PhD


Walking Into the Night by Olaf Olafsson (2003, Icelandic-American)
The Resisters by Gish Jen (2020, US, dystopia)
Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society by Mary Beth Norton (1998, history)
[The Memory Police by Yoko Ozawa (1994, Japan, 2019 in translation; dystopia)
The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson (2019, Iceland)
Pond]by Claire-Louise Bennett (2015, Ireland)
Many Rivers to Cross by Peter Robinson (2019, Crime Novel)
Careless Love by Peter Robinson (2018, Crime Novel)
The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (2015, SF...and philosophy)
Body Tourists by Jane Rogers (2019, UK)
Tropic of Violence by Nathacha Appanah (2016, translated 2018)
Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright (nonfiction, in book & audio form, 2018) began in 2019
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman (Swedish, 1993)

2020 BOOKS DABBLED IN or CONTINUOUS reading/reference (read some but not cover to cover):
Verge: Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch (2020, US)
The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire: 1625-1660 by Charles Henry Pope, 1908; 252 pgs (surely I have read this all by now!)
The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope, 1900; 550 pgs

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (2019, crime novel)
Complicity by Iain Banks (1993, UK, crime. Torture porn, set in the early 90s, well, a typical "guy book" from the era)
Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman (1961, translated 1996. northern Sweden) It mostly suffers for NOT being the stellar read the previous book was (also an Ekman crime novel).

About my libraryI enjoy all kinds and forms of fiction, in English and in translation. I'm fascinated not just with story, but also with the art of fiction itself. I enjoy poetry, literary criticism, cultural studies, psychology, art history, New England history, social history, women's studies, some science, nature, contemporary issues...and whatever else might catch my interest at any given time.

GroupsAll Things New England, Atwoodians, Board Room, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015show all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Abigail May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Nathacha Appanah, Margaret Atwood, Trezza Azzopardi, Julianna Baggott, Nicola Barker, Elizabeth Bishop, Martin Booth, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Octavia E. Butler, Alex Capus, Angela Carter, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy F. Cott, Mia Couto, A. J. Cronin, Charles L. Crow, John Crowley, Emily Dickinson, Assia Djebar, Susan J. Douglas, Thomas Dublin, Clare Dudman, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Barbara Ehrenreich, George Eliot, Nawal El-Saadawi, Buchi Emecheta, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Gaskell, Amitav Ghosh, Sandra M. Gilbert, Kate Grenville, Ursula K. Le Guin, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Helon Habila, Elizabeth Hand, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gaute Heivoll, David Herter, Reginald Hill, Nalo Hopkinson, Arnaldur Indriðason, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Gail Jones, Graham Joyce, James Patrick Kelly, Jane Kenyon, Margo Lanagan, Margot Livesey, Joan London, Amy Lowell, Ian R. MacLeod, Henning Mankell, Maureen F. McHugh, China Miéville, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sarah Moss, Mary Beth Norton, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Olaf Olafsson, Sharon Olds, Boris Pasternak, Viktor Pelevin, Ian Rankin, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Roberts, Mary Doria Russell, Robert Shearman, Elaine Showalter, Rebecca Solnit, May Swenson, Deborah Tannen, Sheri S. Tepper, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Jeff VanderMeer, Kate Douglas Wiggin, William Carlos Williams, Paul Yoon (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresOld Number Six Book Depot, Toadstool Bookshop - Milford

Favorite librariesHollis Social Library, Wadleigh Memorial Library - GMILCS


Real nameLois

LocationNew Hampshire, USA

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