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Member: bnbooklady

CollectionsYour library (527), Favorites (40), All collections (527)

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Tagsfiction (270), nonfiction (162), memoir (80), classics (44), favorites (44), essays (23), sexuality (22), research (21), gender (21), short stories (20) — see all tags

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About meAs a twenty-something bibliophile, I love working as a bookseller/bookstore event planner. I read primarily literary fiction, but I also enjoy memoirs and a smattering of nonfiction. If it's interesting and engaging, I'll give it a try. I usually read between two and four books each week and am always looking for good recommendations from people with similar taste. I'm on a mission to put books in children's hands and keep the written word alive in our increasingly digital society. I also write The Book Lady's Blog, where you can find reviews, book news, and more.

About my libraryI only catalog books that I have read or am currently reading. My TBR stack is too huge to catalog ahead of time, and I don't really believe in adding things to my library that I haven't read.

GroupsARC Junkies, Atwoodians, Awful Lit., Bloggers, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, TuesdayThingers, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, John Irving, Jhumpa Lahiri, Toni Morrison, Mary Roach, Richard Russo, David Sedaris (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceJun 27, 2008

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Hey Rebecca! Drive-by hug
RebeccaRebeccaRebecca!! Have you been to avaland's new online journal/review about international women's writing yet?!? It's

Tui Menzies, LT member "tiffin" and a vile temptress, wrote this about "The Housekeeper and the Professor":

"When the thunder roils, the rains lash down and a Shinto temple is blasted by lightning, Yoko Ogawa shows us that certain loves are dangerous wild forces capable of great destruction. She handles this with great delicacy, avoiding with skill what might otherwise have been a cliché."

And now, damn and blast it, I *have* to read this book!!! The NERVE of the woman! I bet money you'll love this site, and derive many good ideas from the choices of review materials.

I hope you're (thermally speaking, we know you're terminally cool socially)

love your review on A Reliable Wife---- am half way through and really enjoying it

I've set up my library similar to yours. Isn't this website a pleasure?
Hello there,

Thanks for befriending me here on LibraryThing. I love your blog!

Karen Harrington
author, Janeology
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Hey, I've been going through your library and it caused me to add quite a few to my wishlist on BookMooch! I'm going to have to head over to your blog and check out reviews, especially for the gender, sexuality, and religion books. I've added you to my interesting library list to keep track of any new adds :)
Hi there. I noticed my book, Love and Other Natural Disasters, was in your library, and I wanted to let you know I'm doing an author chat for the next two weeks. It'd be great to see you there!
Holly Shumas
Hi bnbooklady,

My name is Dawn and I am a librarian and the host of Toronto Public Library’s online book club: Book Buzz and a fellow LibraryThing member.

This month we are reading The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger I noticed that you include The Time Traveler’s Wife in your library and gave it a very positive review. I’d just like to invite you to visit us and share your thoughts about Niffenegger’s book. It’s a friendly easy-going book club with over 800 members and we are always looking for new points of view.

We will also be hosting a chat with the author. You can interact live, online with Audrey Niffenegger on Book Buzz:
Monday, December 15, 2008. 7-8 pm (Toronto time)

If you are interested, visit us at .

Thank-you for your time,
Hi Rebecca--I just learned about Book Lady's Blog and I'm impressed. May I send you a copy of my novel, After the Floods? It's set partially in post-Katrina New Orleans and is a light-hearted (mostly) take on the themes of recovery and renewal. Magical realism adds elements of oddity and humor.

My story collection, ticket to a Lonely Town, was the only named finalist for the Grace Paley Prize in 2005.

Although a of Nov. 07 was listed with Bowker for After the Floods, the book was not available until this year, and 2008 is printed in the book.

My website,, contains a blog about literary matters--reviews, book events, and other commentary.

Cheers, Bruce Henricksen

P.S You mentioned Caldwell and Outliers on your blog--I enjoyed him on Rachel Maddow (sp?) the other night.

Hail, fellow bookseller, from the dank and cold backroom in Millbury, MA. Love the blog - I keep thinking I'll need to write down some of the wacky and unbelievable (and, uh, terrifying) bookselling stories from the last 6 strange years.
Greetings to my favorite bibliophibian: Did you tell me that you wanted to do the group read of The Mists of Avalon? I've started threads for the group, and the four books in the Mists. The main, spoiler-free thread is

Hope to see you there in November! Earlier, too, of course, should you want to go boldly forth.

Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your Interesting Libraries. Happy Reading!
Hi back at you!
I don't know if they still need tour hosts, but at the very least here's the list of 'where' the book will be and when:
It's a gift and your sending it at your own expense, how could I possibly let that bother me? :)
Thanks again.
re: invitation. You're welcome! Best, Lois:-)
The problem with browsing other people's libraries is that the Amazon bill gets rather high. I just went through yours and added The Thirteenth Tale, Why We Hate Us and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society...respectively #9, #10 and #11 in my monthly order. I was also interested in your review of Musicophilia—I just recently finished Uncle Tungsten by Sacks. I was totally the wrong audience because he was telling me stuff I knew (I though the book was actually about the guy he called Uncle Tungsten instead of a recounting of the history of chemistry), but I liked his writing style and have been considering whether or not to try something else by him.
The Unthinkable has arrived and my husband has taken it to read first, I knew he'd love it. Thanks again.
Miami by Joan Didion is on its way. Enjoy.
Hello. I'm adding you to my interesting libraries list because we seem to have very similar taste. I noticed you had mentioned you re-read A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Sparrow, and those are two of my favorite books. I'm also a 20-something book snob. I'm a librarian, and I'm most interested in working with teens. Anyway, just wanted to say "Hi"!
We should definitely have a bookfest! That pic of you is beautiful, by the way :-)
They're great books to put in children's hands ;) I have the same goal!
Have you read any of Eion Colpher's children's books? The Wish List and The Supernaturalist are marvelous. Other terrific children's books are Dust and The Silver Child.

A fellow book snob!

Booklady! Booklady! I just found out about this really really great book called The Lace Reader and my husband-like-person got it for me and is reading it to me and we both love it! A LOT! So my question is, since you're a bookselling pro and all, why didn't you ever mention it to me? Huh? I feel a little let down, gotta tell ya.

Your job sounds amazing. I'm so envious. How did you get involved in that line of work?
I am indeed still interested in sharing. I will send Love Marriage out this coming week.

Always glad to share. My review says it all in terms of what I thought of it.
I love your mix of fiction, nonfiction, feminist literature. I was surprised not to see "Women who run with the Wolves" by Estes, as I consider it an anchor for all my other proclivities, and your interests seem so similar to mine. Interestingly, I was 20-something several decades ago.
Oh my! what a beautiful bride!
Bella . . . Bella Swan? Wut? Good god I almost want to read as a joke. Like the time I read a Danielle Steel book.

Does this book have long gushing paragraphs describing every intricate detail of Bella *puke* Swan's stunning beauty. Her silky sink? Her shimmering hair? Her milky breasts? It's like a starter kit for spinsters!
I think I'll pass on them. I was just suprised my mom liked them so much because she usually has such good taste in books. She recently picked up American Gods, Never Let Me Go and the Stone Diaries, all on my reccomendation of course.

I can't imagine how she could even think that anything involving a vampire/werewolf/human love triangle would intrest me. When I read the names "Bella" and "Edward" and "roving group of tracker vampires" I tasted bile, I swear to god.
I read your review of that Twilight book and was smirking the whole time. This just sounds like teenage goth fodder. It's like bad fanfiction from the description.

Here's the whole Amazon blurb, it sent my into fits of eyerolling so intense I thought my eyes would burst from their sockets.

"As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction"
Hi, I have only read 65 pages of The Glass Castle. I find myself getting very angry while reading this book. I am reading it for my book club this Wednesday so I feel that I have to finish it and I am curious about why so many people love this book. What are your thoughts?
Hello there bnbooklady! I showed Mr. Man your lovely post in the "Abandoned Books" thread, and he said, "Wow! how do you find such nice people to hang with even online?"

Books. It's usually down to books. When I move back to NY, I will rejoin the book circle I co-founded 14 years ago, and which has been in continuous meeting every 3-6 weeks since. Members come and go, usually coming back after going; books make such a wonderful test, solvent, glue of relationships.

Mr. Man says "howdy."
Hi bnbooklady

Very Cool wordpress blog

May I say that you have a terrific selection of fiction.. not bad for a bona fide book snob working for the world's largest bookseller :)

That Atwood collection looks fab(I've been on a short story kick of late)

May I recommend V.S. Naipaul's 'A House For Mr. Biswas' to you. I truly think you will love it!!

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