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About my libraryI am an avid reader, BookCrosser, library volunteer.


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I read your review of Lucky Us, and I am so glad that someone liked it as much as I did. I think that you either "get" Amy Bloom or you don't. I was prompted to message you, to ask whether you thought that the title was a surprise twist?
Certainly, the Lucky Us is sort of typical sardonic jewish humor, but in the end I thought that the "Us" in question was surprisingly, NOT Iris and Eva after all, but was Eva and Gus. It took one heck of a lot of unlikely (and terrible) things to happen before they got together; it couldn't have happened without luck! :)
Many thanks.
Right now I am doing sculpture ( often writing on it).
Not working on another novel.
I did edit a book recently. AMERICAN WOMEN, ITALIAN STYLE.

Much appreciation for your helping out.
Yes. It is a crummy thing to happen and oh-we-are-so-powerless in the hands of Amazon.


hey czukie, didn't know you were on LT till I read your review of Lessons in French on fb ;-)
hey czukie, didn't know you were on LT till I read your review of Lessons in French on fb ;-)
I've been humming 'It was just one of those things' too, as a result of reading Farewell, Dorothy Parker. Maybe I'm not as weird as I thought I was.
Hi Amy!

I also just finished reading Turn of Mind and loved your review of that book here on LibraryThing. You write such a good and thorough review! It was a pleasure to read. :)

Hope to see you again one day here up north at one of our BC meet-ups.

best regards from Maryland,

Found your take on the Mackler "...My Butt..." interesting.
So where in Maryland? We live in Bethesda now (for 8 years, nearly), but were in Darnestown previously and Gaithersburg before that....and before that a tiny hamlet of Rockville named Derwood!

I don't really roam shelves, but I do like to read other reviews of Early Reviewer books that I have just read---to see how off the wall mine is! I don't see that a synopsis helps!

My brother is very involved with Friends of the Houston Library, although he has poor health now and can't do much more than lend moral support during their annual sale. I cannot remember which genre of books he helps "assess" during the year as they intake books.

Glancing up, I see you just reviewed [the Boggart] by Susan Cooper. Did she write [the dark is rising]? Guess I'll have to look at your review!!

Take care--and stay dry if Hurricane Irene is heading your way.....
Just wanted to tell you that I loved your "review" of [Borkmann's Point]. I would imagine it makes a difference--listening to a book you have already read. For instance, when ever Karlbringen was mentioned (not speaking/reading Swedish) I mentally pictured the word Carlbringen.

At any rate, I agree that I can find a plot synopsis many places (Amazon comes to mind), and I am many, many years away from high school book reports. I like to know what emotions were evoked by the book, etc.


ps: great profile picture!

Just wanted to take a second and thank you for the review for Nymphos of Rocky Flats. I;ve added it to my wishlist.

thanks again,
There used to be a way of pulling up the work itself and seeing whose wishlist it was on. That feature is now gone. The only way you can find the wishlists of people now is to pull up the profile name of each Bookcrosser individually here at LibraryThing and then see if they have a collection called "Wishlist".

I keep most of my wishlisted books on BookMooch as that's where I can mooch a book for free as soon as it becomes available. Sometimes, if I have a book I want to release, I'll let others here on LibraryThing know. Then I can reserve the book for them on BookMooch. If you're not familiar with BookMooch, it's a free book swap site and is fully compatible both with LibraryThing and BookCrossing. The only thing, though, if you list a Bookcrossing-labelled book on BookMooch, you must describe it in the BookMooch "condition notes". *All* of the books I've ever released through BookMooch have been Bookcrossing labelled. Some are journaled; others aren't. I've never had a complaint about the Bookcrossing labels as the recipients are aware of them before they request my books.

Hope this helps!


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Hi Czukie,

Hope all is well with you. I just read your review of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It is truly an amazing book. I read it not too very long ago. Hope you can find another person to whom to pass it along who'll appreciate it.

Greeetings to you down south from the freezing, cold Maryland!

Madeline :)

OMG, czukie, I was laughing hysterically at your review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. It was hilarious!! At least I found someone else who dislikes that book as much as I do. I just finished it yesterday and could not think of enough bad things to say about it. I actually toned down my original review quite a bit because I think Chabon is a good writer, it's just that book I didn't like. I actually liked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay very much.

This is a most wonderful quote from your review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. A gem, in fact: "I'm 170 pages into it and the best I can say is that the other day, I dropped the book and lost my place. It took me forty five minutes to find my place again!"

I had been reading that book on the Metro train. It almost put me to sleep. My eyes kept closing and when I opened them each time, I, too, could not tell what I had read and what I hadn't read. I'm so happy I'm finished with it. I think it was a bad choice of mine to try to plow through the whole novel. Oh, well!

Thanks for letting me vent...


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