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CollectionsKindle (6,202), Burma (70), I taught this book (11), Chicago (85), Your library (3,395), Reno (106), iba (7), 2010 (2), 2011 (9), google webarchive (80), Read but unowned (44), Wishlist (121), Audio (1), Too good to keep? (12), Favorites (73), Read (161), All collections (7,686)

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Tagsasia (929), poetry (649), china (332), ireland (289), poetry anthology (287), japan (229), F (201), buddhism (137), history (135), NF (121) — see all tags

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About my libraryI'm currently inputting not my whole library (some of which is in storage), but items that are on my all time top reading lists. I'd like to write reviews for each of them as time allows. I'll also add new reads. Somewhere I have a list and comments on books I was reading that I'd made for a year or two in the past--I'll make that part of my future plans!

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50-Something Library Thingers, Advanced Poetry, Ancient China, Art is Life, Asian cooking, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Birds, Birding & Books, Books on Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Margaret Atwood, John D. Barrow, Nicholas A. Basbanes, Louis de Bernières, Wendell Berry, Dennis Bloodworth, Eavan Boland, Octavia E. Butler, William Carleton, Stephanie Dalley, Jared Diamond, T. S. Eliot, James Elkins, Anne Fadiman, John Gage, Neil Gaiman, Robert Graves, Vassili Grossman, Lafcadio Hearn, Peter Hessler, Jane Hirshfield, John Irving, Robert D. Kaplan, Ryszard Kapuściński, Alex Kerr, Aung San Suu Kyi, Doris Lessing, Larry Levis, David Macaulay, Hilary Mantel, David Morrell, Hualing Nieh, Michael Ondaatje, Micheal O'Siadhail, Helen Oyeyemi, Camille Paglia, Katherine Paterson, Red Pine, James C. Scott, Lisa See, Gene Sharp, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jonathan D. Spence, William Styron, Han Suyin, Amy Tan, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Helen Vendler, Simon Winchester, Christa Wolf, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresMonument Books


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Real nameAmalie A. Aseltine

LocationYangon, Myanmar

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJun 6, 2009

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Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I gather we share interests in Asia and poetry and the French Revolution.
I'm the managing editor of Current Anthropology, which is owned by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and published by the University of Chicago Press (where I work). It's really an interesting journal!
Hi, and thanks for contacting me! I am in Chicago - you probably don't need any suggestions, considering your family connections, but if I can suggest any restaurants, etc., just let me know.

You have a really interesting library as well! I haven't read the Burma book yet, but am looking forward to it. I work for an anthropology publication, and we ran a very good review of that book. If you'd like to read it, just let me know.

I have to spend some more time looking through your library - it seems we have some interests in common!

All best,
I'm very glad you found my Brigit library helpful! Tell more about your interest/obsession, if you like. I've been walking with her for many years now and it is a good place to be. : )
We share such a strange and interesting list of books! I'm going to have to wander through your books and thoughts on poetry when I have more time to spare--the poetry books we share are some of my favorites. Take care, and good reading!
I guess the hints here about your life, travels and varied interests are as interesting as your library. Still I must add you to my list of same,
Hi Amalie --
Thanks for the note. The project of entering my library is getting close to the end -- I probably have a couple hundred more books that are going to be time-consuming as they'll have to be entered manually (pre-isbn mostly). One of the immediate benefits has been discovering duplicates, an unavoidable occurence when you work at a bookstore and are likely to take home any shiny new(old) thing. One side of me envies your time in Asia (I've spent a couple years each in Hong Kong and Japan), but I do like to have my books close by. All of them.

All the best, Greg
Hi bridgitshearth,

just to let you know that there is a group read of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle going on here:

Maybe you could share some insights?

Dear Bridgit-sama,

I read someting you wrote in a tra nslation topic and thought, damn, if she (you) like what you say you like, you will LOVE my books! (check out "robin d. gill" at google books). Most of them are 100% readable at Google books. And you can buy them via Amazon Japan if you prefer them in your bed or the WC or wherever hard copy goes. None are in bkstores as i am a pauper and cannot risk "returnable" books.

One of the first books i read in japanese had a short story re bridget bourdeaux. At the time i did not drink wine, but now i find it my best -- and lacking access to modern medicine only -- medicine.

It was by Inoue Hisashi.

In Nagoya? Do you read Japanese? Do you appreciate kishimen?

Are you asian language enabled?

Hi Bridgit!

Actually the photo is in DC - but as you rightly seem to have surmised it was taken during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

I've seen the book at Amazon in Japan (, not sure if it is available elsewhere. Let me know if you find it somewhere else - I'll at that place to my list on my website.

Thanks for the comment and hope you like the book!

Thank you, but please don't put yourself out on my behalf. Regardless of whether the museum is open or not, I'm sure that my short stay in Japan will be wonderful.
That looks like a good list, I found a copy on line, thanks for making me aware of it
Thanks so much for looking into this for me.

On the Visitor's Information page for the Tokugawa Art Museum, it says "Closed Every Monday \ Except Mondays when National Holidays then closed on the following Tuesday." Although this sounds promising, information published on the Web does not, of course, always reflect the latest policy. It would be wonderful if you can confirm for me that the museum would be open that day!

Over the years, although I've done a lot of traveling for my company, it's mostly been within the continental U.S. -- with occasional jaunts to London and Paris (I know, poor me). The China visits began just two years ago...and this will be my first visit to Japan.
Small world to find another TOK Teacher tales an interest in one's library!!
John Mackenzie, from across the world
Hello Bridgithearth,

The chinese astronomer picture can be found in Wikimedia commons (just type chinese astronomer in their search engine). You have an interesting library although I admit I know nothing about poetry. As for Murakami, several of his books are on my wishlist. Do you have any suggestions as to which I should read first?

All the best,
Thanks for the comment ...
I'm in the throes of writing lesson 'plans/prompts' for the ToK course - my cataloguing went onto the back-burner - hence the delay in seeing your comment. We (family) visited Japan for the first time over Easter, Tokyo in fully cherry blossom bloom + Kyoto = loved it.

As well as intermittently tending to this catalogue, I also intermittently write a tumble blog and I twitter as bobweb2

A ToK group here is a nice idea ... do you know how to go about invoking one?
thanks for considering my library interesting - from there it's just a small step to lending a critical eye on Poetry Fool - and then exposing yourself to endless ridicule (OK, probably not) when you share your own work. nice library to explore

: )
If you still wish to know more about the cat, she has introduced herself on #216.
Hello Amalie,

I'm glad you like the bird. At Ohio State there was a small department where you could actually check out stuffed birds, and I took several up to my studio to draw.

I have a friend who taught in Japan for a couple of years, and loved it. We were in Teach for America together, though I was in Baton Rouge and she was in a rural parish. It was rather more difficult for both of us there.

I have to work out the cat thing a little more before I share. It should be pretty soon. The Le salon litteraire de Henri Freeqy IV group ( that I joined is reading the book, Tomcat Murr, part of which is from the point of view of a cat, and we're having some fun with it.

Thanks for the interesting libraries nod.

Hi bridgitshearth

The tree on my Profile page is a catalpa bignonoides - the Indian Bean Tree - and the photo came from here (, so I don't know where this lovely specimen is to be found. Many jobs ago there was one outside my office window, and they are lovely trees to sit under with a book.

I see you like German literature; do you have any favourites? I'm dipping into Brecht's poetry at the moment.
Hi bridgitshearth! Thank you for the honor of having added me to your "Interesting Libraries" list. CT to Japan: that's quite an arc of life!

I look forward to checking out your books as you add them.
Thank you for the comment! I'm glad you liked my review.
I saw your new group, Asian Cooking. I've not given it much of a try, but I like Asian DINING! I know it is really hard to find things with the way the group search works, so I'm glad to see that you've managed to find several interesting groups to join. Here is a "better" way to search Groups: click the Groups tab, then go to the ~Complete groups list~ at the top right, then use your browser's ~find on this page~ function to search for a specific interest. Searching that way yielded some other cooking and asian groups you may want to check out:

Cookbookers: (Created July 2006, 384 members)
Cookbook Collectors: (Created Dec.2006, 101 members)
Food History: (created July 2006, 162 members)
DimSum Thing: (Created Dec.2006, 49 members)
Chadou, the Way of tea (Japanese tea ceremony) (Created Sep.2006, 24 members)
Japan Libraries: (Created May 2008, 4 members)

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