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Member: clamato

CollectionsYour library (1,768), Currently reading (1), To read (191), Favorites (1), Have read (4), All collections (1,768)

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TagsFiction (1,071), Mystery (105), Memoir (99), Biography (95), Kids (79), History (76), Humour (69), Decor (56), Fiction - Stories (43), Gardening (38) — see all tags

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About meOh my, is it Spring yet? I look forward to warmer weather and reading on my deck. I am a runner and a reader and now a boxer!

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Canada, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Canadian LibraryThingers trade!, Cats, books, life is good., Early Reviewers, MyPeopleConnection Book Clubs, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsNick Bantock, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Jane Maffini, Emily St. John Mandel, Rick Mofina, Lisa Scottoline, Joby Warrick (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBy The Book - Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Bookstore, Chapters - Gloucester, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar

Favorite librariesOttawa Public Library - Alta Vista Branch, Ottawa Public Library - Blackburn Hamlet Branch, Ottawa Public Library - Greenboro District Library, Ottawa Public Library - Orléans Branch, Ottawa Public Library - St-Laurent Branch

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Real nameClamato Tomato

LocationOttawa, Ontario CANADA

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Member sinceApr 6, 2007

Currently readingEvery Fear by Rick Mofina

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I actually read "The Triple Agent" about a month ago. You're right it was a good book, but hard to read. I'm currently reading "Legacy of Ashes" about the history of the CIA. Good book so far, but the CIA doesn't come out very well in it.
Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I see we share over two hundred books, so lots of common ground there! You mention missing the ferry rides so I am assuming that you are either originally from B.C. or spent some time here. I was born in Victoria but have lived in Halifax and Ottawa (my Dad was in the armed services). I am now living in a suburb of Vancouver, but consider Victoria home and would love to return there someday.

Happy reading.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too! It's always great to visit (or get back to) Ireland. I was there in November and it's time to head back again!
Thanks for the "interesting library" add! I note that we are two of six people on LT who have "Dead Cow in Aisle Three", which certainly ranks as one of the most memorable titles I have come across! Thanks for the (indirect) reminder about it; my copy is at my parents' place and will have to be rescued soon.

Also glad to see another Mary Jane Maffini fan! I like reading her Ottawa-based series and being able to visualize exactly where everything is taking place. :)

Have a good evening!


It has been such a long time! Thought i would stop by to say hello. Hope all is well.
Hi Clamato,
p.s. Wow we share a lot of books!
Hello Clamato,
Thank you so much for finding my library interesting. I only joined LT last August and think it is wonderful. I see we are in some similar groups so no doubt our reading paths will cross.
Mary (from Vancouver)
Hi there Clamato!

Yes I really love it here on the coast! I've lived here nearly all of my life - and I don't think anything could induce me to move!

Enjoy Bel Canto! I have it out from the library -but I've got a book on the go, and one that need to read -and so many arrived lately from the book depository that I don't think I'll get to Bel Canto for a bit yet. We are down to very few independent bookstore here , too. In fact - though I'm certain that there must be some independent bookstores somewhere in Vancouver area - I can't think of any! Chapters/ Idigo and BookWare House and Blackbond books seem to have taken over.

See you on the threads!

Hi there Clamato! :) Great to meet you! Thanks for finding my library interesting! I see that you love Kate Atkinson just like I do! I'll having a peek through your library to see what we have in common!

Deborah in Vancouver BC
Hi clamato. I just finished Nicole Krauss' Great House. If I didn't already have other plans for the book, I would've offered to send it to you! You can read my review if you'd like (not particularly lengthy, but I'm not the world's best reviewer). Overall, I thought the writing beautiful. I am still struggling to get my head around the story itself, & I would love to sit around discussing it with someone else who's read it. If/when you get it, let me know what you think too!
Hi Clamato,

No, my kitty's eyes are green but you're right: he is a very special cat.

He was abandoned and living in my mother's yard for months. I had recently moved out for the first time and was very homesick. One day, I was visiting my mom and she mentioned that he was starting to look really bad. I went outside and looked down at him from the second floor balcony. When he looked back, I started talking to him and he immediately ran up the stairs, jumped on me and started rubbing his nose on me, giving me "kisses". That night I took him to the vet, then home the next day.

I gave him a home and he gave me the companionship I needed at the time. You could say we came into each others' lives at exactly the right time and because of that, we have an incredible bond. I have other cats, but there's no other cat like him.

Thanks for writing!
I just finished reading After the Falls. She's had such an unusual life and she writes about it so well. It's a must read for anyone who liked the earlier book.
I couldn't get into Seduction but I'm hoping this new one will be more like Close to the Falls.
Oh look at your owls! They remind me of Sarah, Percy and Bill from "Owl Babies". We loved that book here when we were smaller.
I'll give the Canadian challenge a try but I don't think I'll give myself a time limit.

Did you know that Catherine Gildiner has a new book coming out called After the Falls? It covers her teenage years. She's doing some promotional readings in Toronto so you may see her again in Ottawa.

Too Close to the Falls is one of my favorite books.

I'm a librarian in Toronto. As you can see from my library I read a lot of Canadian lit. I don't actually own all the books - I just post them as I read them.
I have no idea how I read so fast but it seems to run in my family. I just realized that I have read 30 throughout the month of August. I honestly didn't realize that I read that much! It's kind of strange to see it written down.

I really liked F451 and am wondering why I never read it before. Maybe the thought of burning books scared me off? The sacrilege! I am trying to read more classics this time around and since I loved 1984 and Brave New World, I figured this was a logically choose.

I won an advance but I haven't received it yet. I wondered what would happen if you had to review something that was just horrible. I suppose an author should expect a bad review or two -- maybe you can sugar coat the truth a little? Constructive criticism and all that....

I am just about to start Follett's World Without End so that should take a few days I would think. It looks like it should be a good sequel so fingers crossed!

I'll definitely keep LT posted on when the next book's due! It'll be sometime in spring 2010, but the month hasn't been confirmed yet. And thanks for your comment re: Last Night in Montreal -- it's wonderful to hear that people have enjoyed it.

Welcome to the Canadian Challenge! Will you start your own thread so we can all poke our noses into your reading? I'm off now to check out Eleanor Rigby...
Mercy buckets, Clamato! I copped it from the Web, but it made me laugh, too.
Thanks for your comment! I just finished Last Night in Montreal, having ignored chores etc to get it done - could not put it down. What an interesting book...
Enjoy the weekend!
Hi Clam:

What kind of books does your group usually read? If it's a womens' group, I'd say Carol Goodman is a good bet. Her books are more on the lit side, but with a mystery of sorts to figure out. The Seduction of water had a lot of symbols are fairy tales, etc. in it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I remember being flummoxed by the fact that George Eliot was a woman; that made me want to read her badly. I think it's probably difficult for us "liberated" women to truly understand the kind of pressure she must have felt to take a man's name in order to write. Silas Marner is a work of absolute perfection (in my opinion!)

Glad you like the Powell's site. The store is an entire city block, 4 stories; used, new and rare books (you need a map to navigate the store). I work at one of the satellite stores. Plus the entire website operation is gigantic. It's a fabulous, beautiful thing...

1888! Impressive! I love Eliot...

The BEST independent bookstore in the world is Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon! It's also the largest (so I've heard). I know I'm a little prejudiced, but I loved it for 30 years BEFORE I started working there, so I think my opinion is valid. ;)

Thanks for the interesting library designation; I'm honored!

I see you've added The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman. I loved The Seduction of Water, also by her.


Awww..your orange kitty is fluffy and creamy. :) Our one is a naughty little brat..I think that's why we love him!

oh hello..dawwllink

my pic is from a Royalty-Free web site..but i love the color blue

what..THE HARDY BOYS..i wish i still had my brother's originals...damn.

I'm a little more than half way through. A lot of suprises! I am really enjoying it so far. I think you have to be a book lover to really take in the discriptions of the book shop and her (Margaret)'s feelings.

Good luck on your new book group. I've always wanted to attend a book meeting or discussion, but can't seem to find locations or anything near me.
well, thanks much for the INTERESTING LIBRARY add.....i think yours is pretty snazzy too...and is that CLA-MAY-TO....... or....CLA-MAH-TO...??? (sorry, couldn't's late and i should be sleeping) see you round LT, then


oh, some of the most interesting bookmarks i own are the ones i have "found" Library books...and in the used books i get from Book Mooch..or Better world Books....i even have a couple old Leather jobs that are lovely and very funky...
Nice to meet you and right back atcha with the interesting library addition! I tried for ages to get work in a new-bookshop while I was at uni but they were either laying people off (the chains) or only had one steadfast employee (the indies) so that never happened... I never I'd never actually get to do this to be honest - oh how often I would watch 'Black Books' and 'You've Got Mail' and dream - but then I left uni, looked around and here we are! :-D
I do like Mofina's work. I am always on the lookout for talented home-grown authors so it's nice to come across ones who I enjoy.
Hi, just found your comment about the booksale @ the mill in Manotick. I usually don't get over there, but I heard it's good.
So cool! I'm not very far yet, but I've been sucked right in anyway. It seems like a very well written book. Looking forward to your reaction to it!

I think I'll be heading to the local used book shop today too - I have 2 books to swap becuase they're too heavy to mail (thank you very much, Canada Post).

Hi Clamato -- sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I'm not great with navigating this site for some reason. I did enjoy Fall, for the most part. Something about the form bugged me, the way he would jump from concrete plot stuff to ultra-abstract. It was a little distracting. (Then again, my favourite parts were the stream of consciousness stuff, so go figure.)
Hello Clamato. Your library is a fountain of interesting suggestions! Have you considered blogging? On another note, did you like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? I am a bit afraid of quirky books as they can be too flip for my liking but the premise seems like it might have some spark.
Nice to hear from you, Clamato...and as you say, nice to meet another "Thinger"...first time I've heard that word....but I've been called worse! You are right...the storage of books is a constant challenge, especially since I'm not very good at culling them; I suspect that I will reach a saturation point sometime soon and then I guess I will just have to face the need to sort. Hard to say what's on my reading list for the summer as the pile of to-read books just keeps growing and I never know where my tastes will take me at any given moment. How about you? Easier to talk about what I have been reading. The last month included: LeClezio: The Prospector (reviewed on LT); Laurence Rees: WWII Behind Closed Doors (reviewed); Lloyd Jones: Biographi (reviewed); Maria Schenkel: The Murder Farm (pending): Conrad: Heart of Darkness (pendng); Peter Carey: His Illegal Self (pending, I think!); Philip Kerr: The One From the Other (pending). Now reading Marguerite Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian, which is very good.

Always nice to meet another booklover...especially one in my own city!

By the way, the Broadview Avenue Public School has a book bonanza in early May each year. It runs Thursday to Saturday and on the Saturday you get a special clearance price -- you can fill a box with books (any size box -- bring your own if you wish) and pay $5.00 for it. This, along with the bookstore downstairs in OPL Main and the St. Vincent de Paul store on Wellington Street are my favourite sources for buying books cheap.
Great if you could get MJ and Rick Mofina to join LT. It would be really good to get more Canadian content (particularly local content). Good luck with it.

Another local mystery writer is Alex Brett. Do you know her as well? She has written a couple of mysteries which have been well reviewed. I do know her since she is a co-parent of one of my son's former classmates and lives locally (Westboro).

In response to your question, I do not know any other LTers (except online buddies). I have recommended LibraryThing for use for a couple of small divisional libraries in my organization, but have not followed through to see if they chose to go ahead with it.

Congratulations on your volunteer work in the libraries. I know they can always use help to try to make a shrinking dollar stretch a bit further.
Clamato: Thanks for adding me to your "interesting library" list. I looked at your profile and share completely your views on Eva Cassidy, I think we have all her CDs...she had a wonderful voice and interpretation of songs. I see we share a number of books, habitation in Ottawa, and the constant challenge of keeping up with the proliferation of books in the house!

Thanks for considering my library "interesting". I, too, live in Ottawa and I am, as I suspect you are, a librarian, although I work for one of the federal government libraries. I noted that you have Mary Jane Maffini listed as one of your favourite authors -- Mary Jane was my boss a while back before she became a "lapsed librarian". I have always thought that we should try to get her as a LibraryThing author. Do you have a personal connection with her? Certainly she still seems to show up at most library conferences but with budgets being what they are, I very seldom attend conferences anymore.
Hi Clamato

pleased to have you think my library 'interesting', so thankyou for that. I see we do share quite a few books and I have just read through your reviews and flagged several that I have on my tbr pile_The Sad Truth of Happiness,Shopgirl,History of Love and The Piano Tuner. Good to see you enjoyed them all so much.

I am presently surrounded by far too many books that I havent read and joining Bookmooch has been detrimental and I need to start reading rather than aquiring of new books. And maybe retirement would be conducive to making a dent in the pile but that is not likely for many years yet unfortunately.


Hi Clamato - sorry, I dropped off the LibraryThing radar for a little while. I did like Fall. It's a bit of an unusual book - swings between two narratives and a bit dark - but it really picks up on the psychology of high school boys and has really suspenseful pacing. I hope you read it and enjoyed. Best - B
thank u clamato...i recieved the book yesterday...thanks again :)
thank u so much, and i will definatly let u know when i recieve this book. Thanks again :)
Thanks for adding me to your list. Adorable cat!

Hi -

Sorry I haven't written in a while.

Stores closed last week and now I am finishing cleaning up. We'll catch up after that, ok?

Hope Spring has come your way. Not here yet, which isn't helping.

What have you read lately that you have loved?

I think I would rate "To Whom It May Concern" 3 stars out of 5. My biggest complaint - I missed hearing from the mother character, who was included in the narrative but not as a narrator as all of the chapters were told from the perspective of the father and three children. I haven't had a chance to look up this author and see what else they have written. I don't mind an 'offbeat' read every once in a while so I'll look up what else she has to offer!

Still Alice is a really moving book. Tears streaming, nose running sort of stuff!
Just received it today in fact. Really appreciate it, thanks!
Your profile cracks me up! And I love how you're ticking down the days until book sales! Ha! :')
Bummer that they haven't got you your book yet. Wish there was something I could do. have you mentioned to the library thing folks that you haven't received it yet?

Hi, Clamato,

Thanks! I also listened to and really enjoyed The History of Love. I have The Historian but have not yet listened to it. I read (and loved) The Glass Castle several years ago (not as an audiobook), but I listened to Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide last year, which was also very good.

The tree, believe it or not, was at Disney World. It's a baobob tree, and I'd always wanted to see one in person.

Harry W. Schwartz's is closing :>(( I do not live close to any book stores but Schwartz's was the closest and shopped there often. I received their newletter about the closing and was devestated. I worked in two small bookstores before they both eventually closed their doors. The community looses so much when the small stores disappear. I work in a used book store now. It is doing very well during these tough times. I have my fingers crossed that it will continue to do so.

Things are pretty bad. I grew up as a preacher's kid and we didn't have a lot. I think those who remember what it was like to "tighten their belts" will have it a bit easier than those who have come to think many things I view as luxuries are necessities. I don't think this will be easy for anyone really.

Spring will certainly be a mood lifter. I often wonder why I stay in Wisconsin. It is nearly as cold as where you brother lives in Texas (weird State....but....warm) and he often sends the weather forcast my way. Just to be annoying I guess.

I belong to three face2face groups. The one I enjoy the most is having it's tenth birthday this year. I have found that reading and discussing books is such a profound way of getting to know other people.

Hello, thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I'm a Canuck too as it happens. I also review literary fiction on my book blog. Come by and see what I recommend if you haven't yet.
Take care,
Hi there!

Thanks for adding me to your list. :)

Oh, the bookstores in Vancouver... I've spent a few days in the one at 41st and Dunbar as well! I'm not sure if I have a favourite one at the moment. I used to live in the West End and there was a grungy one on Granville by the bridge that I loved, but it's moved up to Granville and Broadway and spruced itself up a bit and it just doesn't have the same feel. Still, it's a great place to stock up on all those really old New Canadian Library editions. I do buy a lot of new as well, but mainly in the bargain section of Chapters and at Book Warehouse... I'm still on a student budget really, trying to get those loans paid off so there's not a lot left over at the moment. *Sigh* Actually, my favourite trick now is to stock up at the book sales. The VPL sale in the fall and the Times Colonist (in Victoria) sale in the spring. I get tons of books that way, and hey, I'm helping charity!

I know what you mean about the overfull bookshelves. There are books in every room and I still don't have enough space! The worst thing is going to be when I move back east again (eventually). The biggest expense will be shipping box after box after box of books. :)

I'm a big fan of Douglas Coupland as well, although I've fallen behind lately. There are 3 or 4 I haven't read yet, including JPod and Eleanor Rigby. Have you ever read Wayne Johnston? "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" is probably my favourite book, although it's really hard to narrow it down to just one, of course!

Hope the weather warms up for you - I won't tell you the temp here in Vancouver!

Thanks for tagging my library :>) You have me beat as far as the amount of books but not by too much. I started giving some of my books away. YIKES :>0 This is so hard to do but I simply do not have room for any more. I know that the fact that I have no more space will not keep me off of Amazon, or limit my use of "the one click" option.

I see you added "White Tiger" recently.........Have you read it yet ? I would be interested in hearing if you liked it....had the book on my wish my wish list.....back on my wish list and currently it is off the wish list. (I spend way too much time on Amazon !)

Thanks again, it feels like a compliment :>)

Jeannie Brandt-Lietzau
Maybe it's just the Ottawa area. Two friends live in Toronto and love it. One gal did spend some time outside of Ottawa and found it "stiffling." Having only visited, and this was decades ago, I can't speak to it. But good for you for getting so involved in the book world!

Not sure what type of books your group enjoys or the age but I just finished "The Ten Year Nap" by Meg Wolitzer. It's coming out in pbck next week. Definitely rife with discussion material about the role of women in the workplace and at home; are women "wasting" good educations if they decide to stay at home indefinitely after kids are older; how women relate to each other in and out of the workplace, etc.

And I'm a huge fan of a memoir called "The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit" by Lucette Lagnado. (Think that's the correct spelling.) Typically I detest memoirs - I find them extremely self-indulgent - but this one is magical. Also a great one for discussion. One of my brothers, a professor at Drury College in Missouri, used it in a freshman class of his.

Thanks to all the negative news on the economy I've been on a mystery kick. Keeps me from checking on our retirement statements! Best, BB
Hey Clamato! and thanks for adding me to your watch list. I lived in Southampton, Ontario (on the shores of Lake Huron) for two years as a teenager loooong ago and absolutely loved it. Tried to go to university there but would have had to attend Grade 13, which I understand is no longer a factor. My first plane ride was to Ottawa. And I keep up with three wonderful friends who live in Ontario and Manitoba.

Hope you're in the middle of a terrific book! Best, Book Bully (Ellison)
Hi Clamato, Have you looked at the website for The Gardens of Heligan? It's very good indeed. I've enjoyed Elizabeth Jane Howard's series set through the years of WWII (and there is a British television series which was perfect Sunday night viewing) but have recently read a good review of a new novel, just out, and am itching to get hold of it. If you have a look at the website you will get a good overview of all her books, including the new one. Perhaps the new one might be good for your book group? The war series is great but I'm not sure what to choose. I'll think about it and get back to you!
Minus 29 sounds quite unreal. We are having a week of around 28 degrees C. after a horror period of 40 plus - up to 46.9C here on the 7th Feb which, combined with ferocious northerly winds and very dry conditions produced nightmare wildfires around the state of Victoria, many deaths, horrendous. Fires still going. I yearn for rain! We all do.
Hope you are keeping warm. Cheers, Picola.
Man, that's some scary stuff, and sorry both you and father had to go through it.

I have read "History of Love" and it's one of my favorite novels of the decade.


Hi Clamato,

Just read your message about Ian Ferguson's "Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts". I hope your bookclub's discussion was lively. We publish a leaflet called Book Club Selections to recommend titles for book clubs here at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. I will consider including "Small Houses."
Hi Clamato,

Thanks for writing, and I hope that Mark Genevich does your father some justice. I'm a complete novice to the disease (I did research), though I did suffer from sleep apnea in the 90s, and experienced some of the fatigue symptoms of narcolepsy.

Is your father's case anywhere online? I'd love to read about it.

Anyway, I really hope you like the book.


Hello Clemato, I haven't managed to read The Lost Gardens Of Heligan yet - it was a delight finding it as I've read about the place over the last few years and have put it on my must-go-to list for when I get to England, quite fascinating. I discovered the book in a second-hand bookshop in Geelong, Victoria and pounced on it. Cheers from Australia!
Clamato, thanks for your interesting comments about your time in the Middle East and my review of The Land of Invisible Women. I think you'd enjoy reading the book if you haven't had a chance to read it already. It is certainly a very interesting part of the world!

Gwen Dawson
Literary License
I recently finished History of Love and noticed your review that it was discussed in your book group. so did your book group think that Brouno was real or made up? I liked the book a lot but was unsure if the ending meant that he finally found someone that knew him before he died or were we to think that they would continue to be able to get to know each other. thanks, Mike
Hey -

We haven't chatted in a while. I hope you like Mudbound. I did. Let me know.

Hope all else is well.

Happy New Year,
Nancy / alphaorder
Haven't heard from you in an age! Hope all is well and you haven't been buried under a tumbling pile of books...

The McGill book fair is in October, usually on the Wednesday and Thursday before the last weekend in the month (so presumably the 22nd and 23rd this year). It's well worth it! As for not going to more sales, I guess I just don't know about them, because if I did, I would go to more! (I do go to a couple of other small ones occasionally, but the pickings are not as good.)

Glad you joined the Women of Mystery group! Of course Lisa Scottoline's books count! Feel free to post.

Good luck with your accounting course!
I love book sales--they are better than Christmas in my books! (Oh dear.) I go to two every year (if I can manage it) and they happen to be in the same week: the McGill book fair and another one in Quebec City. Love love love them, but usually wind up coming home with a box of books each time (30+ books!), which makes my partner despair. I'm glad you found a home for those textbooks!

Did you get an ER book this month? I'm still waiting for my March book, but I'm also excited about my April book now! (I got The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.) I love LT!

By the way, I don't know if you're a mystery fan, but I started a new group called Women of Mystery:

Haven't talked in a while! Glad you loved The Story of Forgetting too. It was an unexpected find.

How was your book sale this year?

Nancy / alphaorder
How did the book sale go? Hope it was fun and you found a few (or more!) great books!
Just added [Old Filth] to my wishlist because of you.

Hope you are doing well.

Happy New Year,
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