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Member: dancingstarfish

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About meI am a photojournalist, currently working at a daily paper in Texas. I love books. I travel whenever I can, I've lived in Italy and Russia in addition to California (where I grew up), Massachusetts and Kansas. I drink lots of coffee (good company to all my books) and oil paint in my free time.

About my librarychaos theory, piles everywhere, boxes, suitcases..

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, All Things New England, Audio Books Lovers, Californians Who LT, Fans of Russian authors, Group Reads - Literature, Kindley Book Club, LibraryThing Coffeehouse, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, Outdoor Readersshow all groups

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Bill Bryson, Jim Butcher, Jonathan Carroll, Suzanne Collins, George Eliot, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, William Goldman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Helene Hanff, Khaled Hosseini, Kazuo Ishiguro, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicole Krauss, Haruki Murakami, J. K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, Irving Stone, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBookends, BookPeople, Broadside Bookshop, Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Book Store, Montague Book Mill, Porter Square Books, Raven Used Book Shop, The Old Book Store

Favorite librariesForbes Library

Homepagehttp://confessionsofacommonreader.wordpress.com/

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Real nameKat

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Member sinceAug 21, 2007

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Well, yes, BookPeople is a must destination for any book lover. It's one of the best indie's I've ever been in. Almost right across the street is the flagship Whole Foods if you want a foodie experience. You can browse items and eat right in the store--most of the food is pretty darn good. So buy a book and then walk over to WF to read while you nosh.

Half Price books has several locations around town.

Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse is a local eat-in movie theater.

South Congress (or SoCo) is full of fun, funky, interesting, unusual shops and eateries.

2nd St is the hip locale for dining and shopping.

Write me back if there is something specific that you are looking for or looking to do and I'll try to give you my best insights.
Hi Kat,

I just got The History of Love and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in the mail today for my SantaThing presents.

Thank you so much for picking them out! I can't wait to read them.

Debbie
Sorry about just getting back to you, but you should go see Castle Rock. It is in Trego County, south of Wakenney. Take highway 183 from north of Kinsly and drive to LaCrosse. You can tour the barbwire museum and eat lunch at Rush Center. (They had really good hamburgers at the little place on the crossroads) Be sure to notice the rock fence posts between Rush Center and LaCrosse. From there you can drive on up to Hays and Wakenney. Then go to see the Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria. You are living in an interesting part of the state - around Hutch. Go tour the salt mine. My sister says that is one thing that she has always wanted to do and has never done. And she lives there. In the summer go to the Czech Festival in Wilson, and take in Oktober Fest in Hays. If the Mennonites around Hutch are having a craft festival before Christmas go to that. Eat everything you can get your hands on. It will be good food. And it is an interesting way of life. Go eat cheese at Moundridge. You should drive through the Flint Hills. They are beautiful any time of year. Go to Marion and Florence and drive north to Council Grove. There is another highway through the Flint Hills that is wonderful. Go to Wamego and drive south on the highway 99 south through Alma and over to Eskridge and then to Emporia. Along the way you will see some fascinating rock buildings but the most interesting thing will be the piled rock fences. Go south of Hutch and follow Highway 54 through the Arkansas river valley. You will be following the Santa Fe Trail. Go spend an evening at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Preserve and see the birds as they are migrating south this fall or north in late February and March.
What part of the state are you from? If you live in the eastern third there is lots to do. The western third not as much. Let me know where you are and I'll give you some hints. I hope that you took time to go to the Kansas State Fair. It isn't as big as the Iowa state fair, but it is a good one.
You are from Kansas? !!!!!!! Where? I am too. From Munden. That is straight north of Salina. Love that state. Love the Flint Hills. Oh gosh, I just love the prairie. Even when the wind blows.

You have a book club for 6th graders? Tell me about it. I have wanted to start one for that age group here in Tuscalosoa (Alabama, where I spend most of my time now since I work at the University of Alabama.) Can you tell me how you started the group and why.
Thanks for letting me know the book arrived safely (have been offline with computer problems for a while so couldn't reply sooner). Hope you enjoy it.
I got held up with various stuff yesterday and couldn't get it posted and today I'm nursing a slightly poorly dog so it won't be posted until tomorrow. I think you'll like it though.
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Glad my gray hairs came in handy. Let me know what you think.
Dancingstarfish! The braincells started to work and I recall another novel in the semi-epistolary vein. We are so well-read here that quite probably you've sampled it, too, but here goes: UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE by Bel Kaufman. It was a big hit when I was growing up, and is basically a funny/charming/infuriating collection of memos, letters, announcements, and grafitti detailing a young teacher's first year in a tough NYC high school. Happy reading.
Thanks for the tip! I found it on Paperbackswap.com and ordered it just a little while ago! I can't wait to get into it.
Hello! I'd definitely like to hear what you think about Stiff when you're finished. Some peole seem think it's funny and enlightening and other's think it's repulsive and disgusting...so it's always fun to hear other people's opinions on it. :)
"Somebody said that it couldn't be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it."
— Edgar A. Guest
YOu are on my friends list so it would make sense if I invited you to my thread.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/67343
Did you ever have any luck with joining a new book club? I'm looking for one....
have you started the moonstone yet?
It's your go on the first line game! Did you know we're waiting for you? (Or are you busy thinking up a really hard one?)
I would love to join you book club if its still happening!

Best,
Avra

avra.ackerman@umassmed.edu
Hi! Saw that you were reading House of Leaves which is one of my favorite books. I am writing just to encourage you to hang in there. It is definitely unusual but was fun for me once I got into it. Good luck!
finish darkmans yet? hehe
But have you read the sequel to The Bean Trees?
Pigs in Heaven.
Taylor and Turtle are back.
I finished The Thirteenth Tale last night! I thought it was a nice touch when she put Adeline's ashes in Emmeline's casket.
did you ever find that obscure copy of Johnathan Carroll's Voice of Our Shadow? I've just Mooched a copy don't know if it's the first edition hardcopy you wanted, but know it's an older copy. If you'd be interested, after I'm done reading it, I'd be willing to pass it along.
love your name!

Thank you! I love yours too, and it took imagination.
There's something in the mail on it's way to you... :-D :-p :-))
Hi Kat -- sorry it's taking me so long to respond to your very prompt and interesting comment about Never Let Me Go. I still don't have time tonight to respond intelligently! But wanted to say hey and thanks for the note and I'll get back to you on that soon! (I read another of his books, Remains of the Day, over the weekend. I'm in love with his writing!)

Terri
Hi, I'm glad you enoyed Whatever You Do, Don't Run, and yes, I am hard at work on a follow up. In fact, I am surrounded by thousands of hairs I have shed stressing over its deadline. Know any good wiggeries?
I love the pic on your profile!!!

I have a bookshelf wallpaper from this site

http://www.vladstudio.com/home/

called google library
I have a different version of that bookshelf on my profile. Yours gives a better close-up, but mine has more shelves!
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