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About meI am a reference librarian at a Maryland public library with an appetite for books that keeps my bookworm status healthy. I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature and I'm starting work on my MLS in the fall. Someday, I want a room entirely filled with books - my own private library. For now, I have to settle for one wall covered with stuffed bookshelves.

About my libraryA pretty random collection of books, from classics to forensic non-fiction to chick lit to modern satire. I've got eclectic tastes.

Groups50 Book Challenge, Early Reviewers, Feminist Theory, genderqueer, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Japanese Culture, Librarians who LibraryThing, List Five Books Parlour Game, Poetry Fool, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsPatricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jasper Fforde, Janet Fitch, Mark Haddon, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nick Hornby, Wally Lamb, Pablo Neruda, James Rollins, José Saramago, David Sedaris, Anne Sexton, Patrick Süskind, Walt Whitman (Shared favorites)

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there you are! something to be thankful for :_
i have a book review due monday over el camino del rio by jim sanderson. i went to barnes and noble and hastings and i cant find it anywhere. i ordered it online but im afraid it wont get here in time. is there anyway you could give me a summary of what the book is over? who the main characters are and what importance they have to the plot? i would appreciate it so much. thanks
Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


hi there,

just wondering if you were still around, I don't see you on the 50 book challenge, I miss hearing about what you're reading and your recommendations.
I am actually pretty dismal in my musical knowledge, but getting better. I am primarily a film person.

I will add you to my friends list, so I can run music opinions by you.

-- M1001
Yeah, it is a bit obsessive, that's for sure. I actually stopped writing reviews, it was taking too much time. But I still watch the films, read the books and listen to the albums.

-- M1001.
Wanted to meet you, you share books I like.

-- M1001.
I adore Hawksley. My husband and I are big fans and go to all his concerts when he comes to Toronto. In fact, he proposed to me at a Hawksley concert (during "No Beginning and No End").
I went through your library to see what Canadian authors you already had books by.
I see that you have Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald, unread. That is a fantastic novel. If you enjoy reading it I also suggest her next novel, The Way the Crow Flies which has similar themes.
I see that you have Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, also unread. I have not read that particular novel but I have read The Handmaid's Tale and The Penelopiad and recommend them both.
The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro is also quite good.
You may also enjoy Swann by Carol Shields.
just saw your two recommendations among the top 100 bks of/on women -- as i have read both, i thought you might enjoy reading one of my least popular books, Orientalism & Occidentalism: Is the Mistranslation of Culture Inevitable? It contains much readable sociolinguistics (though less surveys/research than Tannen's or Gilligan's work) and the main languages are Japanese and English and that is all -- yoroshiku
Hope you don't mind me adding you to my "interesting libraries" list. There are so many authors here that I have on my "one-of-these-days" list (Sedaris, Saramago, Fforde, others)--not that I *need* any more books at the moment, but still.
Hey, Cynthia posted this message on my page but I rather suspect she intended to post it on yours!!!

Oh hey differentbeat I love Martha Wainwright too! And her brother...and her father...and her mother. Martha does a great duet w/the guy from Snow Patrol...Cynthia Louise
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That is a distinct possibility. The AAUW book sale is one of my favorites. I also like to go to the one at the Martinsburg Mall that is sponsored by Newspapers in Education. The old Red Cross book sale here in Martinsburg was a good one, too. The Friends of the Shepherdstown Public Library have one too that usually has lots of good contemporary fiction. Oh, what the hell, I like them all. It's the only time that I can buy bags full of books and not feel the least bit guilty. 8>)
Hey worry not my middle name is Scatterbrain so I truly know where you are coming from. I thought the interview went really well but have heard nothing since, I am assuming no news is bad news!! Never mind I have a few other fish to fry!!!

It just gets curiouser and curiouser! I happen to live in Martinsburg and I graduated from Shepherd College (yep... College) in 1976. I may have seen or met you at the Meck at some time or another. Very weird.
You are in the Eastern Panhandle? Have you ever been to the Mecklenburg Inn in Shepherdstown?
Hi differentbeat,

No, I am not Catherine but now I am intrigued that we have similiar tastes in books. Do you know if she is a member? I would love to browse her library!

Sorry it took me so long to acknowledge your request. Hope you are reading something wonderful.

Hi differentbeat!

Thank you (rather belatedly) for adding my library to your list of Interesting Libraries. May I add you to my list, as well?

Read on!
I guess reading depends on the child and the parent. Three of my four kids are big readers,the older ones all read to the youngest one, and I never monitor what they read- even if it is the Victoria's Secret Catalog ha ha.
With TV the way it is I doubt if much will be shocking to today's pre-teens. We all talk about what we are reading and it opens the doors for all of us to think about things. Some of the better books I have read were recommended by my high school boys (who are now both away at college). Teaching children to think is what is important, and if they are reading about genocide, or prostitution or what ever is controversial, then hopefully they are forming opinions and reformulating opinions as they mature.
I wouldn't give them a subscription to Penthouse, but I pretty much leave them to their own devices and they seem to make pretty good choices. But every parent needs to decide that for themselves, and consider the childs maturity level.
My mother banned Fanny Hill and The Godfather and I can still tell you what pages all the dirty stuff is on. If I tried to stop them from reading something I can guarantee it would be the book they would hide under the mattress. That's just the way kids are.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. -Oscar Wilde
Hey, they are all great quotes, I just love Oscar Wilde and could sit and read his works all day. Here are a few of my favourites from him,

-A true friend stabs you in the front.

-A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

-Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

-Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

-I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.

-Life is too important to be taken seriously.

------Oscar Wilde.

I feel I can identify with all these quotes (I'm not sure what that says about me!)
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
-Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921), Anglo-American mother of Winston Churchill

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
-Mark Twain

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.
-Charles Bukowski
Sorry I never got back to you with more witty dry quotes. I am feeling a bit brain dead at present as the kids are off for the summer holidays.
Guess what I have applied for a part-time job at my local universtiy library. If I get an interview I may be seeking advice!
Yes I when I was reading "I know this much is true"...I wanted to find out why he named the book that. It was the very last sentence! I did start skimming over the parts that were about the grandfather who came over from Italy. I think it was italicized? I got a smidgen inpatient!

Can't wait until he comes out w/ ano work of fiction!
Glad there's someone else out there who loves Wally Lamb. Has he written anything new? Loved "I Know This Much is True".
I saw your comment on a thread about Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley and since I am not a member of that group, I thought I would comment here. I have read and enjoyed several Christopher Morley books, particularly that one. You might also check out The Haunted Bookshop. He was a fairly prolific writer who seems mostly forgotten now. Hope you enjoy it!

I've never read Pete Hamill's Forever, but Judy Blume's Forever is a hot number! :-)
Hi differentbeat,

Thanks for commenting on my profile. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said something like "The great majority of people confuse purchasing a book with reading it." Or maybe H. L. Mencken or someone.
Hi Differentbeat,
Thanks for sharing your quote with me. I think there was a time when it might have described me as well but now I'm not so sure.

I will have to get back to you with a quote that best describes me.

For now all that jumps into my head is:

The lunatics have escaped from the asylum.

Oh I would love to say it was an educated guess because I am so well educated I have to pinch myself every morning (I wish!).

The truth is I just saw your profile page and your username (which is great by the way) and that quote just jumped into my head. I'm glad you liked it.

You do have a pretty random and interesting collection. I like your poetry books. Have you thought about joining the group Poetry Fool, it's a fairly interesting and active group.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away. -Thoreau

It's nice to meet you differentbeat welcome to Librarything.
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