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Tagsnonfiction (224), fiction (220), read1980s (104), made into movie (61), read1990s (59), read1970s (47), read2000_2005 (46), humor (39), native american (37), philosophy (29) — see all tags

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About my libraryMy Tags are not too systematic. They are mainly chosen by whatever seemed significant in the book (with the result that one book set in Ireland, for example, may be tagged with Ireland, while another may not.) So they are complete, the way google would be, but just indicate what I consider to be significant. I've also started to add "fiction" and "nonfiction" tags to all books. I've borrowed ideas several Tags from other Librarything members. Some of my Tags could use some fine-tuning.

The star ratings are mainly based on if I liked book, and not on whether the book is a recognized classic. So, great literature might have a low rating if I didn't like it. As with the Tags, the star-ratings are very subjective, and subject to random adjustments.

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Archaeology, Banned Books, Buddhism, Hacking LibraryThing, Language, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, Mathematics, Running Readers, Science!show all groups

Favorite authorsSandra Boynton, Berkeley Breathed, Vine Deloria, Jr., R. Buckminster Fuller, Neil Gaiman, B. K. S. Iyengar, Linus Pauling, Charles M. Schulz, William Styron, Henry David Thoreau, Daniel Woodrell (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceAug 27, 2009

Currently readingThe Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won't Run the World by Howard C. Hayden
North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey by Shannon Polson

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Hello Doug, can I check with you... Your review of Tracy Kidder's 'Soul of a New Machine' appears to have picked up the text of your (excellent) review of Sabini's 'The Earth Has a Soul'. Best regards, Nd
Hi, yes I remembering reading the German edition and feeling about the same way you have described. Butwasn't this characterization actually there from the beginning -- he just walked away from his job and took days to get in touch. I hope you can see what the film version does to the key elements of the story.
Hi Doug,
I don't see Pascal Mercier "Night Train to Lissabon" on your bookshelf and want to recommend it. Just saw a preview of the new film coming out soon (starring Jeremy Irons and other excellent European actors). Some of the philosophical aspects have been trimmed down, but you will surely enjoy both.
- martha
Hi Doug,
just noticed your message from November today while adding a new book that came across my desk at work (T.C. Boyle, a neighbor of yours, has just written a biography of Frank Lloyd Wright). Looking for some tips for the next read of the Munich Book Group. The current reading matter is Richard Powers -- Time of our Singing -- which is driving me to despair.

Anyway I really do like the way your tagged and grouped your books. I will have to take a closer look on my own time later. I see you gave 5 stars to Game Theory, only 3 to all other books added lately. Does 3 stars mean "okay", neither good nor bad?
Thanks for the invitation! We only share one common book as of now, and I haven't even read that yet! Is Wallace Stegner an author known in CA? He died in the 1990s, but was professor for Creative Writing at Stanford and wrote alot of books well know in his times. Wrote alot about the West, conservation, etc., too. If you ever have a chance, look for a collection of his short stories.
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