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CollectionsYour library (951), To read (15), Currently reading (2), Audiobook only (42), Book plus Audio (50), eBook only (64), Finish Reading (4), Gay Lit. (66), Have Read (105), Have Listened To (2), Mostly Read (7), Mostly Listened To (1), Paperback (1), Partly Read (88), Partly Listened To (5), Timeless i.e., poetry (10), All collections (964)

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TagsNovel (419), 800 LITERATURE: FICTION (411), American (370), British (194), Mystery (128), 920 BIOGRAPHY (105), eBook: Kindle Fire (96), Gay Author and/or Theme (96), Short Stories (85), Audiobook: Kindle Fire (71) — see all tags

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About meI am a retired teacher who now has plenty of time to read..finally! Brooklyn born, I now live in a small city in Oklahoma. It's a bit difficult living here so the Internet, Books, and Library Thing help to keep me sane and connected.

About my library4/12/07 (update) I am a lifetime member after reading the article about LibraryThing in the New York Times.

My Library is my main source for reading pleasure. There are many books in my library that are unread. With the advent of e-books, I am able to include many classics that are missing. Electronic books are a great gift and I will forever be thankful for Gutenberg, Kindle, and iBooks for its free offerings. Libarything has the best and most wonderful databases for cataloging my library.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Ancient History, Gay Men, Geeks who love the Classics, GLBT History, Old Mystery & Detective Club, Pro and Con, Queer and Trans Lit, Readers Over Sixty

Favorite authorsHonoré de Balzac, Christopher Bram, Fyodor Dostoevsky, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Martha Grimes, Andrew Holleran, Henry James, Dean Koontz, Ngaio Marsh, Ethan Mordden, Mary Renault, Ruth Rendell, William Shakespeare, Colm Tóibín, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Edmund White, Oscar Wilde, Reed Woodhouse, William Wordsworth (Shared favorites)


Real nameEd Beach


Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/ebeach (profile)
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Member sinceMar 4, 2007

Currently readingThe Burning Library: essays by Edmund White
Death Claims (Dave Brandstetter Mysteries) by Joseph Hansen

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Have you seen the large format book Brooklyn Boys, the photos of the remarkable 60's "physique photographer," Danny Fitzgerald, aka Les Demi Dieux? I have thought he had a truly exceptional talent from the first time I saw his photos, and it is a pleasure to see that they have been rediscovered and shared.


It has just reached midnight in our town, and I will take this opportunity to return your wishes for a good New Year.


Thank you for the "interesting libraries" inclusion. Being from NYC you might be interested in my website It is - whatever else it is - rather leisurely, if not sprawling, so be warned. I don't know which part of Brooklyn you are from, but as I discovered in my later-life genealogical mania, one of my ancestors was an early settler of Flatlands/Nieuw Amersfoort and has a historical plaque out there somewhere. So, for those several years that I rode through Flatlands on the way to Riis Park beach, I was very likely travelling through his potato fields.

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