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About my libraryThere are really two different libraries here. One is my actual physical library, those books are in the "Your Library" collection. The other is aspirational, or rather (since I will never be able to buy all of these books) it is best seen as a personal bibliography of works of interest. I use it to decide what to buy next and to keep track of useful books as I run across them. These books are in the "wishlist" collection. There are also a number of books in the "Read but not Owned" collection which should be fairly self-explanatory.

My interests are eclectic, however they mainly lie in history, labor/class studies, radical politics and literature.

The library is meant to be viewed in LCCN order. I have completed a large tagging project, however, there are certainly errors and I make no pretense of completeness. Most books I've read have ratings with two stars as flawed, three as useful/good but not notable, four as very good/notable and five as excellent/classic.

Books I've read so far this year are here.
Books I plan to read soon are tagged up next. And my extended future reading plans are quixotically labeled StbR (Soon to be Read), it should only take a few years or so.

Suggestions, comments and questions are always appreciated.
(Prompt responses not guaranteed)

Thank you for your interest. Enjoy.

Groups30-something LibraryThingers, A Baby Squirrel Wearing a Cowboy Hat Riding a Golden Retriever P, African/African American Literature, All Books Africa, Amateur Historians, American Civil War, American History, Anarchism, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Asian Fiction & Non-Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsMichael Albert, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, Walden Bello, Saul Bellow, Robin Blackburn, Noam Chomsky, E. L. Doctorow, William Faulkner, Eric Foner, Philip Sheldon Foner, William Gaddis, Günter Grass, E. J. Hobsbawm, bell hooks, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Harper Lee, Nelson Lichtenstein, Staughton Lynd, Gabriel García Márquez, C. Wright Mills, David Montgomery, Kim Moody, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins, Bertrand Russell, John Steinbeck, E. P. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesArchibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Favorite listsThe 99% -- Most Readable Non-Fiction, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, Favourite Books, Great American Novels

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Currently readingGive Me Liberty!: An American History by Eric Foner
The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns by Robert Burns
The Confessions of St. Augustine; The Imitation of Christ by Charles W. Eliot
The Man Without Qualities [v. I & II] by Robert Musil
The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments Revised Standard Version, Translated from the Original Tongues, Being the Version Set Forth A.D. 1611, Revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901, Compared with the Most Ancient Authorities, and Revised A.D. 1952 by Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America
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Ok, cool. Sure, I can understand that. Some people can have a one-track attitude about their stuff and that can really pollute a free-form discussion.

It seems like this site is geared more toward readers talking with readers, sort of book club style rather than discussion forums for the topics where an author can contribute by pointing toward their own work. No problem with that of course, it just means the community functions a bit differently than I thought. Maybe I'll end up using it that way more in the future.

Thanks again

Hi Eric,

Thanks for the heads up and for your congratulations.

I'm a bit confused though because I didn't violate the Tread Lightly guidelines; I sent no messages or friend requests, didn't leave profile comments, and didn't post in the Talk section. I posted in relevant groups and I included a link to a free copy (therefore not trying to drum up sales).

Any ideas or tips about what I should do instead? New user and that, not really sure how the site is meant to work.

It certainly wasn't my intention to spam or annoy anyone, I just want to start conversations about my work with people who might be interested.

Thanks very much for your help,

thank you!
Hey, thanks for adding me! I see that you have a bunch of Open Letter books on your wishlist-- I highly recommend subscribing to their Book-of-the-Month service. I get 10 books a year for $100, and it's set me off on all sorts of new and unexpected world literature reading paths.

Good gosh! What a mammoth virtual collection you have! I'm intrigued by your arrangement and recognize your concentration on American history. I've finally got around to reading Shelby Foote's three-volume Civil War set. I just love his writing style.
Hi! Do you know what happened to the Touchstones listed some time ago at and ?
FYI: I activated the check box "Allow other members to snag this image" now. You wrote "I tried to add a link to the Stefan Maul author page in my comment. That didn't show up. I don't seem to be able to edit comment to check whether I made the link correctly." . Is this possible now?
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I have tightened up the definition of the List "Books about Knots" to "Books about Tying Knots" you may or may not want to remove your selection "Knots" by R. D. Laing. Having not read "Knots" I am unsure if tying knots (either metaphorically or actually) is discussed.
Wow! I didn't realize that. You have the most awesome wishlist ever compiled in the history of librarykind!
Hi there eromsted!

I was editing my tags for A Smuggler's Bible and then clicking on Joseph McElroy's page, noticed you'd added his magnum opus, Women and Men; and then in books we share I saw we shared Sam Eisenstein's Merciless Beauty -- a beauty of a book indeed! -- and then saw you'd also recently added the Martin Nakell novel (a professor of mine at Chapman Univ. in the late '80s, early '90s) so I figured I should at least drop by and say hi, and mention I'm enjoying perusing your beyond-immense library immeasurably!

Thank you for recommending "When China Rules the Seas", I will request it from the library. I was fascinated by "1421" and it will be good to have another perspective. I have only just discovered what Recommendations are on LT so I have been sifting through hundreds of recommendations lately, a job both frustrating and interesting. I have added your recommendation to my wishlist.
What a great string of Egypt books you just posted.
Thank you for taking the time to review Maroon Societies for me. I picked it up after realizing that I had completely overlooked the opportunity to use the maroon communities as part of my argument in a paper on the cause of the high mortality in the slave population on Jamaican plantations. However the only chance I had to look at the book was for a paper concerning maroon communities in the United States. Aptheker’s article was a disappointment, I am glad to hear that the other articles are more promising.

One day I want to revisit the Jamaica paper, expand it and polish it into something publishable but that is sometime in the future. The other paper, the one I looked at Aptheker, for is a little more personal, my Great Grandmother was born in a place called Travelers’ Rest, Kentucky. The ‘town’ is about ten miles off of the Wilderness Road, ten miles deeper into the hills. I was hoping Aptheker would help answer the question of what traveler rests ten miles off of the road.

I attended a symposium on careers in history Friday and made contact with a woman who works with the Indiana State Museum and she offered to put me in touch with someone at the Freedom Center in Cincinnati who would know about successful Maroon communities.

Again, thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts on the book.
Thanx for the reply I'll ignore the thread.

BTW I see you have [Promised land] : a novel by Karel Schoeman ... strange work for an American.. I think I even had it at University as a setwork... in Afrikaans.. Not sure if I read it in English though

Still am in the dark... I am reading . I open it and can't see anything about currently reading.

please help me, I need R.E. Slavin book, the title is "Cooperative Learning: theory, research, and practice". Can you give me the book in pdf format, please send the file to my email
I saw your post on the 2010 group, hope you come back to tell us about your reading as I'd love to know how you find some of these books.
Thanks for adding me you your interesting libraries list; I am adding you as well. Rebecca
Saw that you are familiar with the Montclair Book Center - one of my favorites!
Hi Eric,

I was curious about the dissertation "Civil War draft Resistance in the Middle West." If I wanted a copy, how would I go about obtaining it? Do you know what it might cost? Is there somewhere that provides a synopsis of the dissertation?

You have an interesting library!

- Noel
I stumbled upon your library, not sure how exactly - I think we share a number of books - and then made my way to your reviews. I always find what people read to be fascinating, though invariably different from I read. You have an impressively eclectic mix. I thought you were a bit hard on Freud, but who isn't these days. Also, you seem to be interested in colonialism, or the remnant affects of it. Have you read any Conrad? I'd be interested to hear your take on how he portrays exploitation in his novels.

Anyways, nice library. Happy reading!!

Cool, thanks for your reply. Much appreciated. -Mike
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