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About meI am retired from working for many years in the medical field, also worked for several years in a small bookstore which has since closed it's doors :>( I now work part time in a wonderful lttle used book store in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Live in a rural area of Wisconsin (yes it is the frozen tundra), have three children and four grandsons. I have been an avid reader my entire life and belong to several face2face bookgroups. Also a member of our local Historical Society and have started researching local authors.

About my libraryStill have a copy of the book "Heidi" inscribed by my Mom:
"To Jeannie with Love from Mom and Dad. Merry Christmas 1955" Use to keep everything I read but.....
recently cleaned off some of the shelves and donated books to friends, family and the used book store where I work.
Kept those books that were my favorites and off course the towering TBR stack.

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Okay, that was funny. Do you think he's worried about being driven mad by desire if some athlete flirts with him? He's having such a hard time staying in the closet. It's only a matter of time!
Do what I do and pretend he doesn't exist.

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On the run. Grady(granson) is coming to visit for the week-end. glad that you've seen "The Magdalene Sisters". I've never seen it but have read everything I can find about it. If you ever find a place on the web that I can find/order it please, please let me know.

As I understand, a girl only had to be seen as "too pretty" to be sent there. And this went on into the late 20th century.

well i weakened and bought the latest iPad and despite all the negative reviews the kindle app works a treat. downloads in an instant, so i am very happy. Now to try and figure out the rest of the iPad functions lol
I've got a whole series of books i am reading on US history from the revolution til reconstruction, but thye are huge and way too heavy to take in my bag so the kindle sounds a good option
I enjoyed chatting with you regarding fat presidents!

Wow we have a lot of books in common. Solar Storm is one of my all time favorites. I found it very slow moving, and wanted to quit, but after finishing was so glad i did. It is one of the first books that I felt gave me a tiny sliver of the pain many Native Americans experienced at seeing he environment destroyed.
Hi Jeannie, I wrote to wish you Happy Holidays! I hope you are well and in good health. I see you have some new pictures. Are they pictures of your family?
I am doing well. This fall I was able to enroll in two classes at Portland State. PSU has a program for old folks, 65 or older, they can take two classes for free. they don't get credit or a grade but then we don't have to take the test or write the papers. It was really exciting to take the classes. I really enjoyed myself. One of the classes was Modern Art History, the other was exitentialism. I am looking forward to winter term. Still working, I hope to keep going for five more years. Still involved in volunteer work. I did give up working at the middle school so I could go back to school. Currently reading a interesting book, The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt. It about the finding the book of a Roman poet, Lucretius in the begining of the Renaissance. Anyway best wishes for your holiday season
I don't usually feel isolated up here. We also have many English words for snow as well!
Thanks for the concern. The storm is hitting Nome, probably, which is roughly 900 miles away, as the crow flies. (You have to do it as the crow flies, because there are no roads that lead to Nome.) So we should get extra snow, but not the high winds.

Again, thanks for your concern.

Oh, they did cancel the test of the emergency network for today. It seems a real emergency is occurring.
I really enjoy reading your posts over on Pro and Con. I like that people are talking, even if a few don't seem to be listening in return!

See you over there!
Jeannie, are you aware that the "silly game" you started on Sept 6, 2007, is still going, being on part 93 now? I don't remember seeing you post in it and I was just wondeing if you knew it goes on. I post in it once a day, using only books I have read. Recently we were wondering when it started and somebody found the initiating post was by you.

I note we share a number of books by Thomas SAvage, who is a special favorite of mine. Here is what I've read by him, and when:

2242. The Power of the Dog, by Thomas Savage (read 25 Oct 1989)
2244. Midnight Line a Novel by Thomas Savage (read 6 Nov 1989)
2245. I Heard My Sister Speak My Name, by Thomas Savage (read 8 Nov 1989)
2250. A Strange God, by Thomas Savage (read 23 Nov 1989)
2251. For Mary, With Love, by Thomas Savage (read 25 Nov 1989)
2252. The Corner of Rife and Pacific, by Thomas Savage (read 25 Nov 1989)
4534. The Pass, by Thomas Savage (read 9 Feb 2009)

There a review of each on my site, if you want to see what I thought of each.
Hi Jeannie,

I've been lax in keeping in touch with my LT friends. I hope this post finds you well, and enjoying a good book. I have a bit of news on this end. After an extended period of unemployment (finding that perfect new job becomes more difficult in your 50's) I have found a new position and I'm relocating to Anchorage, AK in about a weeks time(July 8). I previously was in management for a local homeless shelter/housing agency here in Maine (for 16 years until August 2009). I have been very busy of late preparing for this move. I was fortunate to find a friend who was willing to give up their apartment and move into my house to look after it, and my cat Eddie, in my absense. I own this home free and clear and I'm reluctant to sell it, as retirement is now looming in the not too distant future. My new job should be very busy and exciting. I will be running two Hostels (called "youth hostels" back in our day) consisting of 190 beds total. It is a very good company and has a social work ethic to its' operation. I am looking forward to the challenge. It will be nice to be back in the "helping" profession. My reading has suffered as aresult of this upheaval, though I am still buying books:). I'm currently into Jerusalem Gap by T R Pearson. I'm loving it like all of T R's stuff. The big question is: Will I find a good local bookstore in Anchorage??? We'll see. Take care, my friend!

Hey Jeannie,

Haven't heard from you in awhile. What have you been reading lately? Me, the number of books I have read has decreased rather dramatically. Not sure why but I haven't been all that passionate about books as i have been in the past. Too many distractions I suppose. Tomorrow, though, I am going to try to break some bad habits (i.e. spending too much time on facebook and the internet)and get back to reading more. At least a book every two weeks.

Finally finished "the Help." Actually my wife bought and I felt obliged to read it. I had checked it out of the library, but never had time to read it before it was due. I know it was popular among women. And it is abundantly clear why that is. It was kind of sappy, a touch sentimental, but an otherwise good read. The author, Kathryn S, is someone to watch. She knows how to lay down the line.

There is another book, which I have read either before or after "The Help," that I thought worth bringing to your attention. Its called "We, the drowned." Wonderful. Fabulous adventure story. It moves fast. Dont be intimdated by the length. The author takes you back to before the second WW and you travel by ship to some exotic islands. Probably a great book to read in the Summer for many people. I don't know about you, but I like reading about things that happen outdoors in the winter. Its an antidote to my claustrophobia. One of the reasons why I can't finish "Little Dorrit" is b/c its in a prison. It always brings on a bought of claustrophobia. I might just try to overcome my claustrophobia and give "Little Dorrit" another try this summer. Have a great summer. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Am presently reading the latest effort by Michael palmer called "The watery...." I forget the rest of the title...Its gotten rave reviews from the critics..The next time I post, I'll let you know what I think...

Hi Jeannie, it was great to hear from you a bit of sunshine in a very long raining winter. I am doing fine, very busy with work and volunteering. Looking forward to some sun. I had a upsetting experience in my school volunteer job. I was helping a young girl with her homework and noticed some cut marks on her forearm. She is an unusual in a good way girl, very Gothic, wears black dyes her hair bright red. Smart but withdrawn doesn't do her school work. I talked to the school counselor about her. The counselor did talk with her. I give her a calendar of Freda Kahlo's art. She seemed to be very interested in Freda's art and life. My hope that she would start expressing herself in art not self destructive behavior.
A lot of my reading lately has been about art. I discovered Freda and fell in love with her and her art.
Best wishes

Peter Carey, eh? Sounds interesting. I'll give him a try. I've still got the new Franzen on my TBR pile too.

Guy Gavriel Kay is an interesting case. I've ready ever novel he's written. I started reading him because his first published works were a trilogy of high fantasy along the lines of Tolkien. The more he wrote, the less overt magic became in his books. Now he's almost unclassifiable. He essentially writes historical fiction with deep characters, but with these strangely compelling magical elements where the mythology of the age is accepted as real. Under Heaven is his latest and finest work without a doubt. I read it as slowly as I could manage and enjoyed every paragraph.

Hi Jeannie,

Thanks for your comment about Findley's The Piano Man's Daughter. I agree that Findley and Franzen are very different in their styles of writing. The only reason I connected them was because they both explore disfunctionally normal families. Thinking back now (a couple years after reading them), I remember Franzen's family far more than I remember Findley's.

If you like the subtle use of magic in a well-written novel, have you tried Guy Gavriel Kay yet? His "Under Heaven" is one of the best novels I've read in that vein.

I'm not sure why I didn't like the Piano Man's daughter. I really tried to. I loved Pilgrim and Wars. Like I said in the review, I know it's good—the critics all agree. I suppose my taste isn't quite that refined yet :) Glad you enjoyed him. Findley's a national Canadian treasure.

Hi Jeannie, nice to hear from you, sorry about the slowest in getting back to you. My life is a little crazy now, our office is moving next week, so not only doing my normal work, have to pack it everything. Oh well this time next week it will be all over. Other then that everything life is good. Last week I went to Ashland to visit a old friend and saw three great plays at the Oregon Shakepear Festival. Tomorrow I am going to a local play. I really love the theater. I hope to start my volunteer work at the middle school shortly, I was hoping to start next week, but the coming move has changed those plans.
I am currently reading Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, its the best novel I've read about Vietnam. Bringing lots of memories back. I was a medic there from 1969-1970
Best wishes
Hi Jeannie,

Just thought I'd stop by. I hope you had a nice summer. I've heard you had a hot one. We have enjoyed a very nice summer. We just tied the all-time record for heat waves!! It was 90 degrees, or above, for 5 days in a row. That has only happened one other time since they've been keeping records. I like heat, so I was in my element. I heard that our mutual friend David James Duncan is putting up a web site, after all of these years. I thought I'd tip you off. As you might expect, it is It's not "live" yet, but going there will give you the latest update on when it will really be "up". I just finished "Miracle Boy and Other Stories" by Pinckney Benedict. Wow..what a collection. Amazing, gritty, unpredictable, hard to read at times but ultimately worth the trip. Gets 5 stars from me. Other than that, not much news from this corner of the world. As they say, "It ain't the end of the Earth, but you sure can see it from here". Have you read any good books worth a mention? Let me know!! Take care, my friend.

Thank you so much for stopping by my library :) Yay my first LT friend.

I have a growing passion for the period, a couple years ago I would have passed by Dickens without thought.
After I read "America or The Sacrifice" I, that was pretty good...why isnt that a classic? So I did some googling, and found myself a few more auctions and estate sales to raid :) My collection grows, my "read" list grows, and I still have sooo much to learn.

Hopefully you found something interesting in my library. I dont have much yet- but I have some I'm very proud of (and even more proud to be able to say "I've read these!").

Thank you for your encouragement. Hope to keep in touch with you.


What a coincindence. I just finished "Sweetness at the bottom of the pie, too." And whats more, when I was returning that book, I saw "the passage" displayed in the new books rental section. I even stopped to leaf through it. I thought, too long. Not enough time. I did make a mental note of it being written by someone who graduated from the Iowa writers workshop. That institution produces some great wriers.

But getting back to "Sweetnes..." Yeah, I liked it, too. I found it hard going in parts. When the 11 y/o narrator would start talking about her exotic chemicals, it really annoyed me. Why? Because she was so smart. Having never taken a chemistry class, I had never heard of any of the chemicals she named. But it was fascinating how she knew what they did, alone and in combination with others.

I do have some lingering questions: Is stamp collecting still a hobby of many people? And were any parts of this story based on historical facts. Like, for instance, did someone making stamps deliberately produce some that, by design, became collectors items?

You have the ideal job working in a used book store. What a joy that must be. I'm sure you talk about books constantly...

Sure glad to hear back from you again...Its always a joy to read your posts...

Hi Jeannie:

Where have you been? I miss corresponding with you through this site. After reading other posts from oher people corresponding with you and making note of the date of the correspondence, I can see you have been away for awhile. I hope all is well, that you have not abandoned the site permanently.

I have really taken a reading hiatus. Can you believe I haven't read a whole book in weeks, until today, that is? This is the longest I have gone without reading a book in a very very long time. I have to say, it is not good for my mental health. I don't know if you go through this or not, but I suffer through some mild depression. Now I don't know if that is real or imagined. But one thing I do know, I'm just not the happy, upbeat person I normally am when I'm immersed in a book. I like to have parallel lives as it were.

One life will be the unimagined one in which I go to my ho-hum job, sit at my ho-hum computer, and leave in a ho-hum fasion 8 hours later. The other life, lived vicariously, is a thousand miles away from the real one, told in gripping prose.

What book was it that broke this long string of successive weeks in which I had not completed a book? It was "sweetness at the bottom of a pie." I heard about the book on NPR. Its a murder mystery, told in first person by a precocious 11 y/o chemistry enthusiast. It is chock full of detail, and that makes the story kind of drag in parts, but overall, I was much impressed with the writing.

Several weeks ago, I started Matterhorn, a novel about Vietnam, but I left off b/c, one, I lost interest due to being interrupted all the time...It made for some interesting reading all the same. I will return to it later, but it will have to wait for now..

Again, hope all is well...And I hear from you soon...

Daniel Woodrell's novel "Winter's Bone" is out. Winner of 2 awards "Best Picture" and "Best Screenplay" at Sundance..check out the trailer..
Hey Jeannie!
I was introduced to Perry's book Coop through a book tour site that sent me the book for review. Actually, I picked it from a list of titles because it sounded wonderful. I am pleased to say that it didn't disappoint, and I am already in the process of grabbing some of his other books. He seems like a great person, and there is something so disarming and gentle in the way he tells his stories. I really loved the book and have become a big fan. I haven't seen him in person yet, but I would love to get that chance!! Have you read any of his other books? It's also very cool that we have so many books in common! I don't meet many people with tastes similar to mine, so it's really nice to hear that there are indeed some out there! It's really nice to meet you, and I will definitely be checking out your library!!

Hi Jeannie,

My recommendations for Singleton are:

Work Shirts for Madmen (novel)
These People Are Us (stories)
Half Mammals of Dixie (novel)

It was hard to come up with that order, but I'll stick with it. I am going to check out Mr Spragg..thanks for the tip..

Hi Jeannie,

Just a quick reply. I am astounded by the books we share in common!! Looking at the list makes me feel like I might have pretty good taste. Brad Watson (I note you just added Aliens in the Prime of Their my TBR stack), John Dufresne, Dan Chaon, Jess Walter and many others stand out. Given these titles, have you read any George Singleton?? Check him out! By the way, several bouts of Snow here since my last PM to you..though Spring is on the way...73 and mostly sunny here on Sat...Take care, my friend..

Hi Jeannie,

I haven't been too active of late, but wanted to send you a greeting! I hope you are well. I am mourning today the death of Barry Hannah, who died yesterday in Oxford, MS. Another great literary voice is silenced. Just finished a re-read of "Returning to Earth" by Jim Harrison and have just started "The Blue Star" by Tony Earley (loved Jim the Boy, but it has taken me quite awhile for the latest to reach my eyes!!. Drop a note if you get the chance.

Hello Jeannie, I am sorry about being so late in writing. We start a new year! I hope it will be a great year for you and your family. Yesterday was a very good day at the middle school that I volunteeer at. It is so exciting to help students engage in their work and to see them actually make a effort to understand. I needed some postive engery. Things are rather dark at the Portland Women Crisis Line, there has been a big cut in funding, which caused a reduction in staff. Of course the number of calls are as high if not higher. It has been and still is very stressful for the staff and volunteers.
Been going to the theater a lot since the start of the new year, I love going. In a couple of weeks will be seeing Hamlet, looking forward to that. And last night finished the last volume of Proust! the more I read of him the better it got
Take care
Hi Jeannie, I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, sorry for being a little late but I did think of you yesterday. I hope you are well and getting ready for winter. Take care
Hi Jeannie, I just wanted to drop you a short note, my gosh the summer fading fast! Soon the Portland Women Crisis Line will have it's annual gala funding rasing event. It's on August 28th, always a fun event but lots of anxity before. I was elected as co-chair again this year, a very nice honor. While money is tight I am still very excited about the direction we are going. This afternoon I am meeting with a high school student that I am helping her through the college application process. She is a great young woman. Rachel, that's her name, was selected to be queen of the Rose Festival. The Rose Festival is Portland big spring event, so this is a great honor, also provides a nice scholaship for her college.
So how is the puppy doing? The puppy is a teenager I would think.
Reading "The Exception" by Christian Jungersen. A very intersting book. I hope you are well and enjoying the summer
Hi Jeannie,

Yes, Arthur Phillips, the name does ring a bell. For a long time, I would use the website to find good books to read and I recall making a mental note to read one of his books after visiting that site. Overbooked, if you have never heard of it, is absolutely wonderful as a reference for good books. I use it often. It was started by a librarian in Ohio. She lists recently published books and assigns stars to books by how many positive reviews it received from literary magazines.

A few years ago, I read "Beautiful Dreamer," a book I discovered from that website. And I have to say, I am ever so grateful for having used that website b/c I would have missed that book had I not. If you like William Faulkner, you will like "Beautiful Dreamer."

The book, authored by Christopher Bigsby, takes place in the 20's or 30's. It is about a black man in the deep south who gets chased all over the place by 3 white bigots after he kills a man. Its a wonderful read. I want to revisit it one of these days. I can still form a mental image of the the protagonist at the end huddled in a cave. The one thing that really stands out about this book is the dialogue. The author is pitch perfect. Every word of dialogue rings true and honest.

Back to Arthur Phillips. Heretofore I have not read a book by him. I did check one out of his books in the library, but I didn't get it finished. Didn't he write "Dancing in the Dark?"

The other book you mentioned, about someone living in the subways of NY, also rings a bell. I recall a book reviewer mention a book of a similar story line.

At the present, I am reading "Brothers" by a Chinese author whose name I forget how to spell. So far, so good. Its a a long book but easy read. According to overbooked, it got positive reviews from a number of literary magazines. I'm going to get back to it now.

Thanks for writing, Jeannie. Its always good to read your comments.

Hello Jeanine--

This time I am the one who has been slow to write back. I sometimes experience a little writers anxiety. Its easy to get it when I'm writing someone who I know is quite literate. You aren't someone with whom I can get away with much. You could spot misspelled words, commas out of place, and run-on sentences. The anxiety, I suppose, is a carry over from my school days.

Getting to what I set out to say originally. I just finished reading 2 books that I thought you would be interested in. The first one, called "When we were Romans," really just dropped into my hands. I was at a branch library on the other side of town and saw it prominently displayed on a bookshelf. When I read the first couple of lines of the book, I was hooked. i brought it home and away I went, on a very pleasing reading experience. If you don't care for the voice of a precocious 12 year old, I would stay away from it. The voice stays with you. I read a review on librarything, and of the reviewers trashed it, saying she coldn't wait to be rid of that voice. Me, I found the voice refreshing.

The story is really very simple. Its just about a young boy who travels with his mother and sister through Europe in search of a better life. No longer is it fresh in my memory, so I can't be more specific than that.

The second book, just finished today, is called "I don't come to you by chance." This is a wonderful read. But again, one reviewer on this site was lukewarm to it. I thought s/he was rather harsh in judgement. The book, set in nigeria, is about a man, Kinglsey, who has to try to balance his moral judgements with pracitcal realities of life. It has its light moments and serious moments. It sort of reminded me of the kind of rollercoaster ride of emotions I would go on when I read books by Charles Dickens.

Never intended to write as much as I did. Let me know what you have been reading lately and if you have read the abovementioned books.


Don't worry, we all do this. If nobody guesses we concede defeat, you win an imaginary cookie and either go again or offer the turn to someone else.

LT is great but like retirement it is something that just eats your time. It sounds like you are really busy.
Hi, hope you are okay. We need another clue over in the first line game, you've picked a good one.
That happens so often, there's no need to apologise. It's always nice to have someone new join in, we get to know each other and a new person means a new library and fresh qoutes.

You should still go ahead, your first line has everyone interested. Clues can be as simple as "The author is an American man" or "published in the last 20 years" or "booker prize winner" or get more complicated, whatever you want.

We do have quite a lot of books in common so I hope you enjoy my library. I will be taking a look at yours too but later. I have a sleeping baby on my arm right now and he's making it difficult to work the mouse.
Hi Jeannie, we took your line in the What Are You Reading Now groups first line game but someone is requesting a clue. Will you stop by to give one?

Also, great picture of a cute little dog. Have you discovered the LTers with Dogs Group?

We seem to have some similar reading tastes, I love Joshilyn Jackson. And if you like her you might also like Sarah Addison Allen and Ronlyn Domingue, if you haven't tried them already.
Hi Jeannie, I haven't written in to long of a time so before the first three day weekend of summer, Happy Memorial Day! It is beautful in Portland, we having sunny and warm days, in the mid 70's, no rain! Rose Festival is about the start, I quess it actually starts this weekend. School is winding down, the teachers can't wait. I am on the board of directors of the Portland Women Crisis Line, sorry if I already told you that, anyway we are going an intense time because of budget short falls. Plus there is a new union contract to negaote. sorry about my spelling The good news we are going to use a new method for the negations, called interest based negations, each side present what they think are problems that need to focused on then we problem solve. I am actually very excited to see how this process works out.
I am trying to get through "Darwin's Sacred Cause", the book shows how Darwin's hater of slavery was one of his motivations for his theory of evolutin. Very interesting
Take care
This time I am a little slow replying...I was browsing the internet, thinking of something to do, when I recall sending you a message a while back, and anticipating a reply. It was good to hear back from you. One thing I can say is, you are definitely outreading me. You probably read 3 books for every one I read.

I had the good fortune today to listen to Tobias Wolfe read a short story by Denis Johnson on my Mp3 player. If you go to the new Yorker website, you can download podcasts. Every week they ask an author who has published in the New Yorker to read a story that they liked and they explain why they liked the story. Its great b/c it helps with my own analytical skills. Sometimes I think I miss things in stories and that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and probably contributes to my slow reading. Not too long ago I didn't like listening to someone read stories. Its that 3rd party intrustion thing that I didn't care for, but now, having gotten past the 3rdparty intrusion, I have grown to enjoy stories read outloud. If you get a chance, listen to T.C. Boyle read Tobias Wolfe's story "Bullet in the Brain." His reading is fabulous.

Thanks for mentioning Thomas Savage. Never heard of him. I am going to have to see if I can find books of his in the library. If you say he's good, I have little reason to doubt you.

I just finished "The Weight of Heaven" after reading "Doghead." There were parts of the books that really stuck out for me, the parts laced with lyricism, but then, at times, it spiraled into melodrama. The author had to balance melodrama with insensitivity. Not an easy thing to do. As I said, I did enjoy the book in parts.

Talk to you soon, Jeannine. And thanks for your message.


The red dawn now is rearranging the earth

Thought by thought

Beauty by beauty

Each sunrise a link in the ladder

Thought by thought

Beauty by beauty

The ladder the backbone

Of shimmering deity

Thought by thought

Beauty by beauty

Child stirring in the web of your mother

Do not be afraid

Old man turning to walk through the door

Do not be afraid

~ Joy Harjo ~
Hi Jeannie,

Since I haven't received a message from you in awhile, messages which I have missed, I thought I would try to reinitiate what had been an ongoing correspondence.

What have you been reading lately? I just finished "Doghead." It made quite a splash in Europe, receiving rave reviews. It was not easy to follow at times b/c of the 20 characters, some of whom come and go, others stay around and leave quite an impression. I found myself consulting the genealogy chart in the opening pages to keep track of the characters, and who was related to who, but, overall, it was an enjoyable reading experience. I am still somewhat befuddled by the symbolism of "the doghead." If you ever read this book, please let me know what you thought.

I also read the sequel to "the meaning of night: a confession." I really liked this book. It was very dark, both literally and figuratively. There are shadows lurking in the corners, ghosts in the attic. The main characters is trying to get even with a rival. The story is gripping, all 400 plus pages. Last fall, when I was casually browsing the new book section, what did I see but the sequel to the aforementioned book. Its title was "Glass of Time." That books was a fun read, too.

Let me know what you have been reading lately. Jane Smiley was on Cspan for the Los Angeles Book Festival. She made me smile when she related a story of flying home on a plane and falling asleep. When she woke up, she noticed the passenger next to her reading "Moo," the book she wrote. She turned to her fellow passenger and said, "Thats my book." The passenger said, "No, it isn't." She then tried to explain what she meant, that she wrote the book. Her fellow passenger said, "oh, really."
Lovely to get your note! Among the 34 books we share are some I truly cherish. Not many people have the Flanagan or Barry, and I think their books are superior to much modern writing. As for Ivan Doig, may I brag here about having been able to develop a personal relationship. . . he and Carol, his wife, are warm and friendly. About Anne Tyler: mixed feelings: her early books are splendid but I have been very disappointed by recent ones. Since we moved to California (1983) we have been to many book-store events. Chitra Divakaruni wins the prize for charm! ~~~~ Oh, I meant to write about baseball &/or tv. . . well, in Oakland '83-89 we actually attended games. Moving to Walnut Creek ended that, hence the need for tv to keep up with the A's. Your working in bookstore is somewhat like being in a library tho you have the advantage of "variable availability" ~~~ enjoy!
Hello again from the slowly melting north...
The sun came out a few times today and there were a few puddles around. Lots of rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
I think used bookstores, consignment and thrift stores will do well for the next while. The independents will have a tough go of it though. Book stores tend to be a neighbourhood hub and when they close, it is felt far and wide.I know the one I worked in was very much part of the community.
It's true what you said about belt tightening. My parents were very thrifty people. We never lacked for anything but they never wasted anything either. They were very handy & creative at taking one thing and turning it into something else to further its use. I learned a lot from them.
Anyhow, I am hoping that the coming spring will bring a better mood and maybe some of the doom and gloom will be lifted and we can all lighten up! Lots of booksales coming up (including one of the two I work on) spring garage sales to look forward to, green grass, flowers, birds and warmer weather. :0
AHA! Beat you. . . not only didn't have tv as a child (there wasn't any then) but didn't even have it as an adult until 10 years ago. (What tipped the balance? Two things: It was harder from our new location to get to ballpark for Oakland A's baseball games, and we wanted to watch movies on DVDs we checked out from library.) But reading? Read early and omnivorously. Now: favorite books can be plucked from shelf and opened at random and enjoyed. That's true of most of the ones you and I share. (Budget keeps me out of bookstores but ER books keep me in this modern world.) Happy to have found you. Esta
Hi Jeannie, it's been too long since I sent you a note. I hope you are well, me I am finally getting over the flu. Seems as we get older, the colds last longer. Other then that I am well. A couple of weeks ago I had a great experience at the middle school I do volunteer work for. Before the mid term science class, the teacher has a quiz contest, the students are divided into two teams, she then asks questions of each student and the team that gets the most correct answers wins. The kids love this, anyway a girl up to that day seemed to sort of a problem, not a big problem, but she always forgets to turn in her homework. Anyway this girl just shined! She took the hardest questions, provided answers to her teammates, like wow where did this come from! It was amazing even the teacher was suprised. I was happy about this for days!
Thank you for your prompt repy. I had posted the query as a stand-alone topic headed "American Rust" and no one answered. About sending to publisher: I always do (have sometimes gotten thank-you note). By now you probably have thrown away the publisher's note that came with the book but it did request a copy and gave 2 addresses. . . I tried each one and both came back marked "no such address." You mentioned posting to Amazon. I never have done that (and we didn't get the book thru them). Does this earn you any benefit from Amazon? (My husband orders things, I do not).~~~ Another thing we share is some childhood books with mother-inscriptions. I think I'll sort them out and review when I have time, wouldn't that be fun!
Since we share 34 books (some of them all-time favorites) I thought it ok to ask you this question: Did you send your review of "American Rust" to the publisher? I have tried but. . . using the addresses they supplied ( AND/OR had no luck. If you sent without trouble will you please tell me what address you used. I did post it here at LT but wanted to finish my obligation. Thank you!
Hi Jeannie,
I wrote a great note to you last weekend and 'poof'! it was gone. Yahoo is acting very odd lately.
I have not read "White Tiger" but interest in it has been expressed in the group I run. It's a hot book right now and because my group is in a public library I choose books that aren't so in demand that my regulars can't get their hands on them. I am constantly on the lookout for future group reads.
You live in Wisconsin, which part? I have been writing with someone in Milwakee on LT who works for the Harry Schwartz book stores that are closing at the end of this month. She's crushed. 20 years! She booked all the authors, had a wonderful job and she has met some incredible people. Things are pretty bad all over. Today, a television station here let go all kinds of staff and cancelled the evening news! They are all in shock. We keep hearing that the worst hasn't even hit. I'm worried sick about my job. But I can't seem to stop buying books and going to booksales. Books are the best way to escape!
It's freezing cold here too. Been very cold the last few days. I have a broken door handle and cracked windshield this winter due to the cold. Big piles of snow at my house that have now turned into blocks of ice. The time changes this weekend and I'm soooo looking forward to seeing grass and flowers and birds but I've heard, that's still a ways off.
Here's to a cuppa hot chocolate and a good book!

Just a quick note to let you know that my new novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available. Thought you might like it since it's been compared to Larry Brown, whom I noticed you like. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

Take care,

Hi Jeannie, thank you for your note, it always fun and encouraging to get encouragement and support. While I am very excited about the coming changing of the guard, only a week until we have a new president! I too get down about the dark days, the rain, we have so much of that in Portland, and the lack of sunlight. Winters in Portland are a lot more mild then your winters but it is still winter. Over Christmas we had a number of snow storms at first it was fun but it did get old fast. On the bright side, I made contact with a former co-worker that I haven't seen in well over 10 years. It was very exciting catching up. She told me of a wonderful web site: I signed up and each day they e mail me a few pages of a novel that I want to read. I am starting with Pride and Prejudice. My volunteer work is keeping very busy, lots of meetings but for the most part is very exciting. I am happy and glad to get your messages. Take care
Hi Jeannie--your review of After the Floods is very generous. I'm humbled and at the same time so pleased that you enjoyed it. You mentioned belonging to book groups. As a publisher and writer with no advertising budget, I'm always interested to meet potential readers. I don't know where you park your slay in Wisconsin, but I'm in Duluth. If you're not too far away, maybe we could work something out.

Earlier this year, I did a 4 hour workshop at a library in Crosby MN--it was aimed at both readers and writers and dealt with aspects of form and dialogue in short stories and novels. I've also spoken at libraries and bookstores about my favortie poet, James Wright. Although the group in Crosby gave me a nice fee, I'm really happy to meet with people for nothing more than gas money.

The "blog" page on my website,, contains a little story called "Sneakers and a Smile," which is about one of my book events in this region. Some people have found it amusing.

In any case, thanks again for such a positive review!

Bruce Henricksen
Thanks for the response, Jeannie. I do hope you enjoy the story.
Cheers, Bruce
Hi Jeannie, what a wonderful way to start my day, getting a e mail from you. I am doing good, we are excepting the first real winter strom this weekend, perhaps some snow most likely lots of cold weather. A good weekend to spend inside with my reading. On Sunday I am going to a discussion on Descrtes at the public library. Last month we discussed Kant and the month before Hume. I really enjoy these events. A very young teacher from Reed College leds the talk. Of course now lots of people are very young to me.
On Thanksgiving I worked at hospice and it turned out to be very sad. A young woman of 27 died that day, leaving behind a daugher of 5. I feel so bad for the little girl as she gets older on Thanksgiving she will think of it as day her mother died. There are times, when I wonder what values and sense of life are enduring. Is there something at the core of life?
On the bright side the students are doing great, I am so excited to see how excited they are about school. It's wonderful.
At the moment I am reading Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, I really like it!
Happy holidays, stay warm.
YEA!!! It was a wonderful night! I loved Obama's speech even though I cried the whole time. I was thinking today, about what I was doing in the 8th grade, since I am working with 8th graders. When I was in the 8th JFK just won! Anyway I am so hopeful and excited about the future now. The 8th graders are very excited about the new president.
Thanks for your work
Hi Jeannie, well it's almost over, only eight more days and the election will be over. I wanted to ask how you're holding up? I feel moments of real hope and then moments of fear. I hope in 10 days we will be looking forward to the Obama taking offie. It is a beautful Indian Summer day in Portland. The fall colors are wonderful. I do hope you are well
I was an EMT for about 8 years and then left it for an office job with set hours while I raised my daughter. After 16 years at the same company, my job was moved out of state so I went back to nursing school. I just finished my RN in May and am now working in a local hospital. I'm really glad for the change and truly enjoy what I do. It's a little frustrating, trying to learn everything. I don't know if I'll ever master it, but I'm enjoying learning.

I have a 14 month old grandaughter who loves to read books! She's very content to sit with you all day long and just keeps bringing you different books to read. I hope she continues along that path as I think there's nothing quite like being able to enjoy reading.

Thanks for inviting me to be on your friends list. I thought your library was interesting, and I always love a new idea. Sounded like we had some things in common with being a part of the medical field and grandchildren, and of course reading!

I'm really new to this site and could use a few pointers. How do I find my friends on this site? I belong to another site ( I think is a little more user friendly, but there are some things on this site that they don't have. Anyway, I get kind of lost trying to find things. Any advise I'd welcome!

Again, thanks for the invite!

good morning from Portland
It was wonderful to hear from you and it is amazing how fast the summer is going. Last week I had an interesting adventure, I worked with a group of 7 volunteers to do trail repair on the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT is a backpacking trail from Mexico to Canada, running throught the Cascade Mt. Range in Oregon. Anyway we worked on a six mile section north and west of Mt. Hood. We were out for 5 days, worked 3 days. And I do mean work! There was a lot of repair needed, places were the trail was in danger of being totally destroyed by erision, or overgrowth. It took us a day to walk in and of course a day to walk out. It was beautiful, as the wild flowers at 5000 feet were blooming. I am still keeping busy with my volunteer work and at times I actually do work at my job! I just finished reading Levi's memory about his time in the camp during WW 2. Dark but very well written. Try to get through vol. 5 of Proust.
I am so glad that you are working for Obama, I hope he can win it would be so wonderful for not only this country but the world. Take care and keep up the good work
Hi Jeannie,

Had to leave you with another perspective on Edgar Sawtelle. I can't put it down. For me, it is the perfect example of the gift of the power of detail in a well turned story. I am only about halfway through it, yet I can't help but think of Wroblewski as a sort-of cross between Russo and Haruf. The former for the attention to detail, the later for the poetic feel to the whole thing. The setting in Northern wisconsin should appeal to you(my father grew up in Superior!!). I would be hard pressed to think a more auspicious first novel in the past ten years.

Hi Jeannie, thank you for the note, I love getting e mails. I still remember getting letters, I wonder if people still write letters. All of a sudden I feel old, oh well, but it was a nice way of communcating. I am also having a very busy summer, I was elected to be co-chair for the Portland Women Crisis Line which means two plus extra meeting each month. I find the work we as a board are doing so rewarding and meaningful I happy to be involved. Like you this brings me into contact with great young people that are very passionate about social change.
I am almost finished War and Peace and I love it more this time then the first time I read it. I am also reading a biography of Wallace Stegner, very interesting. I love his writing too. Have a great summer
I also keep in mind that my reading tastes have changed over time. What I enjoyed 15 years ago I probably wouldn't enjoy as much today. So, if I live another 15 years, I might have another go at this book.

The book has been getting some rave reviews, and for that reason, I'm thinking the problem might be on my end. If this author ever writes another book, I might read that first before I read "Edgar...."

The reason I said it was a sad parting of ways is because I really WANTED to enjoy this book, to live vicariously through this character, wandering the hills and valleys of Northern Wisconsin, dogs nipping at his heels.

It would be nice to learn one day how the uncle was involved in the killing of Edgars father. And how Edgar ultimately fares in the world. If I can get through the tiresome prose, the overwrought detail, I might learn the answers to these questions. But it will have to be another day.

You will have to let me know if the book picks up at any part.

Talk to you soon,

I hope you get through "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" before you read my comments because I don't want to ruin it for you.

I never finished it. It was tedious, full of eroneous detail, and the prose was plodding and labored. I just couldn't keep up and I lost interest not even half way through.

It was a sad parting of ways. I didn't want to quit but I just couldn't go on. The constant flashbacks apropos of nothing, the exquisite and minute detail, the slow, meandering pace. It was all just too much. I don't know if I am simply burned out with all the reading I have done or it was something about the book that I gave up on.

I am almost finished with "the City of Thieves." That book is more my style.

Talk to you soon,

Thanks for the comments. And I'm sorry I am so slow to respond. I just read them today.

Yes, I have read a good book recently, titled "The Last Witchfinder." Have you read it? It's absolutely breathtaking. The story covers a lot of intellectual territory, science, history, and philosophy, and its rendered in wonderful lyrical prose. Its one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Its gets a little dense in parts and becomes a bit intimidating. But I whethered the storm, so to speak, and made it through the hard parts.

If you want to read a challenging book, this is the book. I just LOVED it! I want to read it over again. It took me a couple weeks to get through and I am glad I stuck it out.

Again, thanks for your comments and lets keep the correspondence going. I am about to begin another book, titled "Edgar Sawtelle." Have you heard of it?

That picture was taken in Taylor, Mississippi (pop. 289) at Taylor Grocery (just 15 minutes south of Oxford, It is a well known establishment (there is a cameo of it in the movie Heart of Dixie), frequented by locals and out-of towners alike. I love Mississippi, and the Oxford area in particular. I frequently attend the annual Conference for the Book in Oxford, and also I hang around the fringes of the Faulkner conference on occasion. One of the great southern bookstores, Square Books, is in Oxford. The occasion for that particular picture was the wedding reception for my friend Dale's wedding in August 2005. He, as far as I know, is the only person to ever be married at Square Books. He and his wife Anne were married on the Balcony in an afternoon ceremony performed by Richard Howarth the owner of Square Books and the Mayor of Oxford. It was well attended. (John Grisham, Tom Franklin and others are among the writers who call Oxford did Uncle Bill Faulkner)
Hi Jeannie,

Just thought of you as I am very SLOWLY adding books to my library. I thought I'd recommend to you "The Dog of the South" by Charles Portis. If you've already read it, or anything by Portis, you'll understand and appreciate such a recommendation. If not then give him a try. You're in for a literary treat, with a few laughs along the way.

Jeannie, I was sadden to hear about the lost of your dog, it the dog in the picture on your profile page the pet? A short time ago I had to put my dog down I still wonder if I did the right thing. He, Hootie, was a very old weiner dog but a wonderful friend. It was a sad day. I am very sad about the lose of a good friend.
We actually had a nice weekend and today promises to be sunny and warm. Saturday I volunteer for the Aids Hotline to be at a table at Gay Pride Festival it was very interesting and quite colorful. Sunday I worked at a residantal hospice home, since the weather was sunny and warm we got to get some of the patients out in the sun. They seemed to enjoy it. I sure enjoyed it. Take care
Jeannie, this is Michael from the great city of Portland, finally the sun has shown itself and the weekend is excepted to be sunny and warm. I haven't talked to you in a while and wanted to say hello. Wonder what you're currently reading, I love comparing books, great way to find new books and authors. I just finished The Post-Office Girl, wrote a review. I hope you have a nice weekend.

I am new to LibraryThing. We share quite a few books. I've just started to catalog 4500, or so. It'll be a kick to see how we end up. I live in the other frozen North: Maine! We had 122 inches of snow in my backyard last winter (90 degrees today). I have a Richard Russo story. (I am fortunate to have Russo and Richard Ford living within 45 minutes of me!!!). I was standing in a short line just outside the entrance to the A-1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine a few years ago and I recognised Richard Russo by the back of his balding head (Gotta be a Russo fan to do that! My favorite is still "The Risk Pool"). I muttered Hi Richard, or some such silly thing. He responded, and we both went on to our seperate booths to enjoy our Sunday breakfast.
Hi Jeannie - Thanks for letting me know the book got there safely - and within a reasonable period of time, which is always nice. ;-)

I did read the book, not long after it was published -- probably in the summer of 1996 -- so it's been long enough now that the details are blurry. But I know I LOVED it. I checked the hardcover out of the university library and read it, then when it was published in paperback, I bought it. I later found a hardcover at a discounted price, and recalling how much I enjoyed reading THAT HARDCOVER edition from the library, I bought the cheap hardcover copy. So, I had the book in two different formats, and the copy I actually read was a library copy, not my own! Sorry for the long story - but I just figured, if I liked it enough to buy it TWICE, I should share it with another big Schaeffer fan rather than just hoard two copies. :-)

I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it - sometime AFTER you finish your ER book, I can relate to that!! Happy reading!

Bleak House is probably my second all time favorite book. It has a very memorable character by the name of Richard Skimpole. He has no sense of time and no sense of money. But its hard to figure if Dickens, when he describes Skimpole, can be taken at his word. Since Skimpole is always borrowing money from people and failing to pay it back, its hard to say whether he is posing or whether he really is a man-child. As I said, he's a fascinating character. There is a little bit of Skimpole in all of us I'm afraid.

I finished "A Golden Age" over the weekend. It lived up to the hype. I enjoyed it immensely. It started off slow, but it picked up later. Then, when I was about 50 pages into it, I couldnt put it down. It takes place in the swamps of Bangladesh, or what was once East Pakistan. It has a great ending. I won't ruin it for you if you decide to read it.

Talk to you later. I'm going to run that book you mentioned through a search and read some of the reviews on it.

My favorite book? Thats an easy one. It is "An old curiosity Shop" by Charles Dickens. It was the first book that I was completely swept away by, totally mesmorized. it was the first time I discovered what good literature can do, how it can elevate and lift oneself up above the mundane, ho-hum existence of everyday life.

It was a simple story of an old man and his granddaughter striking out on their own to make a better life for themselves. But at every corner, in every nook and cranny, thieves and never-do-wells lurk. As i read this book, feeling sorry for myself for holding down a dead-end job and making a mere pittance, I couldn't help but feel that my life was running on a parallel track with these two main characters.

The one thing Dickens does is to show sympathy for even the villains. That is what I like most about him. One can not read his books, if they are read in the spirit they were written, without being profoundly moved and changed in a certain way. Of that I am confident.

I know that, if more people read the works of Dickens, this world would be a much different place. We wouldn't be able to stomach the cruelty and the savagery of our own government. Nor would people be so willing to vent their anger by shooting people at random, which seems like such a frequent thing to do these days.

yes, I have read "A Prayer for Owen Meany." Most definitely. Its a very good book. And I recommended it to my parents. I read it, in fact, on top of the Monona Terrace in Madison. once I got interrupted by someone who had a hard time believing that a book could be more interesting the he was. He was wrong. Although i tried to be polite, I became rather irritated with his interrupting my reading.

Jeannie, I was browsing through your fiction list, trying to find books I had read before or that i want to read some day, and I had to stop before I got past the c's. Have you read ALL of those books? Thats a lot of reading, if you have. I was going to read a book a week but I doubt if I can maintain that pace. But if I did, I would have read 2500 books in 20 years. Its sad to think that there are a lot of books, good books, that I will never get around to reading.

Once when I was in an old used bookstore, I picked up a book on a table, read the first page and I was hooked. I made a mental note of the name of the book and then the next day i looked to see if the library had a copy. THEY DID NOT. I went back to the bookstore the next day and the book was gone. Now I'll never know how that story ended.

I'm hoping you will shoot me a response. Your the only one who has contacted me from this site so far.
Hi Jeannie,

Thanks for responding. Sorry I'm so slow to get back with you. Yes, T.R. Pearson is a difficult writer who writes long sentences, set off with prepositional and adverbial phrases. But his writing is something to behold. I imagine some people would find it pretentious, and ostentatious, but I like it. I don't think he is all that funny, though.

I read part of "A small history..."but I didn't finish it. I was in the middle of moving at the time and I had left off it for a couple days. When I set a book down for a day or two, I never feel any inclination to pick it back up. But I do recall where I left off. It was when the sheriff and the townsfolks were looking up at a monkey climbing a watertower. Does that scene ring a bell? Its a fabulous book and one I want to revisit soon.

Its quite remarkable that Pearson is NOT a big name author. I would think he would be because the few books he has written have been first rate.

Presently I am reading, "A Golden Age" by Tahmima Anam. It was published this year and it got some good reviews. I first heard about it on and then quickly put a hold on it at the library. I'll let you know what I think of it at a later date.

Hi Jeannie,

It appears we share similar taste in books. Of all the people who belong to this site, you share more books with me, 7, than anyone else. I was wonder, of the 7 books tht we share in common, can you say which one you liked the best. I will probably read them in the order in which you rank them, if you decide to respond.

Just FYI, I live down the road from you, in Madison. What with all the cold weather, what better way to spend an eveing inside but to cozy up to a book. I am sure, besides books, we share that sentiment in common as well. I hope to hear from you sometime soon.

Hi Jeannie, thank you for the holiday wishes! I am starting the new year off with a terrible cold! Started coming on Sunday evening, still going strong. However I was able to run the first race of the year. The race, a 5k, starts downtown Portland at midnight, the only time the whole year I am up that late. It's a fun way to begin the year. I then went home had a glass of wine and cooked myself a breakfast. I am currerty reading a biography of Freud by Peter Gay. I am enjoying it a lot. I've liked Freud, not necessary his ideas but his courage to talk about things, sex, that his society wanted to ignore. I just started keeping track of the books I've read per year. Very interesting. I hope you had a good holidays and that you are in good health.
Hi Jeannie, thank you for the holiday wishes! I am starting the new year off with a terrible cold! Started coming on Sunday evening, still going strong. However I was able to run the first race of the year. The race, a 5k, starts downtown Portland at midnight, the only time the whole year I am up that late. It's a fun way to begin the year. I then went home had a glass of wine and cooked myself a breakfast. I am currerty reading a biography of Freud by Peter Gay. I am enjoying it a lot. I've liked Freud, not necessary his ideas but his courage to talk about things, sex, that his society wanted to ignore. I just started keeping track of the books I've read per year. Very interesting. I hope you had a good holidays and that you are in good health.
Hi Jeannie!

Thanks very much for the friendship. If you don't mind sharing, I was wondering--what's your favorite novel(s) of all time?

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)
Hi Jeannie, thank you for sending that link about the book and movie Into the Wild. I enjoyed it yet was sadden by it. One of the great value of literture and art is that gives one new views of the world. It allows you to explore your ideas and emotions, sometimes agaisnt your desire, other times with your permission. I just started Blue Arabesque A Search for the Sublime by Patricia Hampl. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving if I don't write you again before then.
thanks for letting me know about the early review books being up there. I thought they would notify me, but I didn't notice until now that they did and your note was there also. I did request a few. Nothing really grabbed me on that list - but we'll see what happens.

I also noticed that the last comment I left for you I must have done wrong because it appears in my own list of comments, so I guess I sent it to myself!

I still don't really know what I'm doing here - I've listed the books, but now I don't know what to do.

Hi Jeannie, this is Michael, I was looking at posts and realize it's been a while since I wrote you. I hope you are well and enjoying reading. I wanted to share with you my thoughts about both the movie, I saw it Sat., and the book Into the Wild. The movie really captures the essence of Krakauer's book. I highly recommend both the book and the movie. I don't know how much you know about the story but it is very much a modern American verision of a Greek Tradgecy. A young man dies because of his pride.
My currnet reading project is Proust, vol. 4 Sodom and Gomorrah. I hope you are well.
I noticed your comment on Michael's profile and wondered if you knew that "City of Angels" was taken from a German Film by Wim Wenders called "Wings of Desire" (well called that in English) which is brilliant. It has Peter Falk in too.

I see we share quite a few books in common.
Happy reading/viewing
I really liked your comment on 'the Most Influential Books' thread--I think our views on spirituality are quite similar.
I'm quite envious that you've met Richard Russo. I think a sense of humor is most important. The last time I reread Straight Man there were still scenes that made me laugh out loud. My favorite is early in the novel, at the department meeting, when "Hank" keeps asking "who's our first poet, someone remind me", until Gracie Dubois hits hi with her notebook. I wish that I lived in Nobody's Fool.
Hi Jeannie, my name is Michael, I live in the rain capital Portland, Oregon, however today is beautful sunny late summer day. I love your picture! I have spend many years in the medical field, first as a medic with the Air Force. That included a year in Vietnam, which shows my age. While in college I worked as nurses aide in nursing homes. Loved the work but it is very hard work. Then as a ward sec. at the Portland VA Medical Center. That was fun, felt like Radar from M*A*S*H following doctors round to get them to sign papers! I still work for the VA as legal assistant. I am still involved with health care as a hospice volunteer. Two of my favorite books are The Year of Magical Thinking and A Lesson Before Dying. I dreamed of having a bookstore perhaps that is what heaven is a large library and all the time one needs to read all the books we have on our list. Best Wishes
aaarrgh, make that 'are' an 'am'
It was good to hear from you. My Mum can't wait to be retired, she has so much she wants to do!

I, however, are spending too much time online and not enough time studying. Bad me.
Hi Maggie,

Thanks for dropping me a line. I just came on here and saw your message. I will take a look at your library, too - I see we have over 150 books in common.

As for the tags, you may have already noticed that I only have a very small number of my books tagged, but I am working on it.

Isn't the web a wonderful thing (for the most part, I suppose)? The world is only getting smaller and smaller.

Antonia/Megora/BgGirl :)
Nice to have found you on here.

I got into both cross stitch and Teresa Wentzler because of my dad - he did a couple of her designs. I haven't done any of the big ones, yet. I just don't have the time
Synchronicity !! Shark Text is on my shortlist. have fun with the Lent - Mike
Hi I was adding a book that I just finished and saw we share some pretty good books in common. Are you as excited about Jeffery Lent's new one as I am? Thank god for zadie,T.C. and david Mitchell !!! Be sure to read Dan Chaon's Among The Missing; these short stories will blow... you............................................. away. mike

That David Elliot novel was a masterpiece.
Most recently, I lived on 51st & Forest Home, but when I was in college at UW-Milwaukee I lived on Downer Avenue. I went to high school at Nathan Hale in West Allis, eventhough we lived in New Berlin. At that time, my parents built a new house on former farmland. I could go down the block and see cows, and there was a little stream that had frogs. Many times there were fox, too. Now that is all homes. I've been to Hayward many times, and passed through Richfield and Shawano. I'm sad to see how built up every formerly open place is getting.

Where I live now, there are huge swaths of forest preserve, and I have seen coyote walking down the middle of the street! Wheaton is a busy town! We have had fox in our yard as well, and when my son was 2 he said, in a serious voice, "I need my clothes on. There's a deer in my yard." This morning, a young buck with a small three point rack raced across Butterfield Road during the morning commute. You could almost hear him say "Whew! Made it!"
I was born in Milwaukee, raised in New Berlin, moved back to Milwaukee, and now live in Wheaton Illinois. I would love to move back up north, somewhere around Iron River where my grandparents had a cabin.

I have a very charming story written by an elderly man who grew up in Iron River. He made photocopies of his manuscript and spiral bound it, and I bought a copy in the history museum there. I'll dig around to find it and let you know his name.

What town are you living in now? You know, it is the winter I miss the most. We're at least 10 degrees warmer down here, and most winters we see no snow at all! The grass even stays green!

Always glad to see someone else enjoying George Vukelich. When I lived in WI, I always enjoyed his Sunday night radio show on NPR. I recently bought two copies of Fisherman's Beach, but haven't started reading yet.
Hi Jeannie!! I have often wondered if you were over here! I joined shortly after he started it, but must confess to not keeping up well with it over the past few months, too many other things going on. Jim Hake (from the barn) is here too, I can't recall his user name though, I'll pass it on to you when I find him over here.

Re: Dogs of Babel - I really enjoyed this novel. I found the premise so unique, and felt that Parkhurst did a very skillful job bringing it to the page. This could have been a very inferior story in the hands of a lesser author. I found the love story hidden in so many layers to be profound and poignant.
Jeannie! We share a fascinating and eclectic mix of books! What great taste you have! Wow, really. And I noticed on the "random books from faceinbook's library" that you have also read the Nancy Clark (she is local to our bookstore in NH) and a Helen Dunmore that I haven't read (Your Blue-Eyed Boy). I think sharing 52 of the 580 I've managed to catalog is pretty impressive . What are you reading at the moment?
faceinbook!I love it.. !!! I think i will stick to elscorcho though.. long story in origin..
Hi there Jeannie

I think this is going to be fun... As of now we share no books.. but i did begin the song reader over the weekend.. and read about 60 pages of it today ... While i was supposed to be doing other things!!!

Hi Jeannie -- I thought that was you! I haven't quite figured this out yet but maybe we can all learn together!!
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