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About meFormer English major (but it's like being Jewish, you never recover), for many years now a systems analyst, a sometime actor, a once-was musician. I read both fiction and non-fiction, some science and the kind of travel book that 'Blue Highways' represents, and my bookshelves are groaning with books I read years ago, books I mean to read, books I mean to reread. I LOVE talking about them. My profession doesn't generally put me in touch with a lot of readers - systems analysts and programmers are a very mixed bunch, but more and more of the group are very young, with business degrees, unlike us oldies who had to make a living after Liberal Arts. I spend a lot of time and money at the theater (why else live in NYC?), not much on travel (although my sig. other makes a valiant effort to get me out of the state). With work, the New York Times, my 6 years of back-issue New Yorkers, and other routines of daily life, I don't have as much time to read as I would like, but I hope to be inspired by all the readers I meet here.

About my libraryI have LOTS of books at home, too many just gathering dust, so I've been trying to read them (again or or the first time) and give away as many as I can bear to part with. Many books are registered on Bookcrossing. but not nearly as many as I actually have. I will start to list them here as well. Books placed in my collections here will not necessarily be in my possession even when I list them - many have been deaccessioned already, and some were borrowed from the actual library. I'm more interested in keeping track of my reading than my shelves.

edited to add on 01/28/2010: As I add the books from my shelves to my library here, the recommendations keep coming in. HELP! Such wonderful books, so little time.

edited to add, on 02/06/10: A note about the ever-lengthening 'to read' list. I've just gotten to the shelf of literary criticism that has sat virtually untouched for - well, at least three decades on the end I started with. I used to fancy myself an intellectual (after all, a degree in English and all that) and collected books I thought I really should read. Now some of them are yellowed, or dusty, or ominously academic-looking. I may not get to them ever. What I'm hoping is that after I face the sheer number of books crowding my apartment, I will find rules to use to divest myself of at least a quarter of them, maybe more. And then my number of books will decrease, but my number of appreciated books will rise. I hope.

update 01/11/12 I've updated my library divisions to use the 'read but unowned' category. It's a little awkward, since it includes books I've borrowed as well as books I've given away. I've also created an ebook category. This saves me from un-ease when I wonder if I have a book to lend or give to someone, because I can instantly check the category instead of the shelves.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Club Read 2011, Iris Murdoch readers, Magazines!!!!! New Yorker, Science, Atlantic, Mad......, Reading Globallyshow all groups


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Currently readingThe Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher
Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett

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What a great photo.
Just checked and it looks like you're staying at the Sheraton? The Top of the Hub in the Prudential Is a lovely restaurant with views atrop the city. Nice place to stop by for drinks with someone who knows the city and can point things out to you. (Hint! hint!)

The Boston Public Library is a very short walk for you. Some wonderful John Singer Sargent Murals on the top floor of the "old" building. The reading room there is also pretty nice. I'm a big fan of the courtyard, where I often go at lunch time with a sandwich and a book. A little oasis in the city.

Right there along the Pulic Library is the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. Also Copley Square is very nice with a tour/visit of Trinity Church-- Episcopal (designed by H.H. Richardson and possessed of some nice Tiffany windows). The Oak Room of the Copley Plaza in Copley Square has excellent martinis/cocktails. My office just another two blocks up.
If you are interested in doing things for the 4th, here is the link for information re: the Boston Pops Concert and fireworks:

If you want to be in the "Oval" to actually see the Pops Concert, you have to get to the security checkpoint by 9:00 (or earlier to stand in line if you want to claim a good spot.)You get a wristband that allows you in and out. You can plonk down your blanket and a couple of charis and usually no one will disturb them. You'll want to check in a few times during the day andshould be in place by about 5:00 p.m. The Pops Concert will be broadcast all along the Esplanade on both the Boston and Cambridge sides, so you can go there much later in the day.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
 – Boston
 July 4
 – Only once a year, Boston residents and visitors get to hear the famous speech read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776. Location: Old State House, State and Division Streets.
10 – 10:30 a.m.
 Cost: free
We've done this before, It's pretty cool.

Curtin, Murphy & O’Reilly hopes you enjoy your visit here in Boston. A few tips to add to your enjoyment during your stay:

Getting around the city:
Boston is a very walkable city. However, please dress for the weather as it may be much cooler than you are used to experiencing. Highs are expected to be in the upper 40’s to low 50’s during the day.

We do not recommend renting a car. Parking is fairly prohibitive. Driving can be daunting to those unused to ‘Bah-stahn’ drivers and is not necessary unless you plan on traveling outside of the city.

Taxis are generally plentiful, especially near all major hotels.

Public transportation around Boston and Cambridge is also readily available, although the nearest “T” station is a few blocks from the Intercontinental Hotel. Multi-day passes to the subway are available and are cost-effective if you are planning a lot of movement around the city. Information and maps may be found at:

An inexpensive way to see the city by water is to take the water shuttle to the airport. Depending on where the Water Taxi picks up/drops off, there might be a couple block walk to the Intercontinental. The concierge has information or you can check the site below:

Newberry Street has the upscale shops, with more shopping to be found at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, Copley Place and the Shops at the Prudential Center.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and still retains its historical flavor.

For an excellent (and quick) overview of the city, I like to take people to the top of the Prudential Center. 360 degree view of the city with headphones to provide the details.

From there, you can take a ride on the Duck Tours, on WWII Amphibious carriers, which take you all around Boston, plus into the Charles River and over to Cambridge. Advance Tickets recommended.

For the hearty ones, The Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour of Boston which hits all of the historical high spots. I’m a big fan of Old South Church (from which the ‘Indians’ left to enjoy their tea party), the Old State House, Old North Church (“one if by land, two if by sea…”) and Old Ironsides at the shipyard in Charlestown.

Popular are the Old Town Trolley Bus tours (Similar to the Hop On/Hop off Buses in other cities.) You’ll have to check with the concierge as to where to pick this up near the Hotel.

Also popular are the walking tours of Harvard University. (official tour) (unofficial student run tour)

Museums: The Museum of Fine Arts just opened its newly revamped Art of the Americas Wing. – Isabella Stewart Gardner was a renowned collector whose house became an art museum upon her death. Designed as an Italianate Palazzo, it contains many hidden gems; the Courtyard is beautiful. The Gardner was the scene of an infamous Halloween art heist in the 1980’s, still unsolved. : Museum of Science Aquarium Institute of Contemporary Arts

Night out:
Boston is the home of the Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. Tickets are in huge demand, especially with the Yankees in town. If you’re willing to pay, however …

Boston also has a thriving theater / music community. Boston also plays host to numerous nightclubs and music venues, from Irish music in pubs to Jazz Clubs. There is lots of information in most hotels as to the latest offerings

Many tickets can be purchased same day for ½ off. Best to hit the kiosk early for best selection.

Presently there is a revival of “Hair” playing as well as F. Murray Abraham starring the “Merchant of Venice”. Boston Ballet is staging a lovely “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” at the Opera House. .

Dining Out:
From seafood to Italian in the North End to steak houses to fine dining, Boston has a lot to offer the discriminating palette. Fridays and Saturdays can be crowded, particularly at popular places, and especially with the Yankees in town. Most restaurants accept reservations via

Some suggestions (Although I’m sure other s in the firm would have many more!): Lydia Shire’s update of a Boston Tradition Barbara Lynch’s award winning restaurant on Boston Common Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the newly opened W Hotel Oldest continuously operating restaurant in the U.S. near Faneuil Hall. Ask to see JFK’s booth. Cambridge near Harvard Square

Seafood: A Boston original, now in other cities, but renowned for absolutely fresh fish and great chowdah. Legal Test Kitchen – more trendy in the Seaport Raw bar of your dreams – I recommend the kumamoto oysters. My husband loves the Whisky Smash cocktail. In Kenmore Square near Fenway Park, so will be VERY crowded after the games. Todd English’s Kingfish Hall in Faneuil Hall Jasper White’s restaurant in both Back Bay and Cambridge is decidedly low scale, but it’s hard to beat the lobster roll. Anthony’s Pier 4 has recently been renovated, located in the Seaport.

Steak Houses:
Boston has all of the top name steak houses from around the country. For more Boston-specific fare: at the Nine Zero Hotel At the XV Beacon Hotel

Italian: Tons of fabulous Restaurants, but you’re in luck because it is Restaurant Week in the North End!! Trattoria in the North End is very trendy. People’s choice winner in North End. Bakery on Hanover Street in North End, limited tables, but must-have cannolis.

Odds and Ends: Near Intercontinental Hotel, this bakery/sandwich shop has a very devoted following. It has been featured on FoodTV. In Boston and Harvard Square. Historic pub Near Faneuil Hall. Have a pint in the same Green Dragon Tavern where the revolutionaries plotted against the Tories in colonial times. A 50 year old burgers and sandwich tradition in Harvard Square.

Thanks so much for your outreach! You are a wonderful friend!


Your are a dear kind friend, and I appreciate you greatly. You are sweet, sensitive, intelligent and other directed! What a wonderful combination.

Judy - I am not sure that I quite justify your tag but of course I'll do my best to help you.

The first trick is to save your pictures to your computer. If you have a windows operating system it will have a pictures option and you would save the pictures there. Alternatively if you have a facebook account you could save them to your facebook photos.

You then have two options either upload the picture you want to your profile page. On your profile page on the left hand side it will have the option "add another photo (or it could be picture)", click that and then click "browse" when it appears. This will take you automatically to your pictures section in windows for you to select from. Click on the one you want and then click upload on your profile and it will appear.

Alternatively open the picture on your computer and right click on it and select "copy image location". Then go to your thread and type:
"" and your picture will appear on your thread. You may find that the picture is too big so you can edit this by typing instead (as an example) the 400 can be 500, 600, 650 etc depending how big you want it. would have been great to have a meet=up and if our schedule hadn't been so darn busy, we'd have welcomed an excuse to take a day trip to Bar Harbor. It's such a gorgeous time of the year for day tripping. Unfortunately, (or maybe I guess luckily) we are in the midst of a book tour around the area promoting my husband Bob's new book "Strike from the Deep". If you're into thrillers, this might be one to look into. It's on Amazon, available in print and on Kindle. You can read excerpt at

He's appearing at a couple libraries, and fairs in the next few weeks, and he keeps thinking I'm like his business mgr/publicist.....LOL. We're having a ball, and enjoying the good weather and the chance to meet some wonderful folks. I've enjoyed following your thread on LT, and look forward to a time when we can meet up. NYC is on our trip list, so stay tuned. In the meantime, have a wonderful cruise. The weather should be perfect, and the lobster plentiful.
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love this photo!

I have a brand new computer at work; that's a good thing! The bad thing is that when installing my label maker program, it wiped out all addresses.

Can you please take a minute and send your address to me?

Judy--the link originally goes to the top of the page and in about a second it pops down to the entry you want and then you'll have to scroll down in that. better yet, you can do a word search (ctrl+f and then type in the word/phrase at the bottom of the browser window if you're in windows)for "Wiltshire" (sans quotes) and that will take you to one of the links and you can jig up and down from there. or not. i know time is tight for most of us.

hope Macy's fireworks didn't blow you away last night. good grief.
Judy--you'd said in my 75 thread that you wish there were some links to info on barrows and causeways and i *finally* managed to get them up. scroll to the bottom of this entry:

there are some wonderful websites to explore if you're interested. greatly enriched my reading of Crossing places.
Hi Judy

I know work is consuming, so I'm stopping in to say I hope this week is a better one for you than last week.


Judy--i just saw your message about 'perfume: the story of a murderer' on my 75 books challenge page. i'd forgotten all about it! i'm downloading it from NLS as i type. i'm in the middle of a bunch of books--just started 'Chaperone'--mahvelous book w/ an amazing narrator--am halfway through 'Middlemarch,'about an hour into 'wild sheep chase' and have 3 books going on my NLS player.

i'd love to start 'perfume' along with you but am restricted to audio format except for one large print loo read and that's currently a whopper by Orhan Pahmuk called 'Snow.' fascinating book.

since i tend to read between 5 and 10 books simultaneously of various genres, i can be a bit sloooow. especially if i need to reread bits as sometimes happens with audiobooks. still, if you see a spot looking in your reading horizon where it would fit, and you still feel like it, we could make a plan. maybe next year? it's only 8 hours, which ain't too bad. shall i save a slot for it?


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