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About meI have a Juris Doctor degree and work for a very large global electronic information provider in the Midwest. I grew up in in Westchester County, New York, and still dream about my house there. I have four grown children dedicated to collecting more professional degrees than I have but at least they're self-supporting (mostly) and living away from home, and they have provided me with, so far, eight wonderful grandchildren. And I'm only 25 . . . . (I wish)

About my libraryI recently remodeled my house to add more bookcases but somehow my books filled them as soon as they were constructed and, though I ran out of walls on which to put more shelves, the books continued to procreate uncontrollably. My goal is to outlive all the unread ones. T'is a hopeless addiction, this thing for books. Sigh.

I would rather read than sleep and will read the back of a cereal box if forced to. Most of my books are non-fiction -- politics, medicine, memoirs, and, my favorite, psychopathic serial killers and other sociopaths. Much to my chagrin, I'm beginning to acquire a taste for well-written chic lit; it clears the cobwebs from my brain. I ardently shun books about science fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural (unless it's to debunk it), though I hold a special place for books like The Lovely Bones, stories so exquisite they live on in me subliminally.

See the New York Times article about LibraryThing (and me):

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Favorite authorsFaye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Seth Mnookin, Richard North Patterson, Oliver Sacks (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesWoodbourne Public Library

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Real nameKathie

LocationDayton, Ohio (Washington Township)

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Member sinceAug 3, 2006

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Dear kageeh,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful picks. You picked excellent books for me and I can't wait to start reading them. I hope your holidays were wonderful and that 2014 will bring you plenty of love, laughter, good health and good books!
Thank you so much for the two Secret Santa books! I'm really looking forward to reading them. Sorry for the delay in thanking you - I just got back from vacation this afternoon - the LT package was the first I opened!
I hope you had a very merry Christmas, and all the best for 2012!
PS Thanks also for the other suggestions. Will be adding them to my To Be Read list...
For secret santa for some reason it wouldn't let me post on the forum post.
you don't get the person you sponsor most of the time, it is a completely random process :)
Kageeh, thank you for your reply. Dangerous Liaisons, the nonfiction book on psychopathy, is currently in the press and will be published in a few months.
But you can read some of my blog entries on the subject on the link below:

and my fiction about a psychopathic predator, called The Seducer, which is previewed on the following link:

Let's keep in touch about this. Maybe we can start a new group on librarything, about psychopaths and predators, since a lot of people have suffered at their hands. Best wishes, Claudia

I'm so sorry for the delay in sending this to you. If you need help, let me know.

Hi Kathie

Welcome to the 75 challenge group. We are a friendly bunch. Did you get your questions answered regarding how to start a thread and how to import a ticker? If not, send a message to me and I'll help.

Hello Kathie,

My name is Monica, I am from Conneaut Lake, PA in Northwestern PA. I read your post on the 2011 75 book challenge and thought maybe I could make another friend on here. I enjoyed your post by the way, it was very well written and entertaining (in a good way of course). I have sent you a friend request and if you are so inclined to accept I would be happy to befriend you and compare books and stories. If you would like to check out my profile it will tell you a little bit about myself and if you would like to more just ask. I am an open book.. No pun intended. I truly enjoy the library thing and the friendships I have made on here, it is one of the best "social Networking" sites I have ever visited and I pretty much visit this site every single day and check out certain threads. I love it here and the great company that is on here to network with. I am excited about trying to meet the 75 challenge this year, the last couple of years I have not quite reached my goal but I love the 75 group so much that I cannot stay away and hopefully I can reach my goal this year. Well, take care and have a lovely year reading.


Please change your copy of "second deadly sin" to Lawrence Suanders, not Sydney Sheldon


Hey....really enjoyed your photo and the New York Times article. I was a librarian for 47 years, now am NOT...for 6, and I guess LT thing keeps me...well doing what I really enjoyed best about libraries...adding things to a collection. I didn't buy books before. I am even using the change cover feature to add my doll collection.

Just saying hello really..

And I enjoying seeing who has books I have and Conducted Expected is right up there with a book that repeatedly saved my ...well, whatever, when I was still working.

Lexus/Nexus is one of the major successess of the past 50 years. How great to be working there. Right up there with OCLC....

And..I have a buddy working in VA with a literacy program....small library. Am hoping she will let me start them a LT catalog.
lol...yah coping with my large family with my lapses could be a book itself, but everyone pitches in and 2 of them are grown and out of the house. I love true crime my family think I'm nuts sometimes cause alot of stuff that to them is welll "gory" but I have always had a deep need to understand people and this genre really takes you into the minds of people. The only thing I find in the genre is it's so black and white with me. It either bores me to death or really kicks me into psychological thinking. I have yet to tackle my downstairs bookshelves so very little of my books are in my library but I'm open to suggestions of "this is a good one" :)
Thank you for choosing "Open." Instead of spreading germs from my cold I stayed home for two days and read. I loved it. I admire Agassi more now that I have read his book. Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas, and I hope you enjoy your books :)
Hi Kath! Thanks so much but I've already been adopted. I really appreciate it though! I think some people are matching up adopters and adoptees, take a look at the chat page. Christmas karma to you!
by: Max Ehrmann (1872 - 1945)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly,
and listen to others,
even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself to others
you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself, especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the council of the years
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture the strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars:
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be;
and whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Thanks for accepting me as your friend!!
Hope we will share a lot!!
Good to meet you!


My TBR pile, I am going to guess is about 350 and these are books I have in the house. I am not sure that I want to know exactly how many I have. I then have a list on an excel spread sheet of other books mainly at the library that I want to read and that is about 150. It would be larger, but my computer crashed about two months ago and I had to start over. I found an old hard copy of most of want to read books.
I also had all the books I owned on an Excel Spreadsheet and lost that too. I keep toying with the idea of putting both lists on Library Thing. I will probably eventually do that.
This next weekend is our big Planned Parenthood book sale (twice a year), of course I can't stay away and I keep going to the library. Anything that deals with books I can't seem to stay away.

You and I are the only ones who share Torn From My Heart by Patsy Heymans. I scanned my cover last night. Hopefully, it is the same as your cover. This book is in in huge TBR pile.

I have a Flic scanner, but can't get it to work in the way that you describe... it'll only download one book at a time if I use it unplugged from the computer. Did you have to do any fiddling to get it to work in this way?

Also, I notice we've both got "Mortification". I love that book! And I'm glad to see it's well-represented here.
Thanks for your friendship and for having my book listed in your library. I look forward to checking out your other books and hope you enjoy mine.
Did your Word doc include ISBN numbers? I am looking for a way to import in this way, but I'm ISBN-free at this point. I'd love to hear how you did it.

David ("dhm")

March 29 Message 23: -- It was easy for me to add my books to LT because I already had them listed in a Word document and I simply imported the list.
Dear kageeh,

The book Silent Witness stuck in my mind for several years and I claimed it was one of my favorite mysteries of all time. I have since read many other books and it has faded from memory and other "good" books have come along. I although I haven't read everything he has written Richard North Patterson is still one of my favorites.
We share 94 books including a lot of Erma Bombeck. I miss her wit & the way she didn't take herself too seriously. Today's world could use a good dose of Erma.
As you are from OHio, have you ever gone to any of the Ohioana award dinners? Or Ohio poetry day? I used to go 15, 20 years ago, but I can't any more because of health problems. The best friend I used to go with passed away, the last time I went to Columbus, we were together. That's a downside of getting old, people leave. I am a widow & have moved into a small apartment, but I managed to squeeze in most of my books. I have children & grandchildren living nearby. I live in the country on the Marblehead peninsula. Reading your titles reminded me of when those authors were popular. I also like true medical books & remember when Intern by "Dr. X" came out & everyone was so shocked at his realistic portrayal of the hospital scene. Now there is nothing that is not portrayed realisticly. I have worked off & on in libraries for over 50 years & mayabe I hold on to some authors just for old times sake.
What great suggestions! I already have One Thousand White Women and Snow Flower nad the Secret Fan. I had actually read a few pages of Snow Flower and put it aside for my boxes of books. I have a couple of Ann Rule's paperbacks--the ones with more than one case in, so I've put those aside. Then I've picked out a few with places we might go. The March by E.L. Doctorow, The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, San Francisco is Burning by Dennis Smith. Also Grisham's An Innocent Man. These are also books my husband might like to read too. I would appreciate more suggestions--this isn't as easy as it sounds. We do seem to be on the same wave length. I don't use the library. It is in the local high school and doesn't have much of a selection of what I like to read.

I totally agree about parenting and how kids turn out. I raised my son alone from the time he was a toddler until I married when he was 17. He always knew that he could talk to me any time and any where, about anything. And he did. His worst problem as a teenager was forgetting to call home if he was going to be late. Now, when he was in college he did some things I still don't want to know about, but that's okay! He is a great father who is always there when his kids want to talk. And he married a women who was raised pretty much the same way. What a great couple they make. I cannot imagine what Cho's parents thought and why they sent him to college. But, like you, I feel so sorry for them. I can't imagine how they get from day to day.

I'm looking forward for great suggestions!
Thank you for the nice note. Actually I haven't read any of my true crime lately, don't know why. I once heard or read Ann Rule say the people who read true crime are those who will never commit a crime--they're just fascinated by those who do. I found it interesting last week when the talking heads were trying to determine why that young man killed all the people at VT. In the work I do, I've had the opportunity to type many psychiatric discharge summaries and I think there is no reason, at least that we can understand. To look for a motive is futile--what was in that young man's head is gone forever. I'm not trying to put myself forward as a psychiatrist or psychologist, there is just a recurring theme in almost all those reports.

To a more cheerful topic. Aren't grandchildren wonderful! I envy you having some many. How is your youngest daughter? Recovering or recovered, I hope.

My husband and I are about to take off on a whole new course. He is retiring after teaching history and psychology for 39 years and we are going to travel across the country. We bought a beautiful big RV and we are planning on starting out to Niagra Falls and then just heading west. No real plans, just some things we've always wanted to see like Mount Rushmore. But I'm really interested in things off the beaten path--and visiting as many bookstores as I can. The trouble there is that I have been told I can have two boxes of books to take. And if I buy one, I have to get rid of one. Now all I have to do is decide from my library what books to take! This isn't going to be easy. I think I've filled and rejected and refilled those two boxes about six times in my head. I'm open to suggestions if you have any. I'll need all the help I can get. I'm so used to being with all my books all the time! I'd love to hear any ideas you have.
Thank you for your kind words about my post in the forum. I wrote that when I should have been sleeping so I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve...uhm, I mean, keyboard if I write when I should sleep.

I happened to see the comment at the top about Great Danes I concur, wonderful, wonderful dogs. I rescued a Great Dane/Boxer mix and he had the great qualities of both. The jovial, big puppy attitude of a Dane with the protective instincts of the Boxer. He was so naturally intelligent the police dog trainers marveled over his innate skills after he attempted to rescue someone and eventually started requesting I consider donating him so he could have a police career. I couldn't part with him so instead they offered one of their to trainers work with him free for several months and he became the best bodyguard I ever had; the cops who patrolled my parks where I liked to take him for long walks after dark all grew to love him very dearly and wait for him with treats.

Oh, and NONE of the health problems of either of the breeds. All the best of both with none of the flaws (though he did need an elevated food bowl since he inhaled food without chewing:) So perhaps consider a Dane mix? They live longer, have less health issues and almost always get the Dane temprament and attitude.
Great Danes are wonderful!! There is minimal drooling. The only time they really drool is right after they drink, then it sort of pours out of their mouths for a bit. But other than that, they are not slobbery. The breed is very gentle as a rule and require very little exercise considering how big they are. Mostly my dog likes to nap and cuddle while I read. They do have some health problems like any pure breeds, so make sure you research before you make a decision. But, I would have as many as my house would hold if my husband would let me...
Thanks for the boost. I wish I were half as brave in RL as I am online.
Thanks to you and that NYT article, I found out about this wonderful site and joined immediately!
Miss Kageeh,

I believe you've become the belle of the ball!
Thanks for joining the bioethics group! I look forward to your contributions =)
Nice article! I printed it and have it in my library. Thanks!!
Hey! Aren't you really Goldie Hawn? :^)

Loved the NYT article and photo, kageeh. Well done!
Cool article and great picture!!

Paola :-))
Identity revealed. Nice picture in the Times.
Glad I could add to your Judaica wishlist/TBR read.
Hi there,

Yes, the Jalna books are a special favourite of mine. I read two or three of them off my grandmother's shelves years ago, found a few more here & there, and then was luck enough to find an almost complete set, filling all the gaps in my collection, at a local thrift shop. A library had donated a whole lot of books no-one had checked out in years:)

I've tried to lend them to friends so I'd know someone else who'd read them, but no takers, even with the friends who like historical romance in other guises! Ah well, they don't know what they're missing...
I read a true crime book you might enjoy.. Joan Cheever's Back from the Dead abbout the class of '72 who walked off of Death Row.
You asked recently about combining - there were practical answers on how to do so later on in that thread, but I've also put a basic definiation answer in the FYI group Here hope that helps.
Dear Kageeh,

I can't believe how often our non-fiction tastes run parallel. I noticed you read a book about the Dionne Quintuplets which made me remember I had read one also, a long time ago. I have looked at the covers of your books and realized I had read several of the same books. Of course, we both share an interest in true crime. I will keep watching your site for other gems I may have read.
Dear chick-lit reader,

I’m a belgian university student that loves chick-lit. Would you like to help me with my thesis and write to me why you (personally) like reading chick-lit? What is it about chick-lit that appeals to you? What are your favourite books and why? Your help would mean a lot to me!

Best wishes,

Ester Wellens
I'm glad you have it. It's a terrific read. Although I don't think it will convince herb lovers. They are usually past the point of arguing. I still haven't convinced my mother she doesn't need to take vitamins. (If I, on a shoestring English major budget, can balance my diet, she should be able to on three times what I make!)
I noticed you haven't read Perri Klass. Her medical stuff is very entertaining. There is a terrific book just released about the supplement industry, Natural Causes by Dan Hurley. I don't own it because it's still in hardcover, but it was great just the same. Also, the book Thursday's Child by Victoria Poole is an account of a very early heart transplant under Shumway in Stanford.

I'll have to look for more.
I see I'm not the only one who reads tons of medical books. At Christmas I started talking with authority about cyclosporine and my brother gave me an odd look. That being said, you don't like SF, and I adore it. I do feel similarly about the supernatural however. I do own a few true crime books, virtually all of which relate to child abuse or murdered/murdering children.

We used to have quite a few books that were medical and just us, but they are no longer just us.

Also, my sister is going for her JD.
"Ahab's Wife" is great fun!! Do enjoy it. . . and, to everyone who wasn't pleased with "Moby Dick," I say do try this OTHER side of the tale and then, perhaps, re-rread MD with a smile, knowing what you've learned!! Esta1923
"I have a special fondness for books with twisted endings (and have tagged some that way in my LT library)"

Please allow me to make a recommendation - with your love of serial killers, you must read "Headhunter" by Michael Slade. One of the best surprise endings I've read - the kind that you immediately start reading over, looking for any clues that foreshadow the ending.
Hello fellow “heathen,” and welcome to the group. I see that you have Kingdom Coming by Michelle Goldberg, and I was wondering if you have read it yet. I was thinking about reading it soon, and I was curious what someone in the group thought of it.
Hello Gang!
New to Library Thing, and have only begun to list my books. My primary tag is True Crime. I've been reading TC for over 30 yrs now, and still find it does not bore me. It's not that I am fascinated with killers,as much as I am the story of the people's lives involved... that sounds redundant, but I like to read about the characters' everyday lives and then read how they ended up being involved in a crime... both the victims and the criminals. I am also intrigued by the investigations of crime. I do read fiction as well, and suspense thrillers, legal thrillers, mysteries are my favorite. I do not care for romance books, although I have read some books that included some romance, and that was okay. I don't care for Sci-Fi, westerns, or self help type non fiction. I do like biographies, but as a rule I find autobiographies are too self-serving, which is to be expected. I flaunt no fancy college degrees, or professional titles, but I am a very avid reader, and have been for well over 50 years. I am just learning how to use this Library Thing, and would like to know if it is possible to swap books with members. I would like to be able to sort and search for books by topics, but have not figured out how or if that is possible. Would love to hear from any of the group who would like to talk books, share favorites, or discuss authors.
Oh, yes, Strawderman is a camp. I was spent my summers there until I got married, and I'd go again in a minute if the opportunity presented. We have a Strawderman e-mail group for former campers, and I discovered "Sleepaway" through the group. Our camp is not mentioned, but the sentiments are the same.
We did go into the 20th century - the camp has a web site.
Glad you liked the book, too.
I enjoyed your message and your idea for the cottage on the Maine Coast sounds grand. I lived in Maine for a while and although unfortunately I didn't have any hunky young men delivering wood to me, I can appreciate the surroundings and peacefulness and think it would be the perfect place to live with some friends and read lots of books! I graduated from Smith in 1989, and although it's been 17 years I still consider some of the friends I made there to be among my closest, it is indeed a perfect place to form strong female ties. I loved it so much that I ended up getting married there, in the non-denominational Helen Hills Hills (not a typo) chapel. I didn't realize that there were other versions of Smith Voices! Although my info says 1990 I do believe my version is much older than that, I'll have to check that out later. I will definitely look into getting the other versions you mentioned along with the Ada Comstock book. I also have the Smith College pictorial album and a book from 1917 called Smith Songs, which I picked up in a used bookstore somewhere. I do love the whole Northampton area and try to visit as much as possible. As far as what kind of lawyer I am, I'm now a corporate finance lawyer working in-house at a large financial services company in Atlanta. I moved here after spending time at law firms in New England and NYC and I now again have time to read (and buy) lots of books! And you?
Hi there - I see that you're the only other person to share "Smith Voices" with me. Does that mean you're a Smith grad? I'm quite new to librarything although I've managed to input over 3000 books already. It started to get very addictive. I'm a lawyer also so something else we have in common.
Happy Reading!
kageeh said... It's ironic that I don't know too many people who read for pleasure but my little local library (independent of the county system) is always ranked as the number one library in the oountry for circulation by size. So readers must exist somewhere around here. And Democrats . . . .

Heh. know, I'm a Realtor, so I get to peek into people's homes a lot... ;) ...and it strikes me how many homes have so few books around here. Nothing like the east coast where I come from. Of course, our library ranks as #1 in the country somehow also, and when I do hit the library some days it's positively crowded. Good! As for the Democrats, there have got to be some here too. We are *definitely* non-Republicans at my house, never fear. *g*
;) Well...I was interested in something more local. But hey, give it time, there're bound to be at least 3-1/2 other C-Bus-ers who'll join by the end o'the year...

Anyway - if someone were interested in an all-OH group or at least one that included a bigger area than just Cap City, they could always do that...

Thanks for joinin' the group. You're in Dayton then? Welcome.
Are you a lawyer? Many of them are very old; how did you collect those?

I am, indeed, a lawyer! As to how I collected the older ones, well, that's what used bookstores are for, isn't it?? and while I'm not as old as your mother, I am in my late 50s, so I've been at it for a while.

how did you get the Publication field to pick up all those details about page numbers and illustrations?

When I add a book, the Library of Congress database is my first choice for a search, then other libraries. They tend to have much more publication data than any of the Amazon databases.
Yes, I do have all the Jalna books. I discovered them in a great used book store in Mountain View, California and got them for practically nothing. I guess we are both nuts, because I think of them often too! The characters are very real to me. My mother read them as a child and then my brother and I read them as kids. I'm re-reading them in order. I wish PBS or the BBC would make a mini-series out of the stories. I'd love it! In addition to reading "The Building of Jalna," I'm reading "Modern Classics of Fantasy," which is fantasy from 1930 - 1960, and I just finished "The Book of the Dead," the third in the "Pendergast Trilogy." I'm always amazed at how I manage to keep two or three books going at once. That's how I know I've done well in my life financially: back in the day, I could only afford one book at a time and so that's all I was reading. Now I'm "wealthy" enough have several books going!
I think a lot of this situation relates to Library Thing being akin to the live-journal phenomena and that is heavily populated by genre fiction fans.
If you don't like SF and fantasy you seem to be soooo in the the wrong place! It certainly seems to be the default reading material with this mob (speaketh the man whose main tag is 'science fiction').
Book space -- there's never enough, not in the average house or apartment. Do you have an extra closet in which you could install additional shelves? I've asked for similar advice and have been told to use baskets under coffee and end tables, pull-out storage "drawers" under beds, and even part of stair risers. That last sounds rather dangerous to me! Gee, I don't know what to tell you, but I can certainly sympathize. :-)

Re the "stinker" tag: you're welcome to use it! I look forward to seeing what your particular stinkers are.
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