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Member: killearnan

CollectionsYour library (2,615), Wishlist (112), Read but unowned (141), All collections (2,657)

Reviews3 reviews

TagsJudaica (420), mystery (333), language (320), Star Trek (249), Quaker (134), knitting (125), Anabaptist (123), Star Trek - original series (121), history (120), linguistics (119) — see all tags

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About my libraryHeavy on mysteries, Judaica, writing, linguistics, and old Quaker books, with a smattering of cookbooks, history, and science fiction (mostly Star Trek in the owned collection). For relaxation/vegging out, I have a weird fascination with time travel and certain saga-type romances.

I've kept my categories fairly broad, so that cookbooks includes not only straight cookbooks but other books about food. When I have everything catalogued, I may go back and add more refinement. (Added note: my tags are already getting more detailed. So much for keeping things simple.....)

On ratings: for the most part, I only buy/keep books that I like and/or know that I will use more than once (libraries are for the others), so my standard rating for books I own is probably somewhere in the 2.5 range. Books with a 1 are mostly those I bought because I am interested in the topic and would like to have fairly comprehensive collection for the topic but I was disappointed in the actual book.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Archaeology, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Baker Street and Beyond, Biblical History, Bloggers, Book Arts, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Bostoniansshow all groups

Favorite authorsCatherine Aird, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Diane Duane, Diana Gabaldon, Stephen Jay Gould, Faye Kellerman, Laurie R. King, Jonathan Sacks, Dorothy L. Sayers (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Blackwell Bookshop South Bridge, Books 'n Things, Brattle Book Shop, Bryn Mawr Bookstore, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library - Crane Branch Library, Bull Moose - Scarborough, Carlson & Turner Books, Harvard Book Store, Innisfree Bookshop, Israel Book Shop, O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Old Editions Book Shop & Café, Powell's - Hyde Park, Schoenhof's Foreign Books, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Talking Leaves Books - Elmwood, The Harvard Coop, The Orcadian

Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library - Central Library, Central Library, Edinburgh, Columbus Metropolitan Library - Main Branch, Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library, Library of Congress, Maine State Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, National Library of Scotland, New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, Norway Memorial Library, Orkney Library and Archive, Phillips Library - Peabody Essex Museum, Portland Public Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, The Chester Beatty Library, The State Library of Massachusetts, Toronto Reference Library, Tuttleman Jewish Public Library, University at Buffalo Libraries - Lockwood Memorial Library, University of Chicago - John Crerar Library, University of Chicago - Joseph Regenstein Library


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You have a most interesting background and library. I suspect we share some premises.
Dear Killearnan:

I noticed that you have James & Patricia Deetz's "The Times of Their Lives" on your reading list, so I thought you might be interested in a book I wrote, "Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America." It's been getting very good reviews and ratings here at LibraryThing and over at

You can read excerpts at . You can order it there, too, at a special discount offered to anybody who agrees to write a review of the book.

Note that is NOT a book about a holiday. it's about a bunch of PEOPLE and everything they did, everything that happened to them, in every detail I could find about them.

Let me add that this would be a good Father's Day gift for any fathers you happen to know who have an interest in history or the founding of America. What could be better for fathers than forefathers? If you get it as a gift, I recommend the hardcover edition, which has a red ribbon bookmark in it - the kind of book a father will want to pass on to a daughter or son. I'll be glad to sign the book and write a dedication in it. Just let me know what to write ("For my favorite forefather," for example, or "For my nephew the father" or whatever you like.)

As you'll see from the excerpts, it's a different kind of history - very graphic and dramatic but always sticking strictly to the facts. It's a book for everyone, not just historians. It covers just about every known detail about what happened in that crucial year between the landing of the Mayflower and the famous harvest feast of the following autumn.

I hope you get a chance to read it.


Glenn Alan Cheney
Hanover, Conn.
Hi - saw your post regarding The Accidental Florist at the Worst Books thread. Actually, I thought the previous two were so bad that this one was a marginal improvement ... think D- to a solid D.
You have a wonderful collection of Judaica. There are so many books there to add to my own TBR list. Thanks!
Seeing we own a book in common--true Baptism and Communion a very small hard back pamphlet. I know my great grandmother (Susannah Morris) was Quaker and withdrawn from when she married my g grandfather David Owen Randolph, Musgingham (?) Co., Ohio. I believe this may have been her book. Do you have any info date of publication or about Phipps?? Do you have family info on Quaker in that area??
Hi! Thanks for joining Used Books.
Thanks for joining The Gene Pool, I look forward to getting to know you. Jaysee
Oh good. I thought there ought to already be a Philadelphia group, but I didn't find it when I searched.
I was very impressed with your Judaica collection. I noted that the tag appeared twice, one tag indicated 129 books, and the other 139 books. It also indicated that we had 13 books in common, but when I attempted to view them, I sawnone of them an got an error message. I did go through the entire catagory and found it quite different from my Judaism listing. I did pick some titles that I would like to own. You also have an interesting homepage.
Great collection. I was intrigued by the wonderful Judaica and the Quaker and others until I read your blog which helped explain things.
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