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CollectionsYour library (500), Currently reading (3), Read but unowned (45), Owned but unread (37), Donated (13), Officially unfinished (3), On hiatus (2), Wishlist (55), All collections (555)

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About meThe profile photo is Boots in repose.

I am a scientist looking to enrich her life through reading new and interesting books. When I was little, I wanted to be either an astronaut or a librarian -- can't remember which came first. Fear of flying (among other things) kept me from being an astronaut. LibraryThing is wonderful for the mildly compulsive, cataloging aspect of my nature. I joined LibraryThing when I purchased a Kindle. I wanted a way to view my library as a single unit, not hard copy vs. electronic. I also like seeing the covers.

About my libraryMy library contains books I own (both read and unread) as well as books I do not own but am sure I have read. The physically unowned books are in My Library, on the theory that if they have passed over my eyes and into my head, I "own" them on some level. This makes me feel good - that I have ownership of the ideas, even if I do not have a physical copy. I have not listed my professional books. There are also many books I have not entered, even though I have read them, because I don't remember them very well. My Wishlist is the only collection not included in My Library. I would use Wishlist more if I could exclude it from Collections, but "so it goes," as one of my favorite authors said many times.

P.S. Please feel free to let me know if I have misspelled an author or title, or in some way incorrectly combined or separated my books on the main work pages. Thanks.

GroupsAmazon's Kindle, Atwoodians, Cats, books, life is good., Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Girlybooks, Kindley Book Club, Mac Users at LibraryThing, Medicine, One LibraryThing, One Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Chaim Potok, Kurt Vonnegut, Elie Wiesel (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsBest Slipstream Fiction, Big Reading List of Slipstream Literature

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Member sinceMar 17, 2008

Currently readingThe Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I've changed my mind. I think 11/22/63 does qualify as slipstream.
Hi, I'm glad to meet a fellow lover of slipstream, a genre that defies definition, ha ha. That's actually a preset list based on the "canon of slipstream literature" developed at Readercon 2007. I started from there and added some books that I would also consider slipstream. I think slipstream is a genre that you kind of know it when you see it. It blurs the lines between reality and surreality. It leaves the reader questioning what is real. Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Lethem and David Mitchell are current authors I think of when I think of this genre. I think while it had its roots in early 20th century literature, the magical realism movement, etc., it is very much an expression of life in the late 20th, early 21st century. Please do vote on those books on the list that you would especially recommend. You may also want to add to this list: which is more of a collective effort, although I do think there are several items on there that I would not call slipstream.

Hi Martha,

Thanks for shedding some light on the process. As you probably know this is my first book, it will take me awhile before I can get accustomed to this. Thanks again.
Hi Cats:

Thanks for your comment. Allegedly, when Leonardo finished the painting, the husband, who was paying the bill, commented on the dodgy smile.

“Don't worry about it”, the artist told him, “You're the only one who will ever look at the portrait, anyway”. :)
Hi Cats:

My profile now boasts a cat with an enigmatic smile. What do you think?
Thank you, I'll look into that now.
I am drawn to physiology and biochemistry in particular. Earlier this month I read Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean B. Carroll about evolutionary development and I found it quite fascinating! I'm not picky; it's all good if I feel I understand something about the universe in a new way. Anything that crosses disciplines is also attractive to me. I usually read a lot of math books, and some neuroscience because I'm interested in the phenomenons of language and emergence, so I'd like to step away from that for a while. Thanks for any input you have!
Wow, thats a cute idea!! Yeah, when it is hot my cat flops down on her side, stretches out as far as she can, then next time the door opens, she runs to the next room.
Your cat (Boots) looks a lot like my cat Isis.
So the etymology of carptrash is this. I was a regular poster at a website probably 7 or 8 years ago and mostly we just used our names. Then it was suggested that we all choose new, more anonymous names. I came up with "Carpe Mañana", which was later shortened to Carpman. A while later someone at that forum was spouting off about "trailer trash" and since at the time I was living in a trailer I morphed again, this time to carptrash. But "to carp" is also a verb and in many cases it pretty adequately describes my writing, posting style. There now you pretty much know all about me. Well, also I am much more of a dog person than the alternative. eek (my initials - I often/usually sign off with these.)
Hello: I drifted over here from a thread in which a poster has found herself in an impossible place. Much like a carp feels surrounded by all these cats, no doubt. eek
I really liked both books by Nafisi- her second book relates really terrible things about her mother- it seems like a real love/hate relationship. Naifis does excuse her father for some things that he did-the main one being unfaithful to her mother.
I liked the first book but thought that she would an exasperating friend to have!
"...fragments of tedium"-- I love that! great review-- Jenny
Err, what sort of scientist? Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or other :-)
I suppose I could "trawl" thru your library, but you did mention you didn't post
your professional books there!

5 CATS. How do you cope?

You are so right. My husband and I were talking about things like that just recently. Slavery was mentioned, but only enough to make us all gasp and think, "How awful!" We've been reading a lot of books about Native American Indians, too. In school we were given only the bare facts, nothing about the hardship, mistreatment, injustice, and agony these people suffered.

When I started college, I was new to the state, and if I hadn't taken a course in Oklahoma History, I probably wouldn't have had much knowledge about the Indians, either. Even that wasn't in depth.

Of course, I've learned a lot more about a lot more things since school. I imagine everyone who loves to read has done so.

Happy reading to you, too!
I finished "Incidents…" last night. I'm glad I finally read it after all this time. One thing puzzles me, though. She referred to Nancy as her great-aunt but also said Nancy was her mother's twin sister. Do you think she meant her grandmother's twin sister? I noticed that Grandmother referred to her grandchildren, as well as her great-grandchildren, as her "chillun." I heard that a lot growing up in the South! It's reasonable that Grandmother felt as though they were her chillun since she basically raised all of them. Sad.
I'm about 1/3 of the way into Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl now, and it is hard to take. So sad. The Kitchen House's story is similar. There is a White servant girl who lives with the Black folks and considers them to be her family, which presents a whole new set of problems to go along with the conditions of slavery. I gave it 5 stars. The author certainly knows how to grab your attention and hold it.

If you do read it some day, I'd appreciate your opinion of it.


Because of your post in the saddest book thread, I have this afternoon started reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which I've had for quite a while. It's taking a long time to get through all of the introductions, so I haven't read any of the book, itself. I did glance through it, though, and would like to recommend the book I just finished this morning, The Kitchen House. I'm sure you'd like it.


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