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Member: latinobookgeek

CollectionsYour library (512), Currently reading (3), To read (5), All collections (512)

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TagsSigned First Edition (187), Non-Fiction (45), Fiction (45), Biography (40), First Edition (36), GLBT Fiction (26), Autobiography (25), Cooking (17), Architecture (13), Self Help (10) — see all tags

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About me"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life".
W. Somerset Maugham

I am a retired Human Resources executive having last worked for the California State University. I travel as much as I can and do human resources consulting for a major national upscale restaurant chain (About 5-10 hours a week!!!). Most of my leisure time is spent reading, cooking and baking (the best cookies, I am told) going to the gym, theater, Disney Hall, Ahmanson Theater,the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center, movies, spending time with my two little piebald colored Dachshunds "Buddy" and "Alli" and museums.

I have been involved with GLBT not-for-profit organizations serving as both board member and officer for various local and national organizations including The Center Los Angeles, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the California Community Foundation - Founding Member Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Community Fund. I have also been significantly involved in fund raising for GLBT drug and alcohol recovery organizations in Los Angeles.

Other involvements include La Sinfonica del Barrio, a symphonic orchestra bringing classical music to the Latino community. I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College & University Professionals in Human Resources (CUPA HR)and five time "Employer of Choice" Awards for contributions to HR and employee morale and benefits. Presently, Vice Chair of the Southern California Employment Round Table.

I got interested in reading at early age as a refuge from the barrio that I grew up in and in my teens joined a high school book club and met Irving Stone - Most recently I met Dominick Dunne at the first Phil Spectre trail in Los Angeles when I was a juror in the next courtroom. I brought all my unsigned Dunne books which he graciously signed and we spent about 30 minutes speaking "In the corridors of justice" which is the way he signed my 1st edition of The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

About my libraryAs of November 2011 most of the library has been donated to university libraries and archives. I only have a about 50 books left including my favorites; Michael Cunningham -Home at the End of the World, Dominick Dunne 2 Novels, several unsigned James Baldwin, David Leavitt etc.

(My collection of GLBT first edition, signed first edition books has been committed to the University of Southern California (One Institute Archives - Donation 2011) and the rest of the collection of first and signed books have gone to California State University Channel Islands - John Spoor Broome Library (Architect - Sir Norman Foster - Pritzer Prize for International Architecture - Donation of the collection on September 8, 2008).

I collect first edition and signed books by authors including Steinbeck, Irving Stone, Rita Mae Brown, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Doctorow, Armistead Maupin,Tennessee Williams, Henry & Arthur Miller, Luis Alberto Urrea, Victor Villasenor, Truman Capote, John Berendt, Tom Wolfe, Dominick Dunne, Michael Cunningham, Felice Picano, Alan Hollinghurst, Paul Monette, Randy Shilts and others. I am a voracious reader who especially enjoys biographies and autobiographies and books by authors of color, Gay and Lesbian authors. Also collect books on cooking, architecture and design; collecting especially glass and furniture. I don't have many paperback editions; prefer collecting hard cover first editions in mint or very fine condition.

Time to Hunt - Stephen Hunter

GroupsBiographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Gay Men, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, What Are You Reading Now?


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Currently readingArt cop Robert Volpe, art crime detective by Laurie Adams
Insured for murder by Robin Yocum
Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

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Hi, Proud to join with you!!!!
Thanks- yours is interesting as well! I'm very jealous of your signed books :)
Yes, I thought Robert Ferro was one of the best writers of his generation, such a loss.
Thank you for your comment. As a matter of fact I have read and have a copy of Clairvoyant, the novel about Lucia Joyce. I found it interesting, as I found your anecdote about Gold. Thanks for your comments about the quote. I've always loved it.

I forgot to mention that I had the pleasure and fortune to meet Robert Ferro and tell him how much I admired his amazing writing...(and got him to autograph them all!)
We lost a truly great writer with his passing....
Thank you for the comment you made about my pugs back in March, I am not sure if I replied or not. You have a very interested profile, and a very handsome man I might add! :)
We seem to have eclectic taste books. Right now I am reading alot of memoirs of porn stars and strippers Not for the erotic side, but for the practical reason of why and how they ended up doing what they do. I am not judgemental and feel that each person should do what they want, it just fascinates me. I guess saints have never fascinated me!
Thanks for your wonderfully kind comments! I can tell by your profile that you're an interesting person with many interests, something I admire very much. Happy cataloging to you!
Hi Art.....I will never forget you having such minimal luggage, but lugging around that huge biography of Allen Ginsburg during our trip to Mykonos, which really shows where your priorities are...I like it.

Speaking of books, do you have Alison Leslie Gold's address?

Miss you,


P.S. Re books, I have just begun Proust at long last...Swann's Way...but intermittently, am reading fun novels about Templars.
Thanks much: still not 1/2 way thru entering all of them. Just got the USB scanner so things should piick up
Hi Latino Book Geek,

Thanks for the message. I haven't been here for a long time. I have gotten part time work in a university college library and I like it a lot. I'm providing reference service, but not readers' advisory.

Happy Reading,

Thanks for your comment Art. But don't be jealous. You have a pretty impressive profile yourself. I will be retiring from the library in about 6 months but I will, of course, keep reading, and cataloging with

Hey Art, thanks! I LOVE my pug, Chloe, that is not her picture, but I found that on google images. Glad someone noticed my profile!
thanks. i am jealous of the signed books that you have. happy reading! ;)
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