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About meI'm older than Elvis or John Lennon, but not as old as Paul McCartney or Bonnie Raitt. I love flowing water, flying geese, music, movies and books, books, books. My job is in the legal field, with responsibilities that include case management, computer support, and systems administration. I have a B.A. in English Literature from an excellent small liberal arts college, and continue on my own to study and enjoy the works of William Faulkner, who takes up more shelf space than anyone else in my library. I married one English major and raised another. My catalog will include books owned by the one I married, as well as my own. You'll find the offspring's catalog under lycomayflower. Did I mention I love books, books, books?

About my libraryEclectic. Threatens to take over the house. Much fiction, 19th, 20th and now 21st century. Emphasis on Southern writers, including Faulkner, Welty, Shelby Foote, Flannery O'Connor, James Lee Burke, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote. Lots of non-fiction too--history, especially WWII and the American Civil War, science and natural history, modern religious scholarship, cookbooks. Fair representation of poetry, essays, biography, genealogy, local history (PA, NY, LA) "Candy" in the form of detective fiction, suspense, fantasy, and the best of Stephen King.

I believe I have catalogued everything that is in the living area of the house. New acquisitions will be added as they come in. There are some books boxed in the attic, and those will also be added in spurts, as time and inclination allow.

"Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself." John Milton

"..the truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more." Gabriel Zaid

""It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
Thomas Jefferson


Here's where I'll keep track in 2014, at least to begin.

This is my last thread for 2013.

My first thread for 2013 is here.

Here's where I began my 2012 reading record. And I continued with a second thread for 2012. Yet one more thread for 2012 can be found here.

My first 2011 thread is here. and Part Two and Third and final thread for 2011.

My 2010 reading thread can be found Here. and Here and

You'll find links to my 2009 threads at Laytonwoman3rd ups the ante for 2009

and its spin-off here with yet another extension here.

My 50 Book Challenge thread for 2008 is here
This is my 2007 thread

I read a total of 82 books in 2009, a personal high, at least during the time I'd been keeping track. My total dropped off in 2010, possibly due to planning a certain LT member's wedding? I toyed with the idea of not numbering my reads in 2011, but I decided I did want to know, so I continue to count, although I try not to be overly concerned with "how many". In 2012, I hit a new high total of 88, probably due to the addition of a few audio books. I finished 2013 with a respectable total of 82.

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I can occasionally be caught blogging at Working My Clay As I Find It.

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 999 Challenge, American Civil War, Booker Prizeshow all groups

Favorite authorsJames Lee Burke, Clara Gillow Clark, Jeffery Deaver, Annie Dillard, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, Stephen Jay Gould, G. W. Hawkes, John Irving, Walt Kelly, Barbara Kingsolver, Robert B. Parker, Annie Proulx, Anna Quindlen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams (Shared favorites)



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I had a copy of Snow in August. I think I gave it to you because I didn't want it.
Many Thanks- I have not been rigorous in the American Authors challenge, but this will be a boost.

Linda, I was relieved when I read Richard's thread. Often I feel like I'm alone in the desire to actually work a bit at what I read. Not always, of course, but quite frequently.

At the risk of sounding "elitist", I'll say that it seems a bit sophomoric, on a site devoted to books and reading, to just give up quickly on a book that requires effort. I also find the extreme dislike of Faulkner and some other authors unsettling. I don't like McCarthy's work, but I did read a book for the challenge. It's a reading "challenge", for Pete's sake.

Off my soapbox for now.
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I'm totally pleased that you're pleased!
The book arrived while I was visiting my daughter in Massachusetts. I just opened it this morning, and look forward to reading it. Thank you again. I hope to return the favor some day soon.

The book is in the mail! USPS, do your stuff!
Love the oak hydrangea - I think that's what it is!
I understand that! are that way at 62, what about my age? I'm just glad to still be around to talk about it!! got me with older than Now, I told you my age, so, what is yours? Seems like everyone I meet lately is older than I am, but I'm just glad to still be around to talk about it.

Hope to talk to you again!

Linda, thanks for the welcome to Faulkner group. In fact, the book club I'm in will be reading As I lay dying this month. So guess this will be my first Faulkner. I did really like the book I read by his niece, it helped me understand the man somewhat before even reading. I'll let you know how the group likes it. We meet the 2nd Monday in each month, so don't meet next until April.

So, you are older than Elvis? LOL.....I will be 73 in April....I think Elvis was a couple of years older than me. Seems like everyone I associate with is younger than I am, so it's very nice to meet you!

Like I said, I'm very new to LT, never knew it existed until I saw a suggested page for it on my face book page. Having a lot of fun using it and getting lots of suggestions for good reads.

Thanks again for the encouragement.
You're very welcome!!!
I sent the book yesterday via media mail. The post office said it should arrive Tuesday. Enjoy!
Great! I'm so glad. I will let you know when I've sent it .
Hi Linda, no problem -- I think LT messages are harder to see than they were. Or maybe I just don't see as well as I used to...

I did make the meatloaf, and I did add one egg. I figured that one egg probably wouldn't hurt:) It was very good, even for a non-meatloaf person. Next time I make it I'll leave out the egg.

Thanks! Hope you're having a great weekend.


I read your comment on Morphy's thread regarding To Kill a Mockingbird and your favorite scene. I'm 100% in agreement. Every time I see that scene, I get teary. There is no other book and movie like this one, and I go on a limb to say I don't think there ever will be.
Hi Linda,

I came across a recipe I had saved on my computer attributed to you (Henry's Meatloaf), and I wanted to ask a clarifying question. First of all, THANK YOU for sharing the recipe -- I think it was a few years ago when the 75-ers group had a kitchen. Second, it looks like this recipe does not contain any eggs -- is that correct? I have never liked meatloaf, so I have never made it for my family, but my youngest daughter asked me if I could make it so that she could try it. I remember your recipe received many raves, so I'd like to try it, and I want to get it just right:)

Thank you so much!

Anne (AMQS)

Oy gevalt the kvelling I'm doing! So impressed.

My mistake! I'll have to find The Hamlet & start with that.

Thank you for your recommendations and comments. I have targeted Collected Stories of William Faulkner for my March read. I will start with the three Snopes stories you suggested and then perhaps I will try a few more.


I was moved to read Faulkner in March with an open mind after reading your post over on Mark's thread. I remember his short stories from high school but I never really went back to him. I've always considered him a Southern writer but growing up in Texas I am comfortable with Southern writers. It never really crossed my mind that his characters had a much more universal truth or realness to them. Thank you for that insight.

You suggested that to start Faulkner you would recommend The Hamlet, Sartoris or Unvanquished. Would you mind piecing together a read in this order list of Faulkner's works for me? It would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

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I have this hydrangea too, and it just gets prettier every day!

Noting that you like southern authors, I'm wondering if you have read anything by Rick Bragg. He is one of my favorite authors.

How are you feeling? You mentioned previously that your leg was black and blue and sore...any better?

Please keep in touch. I care!

I will let you know later (they are sitting on a desk at home). Stay tuned!
I'm checking in to see how you are feeling.

I hope today was a good one.


Clarks Summit? Near the Poconos? If so, not too far from me. When you feel better, perhaps we can get together.

I hope today was a good one for you.

Stopping by to say I'm thinking of you and sending prayers for a speedy recovery. And, how smart of you to head the warning signals and get the help you needed!

oh, Linda. i would commit acts of unbelievable kindness to have your wit as displayed on RDs thread often and currently in #s 305, 307. i'm a great audience, though, and without an audience, well, you'd be a voice in the void. they also serve who only sit and read? of course, Milton had already expressed his genius when he went blind so he can't be so much said to have been standing and waiting, but i know what he meant.
Nice review of the Gram Parsons book. As you may have noticed, my review is right below yours on the book's work page. Fascinating subject; fine book. Gilded Palace of Sin is still one of my favorite albums ever.
Hi, Linda. Sorry I'm so slow to say thank you for the two Lockridge books! It's been a bit cuckoo here since the turn of the year. They arrived in fine shape, and I look forward to reading them. I've alerted my Dame Agatha-loving daughter, too, as these seem likely to appeal to that kind of reader.

Hope all is going well for you!

Best wishes - Joe
Very helpful Linda, thanks so much!
Thanks, Linda! Very nice of you indeed. I'll look forward to whatever surfaces in your attic. ;-)
ah, wonderful words. i was looking at a copy of a book i bought last year b/c it was written by my grandfather and my Dad's much-loved and battered Between Pacific Tides written by Ed Ricketts, whom he revered and wondering why in the world i have them. i decided it's because they provide what kindles and nooks and ipods never will, at least not for me: connection through all my senses.

my mother was a librarian and loved books, though we owned very few (i have several books that belonged to my parents). one of the greatest joys of my life was becoming a grad student at Cal [Berkeley] and learning i therefore had access to The Stacks throughout the library system, including the stacks in the main library. that was somethin' else.

finding LT and LTers has been an unbelievable blessing. we happy many. :)
"your Gabriel Zaid quotation brings me comfort," she said, having just purchased 4 more books from audible while already facing a . . . what do you suppose is the audio/auditory equivalent of a mountain? a bellow? roar? overwhelm? clamor? i'll go with clamor. . . . facing a clamor of audiobooks that i doubt i shall finish in my lifetime being 9 years younger than Mary Oliver and 5 years older than the incomparable Bonnie R and in a state that one of my physicians refers to as "fragile" (i growled at him) and another refers to as "spry." must they with the adjectives already?

thanks for the quote. i'm afraid to look at the books you've read. there'd just be more book lust. i simply can't be having with this!

Like you, we were without power for a few days. My heart goes out to those in NJ and NY and I realize we were fortunate.

I still miss Simon. He was such a character. Our new sheltie Lilly cannot replace him, but she does help with our grief.

I love this breed, so affectionate, loyal, friendly and family centered.

All the best,
I'm checking in to see how you are faring. You are very much on my mind.

I'm thinking of you. I am ever so sorry you lost your beloved sheltie. I know how difficult that is.

While we are enjoying our new sheltie, she can never take the place of Simon.

Sending Love

I thoroughly enjoyed Sear's 'Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam'.
#24:worth a visit
Antietam is a small manageable battlefield. Nearby Shepherdstown is a small college town with 4 or 5 blocks of boutique shops, restaurants etc. Not far away is the National Historic park of Harper's Ferry...extremely picturesque. The Bavarian Inn perches over the has a variety of priced rooms and a great Bavarian restaurant. We've enjoyed the Jacon Rohrback Inn, in Antietam. historic main bldg plus a brand new "large romantic cottage" behind the main bldg (great breakfast). I wouldn't recommend going on 17 September, the anniversary, just due to crowds, but do go in the fall when the corn is standing tall in the Cornfield. Regards, A
Just a note to thank you for your frequent visits to my thread. It means a lot to me!
Linda -- I'M NOT COMPLAINING was in my mailbox today -- thanks so much -- Jane
Thanks so much!

Linda -- THE WINGED HORSE arrived today -- must have flown at warp speed. Thanks so much -- Jane
You're welcome. I'm mailing your other book tomorrow.

Thanks. I'll get the Taylor out to you as soon as the lines at the post office disappear. Have a good weekend.

I didn't get the PM about the book besides Sleeping Beauty. Which book did you want?

I'm mailing out Rosewood Casket today.

It's yours. Are you sure you don't want at least one more book? Please send me your address. I think I have it somewhere, but I'm very lazy this morning!

Thanks so much, Linda. I look forward to receiving it.
Your library is very interesting. I have been remiss in staying caught up with the 75 challenge for 2012. It appears that you are off and running.

I'm so sorry to learn about Charlie's passing. He was a dear soul. I periodically sent notes to him. I know his breathing was very labored.

Thanks for letting me know.

You're welcome!
After all, I'm the right age to be retired, so retro is where I live!
I do think I'm off to fall deeper into *Fall on Your Knees*.....I had hoped to finish it today, but RL is taking me away. Boo. Hiss.
I do wonder whether you were able to get the book at PBS.....
Hi, Linda. I really have nothing to say except that I get a charge out of speaking to somebody who's actually online when I am!
Thanks so much, Linda! I'm rocking the Nook, so I shall continue to seek out how other folks have done this.
Thanks. Do you know if any other Lyco folks are on LT?
I sent the book today via media mail!
OK! It's yours! Will let you know when I've mailed it.
I simply want to say how much I appreciate your kind comments on my thread.
Also, I smile when I visit here and see the photo of your precious sheltie.

Hi Linda,
I just noticed that you've added Spin Your Web, Lady -- yay!
I've had the title in my head ever since you mentioned that you were looking for it a couple of years ago, so I guess I can stop looking for it now. It's great that you found it!

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Ooo, I like this!
I love your review of THE HELP....that books was outstanding. I have a review on my blog.


....I am having two giveaways on my for NIGHT TRAIN and one for HOW TO READ THE AIR.

Stop by if you like.

Linda -- thanks so much for Wharton's A Backward Glance -- it arrived in my mailbox today. -- Jane
Hi, Linda, here is my "secret" as promised on Richard's thread. I have been using an American variation of a neti pot to rinse the nasal passages with a mild salt solution. It's usually called a saline nasal rinse. Several companies distribute a starting kit with a plastic squeeze bottle and packets of instant-dissolving salt. I use the one sold by Ayr--they also sell ready-mixed nose sprays with saline solutions. The rinse kit has a very squeezable see-through bottle. The fill line and directions are printed right on the bottle. You can use distilled water or just boil regular water and let it cool a bit before using. No need to use hot water for the actual rinse, although I suspect you can benefit from a warm treatment. You don't have to contort yourself as you do using a neti pot. I find that a few good squeezes to each nostril empties the bottle quickly. I seem to be sleeping more deeply and waking up early with much less grogginess, but 'As you know, Bob", "YMMV".
Please let me know if you have any more questions!
Best regards, Michele.
Sorry, my reviews are not opening from links these days. Not sure why. Just go to My Profile and click on the reviews from there to see them.
Hey, Linda, just wanted to let you know that I have just reviewed the eleven books I have finished this year. They are in my reviews. I found it so much easier to post them this way than to keep a thread that I suspect I will do it this way going forward. 100 Years of Solitude is in this last set, and a couple more books I bet you have loved. :-)
I'm at work now, but will help you tonight.
Thanks for that! and for the invitation. It's been years and years since I've read Faulkner, but you're making me think I should come back to him...
Welp, that New Orleans review convinced me to add that book to my wishlist. Looks good. I just hope I have the time to get to it this year.

I contacted Spalding about switching group control over yesterday, hopefully we'll hear back soon.
I am in Quebec so the keyboard is made to be bi-lingual - I use the accents when I write in French and I can get around some things having an alternate for the the ? mark and a slash for instance but not the square brackets, nothing that I have yet been able to locate anyway. The irony is the square bracket key has both white and blue brackets on it but neither way does it work. I'll just have to find the time and patience to crack the enigma, I guess. Anyway thanks for commenting thus giving me a chance to air the problem at least.

PS Incidently I see you have added A Lost Lady by Willa Cather to your library - it is one of my favourites.
This is re: the square brackets. I know - except that since I have a new keyboard I can't for the life of me access the square brackets - the dodo that I am. They are in white on the key but if I press it I get the blue alternate which is, for the left one :- ^^^^^^ for the right one :- ççççççç If I try the shift then¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ and ÇÇÇÇÇÇ are the result- ARRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!! If you have an idea as to what the trick is to get at those lovely and useful square brackets it would bemost helpful- right now my style is very cramped as to posting to say the least. Regards.
So pleased the archbishop arrived quickly and safely.

I keep hearing good things about the King's Speech- I think I'm going to have to check it out for myself.

Mailed it today to beat the ice storm or whatever it is we are in for. :)
If it's Clarks Summit, I have it. Will send it off early next week.

Linda - was it you who has not read the Mitfords? By coincidence I found a very nice used copy of Mary Lovell's bio of the girls in the Goodwill today. Would you like it? It's awfully good!
[The Mitford Girls]

Hi Linda,

Just to let you know I sent the archbishop on his way this morning! I hope he arrives safely.

Hello Linda;
I hope 2011 finds all well with you and yours.
Do you have a particular order in which you would read [[William Faulkner]] as a novice? I read two of his last year and (oh evil mind that is mine), thought to myself: "Self, if you are not careful here, [[Steinbeck]]may drop to # 2." But it didn't happen just upon those two that I did read which were:
1: [Light in August] was the first I read; absolutely loved it, and:
2: [As I Lay Dying] which I liked a great deal, but did not love.
So where would you go next? I think I have most of his, but not all. Just would like a little coaching, especially with the order of the reads.
Thank you,
P.S. Oh, and isn't it lovely to see Charlie back on the boards?
Little Otley's on the way!

Thank you for sending such a lovely book to me. What a kind person you are!
OH and Happy Thingaversary!!!! Wow, five years, I don't think of LT being around that long. You must have been one of the first.
Hi Linda -- was just perusing your profile page and noticed that this link --
Here's a lovely site for checking out some international women authors you may not have heard of. -- actually goes to a YouTube video!

Happy Thingaversary, Linda! Wow, five years ago? How glad I am you did!
Linda -- CINDI arrived today. Thanks so much -- looking forward to it -- but probably not for awhile as I'm in the midst of grading morass that is mid-semester. -- Jane
Right back to you!
Happy Halloween and good night!! (Off to tuck my mother in and back to read a little)
Peggy Again
Now that's interesting too because often when I check for the book upon being notified, somebody else has already snagged it - and, in fact, I was 1 of 1 for the older Virago copy, I think. Anyhow, I hope this one comes to me. I've had wretched luck in the past several months with people accepting my request and then never sending the book or responding to the admin.
(Hi, Linda.)
I like your pictures. It's nice to put a face to an LT member. I noticed that you added The Polish Officer. I have several books by Alan Furst. I think his books are set in an interesting historical period and his writing style has a bit of a noir quality. I enjoyed his book Night Soldiers. It's about a Bulgarian who joins the KGB in the mid-30's. He is definitely a long way from James Lee Burke. You might also enjoy Coffin for Dimitrios aka Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler. It is set in the 30's and is a good dark mystery.
Thanks so much for the comment re: All the King's Men. I'm on a quest to compensate for my woefully lacking public school education by finally reading some of the classics I missed. This one was a real gem.
Your compy is on the crack juice. Great Gatsby in my catalogue.
And furthermore, it shows up in my catalogue. Where were you looking?
What kind of LTers are we? I do have a copy of The Great Gatsby . . . and it belongs to you!

I don't think I ever thanked you for the delightful surprise of a postcard! I've been
awfully scattered lately so please accept my tardy acknowledgment!! Very thoughtful of you.

I do miss the hills and valleys of the Eastern region from time to time, so it was a lovely reminder!


Thank you for bringing the error in my cataloging of ''Walden and Civil Disobedience" to my attention. I have corrected the spelling of the author's name. My entry did not have the editor in the same line as the author. It appears to have been combined with another copy that had the same misspelling of the author's name. I hope this helps clear things up.
Pleased it arrived quickly- happy reading!
The first two-thirds of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia deserves a 5 star rating. I fervently wish I could say the same for the rest of it.

THAT is tellin' it like it is! Excellent review!
I thought Callie looked like a Sheltie... we love them too!
Loki is our second Sheltie. They are such sweet dogs... not to mention beauties!
Well, I read 3 books of Faulkner's.
The other two I read are "The Sound and The Fury" and "Light in August".
The comment about Faulkner books needing re-reading is totally true.
But I don't do much re-reading.
Not really sure in Faulkner's case it is even worth it... maybe I should try it before I knock it. Faulkner's books seem kinda weird and depressing.
I am flaberghasted that so many people find him so great.
Do I just need to read more? Or as you suggested, maybe something different.
Thanks for chatting with me about Faulkner. He is a mystery to me! ;)
Hi Linda,
Your cranberry meatloaf snagged my attention, your dog (Sheltie? Collie?) stole my heart...
but William Faulkner???? What is it about that guy that people love? I'm getting really curious.
I just can't warm up to him and I'm thinking it is my deficit since he is so well loved.
His writing is so weird! The only book I really liked was "As I Lay Dying"
cuz it was so tragically funny. I read that book with disbelief from start to finish!
Please tell me what I am missing, if you would.
Anyway, I'd like to mark you library as interesting (which it is) so I can come back to study it further.
Love your comments on the 75ers group. :)
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That's me in 1967 or thereabouts. And that's Eudora Welty's lamp, there. Seriously.
Glad it arrived! If you read the Guardian UK, you'll see that it's the book of the week.
Hope you enjoy!
What a beautiful Collie face!
Oh, yes, I heard just a bit of the NPR thing as I woke up a few mornings ago; but I was sure you would know about that:-) L
Excellent! And you're welcome! - Lois
How was your daughter's wedding?

I hope you had a wonderful time!

Thanks for sending Montana 1948. I finished it today. WOW! What a powerful book.

Simply stopping by to say I hope your daughter's wedding goes well!

All good wishes
I have a copy of The Horse Whisperer by NIcholas Evans that I can send to you. Would you like this book?
Hi There

I received Montana 1948 in Saturday's mail. Thanks ever so much for your kindness!


I read your review for Montana 1948. It sounds like a book I would like.

When you have time, Linda, stop by my blog and read my interview with Stasia:

Interview with a Bookie
That is truly odd. What made you hunt for that book in particular?

And since we're being inquisitive (I was a reporter before I was a legal assistant), what sort of law do you do? :)

Done and done! However did you find me? :)
"God of the Radio" sounds really interesting. Sometimes I wonder where you find these books.

Oh. I forgot. Hi Linda. It's me, Wormie.

Thanks Linda

I'm very interested in reading Mrs. Somebody Somebody. I'm curious -- how did you find this great book.

You read such interesting stuff.
Not only have I gotten to where Blurty isn't used much, i am finding myself looking at threads here less and less, so I think I'll just keep up my 1010 Challenge thread to keep my own books in order.
Congratulations on your hot review, listed on today's home page.

Hi Linda!
My thread is here I've enjoyed the banter that you and your daughter have had on here this past year. Seems like you have a great relationship and that is so heartwarming to see.
Pretty pup! I couldn't find your thread. would you give me the link or tell me the name pls?

"Pewsley" is fantastic LOL
Glad you found me. Yes-THAT PAOLA. She tries to keep me hidden in the root cellar behind the corn crib. Have a Very Merry Christmas.

I noticed that you added "Battle Cry of Freedom" to your library. I am sure that with your interest in the Civil War you will enjoy it. I also have Battle Cry on an audio that I can listen to on my iPod. I use audio books to help me go to sleep. I went traipsing through your library and noticed you have "The Civil War Dictionary". It is my favorite reference for all aspects of the war. Boatner also wrote "The Encyclopedia of the American Revolution". It does the same thing for that era. I read the preface to the Dictionary and was fascinated by the work the author did to write that book and all before the era of the computer.
The Books off the Shelf chat group looks interesting. It looks like a good way to read books that have just been sitting there for a long time. I have a good number of books that fit that category. I do run on. Have a good holiday.
Glad you got lots of books! I'm glad you are having a good day!

Happy Birthday to you!

I hope your day is wonderful!

Oh, my, this Faulkner group is a tempter. If I can settle into anything at LT this coming year, it may be this, although the time is not right now. I have accepted your kind invitation, and intend to at least do the January read. *Thanks so much for the invitation!*
Sarah is going to a wedding while home at Christmas. The reception is at Belhurst. She asked if we knew of the place. I explained about her cousin's book and now she says she'll think about going to the gift shop and mentioning that she knows the author personally - though she's only had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times - but she's still related to him.
Your recommendation sought: ought I read Wolf Hall (what you just added)?
Wonderful review, Linda for "Britannia Mews" and very well deserving of the HOT REVIEW it received. Congratulations.
Hi, Linda! I've just put up a couple of posts about the Reading Program at the Potrerillos library. I've also update the library page to make it easier to read and to show incoming books. Here's the link:

Well, I didn't actually stop in the southern tier. The bookstores I found were in the mid and upper Hudson River valley. But I've found Viragos in the wild even in unlikely places like Eastern Ohio (St Clairsville, OH), Western Pennsylvania (Washington, PA), and Wheeling, WV.
Hi Linda,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my 50 books list. We're just finishing up a 10 day trip across and back through New York state via the Southern Tier expressway. Beautiful autumn foliage - which I missed sorely during my many years in Alaska. I had a great time checking out small town bookstores from Saratoga Springs down to Woodstock. Picked up a bunch of Viragos, which I hope to begin reading quite soon.

I thought when I bought "The Awakening", that Chopin was a Virago author.
Funny, huh?
You too, with the happy reading!~!
Gotta get the dog unstuck from under my computer desk. She WILL constantly go there. She could as a small pup, but now she is a 10 month old lab and they cannot go where they could at 2 months. hee hee.
thanx Linda.
And, wouldn't you know that the only book I have of hers is "The Unlit Lamp". Damn!~!
Oh well, I do have "Harry Potter" #s 6 & 7 yet to read; "Huckleberry Finn"; "The Awakening"; "Beloved", "The Bluest Eye"; "The Catcher in the Rye"; and "Bridge to Terabithia" also unread that are listed. So I guess it will be "The Awakening".
See you on the threads Linda.

Don't bother with that. I have some that are not Virago. I just thought off the top of your head you may know some or have a link.
Thanks though.
Good morning Linda;
Just wanted to ask you a quick question. Do you know of any other Virago titles that are on the banned list? I have been searching and cannot seem to find any listing. I finished "Their Eyes Were Watching God" this morning. What a wonderful book. Thank you for that rec.
Avast, and thank ye fer pointin' out me broken link, arrrr. There were a superfluous full stop vexin' the mates.
Hi Linda

I'm simply stopping by to say thanks for taking the time to post a message to me wishing me a Happy Birthday. It means a lot to me and I appreciate your outreach

Dear Linda

Love the puppy. Want that one - said in "Little Britain" type monotone. Our puppy died recently - very sad. My grandmother had a dog very like yours called Prince. His photos in her photo album were enormous (in comparison to the ones of humans )!! You've been a member of librarything for a long time - since birth? My life has changed immeasurably for the better since I found it :)

Will do! Best, Lois

2nd part tomorrow.

Joyce well, I sort of babbled on about it, but let me know... - Lois
I'll send you the link to my review (when I get it written) and then you can decide. OK?
Hi, folks!

This is a general announcement that I’m sending to LT profile pages, FaceBook walls, and email addresses, in order to get in touch with everyone as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible.

I just returned from the Potrerillos library, where I turned over 34 books to the absolutely delighted librarian, Sra. Enilde. On Monday, I’m going to return there to take pix to send to you, so that you can see the fruits of your labor of love.

My only regret--and it is a deep one--is that I couldn’t have done this sooner. But the fact of the matter is that I have only been walking any distance except for around the house for about a week, and only within the past few days have I built up any endurance; even a short walk has left me wiped out.

But today was the day! She had been told beforehand by our friend Maricin that we were going to do this, but let me tell you, she was blown away by both the quantity and the beauty--as she put it--of the books. She kept saying, “Que lindo, que lindo” (How beautiful, how beautiful) as she pulled the books out of the boxes.

So thank you once again for your generosity; you’ll get pictures as soon as I get them. And we may have the representante there--she mentioned talking to him about it.


Okay, I may have been a bit harsh - we have got a few books that I enjoyed. For example I really like Hiroshima by John Hersey and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. But still, I think mainly I just don't like feeling that I am being forced to read a book. I would much rather read something that I chose to read, then something that I have to (part of the reason I have not finished every text we have studied over the years - don't tell my english teacher). Anyway, my school life is almost over so no more prescribed texts... maybe I will like the university ones better.
Thanks for your comment and friend request, I've looked around at the number of groups on here, but I've been too shy so far to leave a comment. I do plan on doing it eventually though. I have not read all of the books in my library, I've been kept busy with schoolwork, and the only book I managed to read over my recent 2 week break was Harry Potter (which I have already read about 5 times). I don't know if I'll read through the whole series again before I get back to other books, but as for now Gormenghast is on hold. I have still read enough of it though to be interested in your friend's opinion of the books.
Kieran :)
OK, will do.

You're welcome!
Posted the book this morning.

Linda - don't forget to leave me your address. Just reading your info above. I love Bonnie Raitt too. Seen her twice in concert but not recently.

Terrific, Linda--thanks!! I should get them here sometime about the second week in July. I'll let you know.

Thanks, Linda. You're a peach.
I just found your comment on my profile. thank you for responding. Yes, i love Faulkner. I made a point to read every one of his books, even the obscure. Have not finisher The Fable, however, not his best. He tried too hard on that one, he was out of his element. Faulkner is his best when he writes about the South. Thanks again for the comment. I will check my profile more often. Bye for now.
Hi Linda! I think the premise of the novel - taking a mid-life break, moving across the pond, getting to know a distant relative post-mortem - is interesting enough, and cleverly told, so that you would enjoy the book without a knowledge of the Theroux brothers' rivalry. I suppose a good analogy would be that you can enjoy Northanger Abbey without having read the Mysteries of Udolpho, even though Austen was leaving her claw marks on Radcliffe's readership, and it's best to have read Udolpho first. Hope you're having a good spring. I'm becoming acquainted with The Humidities of West Virginia, and thinking maybe I should save the dehumidifier packets they put in pill jars to put in my mattress. Suddenly salt is a good thing. Whew!
Hello, Linda - Ran across your LT site while looking at reviews of Darryl Ponicsan's Cinderella Liberty. Yours is one of two. I read all of his books back in the 70s and finally got in touch with him and now we keep up an on-and-off email correspondence. I keep encouraging him to write a memoir, but no luck so far, and he's getting up around 70 now. He spent 25-plus years writing screenplays in Hollywood and is writing PI books now under name Anne Argula. I'm an English major too. Taught college English for a while, but ended up back in the army and spent most of my working life as a linguist for the Dept of Defense - extremely interesting work, but when they offered me an incentivized early retirement in 2001 I grabbed it and have never looked back. Retirement is the best job I've ever had. I write now, but only when I feel like it, which hasn't been too often lately. After publishing 4 books in 5 years, I guess I needed a break. So many good books out there to READ! I wonder where you are in PA. I have a son in Bath, just north of Bethlehem. We just came back from visiting his family and my wife and I are both recovering from colds - or allergies ?? All the best, Tim
Congratulations on the "hot" review. I picked up "In the Fall" from the library the other day and can't wait to get started. Thanks for the great review.

Just stopping by to say we had your meat loaf last night, and everyone loved it. We'll be eating it again. Thanks for the recipe.

BTW--I'm another Faulkner fan.--Do you have any ties to the South?

If you're enjoying "In the Fall" enough to be in awe of it so far, then I'm sure we will be in agreement. How could a person write like that the first time out??

For some years in college (I too was an English major for a time - does it show?) and afterward, I was convinced I wanted to write. But then someone like Jeffrey Lent or Barbara Kingsolver ("Prodigal Summer" is totally stunning!!) or Marilynne Robinson or David Guterson comes along, and it's just ... I would never have measured up.

I thought your review of "Middlesex" was exactly on point - outstanding job! I didn't review it at any greater length because of how many folks had already weighed in on it.

Hi Linda,

Thanks for posting on my 50 book challenge thread. Nice to know that people read it. Yes, you must read the Gentlewomen and tell me what you think. I'm surprised it's not one of the better known VMCs. Somehow I still can't stop thinking about it.
Hey, who says Bonnie Raitt is old??????????
Some good reading you're doing there lady.
Your comments are always interesting and I love it
when you and Charlie go at it.
Beautiful dog by the way.
You take care of you.
Catch ya later out there on LT.
I was afraid of that. I do repeat myself. My wife says she only mentions it after the third time I tell the same story.
Hello LW3rd,
Went traipsing through your library again. As the elephant's child in the Just So Stories I am possessed of 'satiable curtiosity (sic). My edition of the book is a battered treasure from my childhood. We share another book from that time, "The World We Live In". Mine was given to me on my ninth birthday with an inscription from my unofficial Aunt Serena as a thank you for being the flower boy in her wedding. Unfortunately the dust jacket has not survived. It sits next to my copy of "My Friend the Atom" from the same era.
I noticed that you have Robert Tanner's book "Stonewall in the Valley". I live in Atlanta and as an attorney had some professional dealings with him. He is quite the VMI hardass. He published another edition of his book in 2002 and according to the preface made some changes based upon his ongoing research. I read an article that described a library he is assembling as bequest for VMI. He is buying sets of worthwhile books and having them leather bound to rest in the Robert G. Tanner room in his memory.
You have several Mark Twain. Recently at a used book store I bought a two volume set titled "The Unabridged Mark Twain" with about 1200 pages per volume for $5 each. I also have the two volumes from Library of America with all of his essays and stories. I love his reviews of James Fenimore Cooper.
I am very impressed by the social circle that you travel with. I will try to pop in once in a while. Seems like a group of nice people, ha ha.
Do come to chat if you have the time. Meanwhile in the words of archy of archy and mehitabel, wotthehell wotthehell toujours gai toujours gai.

Just wanted to congratulate you for having your review of Giraffes on the "Hot Review" list this week. It was a great review!

Hi! I was just going over my 50-book challenge thread and noticed your intense (ha!) interest in Kaltenborn Edits the War News. Thought I'd send this along:

Linda--There's quite an extensive article on the front page, no less, of the NY Times today about the Luzerne County judges.

And you think that's there's more to come! What a treat! Watching them finally get what they deserve! Couldn't happen to a nicer set of guys (probably). Brings back fond memories of my youth.

Linda--you might be interested in this AP article from the WA Post here
Hi Linda,
Anything that I can do to help prepare for a February commute - as long as it doesn't involve battery cables or pushing - is my pleasure.
I'm sure I'll like it. I'm happy to get both a book and a DVD for $22 actually - I thought it worked out well. I was thinking it was funny that the book costs more than the movie, and that perhaps the cost reflects the relative merits of reading a book versus watching a movie!
Hello Linda,
Had to tell you that your post on drneutron's thread about The Other caused me to do something I had not yet done on LT - go immediately out to Amazon and buy the book. Your description was familiar to me, and I had to check out my suspicions - a very good movie was made of the book (Tryon wrote the screenplay), and that's what I remembered - the movie was haunting. So, now I get to read the book (yay!), and I also picked up the movie to see if it was as good as I remember. Funny - the book was $12 and the DVD was $10....!
Just read the articles--great! yes, please do keep me posed.

Things really haven't changed much from when I was growing up, sad to say.

Rather than clutter up your thread, I thought I'd ask you here--yes, please do. I look at the Scranton Times online from time to time, but not enough to catch any notice of shady doings in Luzerne.

"The best blacksmith", dearest Linda.
Oh sure! Just outside of Wilkes-Barre.

Yes, Harvey's Lake helps! :-)

Happy birthday!
Hi Linda
Thanks for your kind words. I am still weary and not up to par, but yes, I did have time to read two books while in the hospital and that was the silver lining to painful pancreatitis.

All good wishes to you for a happy holiday.

I hope you get lots of books for Christmas...
Hi Linda
Where do you live in PA?
I'll check your library later, but for now, I note we share 82 books and I also apprereciate the works of Flannery O'Connor and Truman Capote.
For a collector of Faulkner books, how come I don't see the first Library of America volume, "Novels, 1926-1929"?
Thanks for your recommendations to the Christmas reads thread @75books!
Thanks for the birthday wish. You can do a dance anytime. I think hopeful dances for the good things in the world are grand.
I put Scott's book title and name on LT. I just recently discovered that I can actually manually add a title and the author gets added too. I made all sorts of comments like it's unpublished and probably won't be, but you and I are the only ones who know about it so I guess I don't really have to worry about someone stumbling upon it and looking for more info.

Someone in the YA Fantasy thread has a small publishing company that is looking to get their wares out in public view. She's looking for reviewers, I am going to try and see what she has.
I received Beyond the Glass today. It's my first dial press edition (I love the black covers too). And thank you for the lovely postcard of your area. ;) I adore the personal notes that come with the virago duplicates!
Thanks again,
Since we share enthousiasm for William Faulkner (which I noticed in the Deep South group) I hope you don't mind that I will add you to my "interesting libraries"! Because if you like him as much as I do, I am sure that I will find more interesting books and I am always so happy when I can discover new authors.
Thanks - it's been corrected. (mwade)
Thanks for the heads-up on the ALA link over on BannedBooksLibrary. I knew they were planning on rolling out the new site soon, but I hadn't caught it yet. Cheers!

(On behalf of BannedBooksLibrary)
i tried clicking on the number say 12/12, didn't work so i guess this is not the number you mean

not sure what other number to try

do you mean before you go into the thread at home page level?

i noticed that in some threads at the top, in green, there is a line that reads " jump to first unread" and it looks like someone had to actually put it there - it's next to the 121/121 line - a link of some sort to the last unread note
So how does one put a "go to the first unread" note at the top of a thread?

I just checked your library for eudora Welty books, and found quite a few--but no ratings. which would you recommend?

I noticed that you have "Stonewall in the Valley" by Robert G. Tanner. Tanner is an attorney in Atlanta and I have tried a case against him. He is a professional hard ass and defends medical malpractice cases. He is also a graduate of VMI. I read a new edition of his book in the last 3-4 years. In the introduction he said it was greatly changed from the earlier edition which you have. You might want to check it out from the library. That is where I got mine. Tanner has a project going to get sets of good books and have them leather bound. He is then going to donate them to VWI.
Just wanted to let you know that I received the books today. Thank you so much. I am really excited to read them. Happy reading!!!!
Wow, some great new books! The Dark Tower series is my favorite King and I think The Gunslinger is his best-ever writing.

I'm a Hamill fan too, and I suggest you read North River first; Forever requires some suspension of belief and I don't know if that puts you off or not. While the covers are similar (and quite good), the books are in no way related. Snow in August is another good Hamill, but his earlier books are all out of print.
Thanks for your generous donations to my library!!! I will let you know as soon as I get them.
Thanks, Linda, for responding to my plea for help so quickly! I'm going to take a break from the Snopes for a bit, so I'm going to read Intruder first.

I have invited you to be a bookish friend and, if you have requirements, I can probably find three letters of recommendation attesting to my good guy-ness . . .

It looks like your dance card is pretty full here, but you may want to check out my last entry in the 50 Book Challenge—I need your help, coach!

We share 19 books. How exciting is that???
If I were to read my first Faulkner book, which would you receommend?

We almost got to see his house, but got as far as the drieway and discovered the place was closed! :-(
Hi, Linda,

I'm curious about your affinity for Southern authors. How did this come about?

snagged a review copy for August - [Guilty by Reason of Stupidity] - this has been a week - became a helper - had a problem uploading a picture, but finally got that done and okayed - and now this - neat (even if i have to code on blurty)
yeah, not bad for a "newbie"!

I also emailed my nephew. I'd like to see his author site with more information, but I want him to OK it first.
Got pictures up and Abington sent me a lists of events which I will post (the next booksale is already there).

Haven't heard back from Weinberg but I sent an email to the Dean.
I also emailed Leah Rudolph at the ACL and told her what I had done. I don't have a contact at the Weinberg to do that.
I added both libraries with pictures. Tried doing the picture with photobucket and found it was easier just putting the pics into My Pictures on my computer and uploading from there.

When you are in Local there is a place marked Local members. There a re currently about 6 people with Scranton addresses listed. I added clarks summit to my location, but it didn't seem to want to add my name to Local member. Maybe I have to go away from here and come back. Don't know.
Hi Linda,

Started a Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch, but he's mixed supernatural elements in with the crime. Sacrilege. No guessing the guilty party if the author doesn't play by the rules. Interested to read about the compulsory plastic shoes for government employees though, and will have a look for them when I return this December. Thanks for the link. Heading back to have a look.

Are you scouring booksales? I haven't been to your house in quitre a while but I don't remember it being that big. Will you have to build a new room or are you taking over one that doesn't get much use any more. I have two of those, but they are now store rooms for past occupants.

The Catlin House is having a yardsale/booksale this Saturday with stuff that they have deaccessioned from their collection. Not sure what the books are, though.
The cover photo on the Welty book looks terrific. Time to use that Amazon Wish List button!

Darn, Linda--i simply can NOT keep up with all the books you're adding! the latest one--Eudory Welty photographs--looks absolutely fascinating. How is it?

Sounds interesting. I have several copies of the Bible - just sort of do. I always heard of people who knew the book well and always read it, so I thought I'd try. It's better than some novels I ahve read.
I noticed that you just posted the King James Bible as something new. It's a good book (no pun intended). I read the bible from cover to cover years a go (different version - Douay, I think). Took me a whole year.

I've posted a lot of books and am slowly getting into adding notes to groups. I tried one of th What are you Reading No ones.
i read Are You Somebody by Nuala O'Faolain shortly after it was published here in the US...and loved it for its unsentimentality and power...even when she was really down i knew she'd prevail..she had no choice..being the writer she was...and i did not know she had died...sad that...anyway..have you read her novel My Dream of You???'s a contemporary story tied in with an actual historical event..and how the protagonist walks a fine line between the two..check it out
I noticed that you added the autobiography of Nuala O"Faolain(sp) to your library. I thought it was a brave and marvelous book. There seems to be renewed interest in her since she died. I know Carolyn is a fan, also.
My favorite prose translation of The Odyssey is by E. V. Rieu which was published by Penguin Classics. They now publish a verse translation so you will have to buy it used. Signet Classics publishes a prose translation by W.H.D. Rouse that is very good. My scan of Amazon shows it as the only prose translation in print right now. Prose or verse it is a great book and I am sure you will enjoy either of these two translations.
Hi, Linda,

I have added a most dangerous tool to my browser--a button that allows me, no matter what site, to put any book on to my Amazon Wish Lists (I currently have 7 going). so, I've been tearing up and down your thread, clicking away like crazy--I've added at least a half dozen.

What an outstanding list of books you've read this year!

Hi Linda, I was reading some of your reviews, I think you're a very good writer! To be honest I read the reviews of the books of books that I read and found that you take was the same as mind. Therefore, great logic, you have an excellent mind!
Can't wait to start using them -- this new book, a research one, may be the one! K
Thank you for the comment on The Landmark Herodotus. I'm flattered that you would take the effort to find my thread. I have to bookmark it or else it takes a lot of time to find because I only add about a book a week. I will really feel like I have accomplished something when I finish The Landmark Thucydides, he is much harder going. I have also committed to reading Ulysses and from what people said that is quite a chore also. I have some chronic health problems and LibraryThing is a large part of my social life. Nice people like you make it very rewarding.
thank you for your note...i checked out your library and we both have titles other than Faulkner!!!!i am adding to my library here at LT...slowly....check it out if you like...i am trying to gind Groups that suit my stuff...that takes time too...but thanks again for your note...i'll be in touch....READ ON!
Outstanding review of Franklin and Lucy!

Here I go again, thanking you. I started reading The Unvanguished because of your recommendation and the fact that it's shorter than some of the other "beginner" books. Like most bibliophiles, I'm not happy unless I have three or four books going at one time--there's always something to match my mood at the moment--and I'm pleased with your choice.

This is one of the great things about LibraryThing: If you need an answer, no matter how esoteric, just ask someone!

Linda, thank you for noticing both my 50 book challenge and my LOA library! I love meeting readerly folk, and you certainly qualify. Our profiles say that we have 21 books in common, but if I ever get around to entering the rest of my smallish collection I would say we have about 50.

I too am a fan of James Lee Burke and have read all 16 Dave Robicheaux novels; #17, Swan Peak, is due July 8 and takes place in Montana. Tin Roof Blowdown broke my heart and I think it's about time JLB retired Dave: neither he nor New Orleans will ever be the same.

And now a request. I am ashamed to admit it, but I have never read Faulkner, even though I have four LOA volumes of his novels. I think my biggest problem is where to start. Can you, or rather will you, recommend one of his novels that won't bog me down in heavy symbolism?

Linda: I'm not so sure I should thank you for the link provided by your daughter, because all I could see was about 10-12 more books I want to buy on the history of the Napoleonic Wars!! AND to find out that somewhere i can get the DVDs of the TV series!! i had no idea that Sean Bean was the star--he's perfect for Sharpe.

Now to try not to go bankrupt as I buy yet more books. (groan) Joyce
Oh, wow . . . outside of Scranton? I lived in Carbondale for the last 2.75 years of high school before heading to Penn State (yes, that's the Nittany Lion on my profile, can't believe how long it's been since I've been out there).

I haven't cataloged all my cookbooks yet (most of them, I guess); what I realized when cataloging them was that leafing through one provides a very different experience when compared with looking for recipes online, which I've gotten used to doing. But I go to the web when I'm looking for a specific recipe or already know the main ingredient; looking through cookbooks provides that serendipitous experience of finding a recipe I've never tried and expanding the horizons a bit.


I've heard of the Hobart book village but haven't been there yet--I grew up around here, moved to Pennsylvania when I was in high school, and made my way back to central NY in October of 2005. Got settled, endured the winter, welcomed spring, got flooded out of my house in summer of 2006.

So, with the somewhat difficult homecoming, I've not done as much leisure activity as I would like. I did visit the Bibliobarn in South Kortright, which is a wonderful spot, but Hobart is on the agenda for sometime between now and the next snowfall (ugh).

So . . . where in Pennsylvania are you? I spent a couple of high school years in Carbondale before going off to Penn State.

What a great deal! I wouldn't have been able to pass that one up either. =)
Hi Linda,

I just wanted to let you know that you won my contest for a copy of the book thief. Please send me a private comment with your address when you get a chance so that I can send you the book. =)

Sure do. I was a casual admirer for a while, having only read As I Lay Dying. A couple of years ago, though, I took a course on Faulkner in which we read 11 of his novels, from Flags in the Dust through The Hamlet. It got pretty grueling sometimes (the professor referred to the course as "climbing Mt. Faulkner"), but I'm so glad I got all those books under my belt. It's great to get outside the required canon of such an important writer--you get a much better idea of his or her work than most people ever do.
Hi, hope you don't mind that I added you to my interesting libraries list. I see that we share some of the same favorite authors. In fact, I'm currently in the middle of a Faulkner reading project, trying to read as many of his novels before I go down in flames.


I saw your post on oldest books in TBR pile, about War and Peace.. good luck with that! LOL
I found it to be horribly dull and boring.. made 3-4 attempts at it over the years, and finally gave it away so it would quite staring at me and trying to make me feel guilty and stupid.

Love your library, the photo and your wonderful profile! We do like some of the same things...!

happy weekend
Thanks for your comment. Aberdeen IS a wonderful place to live - I love it here. :)

PLEASE do let me know what you think of the movie when you see it.

One of the reasons the movie was panned was Penn's "over the top" acting. When we saw it last night, we were both put off by his wild gestures during his campaign speeches--sort of windmilling. THEN I watched the Special Feature on Huey Long on the DVD, which had short clips of Long, including a very short one of him on the campaign trail--and guess what--there it was--indications of the same sort of "windmilling" Penn uses in the movie. Clearly, Penn watched movie clips of Long. Penn doesn't use it elsewhere and evidently neither did Long.

In addition, in the Special Features, there are additional scenes and an Alternative Ending. I can only assume that they went with the theatrical ending for reasons of time--same with the deleted scenes, which are excellent. The alternative ending is superior to the theatrical one, but I can understand the necessity.

tonight I'll have time to watch the featurettes on the making of the movie--am looking forward to it.

I think you'll really like the new version!

Hi, Linda!

I'm pretty sure that you're the one who wrote to me about All The King's Men. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I recently viewed the two main movie adaptations--the 1949 one in which Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, and the recent movie starring Sean Penn and Jude Law. The former has received rave reviews while the latter has generally been panned. I decided to buy the latter one after seeing Crawford, because I thought he did such a good job--and because I thought the rest of the cast, with the exception of Mercedes McCambridge, who also won an Academy Award, stunk. John Ireland was absolutely wooden as Burden. I was prepared not to like it, because Sean Penn was almost universally panned fro his portrayal. to my delight, I found the recent version EXCELLENT. It holds far more truly to the book, and Jude Law is a perfect Jack Burden. Obviously sacrifices had to be made in the script, and one of them was the role of Anne--much better portrayed by Winslett but she really was wasted in the role. James Gandolfini has been derided--I thought he was excellent--this was not a replay of Tony soprano. Gandolfini is a fine actor, and it shows in this movie.

So--in case I remembered correctly, this might interest you. I'm also going to post--when I have time--on the Books turned into Movies thread--soon.

Hope all is well.

This is interesting -- my Faulkner is not showing up on the books we share list. I wonder if they are in the boxes I have not unpacked yet??? Of the 228 boxes of books I moved two years ago, I think I'm down to 2 boxes not yet unpacked in the living room, 5 boxes in the Laundry room, and 8 boxes in the basement. I unloaded 8 boxes last week and have another 8 boxes set up to go (having recorded their titles) this week.
thank you! I got my wonderful birthday card. Actually, it came a couple days ago but I've had so much junk mail, I didn't find it until I was going through the basket today. What a nice surprise amidst the other stuff.:) It's almost nicer getting one later, because the after birthday lull makes a card seem even more special.
How exciting to meet another LTer who shares my love for the same old Books. I love the Chapter in Bradsby: The Dead That Still Live. Miner's letters to his father is also very fascinating. I look forward to sharing new leads with you!
Hello, nice to meet you. I love your picture, can you tell me anything about it? It's magical.

I was thrilled to see your collection of PA history books, since I now have more leads in my genealogical research. My Grandmother's family settled the Wyoming Valley and I have become stuck in time, obsessed with learning all I can about their lives. I have lost days to online searching PA's Digital Past, and scouring AbeBooks and Alibris for additions to my old books collection. My prized possesion is a crumbly 1858 copy of George Peck's Wyoming; Its History, Stirring Incidents and Romantic Adventures. I have a digital copy of Bradsby's History of Luzerne County, it is invaluable. I bought a CDROM of Geneological and Family Histories of Wyoming and Lackawanmna Valleys, I found it to be very useful in filling in my gaps. I have a long list of sources to check when I get to the Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne, IN., Spears' Chapters in NE PA history is on my list. I find copies for sale online, would you recommend it as useful? And my last question, do you have an author for your 1786 History of Luzerne and Lackawanna Cos.?

I look forward to perusing your collection when I'm done obsessing on the PA bits!
Thanks for that, Linda! I was just feeling very elderly that day but also recently joined in with another chat room where I seemed to be the oldest there by miles. Couldn't even understand what most of them meant! This one is much more my thing!
Hi, Linda,

I vaguely remember Clarks Summit--never went there as a kid but have some memory of passing through at one time or another. I remember it as being quite lovely and as you say, having characteristics of country and town. I'm really glad that such areas managed to survive!

Hi, Linda!

I just received word via email of your comment but it doesn't show on my profile page, for some reason. But I can answer it here, still.

I grew up in South Side, mostly on Palm Street. Went to all South Side schools, then transferred to Scranton Central, which my mother told me years ago had been shut down.

I haven't returned since my mother's funeral about 8 years ago. I really would like to go back some day and take a look at the place. Living where I do, however, doesn't make that easy.

Yes, I remember the Lackawanna Court House area!

I really like Martha Grimes but didn't that The Dirty Duck was not one of her best efforts. I'm slowly working my way through yet another reread of all her books. I'm on The Old Contemptibles right now, which is one I really enjoy.

But I think it doesn't matter which one you read--her humor never stops, and the crew from Long Piddleton, especially Melrose and his aunt, are worth the price of the books.

Let me know what you think of the ending!

Hi, Linda,

I sneaked back to look at your catalog and what did I find on the first page but lo! a history of Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties! I grew up in Scranton.

Where's the bridge?

Didn't have time to do much more than scratch the surface of your library. I see that you're in the Civil War group and have quite a few books on it. I've been building up that section of my library, although I've taken a rest in order to add more fiction.


To answer your questions here--which seems more direct--no, I haven't read anything else by Annie Proulx, but thanks to teelgee, I'm going to pick up Accordion Crimes after the holidays.

As for Martha Grimes and company: I've done reviews on every book I've read for months now, and have about half of Martha Grimes ,almost all of Harlan Coben, and many of Jane Haddam's books reviewed. so, if you wish, you can go to my profile page, click on reviews, and check them out. Unfortunately, it's not possible to sort by author yet--just title. so either you're going to have to scroll down through a lot of stuff or else check out titles. I'm reluctant to repost on my 50 (read; 100) Book Challenge thread, simply because I want to keep that for either new books or serious rereads, such as The Leopard, The Shipping News, etc. There are too many of Grimes, Coben and Haddam and right now, since it's spring here, I'm really short of time.

IMHO, I think The Leopard is an incredible work. I've been trying to write a review of it for two days now, and am finding it difficult because it operates on so many levels. It's not a fast read, but it's worth every moment of time you put into it.

And yes, I agree, LibraryThing is indeed a disaster!! :-) so many books, so little time! there are literaly dozens of books I now own that I never had even heard of before joined.

I apologize once more for being unable to fulfill your request but truly, I don't have the time.

I have to come back and check out your library!

Well, Linda, I know I am not supposed to read the suggestions for LT's Secret Santa, but I couldn't resist, and yours made me giggle! Thank you for reading my reviews, and thanks for leaving an awesome suggestion. I will let you know what my Secret Santa gives me!

All the best,
Finished Belles on their Toes this weekend and thought I'd leave a comment here in case you don't get over to my posting in the 50 Book Challenge.

As with most sequels, it's not as good as the original; but then, Father Gilbreth was such a vital part of the family that he was sorely missed in this second book. Still, I enjoyed reading about the further exploits of the Gilbreths and how they survived without Father. I did feel that the later years of the family (before the younger children left home) were not covered as well. Guess that's to be expected since the authors were no longer at home, but out making their own way in the world. I just missed the detail of the earlier years.
Good evening. Thanks for e-mail. I have found very interesting: rating, list of fiction and list of Faulkner books.
I really enjoyed your pair of poems on bones. Two vignettes on domestic life suffering some dysfunction. I particularly liked those little foxes -- greedy little bounders! Thanks for posting.
Hello. I do read and speak Slovak - although through Czech.

Unfortunately, there isn't much Slovak literature in English. Recently, In Search of Homo Sapiens: Twenty-Five Contemporary Slovak Short Stories isn't a bad survey though it is a little expensive if you want to hold a copy in your hands. The rest is a bit older - That Alluring Land by Timrava is out of print but might be interesting if you can find a copy. Other than that - try here for a list of pre-1989 stuff:
Thanks for the compliments, your kind words inspired me to do some updating yesterday and use some of the HTML tricks that have been shared for highlighting text.

What a wonderfully relaxing photo, btw, looks like a perfect spot for an afternoon's picnic and a good read.
Michael Crichton definitely counts! Thanks for telling me about him. :)

Hi, visiting your profile page is a joy. Thanks. Nice to meet you in the groups. Cheers, Karen
Welcome to Books Compared, and thanks for joining the discussion. I can't wait to see what you'll contribute as a comparison review, because the single-book reviews you've written are insightful and beautifully written! Sorry I'm so late with this welcome -- I was in rural Texas for 2 months and didn't have regular access to a computer.
I loved the Color of Water also. I had forgotten that I read it, probably a couple of years ago, until I saw your posting. So many books, like old friends, that belong to different times and places and only occasionally flit across the mind.
Hi there, letting you know that you'll be able to write a notice about why Andre Dubus and Andre Dubus II are different. Tim announced Author disambiguation notices in his blog recently.
I don't know anything about the authors so will leave it to you to write the notice.
Hope it helps tidy up the situation for you. Cheers, ryn
Wow, you inspire me. Im a fellow pennsylvanian with a bachelor's in english. Just discovered this website and slowly entering my books. Nowhere near as many as you have. My compliments.
I feel validated by the faulkner. I grew up in pa and I too am a devoted faulkner fan, so much so I took two trips to Oxford and Rowan Oak. Its worth the trip if you ever go. The people are friendly and helpful and used to us outsiders.
Hi Linda!
I just saw you were looking for English and Slovak speaking people, since my parents are French and Slovak I may be useful... except that I live in Paris, which - last time I checked - is quite far from Pennsylvania!

If you need me to translate some letters or book titles (the entire books might be longer), I will be truly happy to help!

Zuzka (slovak version for Susan)
Thanks so much for responding. I have the Stephen Oates bio but haven't read it yet.
Wonderful list of Faulkner books. Please tell me what bio of Faulkner would you recommend? I have one but I can't remember which one it is, and I also have [Eudora Welty on William Faulkner], which is a very pleasant salute to this master writer.
I've always loved covered bridges. I used to live in the mountains here in Virginia and we had two covered bridges. One of them was "stranded" after the river meandered off, on its own. It was kind of sad, but still neat.
Nice Picture!
My boat didn't sink. I were marooned. Marooned, I tell you! And now I dream of cheese. Toasted. Mostly.
I think I figured it out. I've been cataloging books using my home computer--a Mac--and have had no problem adding and adding books. Today, though, I decided to do a little cataloging while in my office, and so used a PC and HA--I got a message saying I could only add x number of books on a free acct. So, I forked over the $25.

Yet another reason to be a Mac addict!
No signed copies around, Phil Stone's widow had them all-- when I was a college student I visited her and spent an entire night paging through a first carbon of The Hamlet, inscribed to Stone's son (Faulkner's godchild) and containing Faulkner's handwritten corrections.
I was surprised to see someone who owned more Faulkner than I did....
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