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About meI love every genre of books. I have always loved reading, even as a kid (my first obsession with reading and book collecting was Agatha Christie). I am very interested in the following subjects/genres and have read quite a lot of books. I would love to hear from others with similar interest: Famous courtesans; French royalty/history; British royalty/history (Victoria through George VI; Duke & Duchess of Windsor Elizabeth I); JANE AUSTEN (I cannot read her books enough...every couple of years, I have to re-read the entire canon); Christopher Isherwood; Truman Capote; Fiction; Biography/autobiographies; Historical Fiction (particularly Ancient Rome); Ancient Roman history; Mysteries. Books (and reading), next to music, is sustenance for my soul and is the closest thing to spirituality that I guess I've reached as yet.

I am also a bookseller (online). You can visit my bookstore at www.jmvintage.com. I also publish a quarterly magazine, The Duke & Duchess of Windsor Society Journal. To learn more about the Society visit our website at www.ddows.org. The journal often has interviews with noted authors/novelists, biographers and historians.

About my libraryThis is just a partial listing of books in my library.

I have a very large library of books by, about, related to the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. I've been fascinated with their story since 1987.

GroupsGay Men, Historical Fiction, M/M Romance... A cocky li'l group

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Alan Bennett, Truman Capote, Patrick Dennis, Christopher Isherwood, William J. Mann, Stephen McAuley, J. K. Rowling, Steven Saylor, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://www.jmvintage.com; www.ddows.org

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Real nameMark Gaulding

LocationPalm Desert CA

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Member sinceMar 19, 2008

Currently readingDeath in Venice by Thomas Mann
The Greeks and Greek Love: A Bold New Exploration of the Ancient World by James Davidson

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Hi,

I was wondering if you had read The Woman Who Would Be Queen by Geoffrey Bocca and if you did what you thought of it?

Thanks...
My husband is from Corpus Christi, TX. Even so, he's not your typical Texan either. He grew up on the coast near Padre Island (beach dude)and for that reason, he fits perfectly in Florida. I'm very pleased he doesn't have a longing to live in TX again. I'm not from there myself, nor is it my kind of state. I told him once if he ever got a wild hair to move back to his birthplace, he'd have to go alone. The only thing he won't let go of when it comes to TX, are his football teams, the Texas Long Horns & the Cowboys...ugh. Other than that, he's a nomad. Besides, we have beaches in Florida, so he's content... I've been to Austin, and it does seem to be a nice college city. I was there during the summertime though and man was it HOT...ha!

Yeah, I was somewhat surprised there weren't a lot of literary discussions on your blog, but then what you do have is just as interesting. I'll search your old archives for the book topics. I have thought of starting my own book blog, yet I recognize I probably wouldn't keep it updated. I read a lot of books yet rarely can get up enough energy to write a simple review....sighs.

You inquired if I had any book recommendations. What are you in the mood for at this point? Fiction - nonfiction..etc? You might be like me - I have a lot of interests in various topics yet to start reading any specific book I have to be in the mood for it initially. That's why I stock my library with so many different kinds of books so that I have whatever I'm in the mood for any given time. The book "Book Lust" is good for offering suggestions on books for any frame of mind one is in (it can be found at your local library).

You mentioned rereading Jane Austin literature, so I'll assume you're in classic kind of mood. Have you tried any of the Brontë sisters? Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca? Alternatively, there is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? Some literary scholars have even suggested that Truman Capote might have authored the book seeing that he and Harper Lee were dear friends since kindergarten plus seeing that Lee never wrote another novel. Library journal voted Mockingbird the best novel of the century. It's also one of my all time favorites. But then again you might have already read it. It always surprises me that not everyone has ...*smiles*

Cindy
OMG! I hate Westerns too. Science fiction still eludes me, as well. I like some espionage but only if it has a human story to it. Nevertheless, It's awfully hard to find any good literature. I know how disheartening it is when you can't find that special book. Steven King once said a good novel is like having an affair and short stories are like having a one-night-stand. For us readers who can't find that exceptional book it's like trying to find love in all the wrong places... Frustrating and depressing.

As for music, I couldn't agree with you more. I loathe Country & Western. Growing up in the south one might think otherwise, but I always associated it with narrow minded, bible thumpin' hicks. I know that's not fair, plus I know it's not always true either, but I can't seem to shake that perception or relate to that style of music at all.....In addition, Polka, Christian Rock and Gangsta Rap are some of my least other favorites, although, mainstream Rap can be good.

I love your blog. Thank you for the link. I, especially like the Conan O'Brien's article and agree with you 100% about the Republicans. I haven't been able to read everything but do plan to read more later.

Cindy
Mark, thank you for writing back. I hope my shelf will be of some use to you in your search for reading material in the future. You probably have already discovered that I'm kind of all-over-the-place when it comes to genres...ha! I go from trash to class, gossip to serious history. I suppose I'm not too picky. I'm just overly inquisitive when it comes to information...

Oh BTW, you mentioned your blog; it must be down at the moment or you're working on it. Anyway, I'd love to visit it, if and when it's available. I'll keep trying.

Cindy =)
Hi Mark. I hope you don't mind me adding you to my interesting libraries seeing that we both share a passion for reading and that we both seem to enjoy similar genres as well. Famous courtesans, Royal History - French & English...Love Jane Austen, Truman Capote; plus Biographies, Memoirs, Autobiographies, Roman History and Mysteries... Looking forward to seeing your library grow and watching for any future book ideas that I might acquire from your collection.

Take care,
Cindy =)
Noticed you liked Lovely Bones, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it also contains a young female narrator struggling with a series of tragic circumstances. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:

http://christophertusa.com/

Thanks,

Chris
Hi Mark,
Hope you are liking The Master. It can be heavy sledding, but overall I really liked that book. My Star Tribune review of it is at http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/11374381.html

I also read and reviewed his story collection, Mothers and Sons, which is very good.

Am starting "Dictation," by Cynthia Ozick, which imagines a meeting between Hernry James and Joseph Conrad.

Cheers from here,
Claude
I'm on the same page as mgaulding when it comes to subject matter (some, at least) - concubines/courtesans; royalty/historical biography/autobiographies; politics, war, spirituality. Having become a passionate reader later in life (my fashion magaines were my source of joy) I couldn't sit still long enough to get through a book when I was younger - I feel there is so much to read now and so little time.

Your review on The Fortune Hunters was right on.
I love every genre of books. I have always loved reading, even as a kid (my first obsession with reading and book collecting was Agatha Christie). I am very interested in the following subjects/genres and have read quite a lot of books. I would love to hear from others with similar interest: Famous courtesans; French royalty/history; British royalty/history (Victoria through Geroge VI; Duke & Duchess of Windsor Elizabeth I; JANE AUSTEN (I cannot read her books enough...every couple of years, I have to re-read the entire oevre); Christopher Isherwood; Truman Capote; Fiction; Biography/autobiographies; Historical Fiction (particularly Ancient Rome); Ancient Roman history; Mysteries. Books (and reading), next to music, is sustenance for my soul and is the closest thing to spirituality that I guess I've reached as yet.
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