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About meI am a recently retired academic librarian, an avid gardener, a health enthusiast, an environmentalist, and a long-distance road cyclist.

I'm happily married to an aviation buff and fellow long-distance road cyclist...but always have plenty of time for new, like-minded book friends.

I love LibraryThing because it allows me to review all the books I've read in one place. I do not collect books. I frequently buy books, but end up giving them to libraries knowing that I can always go back to the library and read them again. In the meantime, the library can shelve them, dust them, and circulate them to other book lovers. My personal library remains small, but my potential access to all books is vast. As emeriti faculty, I have lifetime, easy, digital access to interlibrary loan, and thereby to virtually any book, anywhere in the world.

When I become aware of a new title that I want to read (from a review, from a conversation with a friend, etc.), it is so easy to add it to my "Wishlist" tag on LibraryThing. In this way, I make certain that I will not forget about it. In today's world, I am always near a computer that is connected to the Internet, so it is easy to get into LibraryThing and update my profile at any time. Also, browsing through the catalogs of like-minded LibraryThingers gives me ideas for new books to read. Their reading lists often inspire me to try something I might not have otherwise thought about reading. I find it especially useful when LibraryThingers rate and/or review their books. I am trying to do this with all my books.

I am very impressed with the high quality community of book lovers I find on LibraryThing. Because of LibraryThing, I find that I am reading more often.

About my libraryI am trying to record all the books that I have ever read for pleasure. I am not including books that I read for research or academic study purposes.

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Favorite librariesPalos Verdes Library District - Miraleste Library, Palos Verdes Library District - Peninsula Center Library, Redondo Beach Public Library, Torrance Public Library - Katy Geissert Civic Center Library

Other favoritesRoyce Hall, UCLA, Hammer Museum

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Somehow I was not chosen to get the most recent Doig.I just read its review, appreciated yours, and hope you will go back to his earlier books, especially "Dancing At the Rascal Fair," and "This House of Sky."
Thanks for the wonderful review of Last Man In Tower. It helped me to make appreciate my recent reading of it even more.
Hi Barbara, I just read your review of Buddha's Orphans and wanted to tell you I thought it a great review. I finished the book a week or so ago and was just posting my comments on it when I read through the previously posted reviews. Did you read his earlier "The Guru of Love"? It was also excellent, though quite different from this novel.

Anyway, this is just a little note to say I enjoyed your comments on the book. Best, Lois (avaland)
Oh I forgot to mention the cycling. I love watching Le Tour and make a point of seeing it ever year. From my visits to the USA a few years back it seemed that Lance Amstrong is more popular outside the USA then within. This may have changed in the past few years. When he rode for US Postal my son thought the whole team were postmen.
Thanx for the reply.

Ok The German one I mentioned is called "kinder surprise"

As Regards the South African books its really hard to say. One that comes to mind is My Traitor's Heart by Rian Maln. Although written a few years ago it is still very apt today. Disgrace is also very typical of South Africa today although it's very depressing. I never saw the film with Johm Malcovich, again I don't know why they used an American actor.
Hi Barb

Sorry if I sounded too harsh in my previous reply. Could I still hear from you?

Hi Barbara,

I'm glad that my review of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" has encouraged you to reread the novel. As dark and harsh as it seems at times I found it to be spiritually uplifting in the end. I like what you said about not donning rose colored glasses to live in the world. I think Miller wants us all to see the world for what it is and make peace with that. Even if the peace is not easy our lives are better for it.

I found the connections in The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux. Should I keep mum
Hi Barbara--

I just read your thoughtful review of Gilead in preparation for a book club discussion I will be having in a few weeks. Your review was the most helpful of those I read. It's been a while since I read the likes of Robinson's lyrical prose and I am already delighted by it although only a third of the way through the book. I'm struck by the mysteries and wonders at the heart of John Ames's deep spirituality and the powerful voice that Robinson has given him. All this to suggest that I'd like to list you as an interesting library and return when I have a chance to browse. I'm looking forward to it.

Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


I just read your review of In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. I LOVED that book. I thought it was brilliantly written- glad to know you felt the same way :-)
Check out Blue Planet Run for a new view on Water. :)
Hi Barbara,
I love your library and your thoughtful and thought-provoking reviews, which is why I've asked that you be added to my interesting libraries collection. LT is such a wonderful site. I am delighted to have a place to catalogue the books I've read and wanted to read. I've finally been able to organize all the notes I've amassed about books I want to read. I've been horrified too often to bring books home and find that I remember reading them only after I have begun to read them again - at last a way to know if I've already read them.
Hi Barbara,

Don't worry, you've been given a pass on The Spirit of the Place. I talked to the publisher recently -- apparently it took her much longer than she thought to package, address, and mail out the books (she had several hundred to do all at once). So the last of them only just went out, or are going out now. The gist of it is that you truly are still getting a copy -- it'll just be somewhat late. And don't worry, it won't count against you (as you can already see - you received an April book!)

The March books are still trickling in -- sometimes they really do take over a month to get there, depending on how quickly the publishers get them out, and how they choose to mail them (ie, media mail takes *forever*). So, you're not alone. I'd give it another week or two... Sorry!

Barbara, Thank you so much for your kind comment! I've added you to my interesting libraries as well :) It is always such a pleasure to meet another reader with similar likes. I hope you will love The Cellist of Sarajevo as much as I did. I look forward to reading your review.

Wendy (aka: caribousmom, writestuff)
I have not been in Library Thing for a while - it got very busy at work and I slowed down a bit.
I just got your comment to me about Castle Freeman's "Go With Me" and I thank you so much. I love your review. Everything you wrote makes sense. I finished the book a while ago yet still remember the characters and the story.
I am still new to this so my reviews remain a bit more personal. I enjoyed your more analytical approach. I want to read the book again with your comments nearby!
I also work in an academic library - I run the Circulation Desk and supervise our student workers. I often bring work home and have precious little time for pleasure reading, but aim to remedy that situation over the summer.
Again, I enjoyed your review and hope to talk more once I get more accustomed to this site and writing reviews of my own!
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