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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.

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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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