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Member: nancenwv

CollectionsYour library (205), Currently reading (1), All collections (204)

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Tagsnon-fiction (104), fiction (90), animals (33), life stories (30), humor (28), extraordinary lives (23), autobiography (22), love (19), strong women (18), loss (17) — see all tags

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About meI'm in my 50's, have two grown kids, and 2 grandchildren. After reading for years about the arctic and antarctic and long sea voyages (yes, all the O'Brian novels) at age 50 I was astounded to get hired as a videographer traveling to those places regularly. I did this for five years, watching glaciers calve and sitting with penguins. During that time I found I wanted to read about prairies and small towns. Now I'm leading a much quieter life, getting to know my local community and ecosystem. I tend to alternate between fiction and non-fiction. I'm drawn to read about the trancesendant experience of people coping in extraordinary circumstances.

About my libraryThese are books I've either recently read and liked or favorites I remember. I don't keep a library except for 3 or 4, instead I enjoy passing books on to friends and family.



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Real nameNancy Sanders Farmer

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Member sinceAug 5, 2008

Currently readingThe Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

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Hi Nance-

I saw you tagged me as an interesting libraries, plus that you're interested in strong women, biography,and the antarctic.... which made me want to recommend The Great Task of Happiness, a biography of Kathleen Scott. She married Robert Falcom Scott, and also was a sculptor, adventurer, and many other things. Elspeth Huxley wrote it.

Who do you work for? I worked for the USAP for many years, mostly at Crary Lab in McMurdo. I miss that big white space.

Dear Nancenwv,
Stegner's Angle of Repose is one of my all time favorite books. I picked it up while volunteering in our library's used bookstore. From your profile I see you enjoy books about the arctic and long sea voyages, so I'll recommend: The Karluk's Last Voyage by Robert Bartlett, and one I'm reading right now, Yukon Alone by John Balzar about the Quest Race in Alaska. Your life sounds interesting. I rarely check the comments section of my profile and glad I noticed your recent message. When Thanksgiving is over, I'll check out your library more carefully.
thanks for the information...I've heard nothing but good about Lindblad tours!

It sounds a lot like Belize, some areas are well preserved and others just can't manage the crowds. But they need the tourists to survive! Catch 22! I spent a month there (my parents lived there 8 years) and just loved getting off the main travel areas and hanging out with locals!

You have a very cool job!!!

Best wishes,
I know you're busy, but if you ever have time, please tell me if the Galapagos lived up to the hype. I've looked into those research cruises and it looks amazing, but it's hard to tell if it's just good advertising. One friend who went was disappointed, and I couldn't imagine how!
BTW, I uploaded a boatload of reviews today, I had them collecting virtual dust on my computer. Hope you find something good!
Thank you for your kind words, your profile looks fascinating! It must be wonderful to get to travel and see the places you only imagined before. I love O'Brien too...

I just got finished with my "Australian" travels where I read Robert Hughes nonfiction on the continent, as well as Bill Bryson's travel adventures and Tim Winto fiction at the same time. Makes me want to visit so badly!

Of course, it was the same when I went through my Spain phase, the "old South" phase, and the Russian phase...LOL. Now I'm working on the Norwegian area (Per Petterson and Dag Solstad, among others).

Take care!
Noticed you liked The Glass Castle, 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's also about a dysfunctional family and a bit dark. 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). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to learn a little more about the book before you commit:


My experience with Weims indicates you had an exceptional dog. Wild abandon is more common in the ones I've met!

The number of dogs here varies greatly. I currently have two, Audie an English Shepherd and Zip the Australian Kelpie. I'd love to add a giant dog to our home (the molossers are my favorite type) but it's not a good time. I'm recovering from surgery on one rotator cuff and waiting to have the second done. Also we're a foster home for National English Shepherd Rescue and they've got 300 dogs *hopefully* coming in very soon from a hoarder situation. They'll desparately need foster homes and I want to keep space for as many as I can take here.

I don't take dogs in for training except for very rare cases. The dog training I do (and yes, it is my full time job) is really people training/coaching/counseling. Dogs are easy, people not always so much. Most of my work is with problem dogs and I love what I do. It's a second career I took up after a few decades as a consultant on groundwater issues.

I checked out your website. IMO your job rivals mine when it comes to the interesting factor.
LOL! Glad my library is providing you with good browsing opportunities. Vicki Hearne was a brilliant writer. She was a friend of several friends of mine. I'm really sorry I didn't hook up with that group soon enough to meet her...

If you're interested in a bit of dog-related reading and are short on time, check our my blog at I try to update regularly and there are some excellent fellow bloggers in my blogroll.

BTW I am jealous of your trips to the Antarctic. I applied for a job at McMurdo back in the 80's (right after spending a summer in the Alaskan bush) but wasn't lucky enough to get hired. Then college, career, marriage etc. took priority.
Hi, Nancy - Read your comment to Jane on Long Island. Sounds like you're having quite the adventures. I expected you to be considerably younger. I can see why your library here isn't very big - yet. You're too damn busy to be fooling around on the computer, and maybe too busy to read too. I read The Endurance years ago. And I loved The Shipping News. Have you seen the movie version of the latter? Very well done. And I'm always looking for a good "dog book" - a habit left over from childhood, I suppose. One of my current favorites is Hal Borland's The Dog Who Came to Stay, written around 40 years ago. While I do like to read about far-away and exotic places, I prefer to stay home. I'm retired and have been writing my memoirs for the past several years. (See my website at I salute you for your important and daring work. Take care of yourself. - Tim
Hey! You mention the book "The Only Kayak" and I had to get it. Exactly the kind of thing I like. Haven't had time to read it yet but I was surprised when I put it in library thing to find I already have 3 books by him! Thanks for the book suggestion. I'm sure I'll like it. Paula
I was looking up people that have polar libraries and came across some info on you on someone else's sight where you had left a comment. What a dream job you've had!!! I love ice and glaciers. I've spent about 8 summers kayaking on my own, with maybe one other person with me, in Alaska. It's the best way to see stuff. I spent 4 summers in Glacier Bay, paddling in from Juneau most of the time, and spending a couple months there. Also in Prince William Sound, Kechamak Bay, and Tracy's Arm/Fords Terror. My dream trip is to go to Antarctica but I hate to do just the cruise ship thing. It was funny hearing what you are doing because I took one of the Travel Channel Academy Workshop about 6 months ago and bought a camcorder that records HD and have the Final Cut Express program and have been learning to film. I am really interested in what you do! How wonderful. But I know when you have a job to do it can sometimes make it a little harder to enjoy. I'd love to hear more. Wouldn't it be great if you could go back in time and travel with Shackleton, scary, but amazing--of cause women didn't do that sort of thing!!
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see we have a big overlap in books about the arctic and antarctic. Alaska too. I picked up a copy of Scott's journals about 10 years ago and have been hooked on polar literature ever since. I don't really understasnd why, I'm sure I would find it too cold to enjoy even a brief visit. Armchair travel is more my speed. What really interests me is how much was accomplished by "ordinary" men, in an age without all the technology and knowledge we have today. I've read many current accounts of trips to the poles, and I always wonder how successful the men and women of today would have been 100 years ago.


Hi Nancy, and welcome to LibraryThing. I am so glad to have found this site and know that there are other people out there who like to read as much as I do. I envy you being able to travel to those places I have only read about. ~Donna~
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