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About meRetired but still curious.
My interests tend towards History and Genealogy which I am exploring at my website and in my blog
I'm a member of the Library Thing Seattlite Discussion Group Book Club - Third Place Thingers

About my libraryTrying to get control of a rather unruly collection, mostly history and science fiction. As you can see I buy more books than I get around to reading. I was going to catch up when I retired. As it turns out, that just gave me more time to buy books.
About my book status tag: I have now completely converted my book status over to collections.
I am now the owner of several Kindles (got my first one for Father's Day a couple of years ago). Since the kindle books are proprietary I am going to treat them like any other book I own...just keep them in my Kindle bookcase as tag:ebook.
About my uncompleted collection: I have added this catagory to describe books that I, for one reason or another, did not or will not finish. It does not imply that I did not like the books. It just means I am faced with more books than time.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, American History, American Politics, American Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Baseball, BookMooching, Bug Collectors, Evolve!, Genealogy@LT, Happy Heathensshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Daniel J. Boorstin, Bill Bryson, Orson Scott Card, Jared Diamond, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Jay Gould, Neil Howe, S. M. Stirling, William Strauss, Connie Willis, Simon Winchester (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Alderwood, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Northgate, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - University Village, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Woodinville, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Ravenna Third Place Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store (Mill Creek Town Center), University Book Store, University of Washington, University Bookstore

Favorite librariesBothell Regional Library, The Seattle Public Library, Central Library


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Member sinceNov 6, 2007

Currently readingThe Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) by Joseph Tainter
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
The Mongoliad: Book Two Collector's Edition [includes the SideQuest Dreamer] (The Foreworld Saga) by Neal Stephenson
Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage by Donald T. Hawkins
The 8:55 to Baghdad: From London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie and theOrient Express by Andrew Eames
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As you well know, I completely understand the craziness that is moving from one home to another. If it will make you feel better, I'll confess I still have lots of boxes which I have not yet unpacked. Let's see..... I moved in here on 1 Feb. So, Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June, and now most of July..... almost 6 months! Whooo eeeee.

Did you see the change in book for next month. I hope you are not disappointed. [Boys in the Boat] is a book I am sure you will enjoy, and we can talk about [The Big Burn], too.

I hope your last minute complications were sorted out successfully.

We had a good meeting, certainly would have been better had you been able to attend, but que sera sera.

We have decided to ditch [The Big Burn] for August and read [The Boys in the Boat] instead. Both are great histories, with some local flavor but the latter probably has a broader appeal. I hope you'll agree.

Talk with you soon.
I will try to remember to bring some.

Hey, Bill, as I'm breaking the boxes down so they can be stored or transported flat, I see they are SMALL but not the EXTRA STRONG version of SMALL. I packed books in many of them and think they are strong enough for books but I thought I'd double check and make sure you still want them. Send me a PM and I'll continue to set them aside until I hear from you.

oh, that is soooo cooooool!!!! I want, I want...

Did you see (Seattlites group) that I heard from Librarianlost... she may be able to join us again. woo hoo
Happy new year and great reading for 2012! - Karen
Hey, Arctic_Stranger, a frequent participant in Green Dragon, is going to be in Seattle next week. See this thread:
Hey Bill, Jan and I were the only ones who came on Monday and neither of us had finished the book, so, we listened to Tim Egan talk about [The Big Burn, Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America]. What a great story teller he is.

In any case, I am proposing that we try to meet again before Jan. and talk about [Bridge of Sighs] as it clearly is worth the discussion. Both Jan and Emily say they can meet on the 28th (Monday) of Dec. Could you join us then? I hope so. Let us know.

The pleasure is all mine; actually, the pleasure was finding a cheap copy in good shape on eBay!
I recently uploaded a better copy of the cover of "Boeing Aircraft since 1916."
Hi! The book I was trying to remember, and that I think you might love, is The Jump-off Creek by Molly Gloss.

It was nice talking with the group tonite. And I am looking forward to reading The Earth Abides.

I have the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 LED clip-on light. I got it from Amazon :o) I think it works great, and it comes in a couple of different colors.
Hope she likes it!

See you next month,
Hi Bill,

Would you be interested in picking the book for our December book club meeting? I was suppose to be picking the next book but I have an opportunity to travel so I won't be at the Dec just seems to make more sense to have someone who will be there pick the book. If you will take December then I will take January.


I’m sending this note because you are a member of the Seattleites group.

A few of us are starting a book club and I hope that you will consider joining us.

Our first book is In the Woods by Tana French. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, October 2nd, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

See our thread called Book Clubs? on the Seattleites group or you can reply to me if you want more info.

Thanks - Carol
My retirement is set for August 2009, thank you. My wife and I have been making plans for a year and a half already! ;-)
Hi Bill,
I am still fairly new to this. I certainly enjoyed browsing your books. What are you reading now that you like? I am ready "the stuff of thought" which is ok and Gorgon, which is surprisingly fun.
I liked your review of Generations very much, maybe because I could have signed my name to it! I agree with all. As I remember, Strauss and Howe themselves said in the book that a cohort is formed by about 70% of those who make it up, so any given generation has 30% who are "different." I believe they gave Jim Carter as an example, as he doesn't fit the same mold as the other GI Presidents, and that may account for some of his difficulties in office.
We only have the two Generations books in common, but we sure feel the same way about 'em! Martha Huntley
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