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About meReading has always been a pleasure - some may say an addiction - for me. I was an English major in college so that I could explore this passion more fully. I have had adult basic literacy students for many years because I can't imagine a world without the joy of reading, let alone the practical aspects of knowing how to read. I tend to panic if I don't have a very large backlog of books waiting to be read, and LT has provided even more to my toppling pile. My daughters say that their earliest memory of me is reading my own book or reading one to them. I can think of no greater legacy than the love of reading.

About my libraryI prefer to read literary fiction, but sometimes digress into biographies and non-fiction. The only genres I don't like are science fiction and chick lit. I think that literature is a way of connecting with timeless emotions and experiences. I love books that leave me with something to think about long after I've finished the book.

"Pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language "
--Muriel Barbery: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

"err in the direction of kindness..."
-George Saunders

GroupsAnglophiles, English majors!

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Charles Baxter, Saul Bellow, Elizabeth Berg, Chris Bohjalian, Truman Capote, Pat Conroy, Charles Dickens, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jennifer Haigh, Jane Hamilton, John Irving, Kazuo Ishiguro, Haven Kimmel, Wally Lamb, Penelope Lively, William Maxwell, Alice McDermott, Ian McEwan, Sue Miller, Rohinton Mistry, Mary McGarry Morris, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O'Nan, Reynolds Price, Carol Shields, Muriel Spark, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Strout, William Trevor, Anne Tyler, Larry Watson, Richard Bruce Wright, Richard Yates (Shared favorites)

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Hi, Pat,
We have 2 Siamese brothers. Their grandfather was a Birman it really shows up on one.They are both very loveable. I know what you mean about the books. I have been reading my books than donating them to a small town library. Like you I know I will never get to read them all.
Hi Pat

It was nice to hear from you. I am almost finished with Under A wing, by Reeve Lindbergh. It is a very well-written book of her childhood. She obviously loved her father, but is very honest about his tyranny and his bullying of the family. In fact, she mentioned that the house and the members breathed a sigh of relief whenever he left.
Dear Pat,
Thanks for you comment. I'm always happy to discover another polio kid who's still kicking. Yes, I deal with post polio issues but I have an encouraging doctor who has a lot of expertise in treating them--she's got one post polio patient in her mid-80's who's still walking, which gives me hope. I also have the most supportive husband in the world. I hope your own life is filled with hope and good things.
All the best, Carrie
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You are both lovely and how wonderful that she loves books as well.
Hello a Patricia not a Patrick!
And you have so found the correct person.
Nice to meet you here at 'home'.
Hope to see you on the threads.
Thanks Pat. I haven't read a lot of books about hospice - one fairly good one is Signs of Life:: A Memoir of Dying and Discovery, by Tim Brooke, a British writer.

I have been watching Time of Death as well, and have recommended it to our hospice volunteer coordinator.
Hi Pat,
Thanks for the note! I'm glad you enjoyed Portland and New England generally. Did you know that LibraryThing is actually based here in Portland? (Which I can't claim to have anything to do with other than as a fellow user!)
Yes, the foliage has been amazing this year (I say that every year!) You picked a fantastic time to come to Maine. I think October here is underrated.
It's probably too early to say happy holidays but I hope you have a great remainder of 2013, including good reading! :-)
All the best,
Pat, thank you for your comments regarding my review of The Boo and our shared admiration of Pat Conroy's writing.

From what I've heard, Pat's next book is probably going to be a memoir focusing on his relationship with his father. I'm looking forward to that one even more than to Pat's next novel, I think, because it should offer more insights into his rather dysfunctional family upbringing. The man is a national treasure.

Patrice, I can hardly believe that you are reading Wilkie Collins. I read The Woman in White and The Moonstone many (many) years ago, and while I don't remember details, I do remember thinking that they were a delight to read. Hmm, another coincidence.
Hi Pat,

Thanks so much for your thoughtful note. With a quick glance at your own profile, I can see that we have much overlap in our reading. I'm sure we could have a good lit discussion over a cup of coffee! I'll have to peruse your own reviews in the near future.

Well, I'm constantly trying to catch up on my review writing. I'm trying to get psyched to start writing now, but instead I'm web surfing. Thanks so much for the kind words and the encouragement. :-)

I've never been to Grinnell campus. I got my BA at Coe and my MA at University of Missouri-Columbia. I tried teaching remedial lit courses at two different schools. Don't ever do that; it's a heart-breaker and an off-pisser.

I just finished Oliver Stone's "The Untold History of the United States." Right now I'm reading Mark Twain, "What Is Man?" and Jules Archer, "The Plot to Seize the White House." An annotated issue of Thoreau's "Walden" arrived in the mail today from Yale University Press. I believe that one will do for a hammock read this summer. Probably the next thing I'll tackle (next week?) is Jessica Mitford, "The American Way of Death."

I have a blog up: If you ever write anything you think I might like, you're welcome to send it to me. I can't promise I'll publish it, but I will give it a look. I've invited you to be a friend.

Thanks for getting in touch.

Thanks for your lovely note. I am spending a perfect snowy afternoon in front of the fire, reading a ig fat book, with my mom visiting and reading an even fatter one. Guess where I got my reading gene? I see we have much in common, including the extra pleasure that LT has brought to our lives. I love the recommended books feature, which has greatly added to my TBR shelves. In addition to reading, I spend a decent amount of time swapping books on and listening to book podcasts, such as Books on the Nightstand. Wish I could get paid to rad for a living!

Wishing you a New Year of happy reading.
Hi Pat, This time I was able to link to your daughter's website through Google. That was fantastic. They do wonderful things there! I would love to be able to go there. I don't do much traveling because it is difficult to get 6 dogs cared for! The horses are gorgeous,such a sturdy,healthy yet stunningly beautiful breed. How did she get interested in that breed above others? I think I saw a picture of Maisie, also, but I'm having a bit of a problem downloading the video you sent me, onto my phone. I should try to do it on my computer, I guess. I'll let you know if that works. I also saw her big old mastiff and cute pug. Does the mastiff do well around the horses? How about the pug? I am so in love with my doggies, they bring such joy and love into my life and my husband feels the same. Sharing their lives has been a wonderful experience for my husband and I. After 27 years of marriage we brought these dogs into our lives and experienced yet another instance of growing together through our shared love for our dogs. We initially got the female American Bulldog and then loved her so much we got the male AB, he was her half brother from another mother, and one of our learning experiences was how very quickly they can mate! It was an accident, but the resulting litter of 9 puppies was quite an experience. I helped Lyla deliver them and then was their main caregiver. We did not sell them for the most part, we just wanted to find good homes for them and I believe we succeeded in doing so.They can bring in anywhere from 700 to 1500 a dog but we found that the best potential owners were not necessarily able to do that. We still have two of the puppies who are now a bit over a year old. One of them had a problem with her back legs and we were afraid that she would not receive the care she should have so we kept her. Eventually her legs grew straight and strong, so she is fine. The other female was a bit timid and eventually was the last remaining because we never found her the owner that didn't seem to scare her. She was supposed to go with a nice family but she was clearly frightened of the children so, I let the last male go with them,without realizing how attached I was to him. I went into a real tailspin and could hardly function. I don't ever remember being so deeply depressed and I still can't speak about him without crying. It took me two weeks to be able to just start being normal again, so I was very afraid of letting another puppy go. The people who got him were a nice family with another dog and kids and knew a great deal about large dogs, so he went to a great home, but I still get so sad when I think of him. His name was Fa, as we named the puppies Do, Re, Fa, So, Ti, Darla, Major, Minor and Jack Sparrow. He was the only one who had a very pronounced under bite and I picture that mushy, funny face and still miss him everyday. Sorry about the long message, I hope I haven't taken too much of your time. I just wanted to add that the way that you spoke about panicking if you don't have a large backlog of books awaiting you is exactly the way I feel. Also, I never leave the house without the book I am reading and another just in case I decide I don't want to continue with the original one. Only other book-lovers understand that crazy behavior. I mean what if I have to sit in line at the bank or something? Have a wonderful holiday, hope you get some reading time in and maybe some great books for Christmas! Mary Beth
Hi Pat, I was not able to link to your daughter's website with the link you gave me, but I will try to get there with my tablet which has less firewalls,etc It sounds like a wonderful place, and an awesome way to have your love for animals become a paying job. It must be a round the clock job, though. Mary Beth
PS-I have [The Invisible Wall] and the two books he wrote after that on my TBR mountain.
Hi, I was clicking on LTers who have many of the same books in their library and began to read some of your reviews which I found absorbing and concise. Also,the way you talk about reading and what it means to you could have come from my mouth. I too read mostly literary fiction most often but i tried to include some biographies this past year and some non-fiction so i can learn something. I am doing the 75 book challenge and have read about 68 so far. LT has definitely added to my pleasure, something that has been a life long pursuit is enhanced by the addition of so many others that feel the same about books. I hope to see more of you onthe thre
Mary Beth
I loved this book. I've given copies of it as gifts many times because it was such a powerful story.
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