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About meStyle is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn. - Gore Vidal

About my library2014 Reading

1) My Life in Politics by Jacques Chirac
2) The Duchess of Windsor by Charles Higham
3) The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran
4) Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
5) Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
6) Awakening Loving Kindness by Pema Chodron
7) Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin
8) A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
9) The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
10) 96 Hours by Georgia Beers
11) Joseph Andrew by Henry Fielding
12) It's Your Ship by Michael Abrashoff
13) Anatomy of Wit by Euphues
14) EE Cummings:An Introduction to his Poetry by Rushworth Kidder
15) The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
16) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
17) a simpler way by Margaret Wheatley
18) Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood
19) How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things by Neil Smith
20) The Unfortunate Traveller by Thomas Nashe
21) Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldman
22) The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
23) Fingerprints of God by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
24) Pamela by Samuel Richardson
25) Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
26) Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
27) On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
28) Judgment in Managerial Decision Making by Max H. Bazerman
29) De!licious by Ruth Reichl
30) Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
31) The Grail by Brian Doyle
32) Fanny Hill by John Cleland
33) Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman
34) Wild by Cheryl Strayed
35) How to Plan and Execute Strategy by Wallace Stettinius
36) The Long Road Returns to Joy by Thich Nhat Hanh
37) The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
38) Amelia by Henry Fielding
39) Self Reliance by Emerson
40) The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
41) The 2R Manager by Friedes
42) Hood by Emma Donoghue
43) Negotiation by Roy Lewicki
44) Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
45) Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
46) Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander
47) Salmon: A Global History by Nicolaas Mink
48) Finding My Elegy by Ursula K. Le Guin

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Cookbookers, Early Reviewers, Folio Society devotees, Legacy Libraries, Modern Library Collectors, Oregonians, Portland Readers, Proustshow all groups

Favorite authorsSimone de Beauvoir, Emily Dickinson, M.F.K. Fisher, Neil Gaiman, André Maurois, Rainer Maria Rilke (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAnother Read Through, Charles Seluzicki Fine & Rare Books ABAA, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Powell's City of Books (Portland)

Favorite librariesMultnomah County Library - Central Library

Other favoritesLiterary Arts, Inc.

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics, University of California Press

Favorite lists1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

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yes! i loved her addition to the group, i hope she comes regularly now. fun night last night.

and it looks like i will have some of my sundays free in the upcoming months so i'll definitely keep you posted, it would be nice to go out for adult conversation!
yes, i enjoyed the story but couldn't believe how poorly it was written. not quite the same as the alchemist, true.
excellent, excited to see you again!

yes, i was disappointed with the alchemist when i read it ages ago. has good ideas, but doesn't live up to the hype. (much like the celestine prophecy, although the former is written better.)
looking forward to seeing your rating of the alchemist...
going to see you tomorrow for book group, right??
my comments about it will be very, very elementary. i'm reading it because i've wanted to and there's an lt group read discussion about it going on here: if you've got a copy, join in!

i've never read a book on religion or philosophy before so i don't have the background that many people who read/discuss this one do.
it's always fun to try to figure out what someone was actually trying to say when the device changes a misspelled/mistyped word to something completely different. or someone's name - lt changes david sedaris to seders. ;)
over stylized. i like that characterization! that sounds nicer than how i've been describing it/thinking of it.
did you read the tales in the city series? i feel like beebo brinker has the same tone and feel, and they bothered me for the same reasons...
ok, if you have someone in mind to give it to. you do support my business and i appreciate it. and want to support you right back so if you don't want it, it's ok. especially now that i have an lgbtq shelf in the shop that i can put the book on. =)

i am *really* looking forward to the next one. it sounds like it's supposed to be really well written, which is really all i want. the author seemed a cool lady when i saw her at the convention she won the awards at a few weeks ago. i'm hoping we get a good turnout since it should be such a good read...
oh, don't worry about it then. you've been a good customer; we can let this one go.

the next one (sept) is letters never sent by sandra moran. it just won two awards at the lesbian fiction event i was the bookseller for a few weeks ago; i'm really, really looking forward to it. (while trying to dampen my expectations because that usually ends in disappointment for me...)
>She decided she would prefer to be here in town for bday.

whoa. an opportunity to travel and she said no? i don't understand. =)

>I finished Hood today. It took awhile to stimulate my interest but then I found the characters interesting and realistic. I am sure some would disagree.

yes, there was a lot of discussion at the group about how realistic or not the characters were, in general. especially mr. wall (is that his name?), the sister, and to some extent pen. we had lovers and haters in the group, it was very polarizing, this book!

>I will start Beebo tonight.

just finished my review that took hours (with many interruptions for sales, thankfully) to write. i thought i still had your copy here at the front. maybe that's for someone else..i need to look into that! i hope you like it!
i thought you were going back to the coast in sept for mj's birthday? or maybe because that's driving distance that doesn't count as travel?

still reading hood - the group had really, really mixed feelings about that one! i'm into beebo brinker now, should be a pretty interesting conversation, i think...
such a bummer. although you've missed a couple of dud books, at least. the discussions have always been good, though. i think the next handful are going to be good, so hopefully you can be there to tell us what you think!

been going anywhere cool, or mostly just seattle?
Noooooooo! Are you out of town as much as it seems, or just during our groups? Bummer that you keep missing. When you come back you'll find a bit of a different group than you left. I do hope you make it back! The Sept book is supposed to be particularly good so should be a good discussion...
so interesting. i thought giovanni's room was just beautiful. can't wait to reread it one day. in the meantime, so much new stuff to read and i've been slow lately. i think beebo is going to be a short read, which is good for us both. you still have a copy here waiting for you!
>I am not a huge Baldwin fan. It us not dislike, just disinterest.

wow, really? he is one of my favorite authors. pretty much everything he touches is gold to me. have you tried giovanni's room? gorgeous.
>E- Sounds like it was a good one to miss. Yes, AK and last week of this term at school. July I believe I will just be returning from vacation if it is the 8th. I look forward to making the meeting.

My reading has slowed. This term at school seemed particularly demanding.

We did make it to Sylvia Beach hotel in Nye for Memorial? Have you been there?

sorry, been off lt for a while, except to update reading, more or less.

hopefully you can still come to the meeting - it's not the 8th but the 1st. where to for this vacation? i feel like you said but i can't quite reach the answer in my head...

it's funny you said your reading has slowed - you've read over 30 books this year so far! pretty good, i'd say. i'm sure you're eating them up during your break. when do summer classes start?

i've heard such great things about the sylvia beach hotel! was it amazing??? one day...
j - you aren't missing anything (book-wise) by not coming to this month's group. so glad to be done with the book today. i bet i'll leave the group appreciating it a little more in theory but i didn't like reading it...
bummer! i always miss your presence when you aren't there. alaska should be fun in july! best time of year to be there, i think. i hope you're wrong about the dates, though. if you have any thoughts you want the group to hear about this one (if you finish it or not) just let me know.
i've been to norway (it was long ago - 1999) and haven't been to iceland. although a few friends have gone and have just loved it. our neighbors went last year. the photos were great!
just saw one of the books in your (very long) currently reading list - are you going to iceland???
I am really liking [All the Pretty Horses] - it's my first Cormac McCarthy.
happy vacation!!!
>Let me know if Iberia is worth the time commitment. It seems as if I would like it. I read a Michener a long time ago but I cannot remember which one.

i think you're a faster reader than i am, but no, still no. at least where i am right now. i feel like i might be reading this book for literally the next month it's taking me so long. i feel like i've been reading forever and i'm only on page 97. (out of 960.) i really, really like michener. he's one of my favored authors. but this is not one of his good ones. to this point anyway. if you want a better michener recommendation, i can do that for you!
>Headed out in the morning. MJ is going to read the book on the trip. I can't wait to hear her thoughts. I will send you an email with more thoughts sometime this week.

oh it's going to be hard to hold your tongue!!! your own private book club. good thing since you'll miss ours. =(
have a great time on the slopes!!
probably you leave this weekend for whistler. have a wonderful time!!!!!!
oh no! i'm bummed. i always like what you contribute. really sorry to miss you. =(

feel free to send along your thoughts so i can pass them on.

too bad you cant just hop a quick flight in the morning instead. =(
the group is april 1. hopefully that changes your availability??

i felt like it was so unrealistic for there to be no contact, for eva to just allow billie to think she was dead, for any of that to have been true. and the rest felt so true so that was hugely disappointing for me. so beautifully written though...
oh no!!!! you're going to miss the meeting?? well then tell me, what did you think of eva being alive and her total absence for 50 years?
oh wow, whistler. i'm *so* jealous! #1 a vacation. #2 a skiing vacation. #3 such a beautiful area. (we went there years ago and on the first day out marcy tore her acl.) how long are you going? are you big skiers?

yes, you ordered the next book - hood by emma donoghue. i didn't mean to write such a teaser into the email. i just wouldn't want people to show up to a discussion with such huge spoilers if they were just checking out the group but wanted to read the book some other time, you know?

it's been a slow couple of days but overall still way better in the new location. i've been opening up the garage door during the day and can only imagine how much goes on during the summer if the activity over the last few days is any indication. i'm not sure how i'm going to not eat all the great smelling food every day though...
holding my tongue, holding my tongue.

going anywhere fun and exciting??
she is, indeed. ok, i'll keep mum.
omg. i finished bodies of water too soon. i have so much to say and don't know how i'm going to wait until book group. did you finish yet?
3 things - 1. the drunken botanist is an awesome title. 2. i had no idea that le guin writes poetry. 3, and what i really came to say: i just started bodies of water and i freaking love it so far. on page 7. how far are you?
Yes-that is the book. SO far, it's not overwhelming me, but Wendy says it gets better.
i think i'm only on page 10 or so and so shouldn't comment, but i'm a little disappointed so far. not drawing me in...
"Or, it may me just as interesting just to observe the two of them in conversation."

now *that* would be far more interesting than any conversation i could have with either of them. that would be amazing. you've just given me y new go-to answer. =)
i read contact years ago and loved it. (it's why i'm reading this, actually.) i never saw the pbs series that is apparently a companion to this book and i'm sure i never will. but i'm like 17 pages in (it's a slow read) and have been floored a handful of times already. (did you know we've modified corn so much through the years that it can no longer reproduce without our intervention?!??!) i knew that i was going to be cutting it close trying to read this before reading 96 hours but i cracked it open just to see and was hooked right way. i used to answer that "if you could choose 1 person living or dead to meet and have a conversation with" question with leonardo da vinci, and that might still be true. but sagan might take over the top choice spot...
i just saw that you rated it and was wondering how that happened! =) glad it's a quick read because i'm not sure when i'll get to start it!
Carver is great! Although depressing.
i do similar things with my ratings. i've got a few books i read for work or for parenting, things like that, and if they have 5 stars it's not like i'd recommend everyone run out and read it. it's taking into account a lot of things, like you said. and for whatever reason i'm not nearly as critical when reading those kind of books as i am when reading for pleasure. hmmmmm......
>On a different note, I agree on the 2 1/2 versus the 3 I gave Carry the One and I am updating it.

i'm a pretty harsh reviewer so now i wonder if i should go lower. ;) i'm actually wondering if i'll like it more or less after our discussion in a few days...

as to beethoven's hair - one of the flutists that play at my shop (they're coming again next saturday if you want to hear them) was the one telling me about the book. he just made the pilgrimage himself to see the lock of hair. maybe he was more partial to the book because of his personal interest and his coinciding trip.
i was looking forward to seeing what you thought of beethoven's hair and am so disappointed that you only gave it 1.5 stars! i just had this book recommended to me a couple of weeks ago. bummer...
>I always have one light read and one heavy read...the rest is just inability to not pick up every book I touch.

lol. i love that characterization! and one of the things that i'm going to like (i think) about our group is that lori is going to force me to read more light reads. i do read light books, but it's not my typical, and i think i probably could use more of that in my life!
>Ok,I will put in my *medium priority* pile. It made the Booker 50 Essential Reads Listing. Maybe less from staying power and more from a pivotal point? However, I think we are going to be reading the new Donna Tartt.

i'd still love to chat about it next time i see you (and don't forget, i have your euphues and will be closed all next week). definitely it was a pivotal book for its time. it's kind of interesting how much feels outdated, and how much doesn't.

>No, it is not my kitchen. I wish. We went to an olive oil festival in wine country and thought is was festive. The olive oil was amazing and then up the hill for Pinot tasting. It was at Red Farms.

ah! looked like maybe your thanksgiving spread at home or something. =) that sounds like a fun way to spend a day!
by the way, is that your kitchen in your photo? it looks amazing!! also, you're currently reading *9* books at once?? how do you keep track?!?!
definitely let's discuss! i think i was a bit harsh in my review of the women's room, probably because of how much i liked it the first time around. after i wrote that review, i read a preface that dorothy allison wrote in a different edition than i'd had, and she made some awfully great points abut the staying power of this book, and the historical significance of it. it should probably be read for that reason alone, actually. it's a bit of a long and slow read, though.
you'll read it again before we meet? impressive!

i'm about to start "cicero" by anthony everitt. i went through a roman history phase about 9 years ago and this one ended up on my list from that...
already read blue is the warmest color - that *was* fast!
Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for thinking of me. Since we last spoke I have gone back to school, so my free time (on Tuesday nights in particular) has dwindled. I will be curious to hear about the book group, if you decide to go.

Take care,
Hi ponder! I am actually in Oak Grove so I bet we're really close by. Maybe we can do an eastside meetup sometime! Janet
I am planning on going to Strayed's event. Let me know if your travel allows it. If you live close by maybe I will hit you up for getting me a tix!! Keep me posted.
Oops. Forgot the date, didn't I? Thursday, March 14. Here is a link
This is the first Oregon meetup that I have been part of. Hopefully we can start a trend. : ) Coffee works too or maybe we could catch Cheryl Strayed, 7:00 at the Oregon City Library. I just read her book, [Wild: From Lost to Found onthe Pacific crest Trail] and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm sorry to see from the messages below that you won't be able to meet up with us. Maybe this will be the first of many and we'll still have a chance to connect.
Thanks for the comments on The Matisse Stories. I have had the same reaction to some of my favorite authors. I assume I will love anything they write but find one I just can't get into. I love Kate Atkinson's novels. Have you read any of her books? But I tried to read Behind the Scenes at the Museum, twice in fact, and just couldn't get into it.
Pooh! I am sorry that you will be out of town during the Annie Bloom get-together. I guess that just means we will have to have another one!! Are you traveling for business or pleasure?
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