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About meI am an associate professor in the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa. I live in West Branch, IA with my husband and two sons (ages 10 and 13). We're all readers, so my house is filled with books.

I read a wide variety of books and am always looking for something new and different. I belong to a book club through the West Branch Public Library - a small but lively group that likes to read all kinds of things. I also share a lot of books with my mom.

I'm a part of the 75 book challenge for 2014. Come visit me there.

About my libraryI started by entering the books that I've read since January 2007 - some of these were borrowed from libraries or others. I've also entered the books that are on my shelves, with the unread ones tagged as TBR.

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Missouri Readers, US Presidents Challenge (USPC)

Favorite authorsBarbara Kingsolver, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gregory Maguire, Ian McEwan, Richard Russo, Shel Silverstein (Shared favorites)

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Real nameAmy

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Member sinceFeb 2, 2008

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Amy, I almost missed the fact that today is your 6th Thingaversary! I hope you are able to celebrate appropriately, despite being under the weather at the moment.
I love Library thing for the readers comments and reviews. I usually don't communicate too often with other reviewers, but I wanted to let you know how much I agree with you about the Anthony Marra book. I read 50 books a year and try to review them all. I also do not give out 5 starts that often(Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon) but I had to give this book 5 starts. This may be one of the best 1st novel I have ever read. Not much to add to what you said. My reviews get linked to Facebook so hopefully some my "friends" will read this book. The good news is that I live in Sonoma, Ca in the Bay Area and Marra lives in Oakland so hopefully I will see him one day doing a book reading. Take care
Nice review on the Marra book-thumbed. My first read was also memorable. I started the year with Steinbeck's Travels with Charley.
Some day I'll have to post pics of the church in Santa Fe that is the basis of Death comes for the Archbishop.
Amy,

laytonwomand3rd (Linda) has offered her help if anyone has questions about reading Faulkner. She is a huge fan and helped me narrow down my choice. Here is a link to her post on Mark's AAC thread where she links her thread with an invitation for questions.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/162960#4434586

Good luck picking something out.

Roberta
His prose is right up my alley. Check this review I did of a collection of essays about writing - down in the review is a paragraph on Haruf's process which is .... crazy, really. http://www.librarything.com/work/93647/reviews/90895239 I read Eventide and loved it just as much. I have Benediction on my current pile with a bunch of others for my Christmas leave reading. I haven't gotten to the collections of short stuff yet but really can't wait.
Haruf is a favorite of mine. Read more of him.
I loved Joyland, too! You really should read 11/22/63 . No horror and epic storytelling with lotsa heart.
On Writing is a great one!
I'm reading the Goldberg book now also. Just saw her speak on the occasion of her new book publication. She's cool.
I loved the strong character development!
Amy, I finished Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. I couldn't put it down. Your review is great!
Isn't Rebecca one of the most wonderful books ever? I've have been reading and re-reading it since I was a teenager. The film (Laurence Olivier version) is stunning too.
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OMG! Best birthday cake ever!
Hi Amy - haven't been able to find your thread but wanted to say that I did my pre-doctoral internship at University of Iowa exactly 20 years ago. It's a great town and I loved the bookstore -- City Lights? Is that right?
Cool, porch_reader! Your Doc review hit the hot reviews list today!
Amy, as you know, losing a friend is one of the most difficult things in life. I still miss my friend Phyllis who died of ovarian cancer last February. Not a day goes by without a tinge of sadness quickly followed by a smile of joy for the memories we shared.

I hope your job is going well and you can relax a tad now that tenure is no longer looming over you.

Congratulations for all your accomplishments, including your ability to be such a kind, loving friend.

Linda
Amy - glad to hear that you had a good trip. I'm very excited about Michigan - it will be our first-ever trip there. That whole area looks beautiful. You can be sure that I'll be on the look-out for book shops in every town we visit!

Sandy
Hi there! Loved your review of "The Game of Thrones". I'm a big fan of the series. I don't read much fantasy either but these books are excellent. I can not wait until Book 5. BTW- HBO will be doing a series based on the 1st book, starting early next year! Take care and see you around!

Mark
Amy
I hope you are having a pleasant summer. Though people tend to think academia is easy in the summer, the truth, as you know, is that there is always lots to do in preparation for the next academic year.

I'm writing to say I read your review of the Amy Bloom book Away. I just finished and review it. I agree with your comments. It could have been a better book.
Congratulations!
Hi There Amy

I seem to remember that you were going to hear official word regarding your tenure in April or May. I'm sending all good wishes to you.

Reminder: The Missouri Readers Group will begin discussion of King of the Hill: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner on April 1, 2010. No Kidding! The discussion thread is at http://www.librarything.com/topic/87112. I look forward to chatting with you all again!
Thanks for letting me know Amy. Good news indeed!

Congratulations on a successful process thus far!

Linda
Amy
It dawned on me that I didn't ask you how the tenure procedure is going. Any news?

Thanks for the link to the discussion thread. I have it starred!
Just a reminder! One week from today, on February 1, 2010, we will begin our Missouri Readers discussion of “The Moonflower Vine” by Jetta Carleton. We’ve started a thread, but try to avoid spoilers until next week!
http://www.librarything.com/topic/82986
Hi! I just read your review of The Moonflower Vine and gave it a thumbs up. It was one of the best books I read last year, and I thought your review captured its spirit very well. I think it's a wonderfully written book and I've been recommending it whenever I have the chance.
Thank you porchy.
Erin did so great. Came through with flying colors and presented a beautiful little girl.
thanx again,
hugs,
belva
Glad my Grand Canyon list was useful, even after so many years. And thanks for your kind words about my tags; they're actually a work in progress, and if I ever had time/motivation I would go back to all the books I entered when I first joined LT and update my tags. But, too many books, too little time. Rebecca
Just stopping by to say I hope your birthday is as special as you are!

It is a joy to know you. The world needs more people like you!

Hugs,
Linda
Congratulations! I am very happy for you. By the way, I finished the book Abide With Me. I found this on your thread. It is a gem!..And, so are you!

Thanks for keeping me in the loop!
I just finished Wolf Hall last night. I'm curious to learn of your impressions of the book.

I hope your semester is going well.

Linda
No i did not. I found it online. I believe it is Venus. I think I found it on Nasa's website or some such thing.

mamachunk
Hi porch_reader: I love your username. I mentioned on my 75 book thread that I've got a book on the history of American Porches. I need to look for that one and move it more to the top of my TBR list.
Hi there-

I have been following your thread on 75/2009 and notice that we have some LT friends/books in common.

Although I am in my years of retirement from hands on parenting, I love giving support to parents actively engaged in the "work." What a treasure you sound to your boys and sounds like your husband connects with them well also.

Well, LT is about books, so I would like to be one of your friends here that shares our reading adventures with each other.

May I wish you a Happy Mother's Day a bit early? I hope it is a pleasure all day long.

Warmly,

womansheart
I saw that you recently added A Mery. I'm hoping to get a few folks together to read and discuss over in the African-American lit group. If you're interested, stop by
Amy...I probably should have added that the DO NOT OPEN book can be difficult to find. I'm not sure why, because it is such a lovely book. Maybe someone should consider getting it into print again. THere are used copies available (tho somewhat dear) and most good sized libraries should have a copy. My son just insisted on his own, and I just remember Christmas in the mid 1980's having to pay over $15 for a children's book. Enjoy.
I'm glad you decided to join us!

Where are you from? I live in MD in the Washington suburbs, and believe it or not , I have never been to the White House or an inauguration. Maybe after reading all the Presidents, I'll be tempted.

I started George Washington today, so I'm on my way!
HAPPY YOU'RE WITH US! GOOD READING!
Cheli
Hi Porch reader.saw your question about children's lit over on Mrs. Bond's thread. There is a wonderful book that was my son's favorite as he grew up [Do not open] by Brinton Turkel. We recently re-discovered it in our attic (where we have the children's books shelved) and read it to his daughter. She loved it and took it home to Daddy! He called and was so excited. At 29 years old, he was still thrilled with that book. I won't spoil it, but it has gorgeous illustrations, a terrific story, a scary monster, a lovable heroine, a wonderful cat, and is short enough that you can survive having to read it over and over and over again.

Just saw that you added [Guernsey Literary..] - I'm almost finished - hope to finish tonite. Isn't it great? You also have two others I love on your recent adds....I got the Father Tim [Home to Holly Springs] for Christmas last year and devoured it. I really love Jan Karon's stuff. And I just got [Pillars of the Earth] on audio. Want to re-read it before I do his new one.

May I mark you as a friend? You have so many of my favorites in your library.
Hi
Interesting that you too are recovering from strep throat. It is wicked! When I first worked in academia I was ill a lot. Over the years I built a strong immune system, still I am susceptible to those students who sneeze or cough, or touch items on my desk.

My role as adviser is an exempt staff position. I supervise all aspects of the yearbook and all non-editorial parts of the newspaper. A faculty member oversees the editorial parts of the paper.

My time is spent evenly between both publications.

Getting back to The Disappearing Act of Esme Lennox, how sad that one of the primary reasons for keeping her in the institution was to allow Kitty to have the charade of having a biological child.

By the way, if you have not found the site Historicalfiction.org, you might want to try this. A LT member recommended it to me. Like LT, it is filled with interesting groups of people who are well-read and who share their knowledge of books and various subjects.
Thanks for posting your reply regarding the ending of The Disappearing Act of Emse Lennox. Given the fact that I've been home with a strep throat most of the week, I thought that my normally intelligent mind was a bit foggy. Still, I read and then re-read the last pages.

Here's my take:

Iris' father was the child stolen from Esme.

I need to go back and re-read some pages. I believe that Iris did not know her father.

All in all, it was a gripping and sad tale regarding the treatment of women who do not conform to the norm.

Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys? There is a similiar type of theme in this book. Have you read Jane Eyre? Rhys spins a tale of Bertha, Rochester's crazy wife in the attic. This book also deals with the topic of women confined to the attic or an institution when society doesn't know how to make them fit a standard mold.
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