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About meI am a transplanted New Zealander, and have lived all over the world. I am now 60 and live with my son (18) in New Jersey. Books are my one real vice, and I usually have two or three on the go at any one time. If I had a lot of money I would live between my apartment in Manhattan and my villa in the South of France. :) But I don't, so I make do with the 'burbs and living vicariously through books.

About my libraryVery pared down from what it used to be. I now keep only those books I know I will read again, or which I treasure for sentimental reasons. I read mysteries for relaxation and good lit for intellectual stimulation. I am very attracted to women's lit from the interwar years, especially anything that involves politics, travel and trains - an example would be Singing Waters by Ann Bridge wherein a 20-something British socialite drops off the Orient Express, and sets off to explore Albania. I am also deeply attracted to American Jewish fiction of any era, but especially NY in the 40's to 60's. And did I mention anything about nuns, and the back of the Cornflake box if nothing else is available...

GroupsCrime, Thriller & Mystery, New York Review Books, Persephone Readers, Virago Modern Classics

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Will mail Monday. Don't worry about the credit. At this point I have 48 and am having a hard time finding stuff to order.
Stay warm!

Hi Barbara!

I just posted Two Serious Ladies on PBS and saw you requested it. It is the second generation version with the same picture as the original green, but with the second generation title/author. Do you want it? I'll just cancel the PBS listing and send it to you.


PS. finally getting over the jet lag,,,,it gets harder and harder
I don't know whether you may use Belva's credit card, however.
Dear Barbara, your Thingaversary is Nov 8, and you may buy 6 books to celebrate!!!!
Are you back to school? Courage.
You're welcome!
Hi Barbara, Will aim to send that out this week. Thanks for the offer, but I'm trying not to acquire. Best, Lois
Wonderful! Have fun putting them in place!

I'm half way through Farewell Leicester Square. It's okay but, like you, I find her writing style ponderous. Not a keeper so I'm glad I'm reading the library edition. Don't have to buy it.
Check out abebooks. They have copies of Good Daughters in Virago editions. One is $1 for $3.99 shipping. The other two are also listed but much more expensive.
Yes, to the pronunciations! There is a Magdalen Street near "Mawdlin". Learned the proper pronunciation watching Ian Carmichael play Lord Peter Wimsey in the 70's.

But then we have a Goethe Street here pronounced Go-thee. Fortunately, when the German tourist asked for Goethe I could send him to the right place. He said I was the 4th person he had asked, including two cab drivers.

Send the tin and the bookmark list. I won't be spending any time in London so I expect to raid the Persephone Store on the way to Marlyborne Station.

Absolutely! But I won't be leaving until August 7 so there is plenty of time!


PS. Don't bother about sending back the pencil tin. They're like 50p in Stratford.
Hi, Friend.
I'm glad you enjoyed *LaL*. Me too.
And I assume that you didn't make the Phillie meet-up since I didn't see you in the pictures. I looked.
Hope you're winding down the school year and have a good assignment for next year. What about summer school?
Hi Barbara,

I'm sorry I'll miss you, since I can only be there on Saturday. There's a talk thread for the meetup here:

In message #2 there's a rough schedule; here's what it says for Sunday:

Sunday 5/19:
Breakfast (site TBD)
Morning visit to the Italian Market Spring Festival
Afternoon visits to historical sites (Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Olde City)
Stroll and dinner on South Street

LT member Darryl (kidzdoc) has been a focal point for coordinating things so you could drop him a message to find out how best to connect with the group. Or Deborah, of course -- she'll be there Sunday too.

If there's any more information I can find out for you on Saturday, let me know.
Have a great time!
Good morning!

Here are the Bernie Gunther novels in order of publication.

Berlin Noir
March Violets, Pale Criminal, German Requiem

The One From The Other
A Quiet Flame
If the Dead Rise Not
Field Fray
Prague Fatale
A Man Without Breath-the one I am reading now set in 1943.

How are you? We're plugging along but can't make any travel plans until Chuck is through with chemo and we know the prognosis. I'm hoping for Stratford in August, but we'll see.

I'm glad that you're liking Hazel enough to put up with the rest of the book. I haven't read but the one, but I will. I had no idea that IAW was a pseudonym, and I had never heard of Michael Redhill. I must say that Consolation looks kind of nice - I'll keep an eye out for it.
Barbara, have you tried Inger Ash Wolfe? Her series is set in Canada with a 60ish woman protagonist, who is the police chief of a small town. I can't quite figure out your tolerance for the ICK factor. The first one, The Calling has some pretty gory descriptions, but the bad stuff was done after the victims, all terminally ill patients, were dead. It's a half perpetrator/half police narration. I liked Hazel Micallef enough to read it, and I have at least a couple of others on my Kindle.
I'll get back to e-mail one of these days just to get an answer from you!!!
Hey, Barbara.
I've been here, I just haven't posted much. I do think about you and wonder how the new year is going. Good grief! It's past the middle of October, and I don't know how your school year is. Please remedy that for me!
We are fine and all is swell!
I sent you a message at Paperbackswap.

The Arnim arrived. Thanks so much. I mailed your books today so look for them by the end of the week I hipe.


I just posted Knight of Cheerful Contenence to your PBS bookshelf. It's not the greatest copy, I'm afraid.
As soon as you request it, I'll return your credit. (I want to print out the address label.)

I went to the Newberry book sale today and I just bought 7 Molly Keanes and three other VMC's. They were only $1 each and I couldn't leave them to languish! Next week is the Oak Par book sale and then I'm done for the season.

Got a wonderful Doctor's report three weeks ago so I'm feeling full of myself.

Yep. We moved recently and I'm downsizing the library a little. There will probably be a few more Viragos on PBS before I'm through.

Hooray for new book shelves!
I have only read Wilson's Swamp Angel and her short story called, I believe, "The Window." I did find a book that had belonged to her (Joyce Cary's Mr Johnson) in a used bookstore in Vancouver but I gave it away to a colleague who did his dissertation on EW. A copy of Hetty whatsit just passed through my hands when I was sorting books ( someone else packs "Canadian Fiction") so I will have to see if it is still on the shelf and give it a go. Meanwhile I will keep my eyes peeled for a copy of Presently Tomorrow for you. I notice that you have a number of books by Ngaio Marsh. Have you been to her NZ house? I looked at it on a website and it seemed keenly interesting to fans of her work.
Since you enjoy inter- war fiction by women, even Canadian women, I would like to recommend Presently Tomorrow by Joyce Marshall. You could check out my review to see if it appeals. The author went on to be the translator of Gabrielle Roy, a much better-known Canadian novelist and the author of Bonheur d'occasion (in English, The Tin Flute) which is also worth reading. Your library is full of books I see frequently when I sort and pack "Hard cover fiction to 1970" for the annual book sale at my college. I will make more effort to rescue them from oblivion.
Dear Barbara,

The O'Brien arrived today. Thank you. I look forward to reading it.

Right now I am reading The Hopkins Manuscript by Sheriff. Do you this Persephone? I can't even begin to describe it,but I can't put it down!


Thanks for the book. I'll let you know when it arrives. I just posted a review of Brook Evans and I'll be reviewing Expendable man, The Village, and The Children Who Lived in a Barn this weekend.

I really did enjoy Exp Man. Hughes was spot-on about Hugh being ruined if he was charged. I'm old enough to remember before the Civil Rights movement when a black man in a white neighborhood was a lynching-in-waiting. And that bit of extra tension before the reveal was wonderful, in retrospect. (No, I didn't guess, and had to go back to pick up the clues.) And to think of Scottsdale as a sleepy little town, instead of the paved over exclusive shopping strip it has become. The desert is accurate, too. All the hot, dusty, beige yuckiness of it. (I hate the desert!) Very film noirish.

The Village is wonderful.

Children Who Lived in a Barn I read in Stratford. Enjoyed it, but definitely not a reread.

I still am finding Persephones a mixed bag.

Thank you again. That's more than enough to go on. After The Spare Room I wasn't sure that I was ready yet for another cancer thing, so I may seek out the *Heat* one. And I didn't want to blow a credit although it's always simple to put something I don't like back out there for somebody else.
I hope you're home and looking for a good weekend. I'm supposed to be typing minutes, but this is a lot more fun. Got to get smart though.
Thank you, friend. I'm glad to see your name back on my page.
One more question - well, 2. Do you like Penelope Lively? Would I like Penelope Lively? I'm attracted to Moon Tiger which you don't seem to have, but I can't decide whether to spend one of my hard-earned pbs credits on it, not to mention reading time. I'm beginning to think that I may actually not live long enough to read all that I'm accumulating. Not that that makes any difference.
Oh. And Paola got her book.
Just a note to say that I miss you when I don't hear from you although the eye candy is a pretty good make-do.
Hope all is well and that you're not too sick of snow - which we might have gotten a little of but didn't.
I'm spinning my wheels.
You're supposed to enjoy it and, I guess, write a review if you're so moved.
Hope you're enjoying a day close to ours - absolutely perfect weather: Carolina blue skies and a temperature around 60. More cold wet is coming though ----- so why am I looking at it from inside? Stupidity?
More later.
It's snowing in Lumberton, my hometown! Real, pretty, fluffy snow!! Not ice!!! Accumulation!!!! This almost never happens!!!!! (Just thought you'd like to know.)
I've e-mailed the publisher your name and address, so we'll see whether they deliver. Hope you didn't spend the whole day digging out, but that your hubby was able to flaunt his big one happily!
We didn't get anything but rain and wind. Gusts just under 50 MPH taught me how scary it is to be frail. I'm not, but if I had tried walking in it last week, I would have been blown over. We might get snow over the course of 6 hours or so tomorrow night. It's coming up from the south though, and that's when we get our big ones. On the other hand, Lumberton is apparently built on a vent from Hell. It can snow and accumulate in a perfect circle around us, and we'll get nothing.
Will you have to make up these days, or are some built in?
It's too late. I'm staggering off to bed while I can still make it.
Oh, that is desperation indeed!!!! Ow ow. The Omen. Torment. And yet there are books that are perfect for travel, the trick is having them with you, and having enough of them which can be such a problem. A couple of the hotels on our big trip had 'libraries' of books left behind by other travelers. I read so much Agatha Christie, she is now associated with certain sounds and smells -- the call to prayer, spices, a sort of ennui that settles after being having seen too many strange and new things.... . I reread some Waugh too (surreal) but I can't remember anything else. The 'library' in our hotel in Bali was particularly good, I took away several and just left Ulysses ..... how cruel of me.

But it sounds as though it was a lovely trip?! I read a bunch of Freda Stark about traveling in Turkey awhile back. How I would like to see some of those places.


Barbara -- the box of books arrived today -- what a trove! Now I just have to find time to read them and places to shelve them. Thanks so much -- Jane
Thank you, Barbara.... I do have *Sleeping Beauty,* and I've even read it! My next concentration is going to be to finish The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Thank you for checking!
Barbara, I have The House coming from pbs! It looks like exactly my kind of thing!
Hope you've had a decent Monday when you get back here.
Dear Barbara,

I sent you a message on PBS that 84 is mailed as of this morning. I sent it first class since it was cheaper than media mail.

Gee, I have Daddy was a Numbers Runner enroute to me. It was on my wishlist at PBS and came up. Consider 84 a gift for surviving Thanksgiving!

I understand family dynamics. I could never get close to my in-laws. Hell, my husband never could get close to them and he's related! Finally (since they lived in SD) I just stopped going to visit them. The loooong silences when conversation died became unbearable. Chuck went out to visit them on his own.

I know what you mean about London now. I still go as often as I can and have my favorite "dream" houses I visit. The Dean's house in the Inner Temple; a tiny house in a mews in Hamstead with a wonderful front garden which was owned by a member of Benny Goodman's band; a house in the close of Westminster Abbey. When we went there first in the 60's there were still uncleared bomb-damage sites in the East End and Southwark. We looked at an old warehouse on the Thames near the Anchor Pub which was for sale for 25,000 GP. Chuck said that we could have docking for a boat, parking for the car, a roof garden, and space for my library! Now that building is condos that you can't buy one for under 1,000,00GP. The housing market in London doesn't seem affected by falling prices.

You can have John if I can have Kenneth Moore!


PS. I find that there are still some areas of the UK that, if one squints, one can imagine the 1930's.....Northumberland, the Cotswalds our of tourist season, the village of Dorsington near Stratford. Cornwall has become a second-home destination for fat cats. A friend who lives there says that they are in danger of losing their village school because so many of the natives sold their homes for what they considered a big profit to non-Cornish folks who only come down on weekends or during holidays. The school lost its base and now the remaining kids might have to be bussed miles to go to school.

Oh, Porlock Weir in Somerset is in a "Brigadoon" timewarp. Margaret Drabble and Michael Holyrod live (or lived) there the last time I visited.
I recorded They Were Sisters and watched it tonight - what did you think of it? It was rather melodramatic, but still fun. Did you know that the actress who played Margaret was James Mason's first wife? Hope you enjoyed it.


I totally believe the A. Jolie thing. (I've never been told I look like anybody else except some girl's little brother back when I was in high school.) (At least I don't look like Barbara Bush.....)
I've done a little scanning through *MGC.* She was a pistol in a hard time for women! Thank you for the book!
Barbara, the book arrived today. Once again, thank you very very much!!!
Nice handwriting, by the way.

Paola :-))
Thanks again. Speedy service, too!
Thank you for that link. That was very sweet of you to take the time to do that for me.
I think I am off to see about setting up an account.
later dayz,
Right, don't think about that. It will only depress you and we don't want that for goodness sake.
I think I am going to join Book Mooch, Paperback Swap and Book Crossings. And if after a week or 10 days, "Frost in May" isn't picked up on the Virago site, I may just set her free in the wild. Someone, somewhere will enjoy her. I think most members have her already.
Well, than you again. It has been pleasant chatting with you. I will meet you on the threads.
Good grief! Has it been that long since we communicated directly? I see your footprints here and there, but haven't stopped in to speak. I'm glad that you're on spring break at last - maybe the rain will move out. Weather really doesn't matter to this retired person; I like whatever happens within limits, of course.
I gave up buying books for Lent and have gone on a real spree at amp these last two days....... I'm not sure of the value of "giving up" for a limited time anymore. Now if I could double charitable contributions, I'd be in business.
So do stop by my place if you will. I miss you.
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