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About meI am 70; a chemist by profession whose friends from high school on have been almost exclusively English or Psych majors. I have always read about 50/50 fiction/nonfiction with particular interests in people and what makes them tick, history, anthropology, and sociology. Within the last seven years, I have taken up writing and with the encouragement of a weekly workshop have been writing memoir and a number of poems. I published a book, In the Beacon Light Lambertville, NJ, 1860 to 1900. It's a history of Lambertville, NJ as portrayed by the local newspaper of the time, The Lambertville Beacon. As such it depicts the everyday life of that time. A second book, A Great and Noble Work: The Volunteer Refreshment Saloons of Philadelphia During the Civil War, was published a year ago.

Books Read in 2018

1) An Academic Question by Barbara Pym
2) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
3) Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas by Alan Trachtenberg
4) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
5) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
6) NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith
7) Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
8) Love etc. by Julian Barnes
9) Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
10) Fearless and Free by Sara Richardson
11) Saving Talk Therapy by Enrico Gnaulati
12) Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
13) The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
14) Misalliance by Anita Brookner
15) Open City by Teju Cole
16) Brotherly Love by Pete Dexter
17) Berlin Stories by Robert Walter
18) On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks
19) A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
20) The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
21) Howard's End by E.M. Forster
22) Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
23) Dinner in Camelot by Joseph A. Esposito
24) Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story by Oliver LaFarge
25) Everything You Know by Zoe Heller
26) Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon
27) The Time of Our Lives by Elliot Schubert
28) Plainsong by Kent Haruf
29) Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min
30) The Tree of Life by Hugh Nissenson
31) Tales Out of School by Benjamin Taylor
32) Dance Night by Dawn Powell
33) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
34) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
35) Hillbilly Elegy by JC Vance
36) Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
37) Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
38) The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
39) The Life Before Us by Romain Gary
40) Alexandrian Summer by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren
41) Amsterdam: A Novel by Ian McEwan
42) A Lazy Eye: Stories by Mary Morrissy
43) Hamlet's Dresser by Bob Smith
44) Nutshell by Ian McEwan
45) Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
46) The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

Favorites of 2017

1) A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2) News of the World by Paulette Jiles
3) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
4) Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
5) Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine] by Gail Honeyman
6) I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yung
7) Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
8) Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Favorites of 2016

Euphoria by Lily King
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Turner House by Angela Floury
Flow by Beth Kephart
Rogue Justice by Karen J. Greenberg
River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnit
Life Breaks In by Mary Cappello
The All of It by Jeannette Haien

Favorites of 2015

Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Neapolitan Series of 4 by Elena Ferrante
Less Medicine, More Health by H. Gilbert Welch
H is for Hawk
Love and Fury: A Memoir
Brewster by Mark Slouka
Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Favorites of 2014

The Thing with Feathers
How to Read the Air
Journey by Moonlight
Dr Mutter's Marvels
There Was and There Was Not by Meline Toumani
How We Die
How to Be Victorian
Stoner by John Williams
Someone by Alice McDermott
The Understory: A Novel by Pamela Erens

Favorites of 2013
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

My favorite books from 2012
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Poisonwood Bible
West from Appomattox

Favorite books of 2011
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
Red Heat by Alex Von Tunzelmann
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer
A History of the World Since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild
The Memory of Love
The Portrait of a Lady

Favorite books of 2010
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and
Mimi Schwartz
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston
Constantinople: City of the World's Desire
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years by Richard Fortey
India: A History by John Keay
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Favorite Books of 2009
Wild Swans
The Last Lincolns
Lark and Termite
The Hummingbird's Daughter
Confederates in the Attic
Memoirs of a Giesha
Olive Kitteridge
The Help
The White Tiger
Life of Pi

About my libraryThe library is a combination of my husband's and my interests. The cookbooks and psychotherapy books are his. Of the rest, he's read more than I since he's faster. We seldom both read the same book since we hear enough of each other's reading that we're more interested in reading something completely fresh and new. Naturally some books inspire reading by both.

Since downsizing in 2012, most of these books are no longer in our possession and are in the "Discard" category. New books are now mostly Kindle, Early Review, or from the library.

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2018, 999 Challenge, Group Read--Late Winter 2010--, Group Reads - Literature, Monthly Author Reads, Non-Fiction Readers, Philadelphians, Poetry Foolshow all groups

Favorite authorsRohinton Mistry, Wallace Stegner, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceApr 4, 2008

Currently readingLincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

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