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About meI am in my early 60's; a chemist by profession who's 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 have just completed and had 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.

Reads of 2014
1) Bringing Ararat
2) Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
3) The Good Muslim
4) At the Crossroads of Anjier by Kim Raikes
5) Trying Not to Try
6) Oh, Tama!
7) Happy City
8) We the Animals
9) Hidden in Plain Sight
10) Redemption in Indigo
11) The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst
12) The Thing with Feathers
13) Zlata's Diary
14) A Question of Power
15) Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
16) Thrown into Nature
17) In the Shadow of the Banyan
18) Mennonites Don't Dance
19) Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother
20) Little Boys Come from the Stars
21) Pepperpot: Best New Short Stories for the Caribbean
22) Allah Is Not Obliged
23) A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism
24) Mona and Other Tales
25) The Devil's Workshop
26) A Moveable Famine
27) Senselessness
28) How to Read the Air
29) Lightning
30) Visitation
31) Starlight Detectives
32) The Poetic Species
33) Beer in the Snooker Club
34) Journey by Moonlight
35) Stone Tree
36) A Free Man: A Story of Life and Death in Delhi
37) Saman by Ayu Utami
38) Touba and the Meaning of Night.
39) Marina
40) Broken Spring
41) Riveted by Jim Davies
42) Dr Mutter's Marvels
43) The Long Road Back
44) The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
45) John Crow's Devil by Marlon James
46) Snow Country by Kawabata
47) There Was and There Was Not by Meline Toumani

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, 999 Challenge, Group Read--Late Winter 2010--, Group Reads - Literature, Monthly Author Reads, Non-Fiction Readers, Philadelphians, Poetry Fool, Reading Globallyshow all groups

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

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Real nameSharon Bisaha

LocationPhiladelphia, PA

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Member sinceApr 4, 2008

Currently readingUlysses by James Joyce
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina

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Happy Thingaversary, Sharon!
Hi- Thanks for your very kind note about reading Bringing Ararat. I am really glad you liked it! As it was the first book I finished, and basically self-published, I never put much energy to into promoting it, so I am always amazed and very pleased when someone actually gets a hold of a copy. Best wishes for your next year in reading- Armand Inezian
Hello, Sharon

I see that you are reading a book about Benjamin Britten but said that you hadn't heard much of his music. Britten wrote wonderful songs, so if you're curious you could do worse than start there. I recommend Winter Words (his settings of Thomas Hardy), the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, the sublime Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the exquisite Canticle II - Abraham and Isaac.

As it happens, I'm currently reading Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten 1928-38.

Best wishes,

David (Cappybear)
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Miles looks like a sweet & benign ruler. ;)
Thanks Sharon, for your note on Southern Tiger. It does sound interesting, but I'm sure that if I really want to understand Chile, I'll have to read a lot more than just one book!
Off to check my local libraries for "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind". Thanks.
It was your mention of GBE that attracted me to your library. I have worked on that book for years and have never understood all of it but I love it. I have one more year before retirement. Then I plan to tackle it again. I also liked Metamagical Themas. Have you tried it?
You were right Sharon, "Wild Swans" was wonderful! As the author is only two years older than I, I think it particularly struck me what an easy, privileged life I have led. I kept imagining myself in her place, and being embarrassed at my former lack of both interest in and knowledge of the events that have taken place in my lifetime. On another note, I recently read my first Ishiguro, "Never Let Me Go", which will forever haunt me. How are you liking "Remains of the Day". From what I've read in the posts, all his books seem quite different from one another.
Hi Sharon, thanks for the email reminder. It is fun to see your reading list. I have read several of them also. I recently finished The Girl Who Played with Fire. I would also recommend Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. Kay
Hi Sharon...I added "The Hummingbird's Daughter" to my wishlist based on your review, in point of fact. I found the statement that you empathized with all the characters while not being all down with the miracle stuff (paraphrasing) to be the deciding factor. Alcottacre and mckait both glow with their radioactive passion for the book, which makes me both curious and leery. I needed a data point that would provide balance, and so decide which way I'd fall.

You won! Now I'm off to the liberry to get it. I'll report in after completion.

PS--O scientific heiress of the Ancient Egyptians (Khemet is the root of the word chemistry, after all)...why is there an absolute zero but no tidily corresponding absolute too-hot?

Always wanted to know that....
Oh good! That's exactly what I was hoping to hear. And your routine sounds delightful, mostly because it's very much like my own!

Hello Sharon! I've intended for an unconscionably long time to stop in and check with you on your conversion to involuntary retirement state. Happiness, fury, boredom...what's new?

I've really been on a memoir reading kick. Any recommendations?
Your very welcome and thank you for participating in my new thread. Hope to run into you often
I saw your comment on reading posts. Like you I read the ones that I like to keep up with.

I am inviting some people to my new thread. This may interest you. Check it out.
Thanks for the tip...I've obviously checked out your profile, etc.

Emma was one of my favorite Austin books when I was in college. It has more depth than it appears to at first. Like all of Austin's novels, it is very duck-like: calm on the surface but paddling like mad underneath!

Hi Snash.
I used to write poetry. I haven't in a long time. I have one published, too - in 'The Magnetic Poetry Book of Poetry'. The people who do those little boxes of magnetic words to play with on your refrigerator had a contest for people to submit poetry written with their product and my submission was one of the poems that they used.
I would love to get back to writing again. I love poetry but can never really articulate just what it is about poetry that I love. I guess it has to do with the way it makes me feel. I don't always need a particular plot when I'm reading something - as long as there is atmosphere and something to relate to and a particular "feeling" that it brings me.
Who are your favorite poets?
I enjoy reading your posts - thanks for writing to me.
hi snash,

read ur post about liking Wild Swans. maybe a similar book, a memoir called Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng, will interest you. i recommend it.
I think you said much better what I was trying to say re: Life and Death. The characters did feel one-dimensional and I too often felt like I was reading a polemic. Still an interesting book, though.

Looks like we're getting ready to have an White Christmas here in New Jersey come Friday. Can't tell how much of it will be coming your way.

My best,


I think you mentioned reading Life and Death of Harriett Frean. Interesting little book, eh? I thought it almost read like a treatise at times (if that makes sense), though the ending really left me feeling bleak. Thought it was worth the time I took to read it. What did you think?

Yes, we really have interesting cross interests, especially the Czech stuff and the pysch. I love Prague in Black & Gold, such a well researched book.
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