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About meI am in my mid 60's; 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 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 2015

1) The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
2) Friendswood by Rene Steinke
3) Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
4) Lila by Marilynne Robinson
5) All the Light We Cannot See
6) The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams
7) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
8) Less Medicine, More Health by H. Gilbert Welch
9) The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
10) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
11) The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
12) H is for Hawk
13) A Place at the Table
14) What Is Visible: A Novel
15) God Is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster
16) The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
17) Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
18) All That Is Solid Melts into Air: A Novel
19) The Wives of Los Alamos
20) Citizen: An American Lyric
21) Love and Fury: A Memoir
22) Bellwether Rhapsody by Kate Racculla
23) No Country
24) Spoiled Brats: Stories by Simon Rich
25) Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
26) Blessings by Anna Quindlen
27) Brewster by Mark Slouka
28) Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology
29) England, England by Julian Barnes
30) Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
31) A Closed Eye by Anita Brookner
32) Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
33) Gateway to Yellowstone by Lee Whittlesey
34) My Antonia by Willa Cather
35) Little Bee by Chris Cleave
36) For Exposure by Jason Sizemore
37) The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow
38) Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
39) Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia by Thom Nickels
40) The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
41) The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
42) The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
43) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
44) Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason
45) Bel Canto by Anne Patchett
46) Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
47) Object Lessons by Anna Quinine
48) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
49) Democracy in Black
50) A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
51) Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
52) The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
53) Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
54) American Sweepstakes by Kevin Flynn

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, 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

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/snash (profile)
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Member sinceApr 4, 2008

Currently readingis for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (Bloomsbury Sigma) by Kathryn Harkup

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