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CollectionsYour library (772), For Connections/Recommendations (558), Currently reading (26), All collections (775)

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TagsYA (102), classic (90), coming of age (83), family secrets (82), mystery (70), family (67), autobiographical (59), mental illness (54), insular community (46), academic history (43) — see all tags

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About my libraryI want to keep track of everything I've ever read. Unfortunately, I only found LibraryThing as an adult. If only I had started at age five!

I am a social scientist by day and superreader by night. I read pretty widely and don't mince words (ratings?) on books that fall short of what they should be. I have a soft spot for family secrets in creepy old houses, unreliable narrators, insular communities both fact and fiction, inadvertent comedy, references to Greek and Slavic mythology, meaningful YA and the rare plot twist I didn't see coming. I don't particularly care for romance that comes without any other plotline, pretentious narrative written solely for the sake of being pretentious, Mary Sues, unfunny alcoholic cops or general sappiness. I have eclectic tastes and I'm always up to try something new.

GroupsAwful Lit., Fans of Russian authors, Feminist Theory, Geeks who love the Classics, Name that Book, Reading Books by Women

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I figured you could get the problem at the root. Anything I did would have just been cosmetic. Looks good now.

The problem with these rare books is that they often don't auto-combine. Even slight differences can prevent the combination, so until a certain level of combination has been reached with the most likely differences, you can have several works, each with only one or two copies.
And thank you for the compliment. Glad my thoughts were helpful. For what it is worth nearly everyone in my book club liked it a great deal and thought I was over-reacting. I disagree of course :)
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