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The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

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CollectionsYour library (583)


TagsMemoir (11), History (6), True Crime (5), North Carolina (5), Favorite (4), Biography (4), Did not finish (3), Hiking (3), cook book (2), Thriller (1) — see all tags

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About meI grew up with a love of reading. I've been a book club member for over 12 years.

About my libraryMy library stays relatively spare, since most of the books I read are donated to our Friends of the Library used bookstore


Favorite authorsKaye Gibbons, David McCullough, Ann Patchett, Reynolds Price, Annie Proulx, Richard Russo, Wallace Stegner, Elizabeth Strout, Anne Tyler (Shared favorites)

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Real nameJane Wallace

LocationWinston-Salem, NC

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceOct 6, 2006

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Hi Jane, I'm new here. Hello to a fellow North Carolinian. It appears we both like southern literature, and North Carolina authors in particular. I live in the rural community of Plainview which is just outside my small hometown of Dunn, NC (about 40 mins south of Raleigh. I plan to explore your lists for recommendations!
Hi Jane....I'm kind of embarrassed. I just stumbled on your Profile Page again and read your response to my message. I am really sorry that I haven't answered. If you reply on my site, then I will read it much faster. There are many ways to get lost on LT. :-)

I read Deep End of the Ocean before Oprah recommended it. I used to work in a bookstore and got to read some Advance Reader's Editions, which was pretty cool. I found it disturbing, but I remember it fairly well after all these years, so guess it stands the test of time. I've also read a few ARCs for LT. I am close to starting Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet which will be released in Feb.

I would be interested to hear more about your Book Club. I've tried the one at our local library, but the leadership was sorely lacking and a few people monopolized the group. Stay in touch! ~Donna~
Wow, I'm so surprised to hear from anyone. So far I've only scratched the surface of this site and am still exploring. I had some time to spend recently and actually used your list to add more books to mine, since we had so many in common. I do live in Sparta in North Carolina, a very small town, which is in the NW corner in the mountains. Have you been affected by the flooding? I went to this site this morning to try and see what others thought of the book, Deep End of the Ocean, by Mitchard. The writing style in the first 25-30 pages really doesn't appearl to me. Have you read this one? I'm in a book club, with 25 members and also volunteer in our library's used book store.
Thanks so much for responding.
Jane (aka spartahiker)
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