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About meThis account is my non-fiction library. [User number 25891]

Fiction belonging to my husband and myself is under the account name joiedelivre.

About my libraryMy Books view settings:
A = Analytical
B = Basic
C = Classification
D = Descriptive
E = Everything else

"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time."
-- Carl Sagan

"That place that does contain
My books, the best companions, is to me
A glorious court, where hourly I converse
With the old sages and philosophers;
And sometimes, for variety, I confer
With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
Deface their ill-placed statues."
-- Beaumont & Fletcher, The Elder Brother (act I, sc. 2, l. 177)

"When evening comes, I return home and go into my study. On the threshold I strip off my muddy, sweaty, workday clothes, and put on the robes of court and palace, and in this graver dress I enter the antique courts of the ancients and am welcomed by them, and there I taste the food that alone is mine, for which I was born. There I make bold to speak to them and ask the motives for their actions, and they, in their humanity, reply to me. And for the course of four hours I forget the world, remember no vexations, fear poverty no more, tremble no more at death; I pass into their world."
-- Niccolò Machiavelli

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance."
-- A.E. Newton

"Tea and books -- mmmmmm, two of life's exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss."
-- Christine Hanrahan

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Book Arts, Book Care and Repair, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Bug Collectors, Cats, books, life is good., Elizabethan England, Flaggers!, Gardens & Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsJanet Arnold, Jane Ashelford, Jane Austen, Thomasina Beck, Stella Blum, Anne Buck, Penelope Byrde, David Crystal, C. Willett Cunnington, Mark Girouard, Jean Hunnisett, Claudia Brush Kidwell, David Loades, Beverley Nichols, Aileen Ribeiro, Roy Strong, Neville Williams (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBay Books - Concord, Black Oak Books - Berkeley, Blackwell's Oxford, Borders - Emeryville, British Museum - Bookshop, Dark Carnival, Fitz-Gerald Manor Shop, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Green Apple Books, Hampton Court Palace Bookshops, Hatchards, Hedgehog Handworks, Lacis, Moe's Books, Pegasus Books, The Other Change of Hobbit, University Press Books

Favorite librariesBerkeley Public Library - Central Library, Contra Costa County Library - Kensington Library, Doe Library - University of California, Berkeley

Other favoritesMuseum of London, de Young Museum Store, Legion of Honor Museum Store, The Teaching Company

Favorite publishersShire Publications

Favorite lists1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, Best Books on London (non-fiction), Best Nonfiction about Tudor England, Books about Elizabeth I, Favorite Childhood Books

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Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationSan Francisco Bay Area

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/staffordcastle (profile)
/catalog/staffordcastle (library)

Member sinceFeb 12, 2006

Currently readingTudors : the history of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy

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