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Member: theaelizabet

CollectionsYour library (1,557), Wishlist (20), Currently reading (3), Read but unowned (56), All collections (1,594)

Reviews15 reviews

Tagsfiction (452), nonfiction (347), classic (209), mystery (190), play (172), history (138), poetry (122), memoir (95), essays (77), historical fiction (77) — see all tags

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About meBorn and raised in Texas. Matured in L.A. Regrouped in Brooklyn. Landed in New Jersey.

Married to someone who journeyed to most of those places with me. Have a daughter who is now old enough to journey on her own.

About my library2015 Reading

Best reading experience: The Ancient Greeks

The Iliad (Lattimore translation) (reread)
The Iliad (Fagles translation)
The Oresteia (Lattimore translation)
The House of Atreus adapted from The Oresteia by John Lewin (reread)
Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works by Diane J. Raynor and Andre Lardinois

Best new experience: The graphic novel, or more specifically, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Several books made it to Broadway this year and this was one of them. It was terrific, but, as always, the book was better.

Best Correspondence: Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald. Two thoughtful and decent people become soul mates. And since I had never read anything by Macdonald…

Best Mystery: The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald. His first book. I hear he gets better and better so I'm looking forward to reading more. Honorable mention: The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May.

Best Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. We are doomed, but at least Kolbert makes the reasons for our demise fascinating. Couldn’t put this down. ‪Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano, ‪The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomlin, ‪Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills and Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson all get honorable mention here.

Best Novel: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante Book 2 of 4. I'm hooked. Honorable mentions: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, A God Among Ruinsby Kate Atkinson and the Things That Always Were by late LTer Solla Carrock.

Best Essays: ‪Between the World and Me by Ta Nehesi Coates. As powerful as you've probably heard. I've read his Atlantic magazine blog for years and loved reading his thoughts as he explored the Civil War and studied French.

2014 Reading

Best of the Best:


One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Best:

A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics by Alexandria Socarides
Columbine by Dave Cullen
"The Henriad" (Reread Richard II; Henry IV, part 1; Henry IV, part 2; and Henry V prior to watching The Hollow Crown)

Honorable Mention:

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Immortal Evening by Stanley Plumly
Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

GroupsAll Writers Considered, Bully's Tavern, Club Read 2016, I became a fabulous opera, Infinite Jesters, Le Groupe des Mignon Photos, New York Review Books, Reading Globally, The Clocks Have All Stopped, The Hellfire Clubshow all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aeschylus, Edward Albee, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Julian Barnes, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Charlotte Brontë, Anton Chekhov, Emily Dickinson, Joan Didion, Harriet Doerr, George Eliot, James Ellroy, Steve Erickson, Penelope Fitzgerald, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Holmes, Langston Hughes, Henrik Ibsen, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Keats, Federico García Lorca, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Eugene O'Neill, Dorothy Parker, Barbara Pym, Kay Ryan, William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Tom Stoppard, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Peter Weissman, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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LocationNew Jersey

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 16, 2007

Currently readingThe Heart of Spain Anthology of a People's Resistence Anthology of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by Alvah (Editor) Bessie
The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition by Emily Dickinson
Barcelona by Robert Hughes

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