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Member: theaelizabet

CollectionsYour library (1,650), Wishlist (29), Read but unowned (71), All collections (1,713)

Reviews16 reviews

Tagsfiction (460), nonfiction (353), classic (209), mystery (190), play (173), history (137), poetry (123), memoir (97), historical fiction (78), essays (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 library Best of 2016 Reading


City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Troubles by J.G. Farrell
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz

Venus and Adonis by Shakespeare

Honorable Mention
High Dive by Jonathan Lee; His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet; Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Outline by Rachel Cusk; Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee; Barcelona by Robert Hughes; Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

Best of 2015 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.
Best Correspondence: Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald. And since I had never read anything by Macdonald…
Best Mystery: The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald.Honorable mention: The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May.
Best Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. 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. 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.

Best of 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

GroupsBookBalloon, 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, Rick Harsch, Richard Holmes, Langston Hughes, Henrik Ibsen, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Keats, Federico García Lorca, Mac McCaskill, 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)

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationNYC area

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Member sinceJan 16, 2007

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