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CollectionsYour library (659)

Reviews278 reviews

Tagschildren's (107), series (83), zloc:bsmt_tub (81), beloved (69), funny (67), zloc:office (63), gift (55), very good (52), zloc:bsmt_box1 (52), memoir (49) — see all tags

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About meFather of four, delighted with my luck in finding such a wonderful wife. Recovering English major, former bookstore employee, ice cream shoppe guy, and pizza man; relocated Midwesterner; UNIX sysadmin at a university in Providence, RI.

About my libraryDone with the books at home, though many more rest in boxes at the parents' house. I find that I have, regrettably, a lot of paper boxes in the basement holding books.
Of the ones not in storage, many of my books are left over from college, apart from the ones I never bought; many are recent re-purchases of stuff loved years ago; and many books I read aren't here since I took them out of the library for a test-ride and they weren't good enough to own.
Also, I have mountains of books for children around the house intermingled with the kids' own books.
I work in IT, but I don't really own any computer books 'cause I get my employer to buy them.
If my reviews seems to be mostly positive, that would be because I don't keep (or buy in the first place) books that aren't any good. I'm not a shameless homer, but I just don't buy junk.

GroupsEarly Reviewers, Geeks who love the Classics, Rhode Islanders

Favorite authorsStephen E. Ambrose, Rick Atkinson, Eric M. Bergerud, Mark Bowden, Betsy Bowen, Bill Bryson, Roald Dahl, Ian Falconer, William Gibson, Kevin Henkes, Nick Hornby, Jerome K. Jerome, Michael Kelly, James Lileks, Robert McCloskey, Larry Niven, Naomi Novik, Ernie Pyle, Neal Stephenson, John Thorne, Barbara W. Tuchman, E. B. White, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesCumberland Public Library


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Hi, it's now been made possible to remove blue flags from reviews, so I've unflagged your review of Gift From Earth.
I seem to have been wrong to think that changing your review would clear the flag - pity.
Most people who flag reviews are trying to be helpful. If LT shows at first just the first few reviews and they are all like "$4.95" or "gift from Fred", that's not helpful, and people flag such reviews in order to push them to the end of the list so the interesting ones come before them. But it's wrong to flag a review that says something about the book or the user's opinion of it, just because it's short.
Jim Roberts
I notice you are the only other Library Thinger who has a copy of or has read The Hike into the Sun: Memoir of an American Soldier Captured on Bataan in 1942 and Imprisoned by the Japanese until 1945, by Bernard T. Fitzpatrick with John A. Sweeter III (read 1 Apr 1995)

I got this book to read from Bernard Fitzpatrick's cousin, whom I knew well, though he is now deceased. Can you tell me how you happened to have or read this book?

Incidentally, my list is of books read. I do not list a book unless I have read it. And of course most of the books I list I don't own.
some idiot has given your review of A Gift from Earth a blue "not a review" flag. I understand that if you make a minimal change, the flag will be cleared.
Regards, Jim Roberts
Yes, Paulette Bourgeois, the author of the Franklin children's books, is Canadian. There is also a nice series of Franklin videos from the Canadian animation studio, Nelvana. We can get lots of Franklin books and videos at our public library. Enjoy!
Hi wenestvedt

The feature you mentioned in the blog (add price field for an insurance list) is one of the things Tim is planning to do: Google group, thread 'value field': (not sure the direct link will work..)

best wishes

Dude, I am fairly certain that Hunter Thompson Hell's Angels is your copy. Thanks! Go ahead and add it to your catalog anyway.
I went in the other room to find Three Men in a Boat and realized I also have Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Boat, and Three Men on a Bicycle>. I think there are others as well.
You're right, of course; I've fixed it. I think it may have been a matter of overenthusiastic copying-and-pasting of tags when I was in the midst of a cataloguing binge.

I do have Three Men in a Boat, and agree it's his funniest book. It's probably in the living room, which I haven't started yet.

Since you say you're married, I have a question: do you and your wife mix your books together? Anne Fadiman, in Ex Libris, has an entertaining essay in which she describes the question of mixing books.
Go Eagles!! Very nice to talk to an English dept. alumnus! (Carney Hall is still uncharmingly ghetto as of 2004.) Let's see...I got the Adventures of a Simpleton book for that two-parter history core. I definitely don't remember what that book was about, to tell the truth...It *was* a strange one.
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