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About meI'm a fairly random person, often with red or blue streaks in my hair, and I'm addicted to writing, teaching, and working tech for theaters. In the in between, I help organize poetry events and art shows, try to have a social existence with my amazing husband and beyond, and find new ways to procrastinate what I Should be this. Critter-wise, my husband and I have four rescues: a neurotic hound-dog, a large fluffy cat who we got the week we went on our honeymoon, and our two most recent additions, two much younger cats who keep our household fairly chaotic. Outside of the animals, life is in flux. I recently quit work on my dissertation to focus on other writing, and finished up my first novel this past year (I'm currently looking for an agent). I also write poetry (which is what I've got the most experience getting published), and I've recently started writing skits and one-acts for children since I started teaching drama at a summercamp two years ago. For now, we're in Pittsburgh, but we're actively hoping to move sooner than later...

About my libraryProbably about as random as you get. I read mostly contemporary work Lately since that's what I've been teaching, and my nonfiction tastes tend to run toward environmental or biography, though lately I've been reading about the grotesque and trauma, but that's about as much as you can pin me down...and I'm sure my library will find ways to contradict this description no matter what I write. Most of my books are entered here, I think, though there are still some boxes in storage at my family's house. In general, if it's been reviewed, I've read it, and if it hasn't, I haven't (or don't own it), though there are many anthologies which I've read various parts of and haven't reviewed. When it comes to what's here though, the obvious point of interest is simply that I'm addicted to books.

In my "To Read" collection, there are many many anthologies which I've read significant portions of, but they're listed in "To Read" until done. Also there are many many books which I have read, but so long ago that they need to be reread before I can think of reviewing them or remember more than that "I really liked that a long time ago..." (which is why I now review everything I read, to refresh my memory as much as for the system). This is the case with most of the Elfquest books, quite a few of the older suspense novels, and some of the classics as well.

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Favorite authorsRobert Browning, Truman Capote, Jacqueline Carey, Tom Deitz, Ralph Ellison, James Fenton, Ben Fountain, Ernest J. Gaines, Alex Garland, Nikolai Gogol, James W. Hall, Laurell K. Hamilton, Thomas Hardy, Khaled Hosseini, Langston Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Henry James, A. Van Jordan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gabriel García Márquez, Cormac McCarthy, Christopher Moore, David Morrell, Keith Lee Morris, Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Nasaw, Gloria Naylor, Eugene O'Neill, Christopher Pike, Adrienne Rich, James Rollins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, José Saramago, Anne Sexton, Tupac Shakur, L. J. Smith, Patricia Smith, Wisława Szymborska, Jhonen Vasquez, Amanda Eyre Ward, Joan Wolf (Shared favorites)


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1) Your recommendations really are excellent--concise and informative. Fair do's and cheers for them.

2) Any good stuff combining the grotesque and the traumatic you'd recommend? (I think you meant you were reading fiction of that sort but if not I'd be just as interested in good non-fiction books that way inclined.)

3) It must be very comforting to have a cat who jumps about and wags its tail when you come home and very reassuring to have one who barks at strangers.
Hi jennifer,
I hope this message finds you well.
Thank you again for your interest in When the Siren Calls. I'm popping by now as I'm wondering how you got on with the story, and i'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Best wishes,
ps for Amazon reviews, you can find the book at (Amazon only require 20 words for a valid review.)
Hello Jennifer

I'm consumed with work and haven't had time to visit the threads as often as possible.

I enjoy connecting with you and learning the books you read.

By the way, I also liked Indigo very much. Anything by Alice Hoffman is wonderful. I've read all but a very few of her books.

I'm adding Don't Call it Night to the tbr pile.

All the best for a wonderful weekend.

I love the photos of your fur kids.

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Adorable kitten, clearly enjoying having her tummy rubbed!
I'm stopping by to say how great it is to have you in the 75 challenge group.

The Birthing House might be a book that some members of the group would like. It is now on my TBR list.
Hi Jennifer! I agree, it's hard to find stuff for youth theatre. I am the director of a musical theatre summer camp and we write our own shows. We have an ASCAP agreement so we use existing music--like we did an 80's themed show with all 80's pop/rock songs--but we write the scripts. We can tailor it to the students that we have that way.

For my classes during the year, I do a LOT of improv. When I started teaching about 13 years ago, I used the Viola Spolin book as a base. So much depends upon age. Some of Spolin's games are too esoteric for the younger kids, and too babyish for the older kids. But I've taken her basic concepts and then shaped them to fit my students. You can create any scene just by playing who, what, where games. Or just using suggestions of who, what, where and then improvising. Lots of times we will improvise and then refine those improvisations into scenes and perform them. Sometimes I will use a linking device or theme--one of my middle school age classes used the theme "crime" and another teen class created characters and then put them all together in a nursing home and did flashback scenes of their lives when the characters were younger.

A good youth theatre playwright is Joseph Robinette. I've directed full scale productions of 3 of his adaptations--Charlotte's Web, The Jungle Book, and Stuart Little. He also wrote a fun one act comedy called Humpty Dumpty is Missing. Sort of a spoof on nursery rhyme characters. I find that one works really well with 9-11 year olds.

I am happy to discuss theatre stuff anytime! Feel free to message me!

Sandy K
Hi Jennifer,
I'm passing through Atlanta next week, I will endeavour to mail it from the airport.
I've wondered exactly the same thing about "Gatsby", but it seems that many people are genuinely moved by the work. I do intend to give it another try some time in the future, if not for the story and the characters at least to try to appreciate that fabled style of Fitzgerald's. I also know what you mean by returning to a book and reading it with a newly found admiration. "Heart of Darkness" was a disaster beyond repair for me (for now at least), but "The Scarlet Letter" changed from unreadable to unputdownable. Nobody was more surprised than me.
Just wanna say two things: 1) RJ is really, really cute; and 2) thanks for your review of "The Great Gatsby"; sometimes it seems to me I'm the last person on the planet who doesn't like this book; nice to have some company.

I'm always flattered when someone adds me as an interesting library.

Sorry for my late response, as I've been a bit out of commission for a month with personal matters and an internet connection here in Burma that has been more iffy than usual (and that's very, very iffy).

Happy reading. It's always interesting how some of the interests crossover.

Ah, and yes, cats, too.

All the best,
Amalie @ bridgitshearth
I see you're still working on Acker's "In Memoriam to Identity". I went into your library to check if you had other books of hers, and I see you have a rather unfavorable opinion of Don Quixote. As such, I doubt another book would change your opinion of her.

I see you are quite a fan of Patricia Smith. I will be reading Blood Dazzler soon, before I go to see her read next Fall. It looks like quite an interesting work.
Hi. You won a review copy of my novel Smoking Hopes a while back. I was new to Library Thing at the time and sort of screwed up and didn't send you a copy. Would you still like one for review? If so, in order to make-up for my oversight, I'll send you my latest novel Trixie as well.
Hello from Colorado! Just thought I would give you a shout that my 12 year old nephew, who is a child actor in Minneapolis, tried out for the Hollywood movie: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I hear is going to star Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. It was last Monday in Minneapolis and my sister said the audition went great. Our fingers are crossed. He has been in a number of leading roles at local community theaters. This was his first 'big time' audition. I have not read the book but it sounds good by your review. ~S
Ah, Aquarius. Your in good company. Feb 6th here. I'd opt for Evan Williams with coke, it's cheaper and just a good, even on the rocks. Have a good weekend. -S

Thanks for the 'only' review on The Stories of Richard Bausch. I have a nice first edition and a majority of it read. Each story pulls you in as if your watching a movie or in the case of The Man Who Knew Belle Starr, a very bad dream. It will hold an honored spot on my shelf. I'll definately go back to read again.

I really enjoyed your review of Larry Rosen's Rewired. I am glad that some people in education, especially younger people, are skeptical of the great technological hope.


Thank you very much for your candid feedback. It is very much appreciated.
I am dissappointed that the BP experience happened while you were reading my book.

I assure you, my excitement about and committment to my work is real.

Hi there,

Glad you found my review. A challenge seeing as I only have 3 out there.
Yup, give Hammett a try. Had planned on Maltese Falcon for years. Not sure why I waited.
Only after you've read it, check out the Bogart flick (unless you've seen it already).
One of the very few films that perfectly captures the book.

You too! That is an interesting mix of shared books :)
I enjoyed browsing your library. Like you I've read so many more books than I have in my collection. Others I see the title and wonder if I read that or not. Those I'll revisit.

Glad to hear--I hope you enjoy!
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Thank you for the compliment of adding my library to your interesting libraries list. I look forward to reading your comments and reviews on LT. Pretty cat in your photo!
Applause and big thumbs up for your review of Time Traveler's Wife. I can't think of another book that has left me feeling so empty. Thanks for a thoughtful and articulate review.
I just read your review of The Time Traveller's Wife, and you expressed exactly the problem I had with the love story. The characters never fall in love - so why am I supposed to be invested in their trials and their waiting? Anyway, thanks for putting it so much more eloquently than I did. I really enjoyed your review!

thanks for the note!! i did not know what the book was about before reading. i had just heard such rave reviews about it and was disappointed. mabye it was my mood at the time. or maybe if i had finished the book i would feel differently. who knows?
Hey Jennifer,

Thanks for the 'interesting library' nod. I'm curious, we share so few books (relatively speaking) what drew your interest to mine?

BTW, I enjoyed your review of The Sound of Building Coffins. I thought it captured the essence of the book very well.

Thanks for the compliment! I have learned to put very little stock in the back cover or the critics' raves of a book; I choose my books by reading a page, recommendations from other LTers or friends, or pure "huh, that looks cool". When I finally picked up People of the Book from the library, I couldn't remember anything about it or even why I had wanted to read it, so I really dove in completely clueless. I didn't think I was going to like it after the first ten or so pages, but once it started going back in time, I was hooked.
What an intelligent cat! Thanks for adding me, and I hope you like Building Coffins--I loved it!
Re: Henry Adams'Education-

message 74: DeadFred

Good review. Your one of the few people that I have heard enjoyed those last three chapters . This includes most of the people he sent the first private printing to ( 18 copies I think) in 1907. They just didn't get it .

According to a couple of Henry Adam scholars ( Samulson/Chalfant) and even Adams himself , this work was not intended as an Autobiography but was written the third person. I agree to a point but I remember something Gertrude Stein said about a rose?..

Oddly, He left out of the *Education" his wife Clovers suicide in 1885. This sent him rocking off into the unknown and he never recovered fully .

Again, Nice review.. you might discover after a couple readings that this book is really worth the 1918 Pulitzer it received . Ive read it three times and I STILL can't get passed those last three charters.
Jennifer: Thanks for your nice comment about "Irish", our little Pom. He was in bad shape when we adopted him—badly abused, scared to death, shaved almost to the bone—but a year later he's the star of our show.
I see allot of titles in your library that I have as well...I need to really sit down and finish updating my full library....soo busy these days!

I am onto a few Black Rose Books tonight and some Beaudrillard again. Love his works!

You know, you sound very young to me and I know I am very old to you (61 years of age), but I was just reading your little bio above and saw "Emergency Sex" and wondered: what the *ell is that and then I remembered: Oh yeah, that's like after I got out of the hospital and was bedridden for 2 months and needed something to take my mind off what was going on with my body. That's what it means!~! I am sure that is not the same as your interpretation but it worked for me at the time.
Whew! Glad those days are over!~! Cuz at 61 it could be flat dangerous!~!
Happy reading and blessings on your day whitewavedarling.
By the way; beautiful cat. If I could figure how to do the picture thing myself I could show you 6 of my 7 (one is feral).
i just wanted to stop by to say thanks for your message in my 50 book challenge tread. you mentioned Murakami, i recently got hold of an english translation of his first novel, 'hear the wind sing', have you read it?
All the best
Thank you for your recomendation of Coyote Blue. I haven't read Christopher Moore before, but I think I will give this one a try.

A High Wind in Jamaica is pure fiction... it caught me by surprise. I highly recommend finding it.
I'm so jealous of you. I want to teach a class on lit. so bad at that level. (Oh wait, do you teach at a high school or college level?) There are so many things you could do with it, also you don't have to worry too much about cross-curriculm. Do you have anything picked out for this school year yet? I imagine a contemporary lit. or classical lit. would be easier to teach, but probably not as much fun.

So you like non-fiction? I just can't seem to get into it that much. It's probably because I'm still taking classes and that's all I get to read for them, so in my 'spare reading time' I enjoy getting away. The types of books I like, well I've completed all of SK works and I'm kind of jumping around right now between other horror/suspense books and children's literature. My library is getting huge for my classroom! I want to make sure once I'm teaching that I can give good quality reccomendations to my students and to relate with them once they are reading that book.

So off to Pittsburgh? Well good luck and be safe. I know moving can be stressful (I've never left my home town, but have moved around in it, so I imagine cross-country is even more stressful), but try to enjoy it as much as you can, afterall it is to better yourself right?
I was going to get my BA in english, but switching my major turned out to be more hassle then what it was worth. So you love teaching, what is it you teach? (If I'm prying too much please let me know) I'm hoping to teach grades 3-6, I wanted to do HS, but like I said the whole degree thing was going to be too much.

I'll check out that book you reccomended. I'm in the middle of a couple of reads right now, and my TBR list is extensive, just like everyone else on LT. So is it fiction or non-fiction?

What kind of books do you favor?
Oh, that's so heartbreaking when you can't find a home for animals you can't keep yourself. I find myself having to say no to an animal at least once a week because so many people know how much I love animals. If I said yes to everyone that's been offered I would be considered a 'hoarder'...

I want a cat so bad, we live out in the country so it could enjoy chasing mice during the day, but as of right now my boyfriend is saying no....I just need a little more time to butter him up :)

So your working on your PhD? That's so interesting! What's your bachelors in? I'm working torwards my Bachelors right now, Elementary Education.
Thanks so much! I love my babies, RJ looks like quite the character. We don't have any 'cat sisters' at the moment but we're trying to work on that...
It is funny the way that works out :-) I've had a few kind of odd coincidences happen lately. Nothing earth shattering, just odd. Thanks for nominating "The Calling" for me, I'm looking forward to reading it!
Hello - I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for accepting my friend invite. Your collection is impressive! Have a great weekend! :)
Hey whitewavedarling...

Thanks for the words of welcome and the tip. I started reading a book last night that was publicly recommended by Christopher Moore from his website. He has a page called Chris's Picks where he recommends books and/or authors that he finds funny. The one I started reading last night is called [Pest Control] by [[Bill Fitzhugh]]. BTW, I don't know if the touchstone trick will work in this context. Still learning, I guess!

See you out there...
Thanks for the Bentley Little suggestions. I picked up "The Store" because it's on Stephen King's shortlist. I figured since I like Stephen King, then I might like what he likes. I'm only a few pages into it, haven't had much of a chance to sit and read and I read 2 Junie B.'s to my 9 year old last night, but it's already GOT ME. I'm really new to contemporary fiction. I've always read the classics and Stephen King. A friend of mine hooked me with Harlan Coben and I picked up "Just One Look" today.

BTW: Love your profile pic! He's a cute li'l kitty! looks ornery, too ;-) !
Hey you!

Been in you library. Lovely! I’ve just finished writing a review of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Now I find you have already written up exactly what I wanted to say, even to the mention of Huck Finn. Your’s is perfect! I’ve printed it and placed it inside the cover of my copy. Stay nice!
Thanks for the kind words. I'm not familiar with The Translator, but will look for it!
Thanks Jennifer. That's actually my little dog Lucy. I will let you know what I think of Coelho's other works when I read them. Have a good day!
Hi Jennifer, I just read your comment on [The Alchemist] on Teelgee's thread. I have talked to several people who either loved it or hated it. With that being said, I think it depends on the point you are at in your life. Your comments were interesting and I would be interested to hear him speak. I will reread this in a few years and may have a whole different perspective! Take care!
thanks for your comments... I added you as "interesting" if you don't mind. I got a myspace (HilariousDad) to spy on my son, I keep threatening him with more baby pix...
I took a 100 level poetry writing course with Lieberman. He was actually pretty subdued in class; he might have loosened up more in higher level classes. He did me the great favor of letting me know that the poetry I wrote in high school was complete and utter crap. From that point I started on the process of learning how to write something, unless I am deluding myself... again.

Maybe I will write and let him know that at least ome student heard something he said.
I see you have a couple books by Laurence Lieberman. Your MySpace page shows you didn't attend University of Illinois where he taught [still teaches?]. Was curious how you ran across his poetry. He was a professor of mine back in the '80s.
i know what you mean about vanityfair. the new pride film is quite good though darcy is a bit stiff but keira knightly as lizzie rocks. and the film gives a much more accurate and believable portrayal of the times than the tv show (BBC) although the mr.darcy in the tv show was hot!! believe me read the english patient, its worth the wait. i haven't read anymore alex garland but i'm glad your doing it in school so much better than some other choices on offer (see an inspector calls) i was lucky too i did lord of the flies which rocked!! i bet the kids like all the blood in the beach! any books (or films) you'd recommend?
sorry about the spelling am crap at typing and spelling!!
hi your library sounds great, we share e few of the same books expecially good books that led to crap film (the beach, the english patient) what do you think?
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