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About meI'm the fourth of six children, most of whom are/were big readers. I grew up in a house surrounded by books and was always allowed to read whatever I pleased at any age. This has lead me to my having rather eclectic reading tastes. When I'm not reading, I'm an inveterate bookcrosser, working as a legal assistant for a San Diego law firm, going to the theater, traveling, or wandering the beautiful County of San Diego.

About my librarySince nearly my entire library is on bookcrossing, I don't feel the need to use that feature here. Instead, I use LT for books I am reading or have read since joining LT. Any book finished will contain a small "review" of my thoughts on the book. I don't generally write expansive reviews both because of lack of time and I fear spoiling the plot for others. My "reviews" are intended only to remind me in the future what I thought of the book.

GroupsAfrican/African American Literature, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, BookCrossers, Californians Who LT, History Fans, Non-Fiction Readers, Reading Globally, San Diego Bibliophiles, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Louisa May Alcott, Sherman Alexie, Monica Ali, Stephen E. Ambrose, Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, David Baldacci, A. Scott Berg, Chris Bohjalian, Rick Bragg, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Geraldine Brooks, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Truman Capote, Robert A. Caro, John le Carré, Raymond Carver, James Clavell, J.M. Coetzee, Wilkie Collins, Edwidge Danticat, Patrick Dennis, Kate DiCamillo, Joan Didion, William Diehl, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, Fannie Flagg, Pat Frank, Charles Frazier, Ernest J. Gaines, Paul Gallico, Kaye Gibbons, Dorothy Gilman, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Graham Greene, Mark Haddon, Helene Hanff, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, James Herriot, John Hersey, Georgette Heyer, Carl Hiaasen, James Hilton, Sheri Holman, Henrik Ibsen, Paulette Jiles, Tracy Kidder, Barbara Kingsolver, Jon Krakauer, Louis L'Amour, Stieg Larsson, Harper Lee, Andrea Levy, Helen MacInnes, Judith Martin, Cormac McCarthy, David McCullough, Ian McEwan, Larry McMurtry, Herman Melville, A. A. Milne, Anchee Min, L. M. Montgomery, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, Tim O'Brien, Yoko Ogawa, Baroness Orczy, Ann Patchett, Alan Paton, Katherine Anne Porter, Annie Proulx, Anna Quindlen, Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Mark Salzman, Lawrence Sanders, Alice Sebold, Lisa See, Åsne Seierstad, Dr. Seuss, Michael Shaara, William Shakespeare, Randy Shilts, Nevil Shute, Betty Smith, Johanna Spyri, John Steinbeck, Jonathan Stroud, Jonathan Swift, Amy Tan, Mark Twain, Anne Tyler, Leon Uris, Abraham Verghese, Kurt Vonnegut, Eudora Welty, E. B. White, Oscar Wilde, August Wilson, Simon Winchester, Frank Yerby, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Encinitas, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Farenheit 451 Booksellers, Moby Dickens Bookshop, The Book Works

Favorite librariesCarlsbad City Library (South)

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Thanks! :) It's different from Goodreads, so I'll have to spend some time finding my way around. I really like how thorough it seems. I like how things are organized here.
Thanks Maggie!
Hi, I hope you are enjoying "The Night Circus." I share your sentiments about Hector. I was so taken with this book that it prompted me to write my 1st amazon review! Enjoy.
Hi Maggie, I loved hearing about Hemingway on The Dick Cavett Show. I was mistaken thinking his writing was simple; it's difficult to pare down words to the bare bones. That's why some of my reviews are on the rambling side!

As a Hemingway fan, you might enjoy the movie "Evening in Paris." He makes an appearance along with Fitzgerald and a host of other authors and artists who lived in Paris in the 1920s. It was a fun movie... nothing deep at all.

Happy almost-Independence Day,
Donna
Thank you. A true review for it would have been about 40 pages long. I am breaking one of my cardinal rules, which is that I will annotate the book heavily! I have only done that to one other book, and that was only one essay within (Carl Sagan's "A Sunday Sermon" inside of "Broca's Brain".
"Ladies' Detective Agency" is set in Gaborone, Botswana, which is why I mentioned it to you.
Interesting you posted about "Saturday is for Funerals" -- the AIDS issue does hover over the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, including the death of Grace Makutsi's brother from that early on.
Thanks and Thanks! I am glad Judy took Manhunt; I thought that was fabulous. I'm starting the Henrietta Lacks book as soon as I finish Mockingjay (prior to the weekend, I am sure. I am half way done now; she just arrived at District 2. I am enjoying this more than Catching Fire, which to me was too "samey" to Hunger Games.

Lisa
You are very much inspiring me to pick up one of Carter's books sooner than later. I really liked Turning Point, the book on his first election. Which of course at that time, was rampant with overt voter intimidation and overt fraud. He did not know if he'd be sworn in until literally the minute it happened.

Anyway, I will likely read one of his in the fairly near future.
Thanks for your recommendation of "Lemon Cake." After peeking at some of the reviews on Amazon, it looks like a book I might enjoy. I'll add it to my wishlist and give it a try.

Thanks also for the invite to the Sunday meetup. Someone (I can't remember who) invited me a couple of years ago to be part of that group, but I just can't fit it into my schedule. Hope you have a great time - - I love Milton's!
Hi Maggie - - I see you just read Into the Beautiful North, and I know that was one of the books up for selection for One Book, One San Diego 2011, although it didn't win. What did you think of it?
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Hi Maggie. I've just started 'Nine Parts of Desire' and saw in your review of it that you've read several other books about Muslim Women. I was wondering if you could recommend one to me that is quite current and non-fiction. I'd like something to compare with Nine Parts after I finish it.

Thanks!
Sandra
Just catching up on the What Are You Reading Now lists from right after Christmas. I tried the green bean dip from Animal Vegetable Miracle and it was super yummy. A friend made the chutney and raved about it too. Happy reading (then maybe eating!!)

Shannon
I'll look for that group....if you get a chance, Winton's Cloudstreet and Dirt Music are both really really good. Much more Australian, of course, but incredible character depictions. I have almost all of his stuff and only have been disappointed a few times. His short stories are great! Enjoy the one you have. Take care, Amy
I liked your review of The Riders by Tim Winton. I'm wondering if you know of another Australian author with a similar style? I'm afraid I have all his books now, and am craving more of the like. Thanks!
I was glad to see you enjoyed [Kafka on the Shore] and [The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle]! Those are my two favorite Murakamis. Bizarre, but wonderful. Steppenwolf Theater here in Chicago adapted Kafka on the Shore and After the Quake as plays, which was fun. The latter in particular was great.

Anyway, pardon my enthusiasm, but it's fun to see someone else enjoying those books!

- Joe
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