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About my libraryOn here I have mostly those books I have with me in NYC. Even after several years of living in America, most of my books remain in England and beyond the reach of my internet connection, although I have recently started to collect a few details on each trip and add them here. Recent interests are therefore well represented (notably history and historical fiction); earlier ones less so (mathematics, detective stories, late 19th - early 20th century literature, for example).

Nonetheless, there is a sort of slow osmosis going on between the two libraries, in which books I have read migrate to England and those that need reading, or which I no longer feel I can do without, travel in the opposite direction. Since this process is constrained by the number of books I can reasonably fit into a suitcase without attracting strange looks from the Customs officials, I doubt that the two collections will be thoroughly mixed for some time to come.

One brief remark about my ratings: I only put books on here that I own, and I tend only to own books which I rate above average (otherwise my house would collapse). Thus my average rating tends to hover around four.


Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jorge Luis Borges, Wallace Breem, Bryher, Sean B. Carroll, Sarah Caudwell, Richard Dawkins, Peter Dickinson, Alfred Duggan, Greg Egan, Penelope Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, R. Austin Freeman, Stephen Jay Gould, Cyril Hare, Michael Innes, Nick Lane, Stanisław Lem, Thomas Mann, Mary Renault, J. I. M. Stewart (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresEast Village Books & Records, Hay Cinema Bookshop, Housing Works Used Book Cafe, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore


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Member sinceDec 27, 2008

Currently readingEmpires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
The Country House Library by Mark Purcell
The Cambridge Modern History Collection by J. B. Bury
Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer

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