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CollectionsYour library (3,570), Poetry (274), Read but No Longer Own (937), New England history (90), Margaret Atwood (51), Quilting, Sewing & Other Needlework (94), Joyce Carol Oates (85), juvenile (47), Boris Pasternak (16), Read but unowned (2), Favorites (27), Recovered books (2), All collections (3,575)

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About meLongtime member of LT, once very active now somewhat less. I think my library tells you everything you need to know about me... except: I am wife to the best guy in the world, mother of three terrific now-adult children, and Nana to, not one, but two ADORABLE grandsons!

As of 2019 I am self-declared "retired". I enjoy reading and . I also sew, quilt; and paint/paper walls, furniture and other things. I like to garden, play in the woods, sing made up songs and laugh out loud (as often as possible). I enjoy baking, travel, museums of all kinds...really this list is endless.

I journal my reading with brief reviews on a joint thread with my husband, dukedom_enough, in the group Club Read 2019 HERE.


√ denotes reviewed

Q1 2019 READ:
In Dust and Ashes by Ann Holt (2017, Norway, crime novel)
My Heart Laid Bare by Joyce Carol Oates (1998, one of her "American Gothics")
Finding Katarina M. by Elisabeth Elo (2019, due out in March, US)
I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy by Cris Beam (2018, psychology)
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (2018, UK)
[Out of the Iceby Ann Turner (2016)
Ghost Wallby Sarah Moss (2018)
Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb (nonfiction, 2018)
In a House of Lies by ian Rankin (2019, a Rebus novel)
The Susan Effect by Peter Høeg (2017)


Fiction in no particular order:

Scribe by Alyson Hagy (2018)*
Warlight by Mcihael Ondaatje (2018)
The Mountain: Stories by Paul Yoon (2017)
H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker (2017)
Small Country by Gael Faye (2018)

*although I'd also recommend The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (2018) and West by Carys Davies (2018) for immersive story-telling.


Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky (2019) for its power.
The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy (a 2018 reprint of her first collection as UK Poet Laureate for it's playfulness.

Crime Fiction

Out of Bounds and [Broken Ground by Val McDermid (Scotland, Karen Pririe series)
Ordeal, When it Grows Dark, and Closed for Winter by Jørn Lier Holst (Norway, William Wistling series)


Call Them By Their True Names: Essays by Rebecca Solnit (2018)
Barracoon]: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston (2018)
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (2018)

**NOTE: I no longer finish books that aren't doing anything for me. Life is too short. Essentially this means that every book I finish is at least very good and recommended on some level. For a complete list of my 2018 reading, check the list in post #3 of my Club Read 2018 Thread I share with my husband



I Still Believe Anita Hill (2013, nonfiction, essays)
My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother, edited by Eva LaPlante (2013)
Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home; Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh, editors (2012)
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead (2014, nonfiction)
Famous Art Works and How They Got that Way by John Nici (2015, art history/popular culture)
The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States by Ira Berlin (2015, history)
The History of the Gothic: American Gothic by Charles L. Crow (2009, literary criticism)
The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay (2014, Art)
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2015, from a TED talk)
The Making of Donald Trump by David K Johnson (2016, nonfiction)
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (2014, nonfiction, essays)
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren (2016, history)
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (memoir, unabridged CDs, 2017)
The Times and Trials of Anne Hutchinson: Puritans Divided, Michael P. Kinship (2005, biography/history)
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction by Susan Blackmore (philosophy, 2005)
(there were too many worthy crime novels read to list)
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah (1992, Zanzibar/Tanzania)
Tuner of Silence by Mia Couto (2007, T2012 Mozambique)
The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoag (2006, Danish)
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (2014, US, novel, SF)
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (novel, 2014, US, American Gothic)
Before I Burn by Gaute Hevoll (2014, Norwegian)
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (2014, US, SF)
Léon and Louise by Alex Capus (2011, Swiss)
Enon by Paul Harding (2013, US)
The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates (2016, US)
A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent (2015, US author)
Happiness Like Water: Stories by Chinelo Okparanta (2013, Nigerian/US author)
98 Reasons for Being by Clare Dudman (2015, UK)
Spirit; or The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones (2008, UK, SF)
When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen (2012, translation 2015, Finnish-Estonian, WWII story set in Estonia)
A Price to Pay by Alex Capus (2013, T2014 Franco-Swiss author)
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien (2016)
The Golden Age by Joan London (2016, Australian)
Alanya to Alanya by L. Timmel Duchamp (2005, SF)
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall (2007, dystopian/post apocalypse)
Almost Like Spring by Alex Capus (2002, T 2013, Swiss/French)
The Devil in the Valley by Castle Freeman, Jr. (2015, US/Vermont)
The Dry by Jane Harper (2017, Australian)
Exposure by Helen Dunmore (2016, UK)
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (2017, US, SF)
A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli (2014, T2016 French)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (2017, So. Africa)
Adua by Igiaba Sego (fiction, Italian/Somali)
The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk (2017, T2017Turkish)
To the Back and Beyond by Peter Stamm (fiction, 2016, T 2017, Swiss)
Woman at 1000 Degrees by Halgrimur Helgesson (2018, T. Icelandic, novel)
Across the China Sea by Gaute Heivoll (2013, T2017 Norwegian)
Compartment No. 6 by Rosa Liksom (T from the Finnish 2014)

About my libraryI enjoy all kinds and forms of fiction, in English and in translation. I'm fascinated not just with story, but also with the art of fiction itself. I enjoy poetry, literary criticism, cultural studies, psychology, art history, New England history, social history, women's studies, some science, nature, contemporary issues...and whatever else might catch my interest at any given time.

GroupsAll Things New England, Atwoodians, Board Room, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015show all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Abigail May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Nathacha Appanah, Margaret Atwood, Trezza Azzopardi, Julianna Baggott, Nicola Barker, Elizabeth Bishop, Martin Booth, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Octavia E. Butler, Alex Capus, Angela Carter, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy F. Cott, Mia Couto, A. J. Cronin, Charles L. Crow, John Crowley, Emily Dickinson, Assia Djebar, Susan J. Douglas, Thomas Dublin, Clare Dudman, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Barbara Ehrenreich, George Eliot, Nawal El-Saadawi, Buchi Emecheta, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Gaskell, Amitav Ghosh, Sandra M. Gilbert, Kate Grenville, Ursula K. Le Guin, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Elizabeth Hand, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gaute Heivoll, David Herter, Reginald Hill, Nalo Hopkinson, Arnaldur Indriðason, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Gail Jones, Graham Joyce, James Patrick Kelly, Jane Kenyon, Margo Lanagan, Margot Livesey, Joan London, Amy Lowell, Ian R. MacLeod, Henning Mankell, Maureen F. McHugh, China Miéville, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sarah Moss, Mary Beth Norton, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Sharon Olds, Boris Pasternak, Viktor Pelevin, Ian Rankin, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Roberts, Mary Doria Russell, Robert Shearman, Elaine Showalter, Rebecca Solnit, May Swenson, Deborah Tannen, Sheri S. Tepper, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Jeff VanderMeer, Kate Douglas Wiggin, William Carlos Williams (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresOld Number Six Book Depot, Toadstool Bookshop - Milford

Favorite librariesHollis Social Library


Real nameLois

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