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CollectionsYour library (597)

Reviews323 reviews

Tagscontemporary fiction (149), non-fiction (132), Western New York (83), relationships (76), crime (59), regional history (57), Buffalo (56), business (51), politics (49), contemporary non-fiction (46) — see all tags

MediaNot set (23), Book (574), Paper Book (503), Audiobook (29)

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About meRetired senior director of news and public affairs at WBFO Radio (NPR stations in Western New York.) Freelance writer/curator of "Good Morning, Buffalo" newsletter for The Buffalo News ( Former reporter for The Buffalo News and managing editor of news at WBEN Radio (Buffalo, NY). Covered municipal government, business/economic development, courts, environmental issues and other news arenas.
Journalism/communications adjunct professor at several Western New York colleges/universities since 1987. Has taught and advised communications students at SUNY Buffalo State since 1994.
Founder and president of Western New York Wares Inc., a small publishing firm that markets non-fiction works about the Buffalo-Niagara region. As of 2019, the company had published 70 regional books.
Chair, Greater Buffalo Society of Professional Journalists' Scholarship Fund.
Inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 2010, becoming one of the youngest professional inductees.

About my libraryMost of the books on my online list are only those works in my 2,500+ title collection that I've actually read cover-to-cover or listened to in their entirety in audio form (versus works that I use for reference.) I spend lots of time on the road, so at least half of the books on my list are CDs (many of them from the local library). I try not to get stuck in genre "ruts," although I tend to favor contemporary fiction, classics, historical fiction, journalism/mass media and business-related books. I do not review any of the regional books that my publishing company is responsible for distributing. But I do post many of the books on my LibraryThing site.
A quick overview of my rating system for books:
5 stars -- Stunning in every way; A book I'll remember 25 years from now.
4 1/2 stars -- Exceptional, with long-term staying power.
4 stars -- Well-worth reading. A few flaws prevent it from elevating to "exceptional," but a book that should definitely be explored.
3 1/2 stars -- A solid work, but with recurring flaws (often a storyline that doesn't consistently deliver)
3 stars -- Largely forgettable with isolated bursts of inspiration and/or enlightenment.
2 to 2 1/2 stars -- Disappointing to the extent that I stopped reading after the first half (less than 10% of my books).
1 to 1 1/2 stars -- A total waste; stopped reading within a couple chapters (less than 1% of my books.)

Groups50 Book Challenge, Buffalo Bookers, marquette LTers

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, John Irving, Jon Krakauer, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger (Shared favorites)


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Real nameBrian

LocationBuffalo, NY

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/brianinbuffalo (profile)
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Member sinceOct 24, 2006

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