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- May 4, 2009
- Real Name
- Eric Welch
- About My Library
- Extremely eclectic. I used to have thousands of print books but have gradually been replacing them with their ebook equivalent.
- About Me
- I'm a retired library and IT director and college dean. I love books and electrons. For about 20 years I published a bi-monthly review periodical until the mailing list got too large and expensive. Switched then to electronic delivery and finally when Amazon and sites like Goodreads appeared realized it was redundant.
I am rarely not plugged in, i.e. listening to an audiobook and listen to books in the shower, while getting dressed, etc. etc. It's become a joke with my kids - oh, oh, Dad's plugged in again; or geez Dad mowed the front lawn twice again to finish the chapter. Still, nothing better than sitting in my reading chair with a stack of books to one side,(8/18/13 note: stack of books has been replaced by multiple e-reading devices - love my Kindle) a snack, and a howling storm outside as the ideal way to spend time.
I like to think of reading networks as extended graduate seminars where students (we remain students all our lives) get together for a vigorous debate over ideas in books and discussions about what makes books fun.
I tend to be generous in my ratings because I know how difficult it is to create, but those books that entertain, are intriguing, have clear or beautiful imagery, or express ideas in a coherent fashion will generally get high marks.
I write reviews because it's fun and helps me to remember things from what I've read.I have no desire to collect a bunch of friends, but I really, really like reading incisive reviews, so if you write lots of good reviews, I'd love to have you on my list. I enjoy people commenting on my reviews, so feel free... Note: I will ignore your friend request if you have more friends than books and few reviews.
- Forreston, IL
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- Currently Reading
- Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair by Cameron StracherWhat Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States by James F. SimonFrom the trenches : Louvain to the Aisne, the first record of an eye-witness (1914) by Geoffrey Wintrhop YoungThe Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Genuises Who Make Up America's Top HighSchool Chess Team by Michael WeinrebIn the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series) by Michael LieneschA Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper ReesOn the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation by Robert WhitakerThe Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten GrindThe Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) by Trevor CorsonAlbion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a Cultural History) by David Hackett FischerCharlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times by George CrileIn the Shadows of War: An American Pilot's Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany by Thomas ChildersDemocracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America by Garrett EppsMoby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan HohnThe Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man by Amir AczelAt the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union by Robert V. ReminiThe Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--and Spawned a Global Crisis by Michael W. HudsonInternal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives by Edwin BlackA Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign by Edward J. LarsonA Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by Charles ToddDr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education by Liza PicardJesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years by John Philip JenkinsBrotherhood of Heroes: The Marines at Peleliu, 1944--The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War by Bill SloanThe 8:55 to Baghdad: From London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie and theOrient Express by Andrew EamesSubmarine! The Classic Account of Undersea Combat in World War II by Cap. Edward L. Beach USN (Ret.)The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden KeefeSupreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court by Jan Crawford GreenburgYellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution Of People And Plagues (Helix Book) by Christopher WillsBad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin PhillipsThe Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
- Interesting Library