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About My Library
Much natural history, accumulated over a lifetime of looking at plants, birds, insects, and mammals. Much biography and memoir, most of it purchased twenty to thirty years ago. Idiosyncratic tastes with a strong preference for nonfiction. Love folktales, books about books, and the poetry of Billy Collins. Selective reader of mysteries--neither too gory nor too suspenseful, please--and will happily reread my favorites (Michael Innes, Rex Stout) until the bindings crack and the pages fall out. I keep a reading journal/commonplace book but not a diary. Mother, paternal aunt, and sister were all librarians, and I (almost) never write in books.
About Me
Retired botanist and sometime writer, now a watcher of wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and solstices. Obsessive note-taker out of doors. Peruser of historical archives, photographer of petroglyphs. Ecstatic gardener, pretty good cook, lousy housekeeper. Now living in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California, a most interesting place that has reawakened my sense of curiosity.

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