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About meBook hoarder, lapsed historian, frustrated bureaucrat, assistant beekeeper, budding genealogist. Hopefully cured of a tendency to make ridiculously bad life choices, the kind that create execrable, tortured poetry. If not for the necessity of maintaining health insurance coverage through gainful employment, I would be peddling used books and gourmet coffee. Maybe some wine, cheese and chocolate too. Writing a novel and shopping for an agent.

I have a tiny, neglected blog about bees, books and gardens. Please visit the Bee's Book Garden.
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//drum roll// The 10th annual Varielle awards for literature are announce. It was a slow reading year and most of what got read was bleh. However, Best Fiction Award goes to Sword at Sunset for turning Arthur into a real guy. Best Non-Fiction goes to So Many Enemies, So Little Time whose author is much braver than I am. Best mystery/detective award goes to The Snake Stone which makes me want to visit Istanbul. Best Antiquarian Travel Award goes to Roumeli. Patrick Leigh Fermor really knew how to get around. Best Illustrated award goes to The Muse at Purgatory because Bantock knows how to paint a tale. Best biography goes to Cicero.

According to I'm really only 34. We'll just leave it at that.

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About my libraryIt's a foundling home for books. We are trying to be more selective, but they keep following me home. Now that the cabin in the sky is finally completed, my book collection is split between there and the house I have to live in in order to hold down a job. Hopefully, they will one day all be happily reunited.

I actually do own all of these. There are a few that have been loaned out and the borrowers seem reluctant to let them return home. Another reason I should keep reminding myself not to lend books, but I keep doing it. Why??

We've had a Nook and a Kindle and both died after very little use. Neither of them would hold a charge any more. I still have a few e-books listed here even though they are inaccesible and trapped in the ether. I'm sticking to the real deal from now on.

Groups10,000 Page Club, All Writers Considered, Alphabet Challenges, American History, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, Antiquarian Travel Memoirs, Antique and vintage books, Appalachian State, Armchair Travellersshow all groups

Favorite authorsAmbrose Bierce, John Biggins, James M. Cain, Laurie Colwin, Bernard Cornwell, Harry Crews, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Drabble, M. F. K. Fisher, George MacDonald Fraser, Charles Frazier, Carlos Fuentes, Robert Graves, Barry Hannah, Katherine Howe, A. J. Liebling, Rose Macaulay, Patrick O'Brian, Leo Perutz, Mary Renault, Sir Walter Scott, Barbara W. Tuchman, Esther Tusquets, Marianne Wiggins, P. G. Wodehouse, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAppalachian State University Book Store, Atlantis Books, Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, Beach Video & Used Bookstore, Black Mountain Books, Blackberry Books Ltd., boekhandel Raaklijn, Book Buyers, Book Exchange, Books 'N Friends Used Bookstore, Books and Beans, Casa del Llibre Barcelona, Come In (llibreria anglesa), De Reyghere Boekhandel, Diana's Bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Foggy Pine Books, Foyles, Foyles Bookshop Royal Festival Hall, John Sandoe Books, Key West Island Bookstore, Lenny's Rare Books, Lenoir-Rhyne University Book Store, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Manteo Booksellers, Mediterraneo Bookstore, Muses, Next Door Used Books, North State Books, Sherman's Books and Stationery, Bar Harbor, South Kensington Books, Standaard Boekhandel Brugge-Steenstraat, Strand Bookstore, Taschen Store London, The Captain's Bookshelf, Waterstones London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesAppalachian Regional Library - Wilkes County Public Library, Appalachian State University - Belk Library and Information Commons, Blowing Rock Community Library, Carl A. Rudisill Library - Lenoir-Rhyne University, Catawba County Library System - Conover Branch Library, Gaston County Public Library, Hickory Public Library - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, Lincoln County Library - Florence Soule Shanklin Branch Library, The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County - Mountain Island


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Real namePhyllis, aka the delightful Ms. P.

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Member sinceApr 4, 2007

Currently readingFounding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
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