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I have a small house and an affinity for old dictionaries. Hence my reference book end table. And yes, War and Peace is there merely because it fit. No, I haven’t read it.

Started reading the Decameron written in 1348 during the Black plague. 100 stories in 10 days. Amazing!

You might notice that my bookshelves do not only shelve books. There is an airplane, the box with the remains of our beloved cat Jane, some artwork from a friend that we haven’t hung up yet, and some unidentified stuffed toy. Bookshelves in our house…

Which you would never know from looking at the stacks of books in my house that are NOT on bookshelves!

Here are another couple of shelves of books. If you look closely you’ll see quite a few books by Maira Kalman, and if you look even closer you’ll see a series of books about the Stettheimer sisters. Reynolds Price sits not far from John Cheever,…

I have a longtime friend who used to be an editor at The Library of America. Thus, I have a shelf that is almost entirely dedicated to LOA volumes. If you have never read anything by William Maxwell, do so! At least read TIME WILL DARKEN IT. (Not…

You know you have the time now … read Proust! And if Proust seems too overwhelming … read Thirkell!

The Making of Americans: being a history of a family’s progress is an astonishing book, and it is also a very, very long book. Gertrude Stein should be on every college & university reading list, and I have no idea why she is not. And, as an aside,…

I'm not great at following recipes, but I do love to browse cookbooks looking for inspiration. Some of these are new(ish) acquisitions, other's I've had since the early 1980s.
My shelf space is limited, so at this point when I acquire a new…

The Dreamers (e-book)
This novel deals with a strange epidemic caused by a novel virus which suddenly appears in a California college town. It was published in early 2019 (!), but the parallels with this year are sometimes uncanny.
Thanks to the Libby app on my tablet, I…

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