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From Grass Valley, California USA

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Joined Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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The report of my death was an exaggeration.
-Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), New York Journal, June 2, 1897

I like to trade and so does Teag. PM me about anything from either of our AVL lists. For books, postage or whatever else sounds interesting! :)

German-language nonfiction, biography, and history books are welcome. My 80-next-number-not-important-anymore year old friend enjoys reading in her native tongue whenever I can get her something good. Large print on these is a big bonus.

I like to trade "other stuff" for books. If you have a craft, or something interesting you'd like to offer for one of my books, PM me for sure!

Some of my PCs are available if you can convince me...If you see something you've been looking for and really want, PM me and see if you can talk me into it! I also loan them if you promise they'll come back safely." border="0" alt="Earth">

My personal challenge (no timeframe attached - let's call it lifetime): To read my way through the list of the top 112 banned books (of all time, according to the OCLC 2005). I've italicized the ones I’ve read part of, underlined the ones I specifically want to read.

#1 The Bible(so many references in literature, I'd like to read more so I "get it")
#2 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - read it as a kid
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes boy, it's long! but fun :)
#4 The Koran
#5 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - read as a kid
#6 Arabian Nights
#7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift listened to 2011 courtesy of and Lizzy Driver :)
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - read 2005 (or '06?)
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#12 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - a little disappointment with the abridged version I got, but love the story
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Book of Common Prayer by Church of England
#21 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#22 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - read several times
#23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#25 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#26 Ulysses by James Joyce
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell - read in high school but intend to read again for perspective
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#30 Candide by Voltaire - it's such a little book but a good one
#31 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - read in high school but need to again
#32 Analects by Confucius
#33 Dubliners by James Joyce
#34 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - read a couple of times and still cried
#35 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#36 The Red and the Black by Stendhal
#37 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - read 2007
#38 Das Capital by Karl Marx
#39 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - listened to an audiobook (creepy!)
#41 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#42 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#43 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#44 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#45 Lord of the Flies by William Golding - read 2009, very scary and uncompromising look at the dark side of human nature (please don't watch the movie, it's horrible)
#46 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#47 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - read in 2008; wish there had been a few more chapters to it!
#48 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#49 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#50 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#51 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#52 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#53 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmu
#55 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
#56 East of Eden by John Steinbeck read in 2007
#57 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - read 2013, ehn (shrug)
#58 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - pretty good, but the writing style is tiresome, circular, repetitive
#59 The Color Purple by Alice Walker - very good; read 2007
#60 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - read 2007; not impressed
#61 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Arthur Haley
#62 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#63 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - should read again
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - read in college (but not *for* college)
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#67 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#68 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - have read several times and would still cry to read again
#69 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#70 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#71 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#72 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 A Separate Peace by John Knowles read 2008; surprising depth for a YA novel
#75 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#76 The Talmud
#77 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#78 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#79 The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#80 Popol Vuh
#81 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#82 Satyricon by Petronius
#83 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#84 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder - read the series as a kid
#85 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#86 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#87 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - read 2007; what a bizarre little book! but good
#88 The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel - read as a pre-teen
#89 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#90 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#91 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#92 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#93 The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#97 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner read in 2007; good, but hard to follow at times and didn't really feel connected to the characters
#98 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#99 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - loved this (even though it's not a warm love - creepy book)
#100 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier read 2008; OK, but not anywhere near as good as "A Separate Peace" which I read just before
#101 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#102 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#103 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#104 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#105 Emile by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#106 Nana by Emile Zola
#107 Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin - read it at age 25 and wonder if I'm too young? it felt soooo heavy
#108 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#109 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein - I loved this and want to find a copy for my PC
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
#111 The Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#112 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

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