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Henry and Beezus
Four Hundred and Nineteen
Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Scrapbook of a Rock and Roll Fan
The Beatle Bandit
No. More. Plastic
Say You're One of Them
Death Dines at 8:30
Holiday in Death
Harrow smith's Almanac 2022
Confessions of an Advertising Man
Had Me a Real Good Time, Before, During and After
The Peacock Spring
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
1000 HANDY HOUSEHOLD HINTS
Next of Kin
Turn of the Screw
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Wish List: I enjoy reading rock & roll/blues/ska/folk musician/band bios. [For Xmas exchanges, etc: Bookcrossing supplies are always useful. I like tea and bookmarks too.] "Imagine all the people
Reading lots of books....." My original profile photo was taken May 2006 at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NYC where I released a copy of Larry Kane's "Ticket to Ride", about his travels with The Beatles on their 1st and 2nd junkets to North America. I'm still waiting for that Journal Entry but you never know....(see Rock and Roll book list below)
My favourite books tend to be novels and biographies. Among my favourite novelists are Anita Shreve, Anita Brookner, Donna Morrissey, John Steinbeck, Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle (but not all of Doyle's books). I really enjoy Bill Bryson's books. The music books: a bit of an obsession, but I find it's OK to read a novel at the same time as a music book. I could never read two novels at the same time! Music writers I really admire include Charles Shaar Murray, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Myers, John Einarson and Rob Bowman. Paul, John and Rob are from Canada, but write about musicians from all over (i.e. Long John Baldry, Flying Burrito Brothers, Stax Records.)
....Jessibud, DonFiction (formerly Thyroidman) and Bookgirrl started up a new TORONTO OBCZ, March/09 at Harbord House Pub (formerly Rowers Pub) - 150 Harbord Street - UPDATE! - now at 124 Harbord St., Toronto. Short walk from Spadina subway station. The pub hosts poetry readings, offers Ontario craft beers and good food @ good prices. It is our official meetup/book swap spot.) I've had a chance to visit the new location and happily, the OBCZ bookshelf is front and centre when you walk in the door. There's also a much bigger outdoor space, up a flight of stairs, that takes you up to a lovely, tree-shaded patio. Proprietor: the affable John Oakes.
In 2011, something serendipitous happened; the widow of the director of the Rare Book Collection at University of Toronto, (who had no idea what Bookcrossing was) dropped by with a box of her late husband's books - not rare books - but general books like mysteries, novels, cookbooks, travel books, etc. They joined the OBCZ bookshelf (after yours truly registered them) and a number of Journal Entries have resulted. Great to see these books circulating - the karma is strong.
January 2005: I stumbled upon a dog-eared copy of "The Winter of our Discontent" while reaching up to grab a package of insulation at Home Depot. Talk about discontent! It was a bitter winter, and my pipes were about to freeze. The humorously themed book release tweaked my interest, and as soon as I read up on Bookcrossing, I was hooked! Even better...."The Winter of..." was the first John Steinbeck book I ever read back in 1974.
May 2005 - Meetup in London, with UK BookCrossers at OBCZ Stamford Arms
Dec 2005 - "Bucklesbook" signs up (my Mom). Sadly, Mom's health is frail at 94, and she cannot participate anymore, but I keep her up to date on activities.
April 2006 - North American BC convention in my hometown
April 2008: London Convention - found 3 "Wild Releases" - one near Westminster Abbey, two in Oxford. Great to meet Bookcrossers I had "met" online. In Birmingham, Lyzzybee introduced us to a charming city and Balti curry. Yummy!
Feb 2009: Joined (somewhat reluctantly)....Facebook. Toronto Bookcrossers now has a FB page.
Sept 2009: 6th year at Word on the Street (WOTS) with Harrowsmith Magazine and Harrowsmith's Truly Canadian Almanac
April 2010: Amsterdam: Bookcrossing convention in Amstelveen (VU University Amsterdam.) Who could have predicted that whaddyacallit volcano? We were not affected as we arrived several days before the volcano. Getting home was another matter....
Sept 2010: 21st Annual "Word on the Street". Pooker3, Geishabird, Pinkoeria, Jessibud, Miss Efficiency and iNomad met up at noon. We learned that releasing lots of books together, gets results. Released about 55 on two park benches. Every one snapped up. And more than the usual number of JE's. 3 of my "finders" joined up.
2011: Saving $$$ for Dublin Convention....and so far, 3 meetups/bookswaps at Harbord House this year. A dedicated group.
Summer 2011: Sadly, 35 year old Canadian classic, "Harrowsmith Country Life" magazine ceased publishing. All staff, including me, out of a job. (Revived in 2013 - hooray!)
Sept. 2011: Word on the Street - time to get our books organized for an even bigger "wild release". Miss-Efficiency suggests we bring a wheelbarrow!
April 2012: Splendid time at the Dublin Convention. Managed to see Canadian bands Enter the Haggis and Hey, Rosetta on tour!
May 2012: Married DonFiction, wonderful, book reading/writing man and moved to the country. ("Good-byyyyye city life!" - Eva Gabor.)
November 16, 2012: Meetup, Pickwick Pub, Zug, Switzerland, with storm0103 and 5kiana, plus Donfiction, nephew Spencer (age 12) - a real trooper who stayed for the whole evening (with a bunch of "oldsters"). Viva international Bookcrossers! Both of our "guests" travelled quite a long way by train to meet with us.
To "top" off a great trip to Switzerland, we went to the Jungfraujoch (translation: The Top of Europe) and there we found a "wild", registered book at 11,000 feet. ("The Lady and the Unicorn")
June 2013: Meetup with Aussie BX'er, Flight, HH Pub. 5 of us had a great time exchanging books over libations.
2014: Welcome Canadateagirl to TO BX'ers, from BC.
Sept. 2014: Another gorgeous Sunday for the 25th annual Word on the Street Festival in Toronto. Bookcrossers up to their usual high jinx. (We had a bench for kid's books, and a separate location for "grown-up" books.)
Sept. 28, 2014: A fun meetup with Xarodoc, from Germany. Typical of BX'ing karma...3 out of 8 people (including our guest) brought a copy of "The Time Traveller's Wife".
2015: March marks 5th year for meetups/OBCZ at Harbord House Pub. Thanks, John Oakes - proprietor. Also, we have two, new BX'ers in our group. Fred and Livia. Fred found a book that had been sitting around Union Stn., (Toronto's big train station) for several years, and joined up. 3 cheers for Livia who came by our January meetup still holding her "Woman's March" placard.
June 2015: Meetup with Azuki (visiting from Miami) and her husband. HoserLauren, Nelle, Miss-Efficiency, Jessibud, Bucklesbook, Bookgirrl had a great time.
Sept. 2015: Word on the Street: First time at Harbourfront. We had a good time, and enjoyed standing "aside" and watching curious attendees ogle our "FREE BOOKS" collection. All were taken. Jessibud, Leester and Bookgirrl were there.
June 2016: Another visit from and surprise! - Ri joined us too, as she was back visiting Toronto from Cleveland. About 10 people came by Harbord House Pub. A fun, boisterous time!
April 2017: Donfiction & I at Oslo Convention. So many interesting things to see and do, on top of a terrific convention. Sight-seeing: Oslo, Bergen, Voss, fjords, and Flam. (Train, bus, boat)
May 7th, 2017: Just a few days after seeing him at the Oslo convention, we welcomed Xarodoc (in town again from Germany) to our spring meetup/book swap/brunch. Some Oslo goodies will be shared.
July 2nd, 2017: Fun meetup with 3 guests from Maryland, USA, including intrepid BX'er SqueakyChu. 'So great to meet you!
August 23, 2017: Meetup for sota48, her sister and friend from Norway.
September 2017: 28th annual Word on the Street. Harbourfront. A small but determined group this year did a mass book release, but for the first time, we were told we were not allowed to leave books on the WOTS site. So, we moved them to a bench by the TTC tracks. Every book taken, and a good percentage were journalled. Whooo hoo!
April 2019: Marvellous Mainz Convention. 'So glad I went (Donfiction stayed home - had a new course to teach). Educational & entertaining trip. It's amazing how you feel like you are among old friends - even the people you meet for the first time at a convention. Unfortunately, I had to miss Sunday, (flight problems).
Fall 2019: Son-in-law Ian built us a Little Free Library - all wood - including wood roof shingles. Like a miniature cottage.
February 2020: Finally, someone took a book from our LFL - and they left us a nice note. On our country road, very few pedestrians, mostly pick-up trucks whizzing by. With spring coming, we'll hopefully see more walkers.
March 2020: Sad & scary times: COVID-19. No in-person meetups but there has been increased activity at our LFL, with people walking on our country road. And, books seem to be very popular these days overall.
August 2020: First outdoor meetup/book swap on Sunday, Aug. 23rd, at Queen's Park. Six intrepid BX'ers showed up, and we enjoyed chatting and book swapping in the shade of huge trees. We all confessed to having felt cooped up.
November 2020: Another lockdown...time for a Zoom meetup.
April 16-18th, 2021: Virtual Bookcrossing Convention! Thanks to MissMarkey. Really fun.
May 5, 2021: Toronto Bookcrossers (Virtual) Spring Meetup: several international guests, a "Canada Quiz" and a musical moment with Mike (Donfiction). Zoom meetups are great for keeping in touch with Bookcrossers around the world. That said, I can't wait 'til we can have an in-person meetup (maybe June? July?).
May 29th, 2022: First in-person, indoor meetup since 2020. We welcomed Leester, as she was visiting from Qatar in the Middle East. Reminder: Harbord House has moved to 124 Harbord St.
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I have deleted the "Books Read Since Joining Bookcrossing" list. Too long, too much hassle to keep up - it gets boring. The Rock & Roll list remains. (Update: The R&R book shelf has finally been completed! No more book piles. Thank you, Donfiction for a terrific Xmas gift.)
Rock and Roll Library Most are Permanent Collection)
1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion, Reviews - Ariel S. Leve & Robin Morgan
1982 - Jian (The Disgraced) Ghomeshi (Cdn)
1,000 Record Covers - Michael Ochs
20,000 Roads, the Ballad of Gram Parsons & his Cosmic American Music - David Meyer
Across the Great Divide: The Band (Cdn) - Barney Hoskyns (Library book)
All Access: The Rock 'N' Roll Photography of Ken Regan
All of Me - Anne Murray (Cdn)
All the Rage - Ian "Mac" McLagan bio (Small Faces, Faces, etc)
All Too Beautiful: Steve Marriott - Paolo Hewitt and John Hellier
All You Need is Ears - Sir George Martin (a bit boring)
American Dreams - Randy Newman bio by Kevin Courrier
Amy, My Daughter - Mitch Winehouse
And, On Piano...Nicky Hopkins - Julian Dawson
Anger is an Energy - John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)
Anti-Diva - Carole Pope autobiography (Cdn)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (The Who) - Andy Neill and Matt Kent
Are you Ready for the Country? - (Young, Dylan, Burritos, Byrds, etc.) Doggett
Around the World in 57-1/2 Gigs - Dave Bidini (post-Rheostatics - great retired Cdn band)
Baby, that was Rock & Roll: The legendary Leiber & Stoller - Robert Palmer (from R. Flohil)
Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock & How It Changed a Generation - Pete Fornatale
The Beatles: The Biography - Bob Spitz
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics - Alan Aldridge (Editor)
The Beatles Quiz Book
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine
Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison - Marc Shapiro
Being Young - Astrid Young (Cdn&1/2 sister of Neil) - first 30 pages only
The Blues: Martin Scorsese Presents
Boogie Man (John Lee Hooker bio) - Charles Shaar Murray - A++
Bowie - The Biography - Wendy Leigh (so-so)
Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy - Tony Visconti's autobiography
Brian Jones: The Making of The Rolling Stones - Paul Trynka
Bruce - Peter Ames Carlin
Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography - Andrea Warner
Bumping into Geniuses - Danny Goldberg
Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair with the Bay City Rollers - Caroline Sullivan (given away)
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Brian Wilson - Peter Ames Carlin
Chet Baker: As Though I Had Wings: The Lost Memoir - Chet Baker
Chronicles I - Bob Dylan (Hurry up with Chronicles II !)
Chuck Berry: The Autobiography - Chuck Berry
The CHUM Story - Allen Farrell (Cdn)
Clapton - Eric Clapton autobiography
Complicated Shadows (Elvis Costello Bio) - Graeme Thomson
Country Boy - A Biography of Albert Lee - Derek Watts
Cover Me - Ray Padgett
Cross Town Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-war Pop - Charles Shaar Murray
Cruel to be Kind - The Life & Music of Nick Lowe bio by Will Birch
Dark Horse - George Harrison bio - Geoffrey Giuliano
David Bowie: Moonage Daydream – Dave Thompson
Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star - Ian Hunter (still rocking in his 70's)
Dick Clark and the History of Rock 'n' Roll - (Editors of LIFE Magazine)
Dylan: A Biography - Bob Spitz
The Eagles: An American Band
Elvis is King: Costello's "My Aim is True" - Richard Crouse (Cdn author)
Eminent Hipsters - Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Exorcising Ghosts - Dave Cousins' autobiography
Faithfull - Autobiography - Marianne Faithfull
Fortunate Son, My Life, My Music - Autobiography (John Fogerty)
Four Strong Winds (Ian & Sylvia) - John Einerson (Cdn topic/author)
A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties - Suze Rotolo (Lived with Dylan in the '60s)
Girls Like Us: Mitchell, Simon, King - Sheila Weller
Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko's Bed-In for Peace - Paul McGrath (Editor - Can)
Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of the Kingston Trio - William J. Bush
Guitars: A Celebration of Pure Mojo - David Schiller
Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces, Before, During & After - Andy Neill
The Hard Stuff - Wayne Kramer (MC5)
Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 - Barclay, Jack, Schneider (3x Cdn)
Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles - Don Felder
Here, There and Everywhere - Geoff Emerick (Beatles' engineer, Abbey Road Studios)
Hickory Wind: Story of Gram Parsons - Ben Fong-Torres
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio - Ben Fong-Torres
Hot Burritos - John Einarson (Cdn) with Chris Hillman
Hound Dog - Leiber and Stoller (with David Ritz)
How Can I Keep from Singing? - Pete Seeger
How Music Works - David Byrne (Talking Heads)
I Hate the New Music - Dave Thompson
I Met the Walrus - Jerry Levitan (Cdn)
I Saw the Light: Hank Williams Bio - Colin Escort
I, Shithead: A Life in Punk - Joey Keithley (of DOA - Cdn)
I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir - Mickie Leigh with Legs McNeil
I Walked the Line - Vivian Cash (1st Wife of Johnny Cash, Mother of Roseanne, etc.)
Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson: Scrapbook of a Rock & Roll Fan - Weird & Gilly
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon bio - Crystal Zevon
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era - Greg Kot
I'm a Believer. My Life of Monkees, Music and Madness - Micky Dolenz & Mark Begot'
I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie - Pamela des Barres
I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen bio) - Sylvie Simmons
Imagine John Lennon - Companion to the film biography "Imagine"
It Ain't Easy: The Story of Long John Baldry - Paul Myers (Cdn brother of Austin Powers!)
It's a Long Story - Willie Nelson's autobiography
John - Cynthia Lennon
John Lennon - Philip Norman
John Peel: The Biography - Michael Heatley
John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft
Joni MItchell - In Her Own Words - Malka Marom with Joni Mitchell (Cdn)
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Keith Richards: The Biography - Victor Boris
"Kill Your Idols" Series - hard to find. (Costello, Cohen, Young, Clash, Waits, Beck)
Kill Your Idols - Jim DeRogatis (mediocre, mostly whiny, except Fleetwood Mac chapter - hilarious)
Kill'em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown - James McBride
The Kinks - Jeff Hudson & Neville Marten (Well researched, but dull)
Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory - Ken Sharp
Last Night a DJ Saved my Life - Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
Lennon Revealed - Larry Kane
Life - Keith Richards with James Fox
Lightfoot - Nicholas Jennings (Cdn)
Little Richard - Charles White
Lonely Avenue (Doc Pomus bio) - Alex Halberstadt (Excellent)
The Long Road - Ian Tyson autobiography (Cdn)
The Long and Winding Road: The Greatest Beatles Stories
Love, Janis - Laura Joplin
M Train - Patti Smith
Major Dudes, A Steely Dan Compendium - Barney Hoskyns, Editor
The Man Who Hated Walking - Pete Overend Watts
The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970's - Peter Doggett
The Masked Rider - Neil Peart (Cdn)
Maximum Volume (Geo. Martin bio) - Kenneth Womack
Me, the Mob, and the Music - One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells
Memories of John Lennon - Yoko Ono (Editor)
Mick Jagger (Bio) - Philip Norman
Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved - Chris O'Dell
Morrissey (Autobiography) - Stephen Morrissey (unreadable!)
Mountain City Girls - Anna and Jane McGarrigle (Cdn)
My Name is Love - Darlene Love autobiography
My Way (Autobiography) - Paul Anka
Mystery Train - Greil Marcus (close to unreadable)
Neil and Me - Scott Young (Cdn)
Neil Young, the Illustrated History - Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff
The Old, Weird America Greil Marcus (can't make him out - ever)
On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock - Dave Bidini (Cdn)
One Train Later - Andy Summers (Police)
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison bio - by Alan Clayson (awkwardly written, but OK)
Paul McCartney: A Life - Peter Ames Carlin
Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now - Barry Miles
The Penguin - John Lennon
Petty: The Biography - Warren Zanes
Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History - Keith Skues and David Kindred
The Pretenders: With Hyndesight - Mike Wrenn
The Producer: John Hammond and The Soul of American Music - Dustan Prial
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Lester Bangs (unreadable)
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone - Marky Ramone
Rage to Survive - Etta James and David Ritz
Ray Davies: A Complicated Life - Johnny Rogan
Reckless: My Life as a Pretender - Chrissie Hynde
Reckless Daughter - David Yaffe (Joni Mitchell - Cdn subject)
Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties - Ian MacDonald
Ringo - Michael Seth Starr
The Road to Woodstock - Michael Lang
Robert Plant: A Life - Paul Rees
Rock, Roll & Remember - Dick Clark, Richard Robinson
Rock and Roll at 50 - Life Books
Rock and Roll Generation: Teen Life in the 50's - Time/Life Books
Rock and Roll is Here to Stay - William McKeen
Rock & Roll Sweepstakes (The Official Biography of Ian Hunter) - Campbell Devine
Rock Family Trees - Pete Frame (wow)
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - First 25 Years - Holly George-Warren, Jann Wenner
Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones - Bill Janovitz
Rod Stewart - a Biography - Tim Ewbank & Stafford Mildred
The Rolling Stone Interviews - Editors of Rolling Stone
Ronnie - Ron Wood's autobiography
Roots, Radicals and Rockers (History of Skiffle) - Billy Bragg
Rotten: No Irish-No Blacks-No Dogs - John Lydon
'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child - David Henderson
Shakey - Neil Young biography - Jimmy McDonough
Shout - Philip Norman (Beatles bio)
Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends - Pete Fornatale
Since Then - David Crosby biography
Siren Song: My Life in Music - Seymour Stein (borrowed)
Ska'd for Life - Horace Panter (Sir Horace Gentleman of The Specials)
Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns
So Different (Sinnead O'Connor bio) - Dermott Hayes
Songbook - Nick Hornby
Soulsville, USA: The Story of Stax Records – Rob Bowman (Cdn/Grammy Winner)
Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits w. The Rolling Stones, The Who...The Faces . . - Glyn Johns
The Sound and the Fury: Rock Essays - edited by Barney Hoskyns
Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars - Neil Young (SO eccentric!)
Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie - Woody Woodmansey (signed!)
The Spider with the Platinum Hair - Mick Ronson Bio - by Weird & Gilly (Eric Dimatteo and Karen Laney - Really nice people!)
Stompin' Tom Connors: Before the Fame - Tom Connors (Cdn)
Stoned: A Memoir of London in the 1960's - Andrew Loog Oldham
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes - Judy Collins autobiography
Takin' Care of Business - Randy Bachman (Cdn) bio/autobio with John Einarson (Cdn)
Tales from Beyond the Tap - Randy Bachman (Vinyl Tap Radio show - Cdn)
Talking Music I - Holger Petersen (Cdn)
Talking Music II - Holger Petersen (Cdn)
Tell Me Why - The Beatles: Album by Album, Song by Song, the 60's & After
Testimony - Robbie Robertson's autobiography (Cdn)
Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite - Roger Daltrey autobiography
This is a Call - The Life and Times of Dave Grohl - Paul Brannigan
This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm & the Story of The Band (80% Cdn)
Ticket to Ride - Larry Kane
Time is Tight - Booker T. Jones Autobiography
Tina Turner: My Love Story
The Top 100 Canadian Singles - Bob Mersereau (Cdn)
Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting - Jimmy Webb
The True Story of The Beatles (old, beat up paperback) - Billy Shepherd
Twenty-Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons - David Meyer
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello
Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young (Cdn)
We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer autobio (Cdn)
When I Left Home - Buddy Guy (autobiography)
Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music from Hank Snow to The Band - Jason Schneider (Cdn)
White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960's - Joe Boyd
Who I Am - Peter Townsend
Who Were The Beatles - Geoff Edgers
Wild Tales - Graham Nash (on Kindle, not in the library)
Wonderful Tonight - Patti Boyd
X-RAY - Ray Davies
Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years - Sharry Wilson (Cdn) very good: early days, Neil pre-21.
Ziggyology - Simon Goddard