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From Escondido, California USA
Age 60
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September 2018: I’ve been away from Bookcrossing for a few years and am excited to be back. My bookshelf need to be updated - many TBRs have been read. I’ll get on that soon.

My taste in books is eclectic. I take advantage of my local library so many of the books I've read are not reflected on my BC shelf. I enjoy stories set in other countries that take me out of the USA and into another culture. Period classics are great (I also watch a lot of Masterpiece on TV). I have two rescued ex-racing Greyhound dogs and I love animals in general so I'm drawn to good stories about animals. I like memoirs and biographies of interesting people - artists, historical figures, and some not-so-famous people that have a good story to tell. Then, there's the occasional chick-lit book that I find hilarious. I prefer not to read books with graphic violence.

Some of my favorite books are My Family and Other Animals (Durrell), Wuthering Heights (Bronte), Under the Tuscan Sun (Mayes - too bad the movie didn't do the book justice), Unbroken (Hillenbrand), The Da Vinci Code (Brown), and Running in Heels (Maxted). Go figure, I did say eclectic.

Christmas is my favorite holiday and I'm traditional about it even though it's usually 75 degrees/F here and everyone's wearing shorts and flip-flops. Always a real Christmas tree with vintage ornaments found in antique shops and newer ornaments that are treasured gifts from friends. Halloween is a close second to Christmas. I enjoy cooking and baking, or maybe I just enjoy eating good homemade food. I have some favorite recipes but I also like to try different things. I love art and I enjoy going to art museums and galleries. When I have a bit of time I make glass bead jewelry and I'm hoping to learn soon to make my own chain and findings.

Books I've read most recently: (Ummm, this needs to be updated.)

Unto a Good Land (Moberg)
The Emigrants (Moberg)
What I Lived For (Oates)
A Start in Life (Brookner)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Sijie)
Winter Wheat (Walker)
Tough Cookies (Wright)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Bauby)
Strand of a Thousand Pearls (Rabinyan)
The Birth of Venus (Dunant)
Notes From an Exhibition (Gale)
Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (Flinn)
A Vintage Affair (Wolff)
The Behavior of Moths (Adams)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (See)
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (Carnarvon)
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot)
Girl With A Pearl Earring (Chevalier)
Innocent Traitor (Alison Weir)
On Black Sisters' Street (Chika Unigwe)
The Fifth Day of Christmas
The River Midnight (Lilian Nattel)
The Road to Jerusalem: Crusades Trilogy (Tom Holland)
The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Beatrice Colin)
Scars of Sweet Paradise: Janis Joplin (Alice Echols)
Take a Girl Like You (Kingsley Amis)
Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
The Lovely Bones (Sebold)
Michel, Michel (Robert Lewis)
The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
Hallucinating Foucault (Patricia Duncker)
Wildfire Season (Andrew Pyper)
It's All Greek to Me (John Mole)
The Secret River (Kate Grenville)
The Sea (John Banville)
Falling Bodies (Andrew Mark)
Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
Open House (Elizabeth Berg)
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (Lucy Dillon
Just Kids (Patti Smith)
Della Says OMG (Keris Stainton)
Beware of Pity (Stefan Zweig)
Daughter of the East (Benazir Bhutto)
In the Name of Honour (Mukhtar Mai)
The Ruins of California (Martha Sherrill)
The Hundred Secret Senses (Amy Tan)
Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
A Map of the World (Jane Hamilton)
The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
Chocolate Wishes (Tricia Ashley)
The Mercy of Thin Air (Ronlyn Domingue)
Among Schoolchildren (Tracy Kidder)
House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) - too gruesome for me!
Anthropology of an American Girl (Hilary Thayer Hamann)
Five Quarters of the Orange (Joanne Harris)
The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
Trinity (Leon Uris)
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family (Laura Schenone)
Life with Picasso (Gilot)

I'll be happy to trade books or just send one out that you wish for!

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