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biboocat · a day ago
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Currently reading The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of the fool is in the house of mirth.” Ecclesiastes 7:4
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biboocat · 2 days ago
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I knew my Tetris skills would come in handy one day. 😁
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biboocat · 4 days ago
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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
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biboocat · 5 days ago
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Photos of English war poets and samples of their poems. So tragic and sad.
https://azhumanities.org/my-humanities-the-war-poets/?fbclid=IwAR1NafE86LySyYnPRoOybG5PmK2cMW7D7BHHopVDPIQTYwSh7pbA4r5l_Cg
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biboocat · 5 days ago
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I’m reading The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer, 1974 Booker award winner. It is a view of Apartheid South Africa from the perspective of a wealthy white South African with a hobby farm on 400 acres of veld who seems to be out of his element and with little concern outside his own needs. Interesting character and construct, but I often found it difficult to determine who was speaking to whom in streams of consciousness, and scenes and topics seem to tumble onto each other in a confusing way. I read about 60%.
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biboocat · 6 days ago
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The kind of gift that make you wonder, should I be pleased or be insulted? 😁
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biboocat · 10 days ago
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There are many good sellers on AbeBooks, but here are reasons why I now favor eBay over AbeBooks:
1.Photos of the actual item (as opposed to stock images) are much more prevalent on eBay.
2. Free shipping is more commonly found on eBay.
3. In many instances eBay offers a “make best offer” option. No such option on Abe.
4. Tracking usually given without asking on eBay, whereas I often have to ask for it on Abe.
5. Free returns are more commonly found on eBay, and in such instances, printable return labels are provided. On Abe, the buyer has to go to PO and pay for return shipping even when the reason for a return isn’t the buyer’s fault. Then the seller, not an independent arbitrator, gets to decide on whether or not reimburse the buyer for return shipping (which is seldom provided in my experience even when it is the seller’s fault ).
6. EBay has a seller and buyer rating system that helps to maintain standards. Abe has no such rating system, so customers can’t review negative experiences of previous customers.
7. You can save searches on eBay and get automatic alerts when new items are offered. I haven’t found this feature on Abebooks.
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biboocat · 10 days ago
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https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2021/06/145_309947.html
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biboocat · 11 days ago
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Saw this on The John Updike Society page - Gary Louris, a singer-songwriter and founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks, has written a song titled “Mr. Updike,” his ode to the author. Love it! ❤️
https://youtu.be/5iGTGgm9rwI
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biboocat · 11 days ago
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A random corner of my shelves - cloth, paper, leather, some with dust jackets, some with slipcases, trade and special editions, first editions and reprints, new and old. I love the natural variety. In contrast I’ve seen libraries that are limited exclusively to one publisher for example. Their uniformity can look attractive, but they look odd to me in that the mania for a publisher supersedes the subject matter. A single publisher often won’t cover the entire oeuvre of an author and/or the reader’s entire range of interests.
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biboocat · 11 days ago
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Color coding of Everyman’s books explained. As an aside, I read that Library of America’s cloth colors don’t have meaning but are chosen to break up the color of books when alphabetized.
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biboocat · 16 days ago
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Collected non-fiction of Chris Offitt
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biboocat · 17 days ago
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A Month in the Country by JL Carr is a very moving and elegiac novel. Tom Birkin, a WW1 veteran suffering from his war experiences, is hired to restore a medieval painting in a rural Yorkshire church. Carr lovingly captures an idyllic North country summer and the the villagers who accept him. The happy innocence of the setting, the long beautiful summer days, the exciting restoration work are wonderfully rendered. It’s a masterful work about youth, memory, and time. I felt fortunate to have read it. My Uncle once enigmatically said to me, “there are three places you should never visit: the place where you grew up, the place where you were married, and the place where you fought a battle.” Now I better understand what he meant.
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biboocat · 17 days ago
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biboocat · 19 days ago
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A beautiful new edition of Independent People. It’s translated from the Icelandic by J.A. Thompson, an introduction by John Freeman, and there’s a chronology of the author’s life.
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biboocat · 19 days ago
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https://jimherrington.com/portraits/34
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biboocat · 27 days ago
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Birdsong is a gripping novel about a young Englishman’s affair with a Frenchwoman before ww1 and his experiences as an officer in the killing fields of the Somme. The graphic realism of the war scenes left me disturbed, sad, and incredulous. Every politician, diplomat, and soldier ought to read it.
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biboocat · 28 days ago
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https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2685883374
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biboocat · a month ago
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Excited about these recent arrivals, including favorites and works that are new to me.
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