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About me: I love mysteries, but the greatest mystery to me is why people do the things they do. I am really good at reading books, but really bad at reading people. One of the great mysteries of music history is the tune used in Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Reading Interests: Detective fiction, novels with good character detail, African fiction, American politics, classical music, beading, figure skating, neurology.

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Really Intense Reads (5 titles)

Beading books I've tried and want to keep (4 titles)
Bead books that I have tried

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Cover ArtTen new songs [sound recording]
These ten songs are all kind of similar. But with that voice and those lyrics, who cares? Either you enjoy the deep voiced metaphysical ponderings of Leonard Cohen or you don’t. I do. Don’t try to hard to make sense of the lyrics or you might get your brain tangled in knots. Listen to this album in the dark late at night and visit   posted Jul 15, 2010 at 12:24AM

Cover ArtThe interpretation of murder [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Rubenfeld, Jed
This is a historical mystery set in New York City, circa 1909. To me, the historical detail was really interesting but the plot was sometimes a little too far-fetched. That said, the solution was very unusual and I never would have guessed it. I am always wary of real historical figures cast as fictional characters, but Freud and Jung were strange enough that the author was able to use things they actually said and did make them sound like the wildest fiction. I recommend this for history buffs, mystery fans who are tired of formula novels, and anyone who liked The Alienist by Caleb Carr.   posted Jul 15, 2010 at 12:17AM

Cover ArtAngela’s ashes : a memoir
by Frank McCourt
This has got to be the most depressing book I’ve ever read. I don’t want to see the movie.   posted Jan 4, 2008 at 10:55PM

Cover ArtThe historian : a novel
by Kostova, Elizabeth
I stayed up way too late and found myself unconsciously eating way more garlic than usual. I like the plot device of a book that appears to people and won't go away. There are lots of historical and geographical tidbits that are artfully integrated into the story, but above all it is SCARY!   posted Jan 4, 2008 at 10:02PM

Cover ArtWhat came before he shot her
by George, Elizabeth, 1949-
As psychologically intense as Elizabeth George's novels usually are, this book goes deeper. It's not a "whodunit," it's a "Why did he do it?" and the long sad story brings you closer to understanding how a twelve-year-old could kill someone. Hard to read and harder to forget.   posted Jan 4, 2008 at 10:00PM

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