Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Let's Talk About You!

Leave a comment to introduce yourself- who you are, what you like to read, and anything else you'd like to share. Whether you're a regular, a lurker, or a one-time visitor, I'd love to get to know you a little better!


Mike B. said...

Thought I'd finally stop in and say hi...so, hi. I'm a fellow bibliophile from Boston and have been blogging since 05. I've been a reader for awhile now and thought that your post on 'Community' really hit home.

All the best and keep up the blogging.

Jessica said...

Hi There! It's not as exciting as BBAW, but there's an award waiting for you on my site:
Cheers! Jessica

Sally said...

Shanah Tovah, Ms. Bibliophile. Would love you to read The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, my novel, which falls into the "Jewish interest" category, starting as it does in a synagogue? Translated into German, the book was a bestseller all summer, and includes a glossary of Jewish terms--Bar Mitzvah etc.! You can check out the book @ www.sallykoslow.com or the 85 Amazon reviews. I'll get you a review copy of you're interested. You can write to me at Spkoslow@gmail.com. Thanks! Sally

Deborah Rey said...

The name is Deborah Rey.
The age is 71.
The novel is Rachel Sarai's Vineyard (published by Merilang Press UK)
The sites (to have a peek) are:
http://www.deborahrey.wordpress.comShabbat Shalom,

MPalmerDesign said...

Just added you on Twitter. Love the site for a few reasons. One, it has to do with books. Two, I may write a book someday (but I admit I better finish it up). Nice to make the acquaintance!


SDK said...

Hey there,

My name is Stephen and I'm actually a marketing specialist for www.filedby.com

FiledBy is a fast growing online author-reader community. We provide websites for every published author in the U.S. and Canada, complete with book titles that are pre-linked to all major online retailers, as well as online marketing tools to help build their web presence. FiledBy includes more than 3 million author sites and 8 million book pages that can be discovered through a single database.

Anyhow, I thought you might be interested. Thanks so much for letting me stop by. Keep on writing/blogging!

FiledBy – www.filedby.com



Stephen Daniel King
Marketing Specialist

Mim said...

How nice to "discover" your blog! I will bookmark it, follow it with bloglines, etc. I'm a read-a-holic, and have been since childhood. Thanks for your reviews! There are images of my bookshelves on my blog
http://mim4art.blogspot.com though there is no need to look in my archives for them. They look like those of other bibliophiles.

suekush said...

Hi Librarian. I am a literary nonfiction author and I love librarians. The only people equal to you in helping writers are funeral home directors - seriously, they know everyone, at least in small towns. I'm Jewish but my current book isn't, though it has a social justice angle, which I consider part of my Tikkun Olum (sp?) duty. It's called Goodbye Wifes and Daughters, published by U of Nebraska Press right now, and about a 1943 coal mine disaster in Montana. And it just sold out on Amazon, before it's official pub date. For more info: please go to my website/blog: www.coalminedisaster.com. My next book may be about one of my best friends, who happens to be a 90-year-old holocaust survivor in Boston.

Carina said...

I've just started reading you, after finding you through BTT!

I'm Carina, I'm in my 20s, and I'm a teacher-librarian in the Toronto public school system. I also blog here.

Jeanne said...

Hi, the Trivial Pursuit for booklovers on my blog does come from the game cards (a former student who is a chemistry professor sent it to me saying that I was the only person she knows who might be able to have fun with it--the questions are pretty hard!)

I'm a Writing Center Director at one small liberal arts college and an adjunct professor of English at another. I've always had my "nose in a book" as my parents put it.

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sissy said...

I'm a retired English teacher so I could use a free copy of The Passage. Cheeky or cheesy, huh? This seems like a fun site--I sort of stumbled upon it. I am almost finished writing my first novel. I have no idea what to do with it afterwards. Place it in the bottom drawer of my dresser?

waityourarobot said...

Thought I'd say hello. Stumbled upon your site from reading the interview with Julia Wertz and really dug it. I used to live in Greater Boston out in Somerville. I'm an author with a short story collection out this month, "The Silk City Series." It's not Jewish interest, but maybe you'd like to read it? ericnelson83(at) gmail.com

Gigib said...

This is only my second blogging attempt ever. So here goes...
As a "bibliotherapist", I strongly recommend The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.
I have just begun reading Every Man Dies Alone by Fallada.- It is truly amazing on so many levels.
Happy reading.

Amy said...

Hi Marie,
Just found your blog after you posted a comment on LT. I really like your blog and especially the layout and book choices.

Come visit!
blacksheepdances on LT, saharatea on BM, Amy in real life


Heather J. said...

Hi Marie - I just listened to you on THIB! FYI, I'm in the greater-DC area and would love to meet you when you come to town in June. There's another blogger coming that month as well! Shoot me an email and I can put you in touch with some of the locals. :)

- Heather J.

Connolly-Ahern said...

I have been reading your blog for about a month, and figured I'd finally stop by and say hi! I am a college professor who is trying to fulfill a resolution to read more for pleasure -- and not just for work. I followed the link at my buddy Jess' http://desperadopenguin.blogspot.com to your site, and I've been enjoying the book recommendations. Right now I read anything that's not a communications text, and blog about it at http://colreads.blogspot.com

Thanks for the great work! CCA

Evelyn said...

Love your site! I hope you'll consider reviewing more Jewish YA novels. My book is just being released and takes place in a fictional town the Boston area.
Book launch is 6:30 pm, 6/22 at Sharon Public Library.

The Blue Bookcase said...

Hello! I'm Connie over at The Blue Bookcase, another bookish blog. I love to read "literature" from all time periods, though I also enjoy venturing into non-fiction memoirs.

Great blog! Keep it up! And check mine out some time, too.


Rebecca said...


I spoke very briefly at the Book Bloggers Convention in NYC at the end of BEA, May 28th. We're still reeling down here in Nashville and the need for books is great. I've partnered with a local agency to help with our book project, A Dry Read: New Books for Nashville. Please help if you can by blogging about the project and encouraging everyone you know to participate by sending us books! I've blogged about it on my page, www.rebeecabrothers.com. Please visit and pass along the news. I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks so much-
Becky Brothers
Reader With a Capital "R

Tracey Campbell said...

Tracey here aka---Goddess,
Love the blog. I read a lot of book blogs and look forward to your recommendations, reviews etc.
As of now I am a follower.
Thank you

Alice Rene said...

Hi to everyone! I got onto this site through the Goodreads Jewish Book Carnival Group and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm the author of a memoir, Becoming Alice, and woukd loe to get a review. Much more info on my website: www.alicerene.com and my blog: http://alicerene.wordpress.com
I look forward to responses.

Malcolm said...

Hi Marie,
Another fellow Bostonian book lover and blogger. I enjoy your writing and would like to include a snippet with link-back of one of your reviews. Could you let me know if that might be possible?
Kind regards,

birdie said...

Hi Marie,

Hello from Brooklyn NY. I am Robin K. Blum, aka 'birdie'from www.lisnews.org Happy to see your posts and your tweets and your encouragement for fellow book and library lovers.

Hope you'll help our facebook campaign, Oprah, Libraries Need You by passing the word, thanks! Here's the link http://is.gd/fuL2q

Shaw Kenawe said...


I found you blog while looking for a review on "The Elegance of the Hedgehog."

I was born in Cambridge, Mass., and am currently living in Boston, near the waterfront.

I've always been an avid reader, but stopped reading fiction a while ago, preferring bios, science writing, history, etc.

I'm enjoying fiction again, thanks to authors like Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Edna O'Brien, to name a few.

I'm very happy to find this blog and have linked to it in my "special blogs" category on my blog.

I'll be by often to read your reviews and find out the latest in what everyone else is reading.

I'd love to give a plug to a very close friend and author, Naomi Feigleson-Chase.

Here's her website and a list of her published books.

David Abrams said...

Hi, I stumbled here from Twitter where you were recommended as a "Follow Friday." After poking around for a few minutes, I can see we're pretty like-minded on our reading lists (FWIW, I'm currently reading Jonathan Evison's WEST OF HERE and it's pretty damn good).

I only started blogging last May, but I've enjoyed building a small-but-loyal readership over at The Quivering Pen: www.davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

Hi Marie,

Like others, I stumbled on your blog when I was looking for a review, for me it was All Other Nights by Dara Horn. I loved your entry about Borders and I blogged about it (I got a little nervous when I saw your comment on my Jan 27 entry, because I figured you would see what I wrote about your blog, but I think maybe you never got that far - Jan 23 - I think I was flattering, I hope you agree.)

I'm pushing 50 (pushing it away, if that's possible!) A life long reader and book lover. I love movies too, and especially movies made from books (though I may make an exception for I Am Number Four). I currently live in upstate NY, but lived for many years in Philadelphia, and I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. So lots of different milieus and influences.

I love meaningful books about real people; some of my favorites are Ordinary People & Second Heaven by Judith Guest, Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwartz (I read it before Oprah picked it for her book club!)

Lately I've been reading lots of YA fiction, because people keep recommending books to me. Fire by Kristin Cashore is one of the best books I've ever read. I loved Impossible by Nancy Werlin (but didn't even finish her next book, Extraordinary - wasn't doing it for me). I thought The Hunger Games trilogy was terrific.

I've joined several book clubs over the years, but they've either died or didn't end up being my cup of tea. It's sorta my Holy Grail (if a Jew can use that expression) to find the perfect book club.

That's probably more than you needed to know. I didn't write a book that I want you to review, but maybe someday!

Nice to meet you!!!

Charles said...

I'm a retired university director who is a twice traditionally-published author. My debut novel, "Jacob's Courage: A Holocaust Love Story" was published in 2007 (Mazo Publishers) http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/. I review books for the New York Journal of Books (http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/charles-weinblatt). I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction. My focus as a reviewer is on the Holocaust and Jewish topics. In that area, I highly recommend Anya's War (Alban), The Envoy (Kershaw), 48 Hours of Kristallnacht (Bard) and The Long Walk (Treeson).

Keep up the great work here. It's a terrific blog.

midlifebatmitzvah said...

Hi BB! Nice to meet you... I just found your blog through Jewish Muse's link with the Jewish Book Carnival. (She mentioned a couple of my book posts too.)

I live in Oakland, Calif., blog at midlifebatmitzvah.wordpress.com, and am an aspiring novelist. Or should that be expiring novelist? perspiring novelist? In any event, I'm busy collecting rejection notes from literary agents right now. :-)

I look forward to reading more,


David said...

Dear Maria,
I saw recently that you received my book, Something for Nothing, from Algonquin, and so I thought I’d mention that it falls somewhat indirectly into the category of Jewish-interest fiction that you include in your list of interests. I say “indirectly” b/c the Jewish character is a foil for the main character and his anxieties about money, success, and various other issues (he’s sort of a Robert Cohn from The Sun Also Rises). But this is certainly an important element of the book, not to mention a complicated and sensitive one. So if and when you get a chance, I’d love to hear what you think.

Thanks, D. Anthony

Jamie said...

Lovely meeting you at the festival Marie. I think what you're doing is great. When my next book comes out I'll have my publicist send you a copy if you're interested. In the meantime, as soon as I'm finished with this book, I have a short stack of books to read for the summer and I've added your Tellier recommendation to it. Best, Jamie

Aine Greaney said...

Hi Marie,
We met at the Newburyport Literary Festival, where I really enjoyed the panel on book blogs. I took notes--lots of them. Thanks, also, for your comment at Books and Movies in response to my Mother's Day guest post. I hope you win the signed copy. But ... if not, would you like a copy for your library? Happy to send.

EnriqueFreeque said...

Hi there,

Great blog you've got! I just noticed this morning you'd dropped by mine so thought I'd better check out yours. We've lots of tastes in common.

If you're on LibraryThing, I'd like to invite you to either drop by or join a grouup I began a couple years ago, Le Salon Litteraire du Peuple pour le Peuple.

There's a link on the front page of the group spotlighting member blogs. Now, by the looks of things, you're not having any trouble at all attracting readers (and deservedly so), but were you to join the group, I'd still make a point of spotlighting your blog in the member blog thread.

Pleasure to meet you!

booksandbowelmovements said...


You commented on my blog and until now I haven't had a chance to check yours out. And surprise, surprise - you're another freakin' amazing woman blogger. I swear, I keep finding you ladies and being overjoyed with the wealth of knowledge from your websites and all the encouragement you all give one another. I love it, love it, love it. I can't thank you enough for your comment on my blog - and I hope to keep reading your blog as well.

Keep up the good work (5 years, woooo---eeeeee) good for you girl!

Cassie (booksandbowelmovements.wordpress.com)

Dan Cafaro said...

Hi, Marie -

I'm Dan Cafaro, founder and publisher of Atticus Books, an independent press based in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. We're primarily a literary press that publishes genre-busting works of fiction. After reading a few of your posts and checking out your youtube channel, it appears our tastes are very much aligned.

I hope we can intrigue you with one of our forthcoming titles - or perhaps something from our current catalogue such as the debut novels of Steve Himmer (The Bee-Loud Glade), John Minichillo (The Snow Whale), and JM Tohline (The Great Lenore). Would be delighted to share our list with you!


MarieC said...

Hi Marie,

My name is also Marie Cloutier, perhaps a common name in Quebec, but not so much in Boston. :) This morning I was just googling myself, and was pleasantly surprised to find my namesake (and a local one at that!) producing such a cool blog. Very interesting material here - I'll definitely be following you and your work!

Parallelaly yours, :)
Marie Cloutier

Thomas McGonigle said...

Nice to see the interview with Jack O'Brien who I met through Sorrentino who was reading CADENZA by Ralph Cusack when I had ADRIFT Irish and Irish American writing.. first time I ever read of someone knowing this book which lead to JOB at the second issue of RCF and then DA published my THE CORPSE DREAM OF N. PETKOV and GOING TO PATCHOGUE which finally came out in paperback from DA in the this year, 20 years after it was published...both books have always been in print from DA though PETKOV is also in paper from Northwestern U Press...
all the best

AJ said...

Greetings and best regards Marie from The Tony Conigliaro Story,the book and screenplay.A heroic and beloved Boston Red Sox and New England legend.This is a baseball story, human interest story, love story and story of triumph and tragedy.This story is widely regarded as one of the most notable comebacks in Sports History.Please follow us on Twitter @ "The Tony C Story".

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GorgonMedusa said...


My names Skevi (Paraskevi = Greek for Friday! Arent I everyones fav day of the week?!

The blog is amazing and the layout is so cute!

Im a newbie but I hope to "level up" soon :P