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Cornelia Read

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I have circumnavigated the globe, throwing up in many of the world's airports as I hate to fly. I was born in Manhattan, and spent my childhood racketing around from New York to California to Oahu.

I know old-school WASP culture firsthand, having been born into the tenth (and last) generation of my mother's family to live on Oyster Bay's Centre Island. I was subsequently raised near Big Sur by divorced hippie-renegade parents. My childhood mentors included Sufis, surfers, single moms, Black Panthers, Ansel Adams, draft dodgers, striking farmworkers, and Henry Miller's toughest ping-pong rival.

I am now at home molding the characters (evil laugh here) of my twin daughters, the younger of whom has severe autism. I am the world's worst housewif
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"I loved this book! Spent Labor Day in a hammock at the Lake with my Kindle. I just could not put it down to swim, cook or ride the wave runners. Every mother can relate to Madeline. I especially loved it that Cornelia Read has Madeline saying word..." Read more of this review »
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"I love, love, love the Madeline Dare books. She is the quick witted, sharp tongued tough smart broad we'd all like to be. I was glad that becoming a mom didn't slow her down much but was dismayed that (SPOILER ALERT) Dean turned out to be such a t..." Read more of this review »
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message 8: by Ida

Ida Plassay Thank you for befriending me on goodreads,Cornelia!!!


message 7: by Saleh

Saleh Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Girl, what a beautiful name...it fits you! Thanks for adding me as a friend. I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand.
Blessings,
Jeannie



message 5: by Holli

Holli Big Sur is pure bliss---one of my favorite places to be! I so miss California :(


Maggie Cornelia
Thank you for the friend invitation. Congratulations on both books. What an interesting life you are living. Big Sur is perhaps my favorite place on the planet.
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Maggie Marr

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Sundang Saputra Thanks 4 being my friend... Cornelia

nice to see you


Daniel
Cornelia, I've added your books A Field of Darkness and The Crazy School to my to-read list.


Shawnette Conrelia...Thanks for the invite into your circle of friends....wishing you all the best in 2008...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all book recommendations you may have...Happy Reading :-)



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