Corinne H. Smith is a native of Lancaster, Pa. She was a librarian for more than 30 years and worked in a variety of school, public and academic libraries. She spent the first 37 of those years in her home state, then lived for eight years in Illinois before deciding to move to Massachusetts in 2003. She now divides her time between Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Mysteries are Corinne's favorite kind of fiction. She's an environmentalist, so nature and geography books are high on her list. So are American history, American literature, writing and even some business advice and self-help topics. Sometimes good children's picture books catch her eye. She'll never run out of potential reading material, that's for sure. The stack next to the bed keeps getting higher.

Music has always been in her life. Piano lessons began in kindergarten. Picking up the flute and piccolo -- her father's instruments -- led her to participate in high school and college bands and choirs as well as with a few community groups. When a talented classmate named Karen Sloat taught her how to manage the G-progression chords on an acoustic guitar, that turned out to be the most fun of all. During her lifetime, Corinne has performed on stages, in orchestra pits, on football fields, in churches, in parades, around campfires, in a bar in Galena, Illinois, and on a street corner in Aspen, Colorado. By now, she's decided that being in the audience is a less stressful and more enjoyable experience.

As for her musical tastes -- well, she's never left the 1970s. Because she wasn't allowed to go to rock concerts when she was a teenager ("Honestly, Mom, Philly's not that far away!"), she's been spending the past two decades making up for lost time. She might see anyone from James Taylor or Neil Diamond to Lynryd Skynryd or Rush. Tickets to see Crosby, Stills & Nash probably outnumber all the rest of the stubs in her growing collection, but the Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Sammy Hagar and Bruce Springsteen aren't far behind. While she was living in the Midwest, Corinne was in the audience for Farm Aid '98 in Tinley Park, Ill. She dubs that day "the most aromatic" of all the shows she's yet experienced. Now that she's found Rambles.NET as a venue for concert reviews, she'll take good notes at all of her upcoming outings.

Corinne's been writing reviews for professional library magazines since 1990, and she has posted book reviews on Amazon.com since 1999. She spent many years researching Henry David Thoreau's 1861 "Journey West." Her book on the subject, Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey, was released by Green Frigate Books in 2012. She's got additional writings projects underway. Stay tuned.

She has spent only a few short months on this planet without a cat by her side. Her current companion is Maizie Dae Nosentail, a long-haired tigery Maine coon mix of a feline, who can run laps around the living room faster than Randy Moss in search of a Tom Brady pass. And speaking of football, both Maizie and her owner are big fans of two AFC teams: the Bills and Patriots. (They used to like the Steelers, pre-Roethlisberger.) On fall and winter Sundays, you'll find them both perched in front of the television, cheering at least one of those teams on to victory. Corinne occasionally makes road trips to Orchard Park, N.Y., to experience Bills games in person. She is proud to say that she witnessed firsthand the ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, when Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Rod Woodson, Jim Kelly and Marv Levy were each inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (She'd also been in Cooperstown to see Johnny Bench inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, but that was back when the Big Red Machine was winding down and when baseball, alas, was a much better game.)

When not reading, writing, working, attending football games or rocking at concerts, Corinne likes to travel and see interesting places. She's driven through 38 states and one Canadian province since 1993. Her place is littered with glass jars full of sand, shells and rocks picked up at beaches all over the eastern half of the United States. Corinne can be reached at chsmith@berkshire.net, via www.corinnehsmith.com, or on Facebook as Corinne Hosfeld Smith.

Reviews by Corinne include:

CDs:

Diane Arkenstone & Misha Segal
Christmas Healing, Vol. 2

Jeff Black
Tin Lily

Scott Cook
One More Time Around

David Cortello
Through an Open Window

Christopher Cross
Doctor Faith

Jason Paul Curtis
Lovers Holiday

Pat Donohue
Nobody's Fault

Dorothy Doring
Southern Exposure

Michael Hill
My Blue Christmas

Gary Hoey
Ho! Ho! Hoey: The Complete Collection

Thea Hopkins
Chickasaw

Lorie Line
Sharing the Season: Piano Instrumentals
Sharing the Season, Vol. 2: Piano Instrumentals
Sharing the Season, Vol. 3
Sharing the Season, Vol. 4: The Big Band

Lori McKenna
The Kitchen Tapes

Don McLean
Christmastime! The Complete Collection

Bruce Piephoff
The Chestnut Tree

Pure Prairie League
All in Good Time

Silver, Wood & Ivory
Christmas with Silver, Wood & Ivory

Lee Penn Sky
Prelude to Hindsight

The Staple Singers
The 25th Day of December

Twang Darkly
The Sound of Secret Names

various artists
Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland
Songs for a Better Planet, Vol. II

Peter Verity
Sometimes a Journey

Wood & Wire
Wood & Wire


Books:

Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Married to My Garden

Eileen Brady
A Kate Turner, D.V.M. Mystery: Muzzled

John Cherry
Paul McCartney's Solo Music Career, 1970-2010: Life, Love & a Sense of Child-like Wonder

Greg Dawson
Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946

Florence Ditlow
The Bakery Girls

Michael D. Eisner
Camp

Jane Ross Fallon
Seven Songs in Seven Days: Journey of an Arkansas Traveler

Shelly Fredman
Brandy Alexander #1: No Such Thing as a Secret
Brandy Alexander #2: No Such Thing as a Good Blind Date
Brandy Alexander #3: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Chad Gayle
Let It Be

Jonathan Gould
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain & America

Kristin Hannah
True Colors

Michael Harvey
The Fifth Floor

Paul Headrick
That Tune Clutches My Heart

David V. Herlihy
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer & His Mysterious Disappearance

John L. Herman Jr.
The Innkeeper Tales: Modern-Day Canterbury Tales to Entertain, Enlighten & Empower

Ken Ilgunas
Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom

Carole King
A Natural Woman: A Memoir

Stephen King
11/22/63

Beverly Lewis
Annie's People #1: The Preacher's Daughter
Annie's People #2: The Englisher
Annie's People #3: The Brethren
The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #1: The Parting

John R. Lindermuth
Digging Dusky Diamonds:
A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region

Rosemary Mild
Love! Laugh! Panic! Life with My Mother

Rosemary & Larry Mild
Death Goes Postal

Jonna L. Miller
Haunting for Time

Paula Morin
Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin

Mitch Myers
The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables & Sonic Storytelling

D.V. Pasupuleti
Change Your Mind: A Neurologist's Guide to Happiness

Laura Pedersen
Buffalo Gal
Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration

Evelyn & Lyndon Pugh
Paintings & Poems

Ann Rinaldi
Come Juneteenth

Dwight Rounds
The Year the Music Died, 1964-1972

Oliver Sacks
Musicophilia: Tales of Music & the Brain

John Ralston Saul
Joseph Howe & the Battle for Freedom of Speech

Heidi Jon Schmidt
The Harbormaster's Daughter

Rick Seidel
Sunsets & Shooting Stars: A Cape Cod Memoir

Clea Simon
Panthers Play for Keeps

Markham Starr
Barns of Connecticut

Larry G. Straub
Autumn Corridors

Mary Ellen Taylor
The Union Street Bakery

Cindy Thomson
Ellis Island: Grace's Pictures

Beckah Tolley, Raven Duclos & Katie Boyd
Ghost Quest in New Hampshire

Peter Troy
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Jeanette Vaughan
Flying Solo: An Unconventional Aviatrix Navigates Turbulence in Life

Howard P. Willens
History will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Ann & Nancy Wilson with Charles R. Cross
Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll


Movies:

It Might Get Loud


Concerts:

Bryan Adams

Jackson Browne

Glen Campbell, with Instant People

Eric Clapton & Robert Cray

Roger Daltrey, with Paul Freeman

Charlie Daniels Band

The Dead

John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert

The Eagles

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Frampton (2008)

Peter Frampton (2011)

Genesis

Gov't Mule, with Jackie Greene

Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony

Elton John & Billy Joel

Carole King & James Taylor

Kris Kristofferson

Gordon Lightfoot

Kenny Loggins

The Monkees

Michael Martin Murphey

Poco & Pure Prairie League

Kenny Rogers

Linda Ronstadt & America

Bob Seger with the Silver Bullet Band & Steve Azar

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Roger Waters