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Cathy Carmode Lim

It's no longer part of her job, but Cathy Carmode Lim still claims a good excuse for reading.

Lim has been critiquing books professionally for more than a decade, and although she recently left her position as a book-page editor for an Alabama newspaper, she continues to devote energy to reading and reviewing.

"I just can't help myself," Lim said.

But it's not for entertainment purposes only. Lim has an objective in mind each time she updates her personal Web site — keeping other reading enthusiasts apprised of what they'll encounter when they pick up a recently published book.

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