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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler

The Legacy of Roxaboxen: A Collection of Voices

The Legacy of Roxaboxen: A Collection of Voices - Alice McLerran I read my 6-year-old a beautiful book called Roxaboxen, about a group of children in the 1910s who create an imaginary town called Roxaboxen (made mostly of rocks and boxes) on a desert hill in Yuma, Arizona, complete with streets, houses, shops, and a jail. The book was illustrated by the incomparable Barbara Cooney. When I got to the end, there were notes that Roxaboxen was a real place! Then I found this book, which not only has photos and a history of the "Roxaboxenites" who created the town, but includes a facsimile of the "History of Roxaboxen" hand-written and -bound in 1916 by the author's mother, Marian Doan, when she was 11 years old and Roxaboxen was a thriving concern. That history, as well as the recollections of McLerran's aunt and other surviving Roxaboxenites, became the premise for McClerran's children's book. The book spawned a play and then a movement to create a park from the Yuma hill that had been Roxaboxen. It took 9 years of fund-raising, legal acrobotics, and work to clean and restore the hill to its 1915 contours and vegetation, but in 2000, the city of Yuma opened Roxaboxen park (http://www.ci.yuma.az.us/4761.htm). You can even donate a rock from your town! Anyway, The Legacy of Roxaboxen is beautiful and made me teary more than once.