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Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

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
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America - Barbara Ehrenreich WHY I WANT TO READ THIS: Just the title felt like a relief. I've always been suspicious of the "power of positive thinking," the "turn a frown upside down" philosophy, the pernicious idea that if you hold positive thoughts about your future it'll all be good (and the dark flip side of that, whih is that if bad things happen to you it must be your own fault for not thinking positively enough). What about practicality? What about admittig that some things in life just suck (cancer, people you love dying, cruelty)? What about grieving, having a good cry, raging against dumb fate? I can't wait to read this book.