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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
Liza's England aka The Century's Daughter - Pat Barker I liked this book while I was reading it. It follows the main character's life from 1900 until her death, alternating with the story of a social worker who is trying to get her to move from her derelict house so that it can be torn down. It had some interesting (although grim) details about life for poor women in the first half of the 20th century, especially focusing on relationships between parents and kids. I wouldn't have wanted to be a child then. I would give it more stars, but the story hasn't stuck with me like a good story should and I thought the ending was contrived. So, 4 stars for historical detail, 2 for plot, for an average of 3. If you're interested in the domestic history of 20th century England, you'll enjoy it. If not, I'm not sure the plot will hold you.