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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
Mr. Bridge - Evan S. Connell This pair of novels (Mr Bridge and Mrs Bridge) is so much better than the movie. You get to read about the same marriage, same events, same time period, from two perspectives: His and hers. I read Mrs. Bridge first. I wonder if I would have felt differently about the characters if I had read his first? Does the first account you get of an event seem more true? I find him much less likable. Interesting portrait of marriage, societal pressures, and prejudices during the pre-WWII years. The synopsis says, "With their shared ability to capture the manners and mores of the American upper middle class, best-selling author Evan S. Connell has done for the late thirties what Sinclair Lewis did for the twenties." I love Lewis too. Both authors are acute observers of human nature. It's interesting to note that this one was published in 1969, ten years after Mrs. Bridge.