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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 Pearl - John Steinbeck First read this when I was 11 and found it in my grandfather's house. I didn't really know what it was about, but I loved it. Then in high school I had a teacher, Mrs Hawley, who temporarily ruined it for me and made a number of people I know hate Steinbeck for life. How? By making us find symbolism on every damned page. I kid you not. We did like 3 pages a day, for ages. Ugh. But I still love Steinbeck. I started unknowingly reading classics way before teachers starting beating me over the head with them and making me analyze them. It was too late for teachers to ruin literature for me.