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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 Silver Pencil - Alice Dalgliesh Fictionalized memoir of a girl growing up in colonial Trinidad, then moving to Britain at age 12 to go to school (which almost all colonials did), and finally, going to the US to learn to be a teacher. The most interesting parts of this book for me were the picture of turn-of-the-century Trinidad and the look at what it was like to be a teacher in the US in the WWI era. She teaches kindergarten and shows the conflict between the ideas of Frobel (who invented kindergarten), which sound quite Waldorfy, and the newer methods, which sound more like Montessori, following the children's interests. The thread that holds the memoir together is that the main character wants to be a writer and tries in various ways to get there. A sweet, if somewhat dated portrait of a "bluestocking" woman trying to make her way as a working writer in a bygone era.