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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
How It All Began - Penelope Lively I always enjoy Penelope Lively's books. Here, an older woman is mugged and injured enough to have to spend weeks recuperating in the home of her married daughter. This has a cascade of effects on other people's lives, from her daughter's employer (an aging and increasingly forgetful historian) to the employer's niece's lover's wife. The butterfly effect as fiction. While I read this quickly and with relish, it wasn't her best and I found that the constantly changing viewpoints of 9 different storylines wasn't as satisfying as a deeper exploration of a single story. I still think her best book was her memoir, "Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived." And if you want fiction, try "Moon Tiger."