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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
Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense - David Guterson Guterson (best known for his historical novel, "Snow Falling On Cedars") is a public high school teacher who, with his wife, taught his own kids at home. His book isn't about how to homeschool; rather, it's a look at the reasons, both historical and practical, to do so. While he addresses some common concerns like "What about socialization?" (although that's a rather dated question now), he focuses more on what homeschooling means for us as a society and how we got to this place where so many people have lost confidence in institutional education. For example, "What if all the involved parents take their kids out of school?", "Is taking your child out of school supportive of democracy?" and "Does public school serve us now the way it did when it was conceived during the industrial revolution?" While all this theory and history might sound dry, Guterson presents it in terms of his own experience as a teacher, a dad, and a member of the tightly-knit community of Bainbridge Island. Also, he's a gifted writer and I enjoyed his style and gentle wit.