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Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

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 Year We Left Home - Jean Thompson WHY: "an American Alice Munro” (The Wall Street Journal), and “one of our most lucid and insightful writers” (San Francisco Chronicle). Her peers have been no less vocal, from Jennifer Egan (“bracing . . . boldly unconventional”) to David Sedaris (“if there are ‘Jean Thompson characters,’ they’re us, and never have we been as articulate and worthy of compassion”). Hey, if Sedaris likes her!

Portrait of a midwestern family, spanning 30 years. "what [it] amounts to, with its focus on the family, is a socially panoramic novel with almost all of the 'social' taken out of it--a much savvier and more interesting strategy than it may sound. With the decades' fluctuations little more than heavy weather outside the walls of the house, what one is left with is a sense of how provisional it all was anyway, and how fast it went by." -NYT