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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
A Fierce Radiance - Lauren Belfer I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. I enjoyed the historical aspect, about the discovery of penicillin and how it changed everything. We of the post-penicillin generation don't remember or appreciate how many children (and adults) died painful deaths from seemingly harmless injuries like skinned knees or minor cuts which then became infected. Died! But I did not enjoy the romance aspect at all. In fact, it was so annoying, it killed the story for me. A divorced woman with a young son (and a daughter who died of an infection) is a photographer for the new and popular Life magazine. She's a real professional, but she's also beautiful, plucky, and a swell dresser. She's doing a story on a doctor testing a new thing called penicillin. He's a real professional and totally dedicated, but he's also handsome and unable to stop thinking about the touching the photographer's breasts. He works with his sister, who is a scientist in her own right. She's a dedicated professional, but also stunningly beautiful. Seeing a trend here? I couldn't stick with it long enough to find out if it was a mass-market bodice-ripper masquerading as a hard-headed look at scientific history or a good science history using cheap romance stereotypes as a hook. If someone else can, let me know.