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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
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman Fascinating look at current research in child development, covering everything from why siblings really fight (Freud was wrong, Shakespeare was right); why teen arguing is a sign of respect, not rebellion; why white parents don't talk about race but should; and how classic strategies to promote truthfullness just make kids better liars. The upshot is that many of our responses to previous research have made things worse. For example, we were told that when kids see parents argue, it increases aggression. And this is often true. But our response of trying to avoid having our kids witness arguments has led to things like stopping mid-argument to take it upstairs or "saving" an argument for later. What we didn't understand was that unless an argument turns violent, kids are fine with witnessing it, *as long as they see it getting resolved*. So if you "take it upstairs," your child only sees that you were arguing and doesn't see the good part. And if you "save" an argument, your child sees that you're both cross or tense all evening, but doesn't know why. Will be buying this book.