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Austen to Zafón

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
Every Living Thing - Cynthia Rylant, S.D. Schindler Pre-read for my 6.5-year-old son. I don't think he's quite ready for this, but I did enjoy these very short stories from the prolific and usually enjoyable Rylant. The main characters in the stories vary widely, from an lonely retired teacher to a "slow" grade school boy to an alcoholic in rehab. But what they each story has in common is how animals can change our view point and even save us from ourselves. While I'm not a fan of using the death of an animal as a rite of passage (e.g,., The Yearling, Old Yeller), these stories are more about the important place animals, both wild and tame, have in our lives.