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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
B Is for Bad Poetry - Pamela August Russell First, I have to say she's very brave to choose this title. I picked this up in a gift store in Port Townsend expecting it to be a collection of hilariously bad old poems, a la Bulwer-Lytton, but it's actually her own poems and snappy little bombs of sarcasm and wit they are. My husband and I laughed over some of them together and then I read the rest by myself later, a little bit at a time. They're funny, but cynical enough that I could only read about 10 at a time. I wouldn't say she has the finesse of Dorothy Parker, to whom she is compared, but if she put out another book, I'd probably read it. Here is an example of a short one:

--Unfortunate Cookie--
You will soon meet someone
who will bring you much joy and love.

Eventually they will devour your soul
like it's a hot dog eating championship.

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