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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
Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) - Gavin de Becker I read this book in one evening and found it valuable and empowering. I got to skip over all the chapters that had to do with school and daycares, since we're learning at home, but the rest was certainly applicable. While many of the stories he uses as examples were heartbreaking (I totally could not read the section on parents abusing infants), his ideas for what you can *do* are terrific. And he debunks many of the common things we've all grown up believing in, like "stranger danger" or finding a policeman when you're lost. His main focus is on feeling confident in one's own ability to asess charcter, on listening to that little voice that says "this doesn't feel right," instead of rationalizing that away, or worse telling your kids to rationalize it away!