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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
The Family Under the Bridge - Natalie Savage Carlson It may sound odd to say that a book about a Parisian homeless man trying to keep three homeless children from being separated by their mother is charming, but it really is. Not that it's entirely unrealistic; the characters experience danger, the contempt of others, the worries of living in the open. But the writing is witty and the main character is a sweet old curmudgeon with a philosophical outlook. I was pre-reading this for my 5-year-old and I think I'll wait for a couple years to give it to him, when he has more knowledge of the world and can make better sense of the plot, but I enjoyed it myself. The illustrations by Garth Williams are wonderful.