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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
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty  Smith I don't know how or why, but most of the classics I've read have just been random. They weren't forced down my throat or recommended. I just happened upon them. I'd heard of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for years and I just figured it was one of those ubiquitous heartwarming coming-of-age books I usually don't like. But what the hell, I read it anyway. And I loved it! I had no idea it was so realistic about the immigrant experience. One thing that stayed with me is that the main character's little brother pours his precious coffee down the drain,just because it makes him feel rich and powerful to do so. That one detail gave me so much insight into why the poor do the things they do. So much of what we all do is to help us feel in control in situations in which we really haven't much control.