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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 Recipe For Bees

A Recipe For Bees - Gail Anderson-Dargatz I bought this at a used bookstore in Mexico. I had just finished reading a huge volume of Canadian short stories and wanted to keep reading Canadiana. The town I was in gets a lot of Canadian visitors, so there was no shortage of Canadian authors to choose from. I liked the portrayal of a deepening marriage and the forgiveness the main character had for her own flaws and the flaws of others. The descriptions of mid-century farm life were evocative and while the language was somewhat romantic, they remove any romantic ideas I might have had about living in that time and place, especially as a woman! The opening lines sucked me right in: "Have I told you the drone's penis snaps off during intercourse with the queen bee?" asked Augusta.