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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 Cry of the Owl - Patricia Highsmith It's hard for me to find a Highsmith I *don't* like. In her dark psychological thrillers, people act on their baser thoughts rather than ignoring them. The few innocent characters don't have the strength to avoid being pulled into the weird, claustrophobic orbit of the disturbed. You can describe almost any book of hers and end it with "and when x happens, a chain of events is set into motion that will spell death and destruction for all." Why would I like such books? I don't usually. But Highsmith creates such convincing portraits and such ordinary circumstances that it's hard not to be mesmerized by what you can see is going to happen. You can't look away. I mean who else could, as she does in this book, create a peeping tom you can sympathize with? She was a master and no mistake.