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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 Social History of England

A Social History of England - Asa Briggs Really enjoyed this book, which I read for a college history class. Sadly, I kept getting failing grades on my papers even though I loved all the lectures and read the books with great enthusiasm. The prof couldn't explain at all why he was giving my papers failing grades. I later took them to an English prof who said she didn't see why either. It will always be a mystery and it was the only class in which I ever got poor marks. It didn't dissuade me from my love of history though, especially from a social and domestic perspective. Spare me the battles and dates and kings and queens. Tell me what people were wearing, eating, how they were raising their children, and how they treated the poor and social inferiors. Explain changes in economics, business practices., and social hierarchy. That's history to me!