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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

Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939

The Dog - John Burningham I have so loved collections of Mollie Panter-Downes' "Letter from London" column in The New Yorker magazine, that I was inspired to read this collection. It is Janet Flanner's "Letter from Paris" columns from 1925-1939, showcasing pre-WWII literary and artistic (and occasionally political) Parisian life. I can't say that I like her style or sensibility as much as I like Panter-Downes', but it was an enjoyable read. She had a sharp wit and obviously traveled in interesting company. While I did skim some of the columns that referenced people and events I know nothing about, I read with relish her obituaries of some of the leading lights of the 19th century, such as Emile Zola, Brillat-Savarin (whose quotes I've seen often, but whose books I haven't read), Monet, Edith Wharton, and Anatole France. I also enjoyed her notes on Syvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, and other literary personalities of the day. I got a few to-read additions out of the book too.