Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins – the family that reads together, talks together.

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins – the family that reads together, talks together. Granddaughter Rayna said to me at the weekend “This is my favourite book ever” Or she may have said “favorite” and “EVAA” – not sure about my … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast : “At Home”by Bill Bryson and “Nation” by Terry Pratchett

Contingency. I have always been awed when I think of how improbable is any particular fact of history, any specific species or human individual’s existence, the range of physical laws’ tolerance that enable a planet to have life like ours, … Continue reading

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Neighbor: Christian Encounters With “Illegal” Immigration

“Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita, Adios, mis amigos, Jesus y Maria” (Deportees, by Woody Guthrie) Last week I worked through “A Broken System”, a report by the ACLU of southern California and the National Immigration Law Center. And, more … Continue reading

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Biography: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff

Brief post today. I was blown away by this biography, written by  someone who is not an Ancient History specialist. The bibliography is enormous. All the main historic  sources, for what they are worth. (History then was not a search … Continue reading

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Never Say Die: Susan Jacoby

“The  worst thing about being old is feeling useless.” This was my mother a year or so before she died at 85. Eventually, suffering from lung cancer, she needed my father and others to help her, and could not do … Continue reading

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Only a novel: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, by Fannie Flagg

“And what are you reading, Miss –?” “Oh! it is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. “It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, orBelinda“; or, in short, only some work … Continue reading

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Books and more books

This blog is intended to be a sort of journal of some of the books I read. I have previously made (and lost) lists of books for my own enjoyment, but I’m thinking some of the musings may elicit comments … Continue reading

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