Author Archives: readingmater

A lyrical Dystopia

This book is haunting me. The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter. Rarely have I read a story so pregnant with meaning. Within the story – a woman fleeing flood in London (a Climate Change inundation, presumably) -are short quotations … Continue reading

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Being Mortal/ Don’t talk about the War

Atul Gawande has written a book about a topic doctors mostly aren’t taught, and patients don’t want to think about, but the book has been on the NY Times bestseller list for many weeks and has a four and a half … Continue reading

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Neurotribes

I passed the 11+! I liked doing puzzles (intelligence tests.) I had (note the past tense) a good memory and liked writing essays. All that spelled academic success back in the 50s. I taught in secondary schools in the 60s. … Continue reading

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Exciting reading!

I’ve been enjoying various novels, but today I read something that excited me enough to blog again. You may not believe this but it is Pliny’s Letter to the Emperor Trajan, which I first read back in Uni. in the … Continue reading

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The Book of Negroes:

Daughter Marjorie read Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and said it would probably be her Book of the Year, even though we are still in March. And yes, I think it is that good. It covers the story of a single African … Continue reading

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Change?

When my youngest child was born, there was no internet. When I was born, hardly anyone we knew had a car. When my mother was born, people were cooking on solid fuel black-leaded ranges. My little grandchildren cannot imagine not … Continue reading

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Blind date with a book

The local Georgetown library has a program this month to get people reading and talking about books we may not otherwise choose. The librarian put out a selection, wrapped in gift bags, to take without looking. Then there will be … Continue reading

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