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Ruby by Cynthia Bond
by Cynthia Bond
read in July, 2014
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One of the most powerful and beautifully written books I've read in a long time, but a tough one to recommend because it is dark, gritty, haunting, profoundly disturbing at times. Yet despite the brutality and sheer evil that is inflicted upon the ma...more
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Ruby by Cynthia Bond
" I am very conflicted about this novel. The author is brilliantly gifted with a genius for writing. Her prose is beautiful, her descriptions beyond illuminating, her characters fully drawn and brought to life. The writing in this novel is luminous.... " Read more of this review »
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The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare
" A fine piece of nonfiction wherein the author discovers that he is homeless. Perhaps we all are. A book of grief for lost worlds, lost creatures, and lost loves, especially the author's mother -- it reminded me of nothing so much as the famous Kaf... " Read more of this review »
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“Wherever you are, with whatever means you have, if you reclaim a piece of land for nature, your world will grow kinder, more benevolent. Create havens - for animals, for other people, for yourself - and let this reflect into the world. Fight for space in your own backyard, in an acre or a flowerpot or simply an embrace of the longing for company that lingers in your wilting heart. If you take this one step toward them, no matter where you are, the elephants will come to you.”
Boyd Varty, Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home

Betty  Smith
“Then I've been drunk, too," admitted Francie.

"On beer?"

"No. Last spring, in McCarren's Park, I saw a tulip for the first time in my life.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Rebecca Solnit
“Pain serves a purpose. Without it you are in danger. What you cannot feel you cannot take care of.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Cheryl Strayed
“I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Julia Child
“Remember, 'No one's more important than people'! In other words, friendship is the most important thing--not career or housework, or one's fatigue--and it needs to be tended and nurtured.”
Julia Child, My Life in France

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