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Pagans by James J. O'Donnell
"What an engaging writer! His chatty voice is like a scholarly uncle, sipping a drink and telling you what the Roman Empire was REALLY like. He covers the usual story of Roman gods, which he calls "traditional religion" rather than polytheist or pa..." Read more of this review »
Pagans by James J. O'Donnell
"Did you know that the word PAGAN basically means "peasant" or "mountain-dweller"? That there really was no such thing as PAGAN as we know it until 5th century Christianity needed it to exist? James O'Donnell's Pagans is a fascinating look at how t..." Read more of this review »
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He voted for: I feel like I know some literary characters better than the people in my own life.
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The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
The Story of English in 100 Words
by David Crystal
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A colleague compared my writing style and my interest in English etymology to that of the author, so I thought I should read some of his work for affirmation. While I received some affirmation, I was also made aware of how much I still don't know, ei ...more
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Quiet by Susan Cain
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
read in April, 2015
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Enduring love

I was expecting this story to perhaps be a sword and sorcery tale. Certainly there were swords and the hint of sorcery. But in the end, these were merely part of the background of a love story; a love which stood the test of time.
Stephen is 99% done with The Buried Giant: a love story in a setting which usually lends itself to torrid romance
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A Mind of its Own by Cordelia Fine
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More of Stephen's books…
Barbara Kingsolver
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Anne Frank
“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Henry David Thoreau
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Václav Havel
“Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it”
Václav Havel

Gregory Maguire
“People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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