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Summerhill by A.S. Neill
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Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry
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Really good - all the usual characters for a change.
For those of you not familiar with the series, these mysteries are solved with conversation and the reading of character. Exquisite detail on people's perceptions of each others thoughts without ben
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Postwar by Tony Judt
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This book is a major commitment. I do not have a lot of familiarity with European history. I ended up with pages of notes and questions for further research.

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Your Brain Knows More Than You Think by Niels Birbaumer
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VERY EXCITING - descriptions of various experiments on brain plasticity conducted in Tubingen. "As long as learning processes are rewarded, those connections are not usually lost again." I have experience working with two stroke survivors and many le ...more
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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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Quote from p 202 on trams "Deliberate, cynical parasitism, such as one reads in Jack London's books on American tramping" is not the English character. Interesting always to encounter ideas and thought processes which are not the same as mine. I real ...more
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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
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Can't read my notes as I broke my wrist on the 11th which is also the day I started reading this one. Did have to look up 'pawky humor' - sly or mischievous. I think I got this great quote from the book: "the more I dealt with adults the less I wante ...more
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Darkness Visible by William Styron
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I guess I have read too many descriptions of what being clinically depressed is like. This did not stand out for me. It must have had more impact when it was published or if I had read it sooner in my life.
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Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
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Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle
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Nelly's Version by Eva Figes
"I was really looking forward to reading this, but was so put off by a sentence regarding rape, very early on, regarding the pleasures of rape (for the girl) that I can't make myself pick it up again. "
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Kurt Vonnegut
“I froze. It was not guilt that froze me. I had taught myself never to feel guilt. It was not a ghastly sense of loss that froze me. I had taught myself to covet nothing. It was not a loathing of death that froze me. I had taught myself to think of death as a friend. It was not heartbroken rage against injustice that froze me. I had taught myself that a human being might as well look for diamond tiaras in the gutter as for rewards and punishments that were fair. It was not the thought that I was so unloved that froze me. I had taught myself to do without love. It was not the thought that God was cruel that froze me. I had taught myself never to expect anything from Him. What froze me was the fact that I had absolutely no reason to move in any direction.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Malcolm Muggeridge
“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”
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Anya Seton
“Nay, it's not the Devil been leading her astray. It's books! That girl has been nothing but trouble ever since she learned how to read.”
Anya Seton, The Winthrop Woman

“. . . when a woman has a husband
And you've got none,
Why should she take advice from you?
Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare
And all them other highfalutin' Greeks. ”
Meredith Willson

Norbert Elias
“Death is a problem of the living. Dead people have no problems.”
Norbert Elias

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