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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
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A bit less thrilling than the first, yet still left me eager for the third.
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Juvenescence by Robert Pogue Harrison
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I read this aloud from the armchair in the bedroom, to my beloved consort, over the course of several wintry weekends. Reading in this way made it impossible to scrutinize the text closely, so I really can’t say whether it is utterly persuasive. It w ...more
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Dying on the Vine by George Gale
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I chose this book because I am interested not only in wine, but also in the history and philosophy of science. I suppose my expectations were unreasonable: I wanted a thoughtful discussion of the relationship between human technology and the biologic ...more
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Sanity, Madness and the Family by R.D. Laing
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I read this because I am obsessed with the idea that pathological conditions cannot be located within an individual. This book, though not without its problems, did not disappoint. Highly recommended to those interested in the history of madness.
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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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I devoured this in a few days, then frantically drove all over Long Island looking for the next one in the series. Not since childhood have I responded to a contemporary novel quite like this. Even better than Kristy's Great Idea.
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The Art of Natural Cheesemaking by David Asher
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this but still haven't gotten around to making any cheeses, so I'm not really qualified to rate it.
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A Natural History of Wine by Ian Tattersall
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A very attractive little volume. The text raised more questions than it answered for me, but I think the bibliography should help me get them answered. I was somewhat horrified by the authors' cheerfully accepting attitude towards molecular genetic m ...more
The Indoor Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown
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Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
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