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The Bee, A Natural History
Death in Florence, The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City

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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment
Parsival, or a Knight's Tale
re-reading Robin Hood by Howard Pyle out loud to the family chapter by chapter each night — very fun!
The Harrows of Spring, Fourth in James Howard Kunstler's World Made By Hand Series (I'm supposed to review and sooooo behind deadline that it's inexcusable)
I'm Talking as Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything In Between)
Also found an original release this weekend of a 1963 hardback of The Lion and The Rat illustrated by Brian Wildsmith for only $10

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Wow, looks like nobody read in 2016. tongue I'm not a big reader so I'm one to talk.

Right now, I'm reading The Charimaker's Notebook by Peter Galbert.

- Nathan

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Milan Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'

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The idiot -by Elif Batuman.  (I went to high school with her in NJ !)

Instagram: matador_22

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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured
I am Murdered; George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
Book of Ages; The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

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Reading the new Chuck Klosterman book, "X"
coincidentally there's a chapter with the Malk Esquire interview,

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seneca wrote:

Reading the new Chuck Klosterman book, "X"
coincidentally there's a chapter with the Malk Esquire interview,

Dude I love that guys writing ! How are his books ?

Instagram: matador_22

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revisiting a bunch of kerouac

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
From Dawn to Decadence, 1500 to the Present, 500 Years of Cultural Life by Jacques Barzun
Lincoln in the Bardo, A Novel by George Saunders

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With three youngest kids: The Wind In The Willows. That is a helluva good book.  Before that we read Huck Finn. (When it was his turn, my older boy would not read the "N" word aloud, and insisted on inserting the word "slave". I do not use the word myself, but when it was my turn I did certainly read it).  Before that we read the entire Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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So awesome, Jicky — loved all those! May I also recommend Johnny Tremaine and Caddie Woodlawn and Anne of Green Gables. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott is also a hoot! (So is Little Women, but Little Men has a bit more adventure an wackiness.)

I loved the Great Brain series (about Catholic boys in Utah in like the 1880s, then they end up at a Jesuit school, it's very funny, full of swindles, childhood abuses and injustices, pranks, and near-catastrophes).

Of course the Narnia series is superb!

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I'm reading Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw

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Abigail Adams Biography by Woody Holton (love, love love)
Golden Hill; A Novel of Old New York
America's First Daughter
Black Hearts in Battersea
The Revolt of the Masses (dense as fudge)
Better Living Through Criticism; How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
A Perfect Union; Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation

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kate h wrote:

So awesome, Jicky — loved all those! May I also recommend Johnny Tremaine and Caddie Woodlawn and Anne of Green Gables. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott is also a hoot! (So is Little Women, but Little Men has a bit more adventure an wackiness.)

I loved the Great Brain series (about Catholic boys in Utah in like the 1880s, then they end up at a Jesuit school, it's very funny, full of swindles, childhood abuses and injustices, pranks, and near-catastrophes).

Of course the Narnia series is superb!

That's funny, because one of the three kids in question actually gave me her copy of Johnny Tremaine a few months ago and said that I should read it (I haven't yet, but your post reminded me)!  Anne of Green Gables is now on deck! We had been waiting to finish the season of the Netflix show --which we just did a few days ago.  The love for that show (and again, I THANK YOU for that recommendation !!!) was so great that the kids decided not to binge on the show but to only watch an episode every week or two, and then put off watching the last episode the same way you put off saying goodbye to someone you love to be with.   

I think both Alcott books are a GREAT idea!! Yes!!!! Gonna do it. I will look for Caddie Woodlawn and also the Great Brain books.  Two of the three have already read some or all of the C S Lewis, so probably won't do that.   

We just finished Tortilla Flat--just a little bit adult for the youngest kid, but still worked out well--and are now reading The Good Earth.

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Face Value: The Consumer Revolution and The Colonizing of America
The Invention of Childhood
Born Twice
Sextrology
The Assault on Reason (wow, Al Gore!)
Hullabaloo (amazing historic children's poetry anthology). To wit:

A Medieval Schoolboy

Void of reason, given to willfulness,
Froward to virtue, of thrift take little heed,
Loth to learn, I loved no busyness,
Save play or mirth; was strange to spell or read,
Following all appetites (be)longing to childhood,
Lightly turning, wild and seldom sad,
Weeping for nought, and at once after glad.

For little wrath to strive with my fellow,
As my passions did my bridle lead,
Of the rod sometimes I stood in awe,
To be scourged, that was all my dread;
Loth towards school, I lost my time indeed,
Like a young colt that ran without bridle,
Made I friends their good to spend in idle.

I had in custom to come to school late
Not for to learn, but for a countenance,
With my fellows was ready to debate,
To jangle or jape was set all my pleasaunce;
Whereof rebuked, this was my chevisaunce--
To forge a lesynge, and thereupon to muse,
When I trespassed, myselfen to excuse.

To my betters I did no reverence,
Of my sovereigns gave no heed at all,
Waxed obstinate by disobedience,
Ran into gardens, apples there I stole;
To gather fruits spared neither hedge nor wall,
To plukkë grapes in other mennës vines
Was I more ready than for to say matynes.
(From "The Testament of Dan John Lydgate" c. 1370-1452)

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Everybody Loves Our Town