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Fun With Terrarium Gardening   book icon  
by George Elbert (1974)

read: 28 March 2011
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

The Howe Library’s loss is my gain. This book about the “trendy” hobby of terrarium gardening is a great how-to though with regrettably murky black and white photos for the most part. If you’re interested in this sort of gardening, you can track down a copy of this book pretty mch anywhere and get a really thorough list of how to do this sort of thing right. A good read with a ton of resources.

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets   book icon  
by Sudhir Venkatesh (2008)

read: 18 March 2011
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

[review pending]

All That I Have   book icon  
by Castle Freeman (2009)

read: 14 March 2011
rating: [+]
category: fiction

[review pending]

The Invention of Morel   book icon  
by Adolfo Bioy Casares (2003)

read: 14 March 2011
rating: [+]
category: fiction

[review pending]

All Clear   book icon  
by Connie Willis (2011)

read: 4 March 2011
rating: [+]
category: fiction

This was the second book of Willis’s two-parter that began with Blackout. Unfortunately I did not know this when I started Blackout and so I got to the end of it and then realized the story would be wrapped up in a second book, a second book that was only held by three libraries in Vermont. I am a bit of a pill about buying new books, I just don’t do it, so I was immensely grateful when a friend gave me an advanced reader copy of this book. It was terrific. It actually resolved without killing off too many main characters. I enjoyed the story. Willis’s theme of missed messages makes a lot of this book -- the main plotline of which involves time travelers from 2060 going back to the Blitz and getting a little stuck there -- really tensemaking. Sometimes almost too much so. Every time chatacters walked past each other or just missed eachother I was reading it going AAAAAAAAGGGGHHH. So I guess htis means it was well-written and I love Willis’s writing generally, but I find the ongoing tension in this pair of books somewhat tough to deal with. So well written, so much great historical information, but a little nail-bitey for my tastes.

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