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Day 730 December 31 2010

In 5th line on December 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

“All psychological problems relating to the children were presented with great intensity.”~~Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

Charlie Citrine is down on his luck, but a friend leaves him an interesting gift that may help him out.

Day 729 December 30 2010

In 5th line on December 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

“When Ted Hughes was growing up there it was a site of postindustrial wreckage.”~~Her Husband: Hughes and Plath – A Marriage by Diane Middlebrook

And yet another look at the erotic and troubled relationship between Sylvia and Ted.

Day 728 December 29 2010

In 5th line on December 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

“In every consideration of reading, we should remain mindful that books are linked not only to knowledge, but also to loss of memory and even identity.”~~How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard

Bayard asserts its more important to understand a book’s cultural role rather than the storyline.

Day 727 December 28 2010

In 5th line on December 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

“The key is stairs.”~~from “An Aesthetically Challenged American in Paris (Part II)”  by Dave Barry in Mirth of a Nation edited by Michael J. Rosen

Laughter at its best.

Day 726 December 27 2010

In 5th line on December 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

“But it’s closed.”~~The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson

Adam Woods graduates from college and goes to work for a reclusive writer named Gordon Crace. Woods abandons his novel project to research Crace’s life. Lots of plot twists and turns.

Day 725 December 26 2010

In 5th line on December 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

“The technique he uses is called transcranial megnetic stimulation, or TMS.”~~The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee

Nontechnical neuroscience about the brain and how it creates body maps.

Day 724 December 25 2010

In 5th line on December 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

“When God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen was written, ‘merry’ had a very different meaning.”~~Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

Stories about some of the most favored songs and hymns associated with Christmas.

Day 723 December 24 2010

In 5th line on December 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

“Bush called Prime Minister Singh and urged him not to make too a big deal out of the announcement, that India had the potential of gaining much more out of the new partnership.”~~The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy by Glenn Kessler

A balanced look at Condoleezza and her work in President Bush’s administration.

Day 722 December 23 2010

In 5th line on December 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

“The other lion – a full-grown male – was some two paces behind her.”~~She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard

The title, short for She Who Must Be Obeyed, influenced Freud’s psychoanalytic theories.

Day 721 December 22 2010

In 5th line on December 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

“Occasionally the dogs, too, would squabble and snarl.”~~Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family by Mark Leslie

Alabama foodie Mark Leslie returns from a trip to Italy but longs to return to the old country. In 2005, he does, and lives with Nonna and Alessandra, who teach him the art of Italian cooking and language.