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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Lucy Gayheart

Lucy Gayheart - Willa Cather Another lovely novel by Willa Cather. This is about a young woman, Lucy Gayheart, who was rather a vibrant presence in the small Nebraska town where she grew up. Then she moved to Chicago to further her piano studies. She becomes the rehearsal accompanist for a famous singer, Clement Sebastian, and eventually becomes totally infatuated with him. Perhaps, also, he with her.

Like all Cather books, there are lots of observations regarding the lives of ordinary people. Not lots of action, but beautiful, straight-forward writing and clear observation on the human condition.