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                  Recommended Reading - Winter, 2004.

                  January February March


                  March

                  Recommended Reading for March 26, 2004: At Home in Paradise by Carmen Wilcox. This is a collection of excerpts from Wilcox's journal. A terrific spring read, this slim book contains thoughtful poetry and prose and is a beautiful and personal look at how we interact with the natural world as seen through the eyes of one individual.

                  Recommended Reading for March 19, 2004: Just for a little change of pace, I'm not posting a book recommendation this week. I want to recommend a magazine called Pages. It bills itself as the magazine for people who love books, and in my opinion it really comes through with that. Lots of ads, but I don't mind them, because the ad content meshes with the books so well. No advertisements for Summer's Eve here. Just books books and more books, and lots of fun author profiles and interviews too. I'm taking my copy to the library this week to pick out some new books to read.

                  Recommended Reading for March 12, 2004: I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith. Best known for writing the original 101 Dalmations novel, Smith wrote a number of novels for adults as well. This is a light-hearted romantic story with a number of unexpected twists and turns.

                  Recommended Reading for March 05, 2004: The Doctor's Wife, by Sawako Ariyoshi. An interesting look into traditional Japanese family structure, it's a novel based on the life of the first doctor to perform breast cancer surgery under general anesthetic.


                  February


                  Recommended Reading for February 27, 2004: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Expury. What excuse could you have for not reading it?

                  January

                  Recommended Reading for January 30th, 2004: The girl with the Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. This is an excellent, fast-paced book. a fictional look at the creation of one of Vermeer's most famous paintings. Although I was a wee bit disappointed with the ending, overall, it was well-worth my while.


                  Recommended Reading for January 16, 2004: The Book Lover's Cookbook, by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen. This is a collection of recipes, quotes and excerpts all coming from your favorite books and authors, reminding us that good food is as timeless as a good book.


                  Recommended Reading for January 9, 2004: The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. The recommendation for this story comes from James, who calls it a classic haunted house story. James will also be bringing us next Friday's review!


                  Recommended Reading for January 7, 2004: This is a recommendation that will carry you through the year, Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnacht. This is a day book, with an inspirational and/or thought-provoking entry for every day of the year. The standard version is written with women in mind, but there is a Simple Abundance for men as well. Sometimes it's a little silly, I admit, but mostly, it's interesting and occassionally, it's eye opening.