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Showing posts from November 9, 2009

Reading List

Here are some good books I've read recently:

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This book is a treasure, a sensitive and intelligent portrait of a young Brooklyn girl living in poverty in 1919. Francie is one of my all-time favorite characters with her sweet, soulful understanding of the world.

2. Rats: A Year With New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
This was an interesting premise and had a couple of good rat stories in it, but was not sympathetic to the rats and went on at length about killing them with poison, drowning, etc. I think this was a cheap way to write the book, and appeals to a cliche, dated perception. I would have appreciated more about the actual social structure and complex communities the rats have built and managed to survive in despite our most brutal efforts. Go rats!

3. The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery
This was a great book because it shows how each individual animal can change lives. Just by being themselves, animals are tra…