Category Archives: Books

Daisy’s Diary

Dreams are formed in the imagination and some of us have more imagination than others. Ginevra King was a rich 16 year old debutant  and  F. Scott Fitzgerald a 19 year old penniless university student when the two met and … Continue reading

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The Downfall of Lily Bart

The first book Luz reflected on was The House of Mirth. She’d read it one haze-filled summer that smelled of lavender. It was Aix-en-Provence and Luz was checked into a small room with flowered curtains and a quilted spread. She’d … Continue reading

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The Diary of Opal Whiteley

“Our imagination is the instrument of knowledge.” Opal Whiteley Opal claimed to be the daughter of Henri, Prince of Orleans but, after a tragic accident, she was taken to Oregon and adopted by Ed and Lizzie Whiteley. Her new family … Continue reading

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Making friends with a book

With so many people in the world, why should anyone ever be lonely? Ona Vitkus was a 104 year-old Lithuanian living alone in Portland, Maine. As a part of a community service project, an 11 year old scout went to … Continue reading

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Bebina Bunny and Alexander von Humboldt

“One curiosity leads to another.”  Bebina Bunny   Recently I read Matteo Farinella’s article “Alexander von Humboldt” where he makes reference to Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature”.  It was a happy read as I discovered Farinella (illustrator of “Neurocomic”), … Continue reading

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Nazim Hikmet, poet with a cause

I bought a book of his poetry at the train station in Milano just because of a phrase on the dust jacket: You are my enslavement and my freedom. Nazim Hikmet was the first modern poet from Turkey. Born in the … Continue reading

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Eduardo Galeano

A charismatic intellectual, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano knew how to make history photogenic. His “Mirrors” is a series of snapshots that are easy to read and generally no longer than half a page. The stories are like concentrated dish soap—just … Continue reading

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