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Things That Are (12 Edition) by Leach
Things That Are (12 Edition)

minimx, January 2, 2013

These essays present so many odd and deeply researched facts in an effortless, inviting way, and the prose is poetry; a deeply humorous kind. The essays are organized in two sections - Things of Earth, and Things of Heaven. Leach starts by noticing all the quirky facets of the world - the resilient beaver, the solitary and irrational panda - and moves, essay by essay, towards a more abstract consideration of what it means to exist on this earth in the presence of all the things that are. The book builds a very coherent idea (or attitude) about this kind of ecological existence - and it's certainly not shrilly environmentalist or conservationist (it's critical of that kind of nature-as-helpless-victim ideology). It presents a different attitude, one that takes the whole of the book to develop. I loved being exposed to this idea (or "state") and I recommend the book highly.
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Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) by George Eliot
Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics)

minimx, January 4, 2012

George Eliot is a role model for adults, and thanks to the 19th century narrator, she feels like a friend. Full of timeless insights and wise humor - a favorite.
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