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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell It's really a collection of amazing anecdotes, as memorized by a slightly strange child, but I'm ok with that. The stories are incredibly funny, and very telling of animal and human nature. Durrell seemed a very democratic child, so the liberal use of the word "peasants", even when the label really sticks, is the only uncomfortable note. Well, that and either Durrell or his family has a disproportionate share of crazy. Am in Malta, and read this around the time I took the most astonishing trip to the Blue Lagoon. The "natural" blue of the Mediterranean, just before it transmogrifies into the Blue Lagoon, is something Durrell tries to describe in any number of ways. "Blue Glass" is as close as he gets, but not by much. More like the course of the strongest blue blood.

His accounts of porpoises leaping in a moonless bay, mixing phosphorescent drops of ocean with thousands of fireflies is absolutely magical. Here's hoping the real Greece matches it in some slight way.