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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl

It's amazing how less productive a reader I am when I'm heartbroken and depressed. It's not that I read the words more slowly; I just have trouble focusing and processing. I realize sometimes that I'm just skimming past ink on paper as my mind wanders off elsewhere, so I have to re-read entire passages. Or I'll re-read a sentence or a word three or four times before meaning penetrates the dense fog around my mind and takes shape.

Given my recent state, I wonder if I should have been reading a book about a clinically-depressed young woman who seeks identity and love but settles for physical intimacy, blurring them to the point that they become indistinguishable to her, until she is forced out of her non-existence. One line resonated strongly for me throughout. It is first casually overheard in the phone conversation of a woman at an adjoining table. It stood out then — only because it applied to my own situation, I thought. Then it was repeated in the final paragraph by the story's protagonist, changed slightly and made her own, and that's when I realized this is the theme of the story: "it is pain that changes our lives."

Do you want your book back, journeystar, or should I find another home for it?


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Mar. 11th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Sure, if you could someohow arrange a time for pick up with me, I'd be delighted to have it back. I am at the ART all day today.
Mar. 11th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
E-mail or call me. You have my contact info, right?
Mar. 14th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
sadly, I don't... my email is aehughes@statestreet.com
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