- Chicago, IL, USA
- member since April 16, 2009
Would love to hear how you liked the "Book Thief". I love books that hold promise for elucidating the miracle that social scientists label as "reslience". Like ones on the ways that children make it through the Nazi period, like flowers that grow through a cracked sidewalk. I liked "Berlin Wild" for this reason, in that case a Jewish kid "hiding out" in a Berlin genetics laboratory. And in "Empire of the Sun", a fictionalization of Ballard's childhood portraying almost a thriving in a Japanese prison camp. The way kids construct an artificial family from those around them is an element I like to plumb in these books and others.
Your 5 stars for "The Emotional Life of Animals". As a former researcher on brain and behavior in animals, I love books that shed light on the mystery of emotion and its expression in animals, especially the origins of empathy and love, from Jane Goodall to Damasio. I encourage you not to neglect memoirs that cover a person's relationship to their dog, despite the apparent triteness conveyed by the cover. I loved Mark Doty's "Dog Years", which reflects on how his dogs helped him through loss of a partner to AIDS, and Kerasote's "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Free Thinking Dog."
Welcome to 1001 books. You can keep track of the books you have read from the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die here and join in the discussions on the books we are reading for the month (from the book) or you can argue the merits of the list as some enjoy doing. We hope you will want to join in our discussions. The current books are at the top of the list for that month. If there is any way I can answer your questions about the group or about Shelfari, let me know.
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