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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Confronting the Classics

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations - Mary Beard

This wasn't quite what I was expecting (though by this point I've forgotten what exactly I was expecting) - it is a collection of Mary Beard's book reviews for various magazines and journals, over a period of about 20 years.  (Mary Beard is a distinguished classicist; I have read her excellent Fires of Pompeii, which I recommend, and have SPQR waiting.) 


It therefore covers a wide range of subjects, from Arthur Evans' excavations at Knossos to Greco-Roman joke books, what 19th-century British tourists expected to see or need in Greece and at Pompeii, and Roman-style fortune telling (popular questions included "will I get sold?" and "have I been poisoned?" as well as the eternal "is my wife cheating on me?"). 


I liked some chapters better than others (as is inevitable with such a collection), but they were all interesting.  It made good bedtime reading, as no chapter was terribly long, and they were on a wide variety of subjects. 


Also, some of the books that were reviewed looked very interesting.  (The Dictionary of British Classicists probably excluded.)