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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

Working IX to V, by Vicki Leon

Working IX to V: Orgy Planners, Funeral Clowns, and Other Prized Professions of the Ancient World - Vicki León

This is a rather flippant (and rather funny) jobs guide to the ancient Greco-Roman world (with a few side-trips to Ptolemaic Egypt).


If one were a slave, and slaves were common, I'd definitely rather be a sandaligerula, whose job was to change her master or mistress' shoes, than be doomed to work in a mine (life expectancy: three months), or as a field hand on a latifundia (plantation).  The life of an ornatrix (hair dresser) wasn't a bed of roses, either, as it was filled with dyes made of urine, cuttlefish ink, decomposed leeches, and pigeon dung.


An interesting book, with jokey sketches illustrating most of the articles, as well as life sketches of some of the folks known to have had the jobs described.


This was not a deep read, by any means, but it was reasonably amusing.