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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories (Signet Classics)

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories - Oscar Wilde, Gary Schmidgall My favorite stories in this collection were "The Birthday of the Infanta" and "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime." "The Birthday" was an incredible piece about the beauty of innocence and not being exposed to the "celebrity beauty culture" of that time period. It rings true and real just as much as if it were written today and knowing what a peacock Oscar Wilde was, I find it fascinating that he wrote such a love story to ugliness. And "Lord Arthur" is an excellent piece on free will and the lack of realizing that we all have it. But "The Picture of Dorian Gray"? I couldn't stand it. It was ugliness all the way through and not in a celebratory way. I know it is a classic and I'm glad I read it, but I won't be reading it again.