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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
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Martin Millar
A Floral ABC - Elizabeth Cameron
Although presented as an ABC book this this really a guide to wildflowers aimed at more advanced readers. The text is is small in size, complex in content, and hand-written in calligraphy (as well as not particularly sparkling -- Cameron is an artist, not a writer) and would certainly be too difficult for a child at the alphabet-learning stage. I suppose with a younger child one could skip the text and just pair the names of flowers with pictures, although even that would probably not be too engrossing unless one lived in the area where these flowers grow. Otherwise they are unfamiliar plants with long, unfamiliar names and places. "I picked this Jack in the Pulpit at Old Allengrange," eg.

Cameron made this book by hand, for her grandchildren, and I'm sure for them it was lovely and reflected places they knew and associated with their beloved grandmother. For a general audience I would recommend this more for people interested in wildflowers or botanical illustration than for children.