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  • oldandhappy (3050 posts)
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    recommended books

    Two great books.

    1) ‘Too Late to Die Young’ by Harriet Mcbride Johnson is a delightful collection of stories about Harriet’s life with a congenital neuromuscular disease. She has taken on the Secret Service and has protested telethons. Love her!

    2) ‘Let There Be Water’ by Seth M. Siegel tells of Israel’s programs and policies for a water-starved land. If CA had done these things we would not have towns in the Central Valley totally without water. Brilliant.

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  • Babel 17 (2277 posts)
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    1. Book rec rec


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      2. Finished 'too late to die young' this evening

      I looked up the author on the internet — wanted to send her an email telling her how much I appreciated the book and what a hoot her stories were.  She died 8 years ago!  I was devastated!  From reading the book I felt not as if I knew her in a friend sense, but as if I had spent some really good time with her.  Boo Hoo  Just so you know in case you decide to read the book.  Smile.

      • Babel 17 (2277 posts)
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        3. That's thoughtful, thank you

        I read Death Be Not Proud (the book) as a kid and found it memorable*.

        The text from the poem Sonnet X:


        1Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
        2Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
        3For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,
        4Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
        5From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
        6Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
        7And soonest our best men with thee do go,
        8Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
        9Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
        10And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
        11And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
        12And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
        13One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
        14And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

        *After leaving grammar school, a teacher from it kindly arranged a class reunion. I suspect the motivation was so we could spend time with a classmate who had a brain tumor. He was glowing with an intensity to enjoy life, and IIRC he implied the book was special to him. He died not long after, again IIRC.