Sandra Shane-DuBow’s Best Reads of 2014

hareMy name is Sandra Shane-DeBow, and I am a retired psychologist of law.  I did research, writing, and lecturing on judicial decision making and still do pro bono consulting for not-for-profits.  I’ve lived in Evanston for 44 years though I thought was coming here for three.  I enjoy cycling, hiking, remote travel, reading, and family.

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1) The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (2010)

A poetic, historic and deeply moving family chronicle by a British ceramicist who becomes an expert in the netsuke carvings he inherits.

2) Triumph of the City by Edward Glasser (2011)

Exactly what the title promises, this is a peon to the critical value cities provide to the development and betterment of humanity. Glasser is an urban economist.

flight behavior3) Goat Song by Brad Kessler (2009)

A charming and scientifically informative record of city folks moving to the county to raise milk goats.

4) Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (2012)

A young woman tied by too early choices grows up.  Themes touch on the importance of community and acceptance of differences with a marvelous sensitivity to natural surroundings.

5) Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes (2008)

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