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100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time, Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, […] Read More

1ST TO DIE (JAMES PATTERSON) PG. 109

Becky DeGeorge, in the bloom of her first full day as Michael’s wife, walked out of the hotel lobby holding her husband’s hand. She breathed in the cool night air, the first fresh air she had inhaled all day. In the brief span of their marriage, she and Michael had made love several times and […] Read More

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, by Jules Verne

The Nautilus was floating in the midst of a phosphorescent layer which, in the semidarkness, seemed extraordinarily bright. This effect was produced by myriads of tiny, luminous animals, whose glitter increased as they touched the submarine’s metal hull. I also saw flashes of light in the midst of these waters, looking like streams of melted […] Read More

A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF A STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers

My mother’s hands are veiny and strong. Her neck has veins. Her back has freckles. She used to do a trick where it looked like she would be pulling off her thumb, when in fact she was not. Do you know this trick? Part of one’s right thumb is made to look like part of […] Read More

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, by James Herriot

My present to Helen at the time of our marriage was a modest gold watch, and this had depleted my capital to the extent that a bank statement at the commencement of our married life revealed the sum of 25 shillings standing to my credit. Admittedly, I was a partner now, but when you start […] Read More

ANIMALS AT PLAY

The end seemed very near for Hudson, a Canadian Eskimo dog tethered near the shore of Hudson Bay east of Churchill, Manitoba. A thousand-pound polar bear was lumbering toward the dog and about 40 others, the prized possessions of Brian Ladoon, a hunter and trapper. It was mid-November; ice had not yet formed on the […] Read More

AUDIO-BOOK

“What’s the matter?” St. Nicholas asked “Oh, St. Nicholas,” Harim said. “We aren’t important enough for such a big occasion. Last year the Archangel made Heaven sparkle with gold and silver.” “And the year before, the Heavenly Choir made Christmas with harps and trumpets, and hundreds of voices singing in a magnificent chorus. What could […] Read More

BREATHING LESSONS, by Anne Tyler

Maggie and Ira Goldstein had to go to a funeral in Pennsylvania. Maggie’s girlhood friend had lost her husband. Deerlick lay on a narrow country road some 90 miles north of Baltimore, and the funeral was scheduled for 10:30 Saturday morning, so Ira figured they should start around 8. This made him grumpy. He was […] Read More

CHARITY, by Len Deighton

A bloated vampire moon drained all life and colour form the world. The snow-covered land came speeding past the train. It was gray and ill-defined, marked only by a few livid cottages and limitless black forest grizzled with snow. No roads; the railway did not follow any road, it cut through the land like a […] Read More

DAVE BARRY

So your school is having a science fair! Great! The science fair has long been a favorite educational tool in the American school system, and for a good reason: Your teachers hate you. Ha ha! No, seriously, although a science fair can seem like a big “pain,” it can help you understand important scientific principles, […] Read More