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A Quiet Place To Read

Welcome to the Watershed Book Cafe. This is a place put together for and by booklovers. Reading is a fascinating activity. A relationship forms between author and reader, via the imagination. We enter a world of characters and ideas and catch glimpses of our inner life. Reading satisfies the soul. We hope you enjoy browsing.

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Little Tim Grows Up

Charles Dickens, Engligh literature's unmatched character creator, managed to conjure up the most romantic, sweetly sick, maudlin personality ever to poke his tiny head into our Christmas celebrations. The Cratchit dinner party with Tiny Tim's banal "What a goose, Mother!" is more than enough to turn the cranberry sour on us. I imagine a much older Timothy Cratchit would cringe hearing the tiresome family stories of his infant self, as we all do when our parents, in a flush of narrative nostalgia, show our naked-bottom photos to their friends.

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A Response to Songs of the Gorilla Nation

I've just finished a great book called Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes. It is a moving book offering excellent insight not only into the world of autism but also the world of gorillas. Dawn is a woman born in 1964 who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when she was 35. This is the same autistic disorder that the boy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time had, and while I could see the similarities between the two, it was also interesting to note the different ways the disorder played out in her.

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A Review of Timebends: A Life

It is rare for me upon finishing a book to mourn its passing no matter how good it is; I'm usually raring to plunge into the next one. After all, the race is on in our home to read as much as humanly possible, an "Amazing Race" of the mind so to speak. But the night when I read the last page of Timebends, Arthur Miller's autobiography, I felt sad. Many people describe books as good friends and I truly feel I will miss Arthur Miller; his life and thoughts have definitely become part of my daily life, if only through words on a page. Proof of this was when I blurted out to Paul, "I think I'm in love with Arthur Miller." He laughed, I laughed. But the funny thing is, it's kind of true. Not that I want to leave Paul for someone who is pushing 90 but something is evoked in the heart when you encounter a person's human vulnerability without barrier, when ideas are expressed with a humility that only comes from living a life that is bent on meaningful reflection and honesty...

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