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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Madensky Square - A year in the Life

Madensky Square

Title: Madensky Square
By: Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbottson was known to me only as an author of children's books. After her recent death I decided to try some of her books for adults. Madensky Square has the same charm as her fanciful books for young people.

Madensky Square takes place in pre-World War I Vienna. The Square is not only home to Susanna Weber, proprietor of her own dressmaking shop, but it becomes a character among the cast of characters who live and work there. There are other shopkeepers, the member of the boys' choir of the local church, the family with six young girls, a young musical prodigy, and the women who buy Susanna's creations.

Madensky Square is a place of romance and intrigue, life's small tragedies and coups. And we see it all through Susanna's eyes as she writes about the small events of everyday, her memories of the past, and her hopes for the future.

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Posted by ogradyj on June 9, 2011 at 8 a.m.
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August 9, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.:

Thank you for doing these staff picks. I always like the books. Its a big help in finding something good to read!

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