Revising Leah

May 6, 2008

Reading List

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Leah Nells spends her free time reading, but the books that she reads are unusual for a 14-year-old girl. She doesn’t read novels or poetry; she doesn’t read books related to her studies; she doesn’t even read books that particularly interest her. Instead, she chooses to read nonfiction books that bear no relation to her life at all. Her books are an escape from the seemingly empty and monotonous life that she leads.

In the 1996 draft, I referred to many of these books. The titles that I used were all made up, but as I’ve been revising, I thought it might be interesting — and it might add an extra dimension of realism — to have Leah read books that actually exist. I’ve started browsing Amazon.com for some potential titles. Since Leah gets most of her books from garage sales and used book stores, I’m trying to find titles that are several years old — the older, the better, I suppose. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

The Interstate Commerce Commission and the Railroad Industry

The Biomechanics of Insect Flight

The Social Construction of the Ocean

The Little Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes

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