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Sat 15 Oct 2005, 04:37 PM
We have a serious problem in our family, but it sometimes leads to funny results.  My wife, two sons and a daughter and I all read a lot (OK, not by Duffbert's standards, but by normal people standards), but we all (except my daughter who is removed from temptation by being off at college) have a tendency to get interested in what the others are reading.  I'll start to page through my ten year old's Brian Jacques books, or my wife will pick up my fifteen year old's avante garde books on religion or science fiction, or any of them will pick up my latest book and I'll spend precious reading time searching and find it hidden on somebody's top bunk.

Well, today, my wife came home from her job, which happens to be upstairs from our public library, with a book that I had requested.  She put it on the table and my ten year old son picked it up and started reading it.  He may well be the only ten year old in America reading Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky.

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