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Dear Diary,
As the year winds down, I look over at my book shelf. I mark the year by the novels that have transported me away. Jo Knowles and David Gullette, I proudly say, are Simmons people.

Life by Keith Richards

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Dreaming Nicaragua by David Gullette

Sixkill by Robert B Parker

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Pearl by Jo Knowles

Lessons From A Dead Girl by Jo Knowles

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Die Trying by Lee Child

Tripwire by Lee Child

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Heat Rises by Richard Castle

Running Blind by Lee Child


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Dear Diary,
Here's a quote from the TV show Bones.
There's a fictional element to Christmas. It's the feeling of Christmas. What people call the Christmas spirit. It's a kind of dream or hope that we carry with us from childhood. But as adults we're imbued by the pragmatic routines of life, which makes it difficult for us to regard anything with childlike wonder. But, you know, it's all right for us to try. We put on silly hats, and draps trees with sparkly lights, and wrap gifts in garish paper, and that's good for us.

It's not only all right to allow children the transient experience of innocence and joy, it's our responsibility.

That's Doctor Sweets on Christmas


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