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Oh, man, it feels so good to be able to sit down with a book and not feel guilty (or panicked) about not studying.

Last night's harvest:

Rise Up and Walk by Turnley Walker (1950). Brief memoir of early stages of recovery from polio. The author was a p.r. guy working on his first novel when he fell ill. Terrific book, vividly written. Amazon lists several other books by him, all apparently out of print. According to IMDb, he did some TV scriptwriting as well. Highly recommended, if you can find it. (I found my copy at a thrift store.)

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. YA novel; spare and chilling but with a hopeful, if not happy, ending. This one's still in print, and she has a zillion others (of which I've read and enjoyed two: The Headless Cupid and The Egypt Game).  The author's stock-in-trade is events and situations that appear to be supernatural but turn out not to be; this can be very annoying (a la the end of the Wizard of Oz movie), but in Snyder's hands it isn't. Part of the reason  is that the mundane situation turns out to be at least as scary as what you thought was happening.

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