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Book meme, lifted from twigling and blukat
Sasha Blaze
1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next five sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.

5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"So the postmaster of the eastern Eden renamed his post office box after his daughter Inez, and the name stuck.

What is wonderful about this story is how it reveals what people once thought about the central Appalachian mountains. It wasn't a place of sheared-off mountaintops, dirty streams, and trash-lined roads; it was a landscape worthy of comparison to an earthly paradise. Today, as you drive into Inez, you see looming overhead the guard towers of a prison built on a former strip mine and steep, unreclaimed valley fills waiting to wash down across the highway. One family's home sits directly beneath a gray slope of rubble that rises a hundred feet behind it."

Actually, this was the second-closest book on the end of the couch here; the closest was A Book of Five Rings, but it only has 96 pages . . .

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wow, sounds like a very interesting travel guide (that's about as close as I'm gonna get to guessing :)

This isn't a book that I would probably have bought (or read) under normal circumstances--but it was in a basket that I bid on during a charity auction last week, and I feel obligated to give it a go. It's Lost Mountain, a study of the effects of strip mining in Appalachia. Definitely worthwhile, though v. v. depressing.

"The Queen withheld response, Henry told me, several days hence paying a call to Campeggio her self, at Bath."
- The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell

That was on the top of the "to be packed" stack.

I feel like I should know who Campeggio was . . . Italian, Catholic, an ally of Catherine of Aragon??

Cardinal Campeggio. Think he was there about Henry VIII wanting to divorce Catherine.

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