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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WWII
Stephen E. Ambrose
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
M.T. Anderson
The Path Between the Seas
David McCullough
Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

Ham and Onion Detective Agency

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Some weeks ago, I had the occasion to re-read a childhood classic, "Harriet the Spy." Forty-ish years after my first reading, I had completely forgotten that Harriet was assigned, against her oh-so-strong will, the role of an onion in her school Christmas pageant. 


Meanwhile, as we all recall, in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Miss Scout Finch plays a ham in her school's pageant, down in Maycomb, Alabama. 


Ham and onion, the meat and flavor that made us laugh and feel and think through our childhoods. 


It seems to me that Scout and Harriet might have been kindred spirits. Perhaps they would have started a detective agency, specializing in examining all of the unusual characters in their general vicinity. 


Ham and Onion Private Eyes: The adult novel we never had but we may, possibly, desperately need.