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MannyRayner

Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

Lili ne veut plus se montrer toute nue

Lili ne veut plus se montrer toute nue - Dominique de Saint Mars, Serge Bloch Never, not even in Sweden, have I seen a children's book with quite so much nudity! I hasten to add that not one single nipple or penis is gratuitous, and that the author's intentions, as always, are entirely laudable. She just wants to demystify the concept of sexual modesty, reassure little girls that they're not alone in wondering if they'll ever grow proper breasts, and tell their parents kindly but firmly that, at a certain age, their daughters will appreciate being left alone at bath-time.

And she does a splendid job. I particularly liked the visit to the museum, with Max ogling the Rubens, cousin Victor checking out Valentine's navel-baring top and Lili desperately trying to avoid looking at anything. Responsible, informative, and tastefully amusing. But even so, I still wouldn't recommend reading it on the subway.