About Tom Killalea

Wondering how we can improve the experience of reading.

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  • Tom shared from My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
    This world doesn’t have too many Eskimos. It has too many sides and too many closed doors and too many people who don’t understand.
    Note: More wonderful words from the top of the world @DebbyEdwardson @EowynIvey
  • Tom shared from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    The heart of the best woman is pitiless toward the sorrows of a rival.
    Note: Schadenfreude from Dumas
  • Tom shared from One Minus One (Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries) by Ruth Doan MacDougall
    I looked at him. There were changes. But, still, he was I and I was he and there were all the years.
    Note: Wonderful sense of mood, time, and place in One Minus One. @Nancy_Pearl
  • Tom shared from The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp
    And there we were, in a kind of harmony; and the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart, as when you cannot tell whether you are happy or sad; and I thought that if I could have a wish, it would be that nothing would ever change, and we could stay that way forever. —Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
    Note: Emily Rapp cites @MargaretAtwood, others in her profound meditation on grief, parenting, life, loss
  • Tom shared from Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
    In the course of their struggle to find longitude, scientists struck upon other discoveries that changed their view of the universe. These include the first accurate determinations of the weight of the Earth, the distance to the stars, and the speed of light.
    Note: Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
  • Tom shared from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
    Note: Best closing line ever
  • Tom shared from The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
    “Understand this fact,” he said to the men. “Somalia was the last African country to get the Internet, but in seven years its access has the highest growth and also we have the cheapest cell phone calling rates. Look at this street, if you want proof of the intelligence of Somalis.” He thrust out his arm, indicating the new businesses that had sprung up during the winter here in Shirley Falls. A translation service, two more cafés, a store that sold phone cards, a place for classes in English. But the men turned away. They wanted to go home. Abdikarim understood that very well. It’s...
    Note: The Burgess Boys by @ElizStrout just published. Learning about the Somali Bantu.
  • Tom shared from The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
    how necessary it is for all women who expect anything in the world, to preserve the character of their virtue, even when perhaps they may have sacrificed the thing itself.
    Note: Hypocrisy of the time.
  • Tom shared from The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
    As we know, 90 percent of particles in the universe are hydrogen, and the other 10 percent are helium. Everything else, including six million billion billion kilos of earth, is a cosmic rounding error. And in that six million billion billion kilos, the total amount of astatine, the scarcest natural element, is one stupid ounce.
    Note: @Sam_Kean puts chemistry, the universe,and astatine in perspective
  • Tom shared from APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch
    For APE we used a font called Warnock Pro.
    Note: @GuyKawasaki Do you like Baskerville (Kindle substitute for Warnock Pro)?