Saturday, April 30, 2011

On My Wishlist (7)

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book cover of Shadowland by Peter StraubTitle:  Shadowland
Author:   Peter Straub
Genre:   Horror, Fantasy
Page Count:   480 pages
Summary:  (From Goodreads)  In a private school in New England, a friendship is forged between two boys that will change their lives for ever. As Del Nightingale and Tom Flanagan battle to survive the oppressive regime of bullying and terror overseen by the sadistic headmaster, Del introduces Tom to his world of magic tricks. But when they escape to spend the summer holiday together at Shadowland -- the lakeside estate of Del's uncle -- their hobby suddenly takes on much more sinister tones. After a summer exploring the mysteries and terrors of Shadowland nothing will be the same.
book cover of Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana FranklinTitle:  Mistriss of the Art of Death
Author:  Ariana Franklin
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Page Count:  384 pages
Summary:  (From GoodreadsIn medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.
book cover of The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsTitle:  The Glass Castle
Author:   Jeannette Walls
Genre:  Autobiography, Memoir
Page Count:  288 pages
Summary:  (From GoodreadsJeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

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