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The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Initially, I was horrified as I read the account of Jeannette’s highly dysfunctional family. Neither of her parents were willing to hold a job for any length of time (although her mother was a college graduate with a teaching degree) and the deplorable conditions of the numerous shacks the Walls children called home made my skin crawl. They were almost always hungry (to the point of regularly searching through the trash of others for food) and, as they made their way east across the U.S., spent many freezing days and nights. There is a particularly memorable scene in the book as...

A Man Named Dave

by Dave Pelzer
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This book is the final in the trilogy that began with A Child Called "It", a distressing book about a small boy who was tortured and abused for years by his psychotic and alcoholic mother. He finally was rescued and sent to foster care where he grew up with great parents. This is told in the second book,...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It tells the story of six children, one from each continent, that went to Antarctica with Jacques Cousteau and his crew and got to experience Antarctica. They came back as ambassadors for the area after seeing penguins, seals, whales and huge melting glaciers. The children erected an igloo dedicated to future generations symbolizing the hope that Antarctica will be left intact. It is the last continent touched by humans and the first and only one set aside by humans, by the Antarctica Treaty, as a scientific preserve which established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity on that continent. This is an old one from 1990.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I found this book very interesting. I am of a generation who grew up at a time that identified stigmas, and few mental illnesses … and certainly not shades of illness. This book was written by the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors. I picked the book up because of the...

Skuldduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy
Sunday, February 24, 2008

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an...

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