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On My WishlistOn My Wishlist: January 15, 2011: 01/15/11

I have two more Cybils books to read and in about ten days Spring Semester begins. So soon I have to buy my text books and then I'll be back to doing mostly assigned reading and research.

In the mean time, I've added these books to my ever growing list:

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (Recommended by Irregular Tammie)

This breakout book by Alison Bechdel takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings and like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis a story exhilaratingly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift ... graphic ... and redemptive.

Cover artStoryteller by Patricia Reilly Giff (Recommended by Kiss the Book)

While staying with her aunt, Elizabeth finds something remarkable: a drawing. It hangs on the wall, a portrait of her ancestor, Eliza, known as Zee. She looks like Elizabeth.

The girls' lives intertwine as Elizabeth's present-day story alternates with Zee's, which takes place during the American Revolution. Zee is dreamy, and hopeful for the future—until the Revolution tears apart her family and her community in upstate New York. Left on her own, she struggles to survive and to follow her father and brother into battle.

Zee's story has been waiting to be rediscovered by the right person. As Elizabeth learns about Zee, and walks where Zee once walked and battles raged, the past becomes as vivid and real as the present.

Cover artIn this beautifully crafted, affecting novel from beloved author Patricia Reilly Giff, the lives of two girls reflect one another as each finds her own inner strengths.

Santa's Twin by Dean Koontz and Phil Parks (Recommended by The Man Eating Bookworm)

Two sisters save Christmas from Santa's evil twin brother who delivers worms, spiders, spinach, and Brussels sprouts candy.

Cover artRobot Santa by Dean Koontz and Phil Parks (Recommended by The Man Eating Bookworm)

The Claus family's bad seed, Bob, is back and dishing out a second helping of holiday havoc and headaches for his twin brother, Santa. Exactly a year has passed since Bob kidnapped Santa and visited Charlotte and Emily in his stead, bearing gifts of mud pies, cat poop, and broccoli. After his defeat at the hands of the two brave sisters, Bob has worked hard to redeem himself in Santa's eyes. Unfortunately Bob's spare time has been spent secretly building a robot Santa Claus. Super Santa One was designed to help Santa halve his delivery time, but Bob has left a screw loose on his creation (several screws, actually), and this Christmas Eve, a badly malfunctioning robot Santa Claus is coming to town.

Cover artThe Night of Wishes by Michael Ende (Recommended by Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius Letendre)

Beelzebub Preposteror, sorcerer, and his aunt Tyrannia Vampirella have received an ultimatum: complete their annual quota of devastation (pollution, extinction of species, rapacious business deals, etc.) or be hauled off to the nether regions by emissary Maledictus Maggot.

Cover artKing Scratch by Jordan Krall (Recommended by Andersen Prunty)

"Keith watched a version of himself being dissected, the body parts being used along with those of Lincoln and Booth in order to make some sort of mechanized assassin-victim hybrid. It would spend eternity annihilating itself, finding new ways to explode, puncture and penetrate its own body parts."

Moonshine smuggling in New Jersey unleashes a Civil War hangover of squid parts, car crashes, stove pipe hats, urethral insertion fetishism, and a hankering for pancakes. King Scratch, a nightmare from the mind that birthed Piecemeal June and Fistful of Feet.

"With King Scratch Jordan Krall has delivered a unique and twisted tale that brilliantly exudes the limitless imagination of the author and, in my opinion, elevates Krall to the upper echelon of the Bizarro lit scene." Kevin Woods, director of Bath, Survival, and Wise Guys VS Zombies "Krall has quite a flair for outrage as an art form." Edward Lee, author of The Big Head, Goon and Brides of the Impaler

Cover artKeywords by Raymond Williams (Recommended by Harrison Brace)

Now revised to include new words and updated essays, Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society.

Cover artPeople of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy by Peter S Beagle; et al (Recommended by Rachel Swirsky)

From Sholom Aleichem to Avram Davidson, Isaac Bashevis Singer to Tony Kushner, the Jewish literary tradition has always been one rich in the supernatural and the fantastic. In these pages, gathered from the best short fiction of the last ten years, twenty authors prove that their heritage is alive and well - in the spaces between stars that an alphabet can bridge, folklore come to life and histories become stories, and all the places where old worlds and new collide and change.

Seaplane Solo by Francis Chichester (Recommended by Kansas City Star)

Flight of the Elijah from New Zealand to Norfolk island; thence to Lord Howe island; thence to Australia.

Cover artThe Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (Recommended by Megan O'Sullivan)

Eleven-year-old Sebby has found the perfect escape from his crummy house and bickering family: The Hole in the Wall. It's a pristine, beautiful glen in the midst of a devastated mining area behind Sebby's home. But not long after he finds it his world starts falling apart: his family's chickens disappear, colors start jumping off the wall and coming to life, and after sneaking a taste of raw cookie dough he finds himself with the mother of all stomachaches. When Sebby sets out to solve these mysteries, he and his twin sister, Barbie, get caught in a wild chase through the tunnels and caverns around The Hole in the Wall — all leading them to the mining activities of one Stanley Odum, the hometown astrophysicist who's buying up all the land behind Sebby's home. Exactly what is Mr. Odum mining in his secret facility, and does it have anything to do with the mystery of the lost chickens and Sebby's stomachache? The answers to these questions go much further than the twins expect.

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Comment #1: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 14:38:41

Donna Newman

I been wanting to read Dean Koontz but haven't yet, hope you get to read these soon. Happy Weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Comment #2: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:40:43


You're welcome. I prefer Koontz's picture books to his longer horror books. Happy reading.

Comment #3: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 14:49:39


I've never heard of these books before. But they sound intriguing! I hope you get them. Happy reading!

Comment #4: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:41:44


Thank you. In lieu of doing a bunch of challenges this year, I am instead focusing on crossing books off my wishlist.

Comment #5: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 15:49:58

Melissa (Books and things)

You have some interesting ones there, but I can't get past Santa's Twin! Love that cover! Hope you get them all. I'm also looking at The Hole in the Wall and it looks good!

Comment #6: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:42:54


Koontz has written some wonderfully twisted picture books.

Comment #7: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 18:11:36

The Book Vixen

Whoa, Dean Koontz writing holiday books? Never thought that'd happen!

Comment #8: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:42:54


Koontz wrote a few twisted picture books in the 1990s. These Santa books are from that time period and I just missed reading them.

Comment #9: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 19:48:09


I love the cover to Storyteller. And it sounds interesting as well so I might have to check it out!

Comment #10: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:49:49


If you do, I look forward to reading your review.

Comment #11: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 19:53:07

As the Pages Turn Blog

Santa will never look the same again after the peek at Santa's Twin! :)

Hope you'll eventually get all these books!

Comment #12: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:50:59


It was the Robot Santa that first caught my eye but I want to read them both.

Comment #13: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 21:14:03

Nadea Ruzmen

Storyteller and The Hole in the Wall sound good. Will definitely try to get them once I'm done with all the piled up books.

Comment #14: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:55:11


Yes... the piled up books are a whole different problem. I have quite a pile to read through too.

Comment #15: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 21:55:22


I was reading the summary for The Hole in the Wall and all I saw was "perfect escape" until the thought "NARNIA!!" just suddenly popped into my head. I think I am ADD sometimes.

Comment #16: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:56:15


I hope The Hole in the Wall isn't like Narnia. I'm not a fan of the series.

Comment #17: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 22:17:14

Bella F.

such interesting books! though they're not really my genre King Scratch and People of the Book look great:D

Comment #18: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:57:21


I don't have a specific genre. Happy reading.

Comment #19: Sunday, January, 16, 2011 at 05:17:42

Book Chick City

Interesting selection - haven't heard of any of them before. Hope you get to read them soon. Have a great day :)

Comment #20: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:58:51


Thanks! I will do my best.

Comment #21: Sunday, January, 16, 2011 at 06:10:10

Miss Page-Turner

Many books you've got on your wishlist, hope you get them all soon! I heard about The Hole in the Wall and think I need to put it on my wishlist,too. I really like that you mention who recommended a book to you:)

Comment #22: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 18:59:16


I have just shy of 600 books on my wishlist and another 600 at home to read.

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