Jun. 2nd, 2009

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01. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory
02. Love, Rosie, by Cecelia Ahern
03. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling
04. Steamed, by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
05. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
06. There’s No Place Like Here, by Cecelia Ahern


07. Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
08. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
09. Kissed by an Angel, by Elizabeth Chandler
10. The Power of Love, by Elizabeth Chandler
11. Soulmates, by Elizabeth Chandler
12. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald


13. Handle with Care, by Jodi Picoult
14. Corpse Pose, by Diana Killian
15. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
16. The Beach House, by Mary Alice Monroe
17. Swimming Lessons, by Mary Alice Monroe
18. The Luxe, by Anna Godbersen


19. Simmer Down, by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
20. The Villa, by Nora Roberts
21. Rumors, by Anna Godbersen
22. Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
23. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa


24. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
25. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder
26. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
27. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
28. Murder Uncorked, by Michele Scott
29. One of Those Malibu Nights, Elizabeth Adler
30. Murder By the Glass, Michele Scott
31. Silenced by Syrah, Michele Scott


32. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
33. Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen
34. Vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber
35. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening, by L.J. Smith
36. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, by Sophie Kinsella
37. Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella
38. Shopaholic & Sister, by Sophie Kinsella


39. Play With Me, by Janice Maynard
40. Shopaholic & Baby, by Sophie Kinsella
41. Love You Hate You Miss You, by Elizabeth Scott
42. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
43. Sleeping Arrangements, by Madeleine Wickham
44. Far From You, by Lisa Schroeder
45. Ophelia, by Lisa Klein
46. Can You Keep a Secret?, by Sophie Kinsella
47. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Baudy
48. A Vintage Murder, by Michele Scott


49. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
50. Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert
51. A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
52. The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella
dansesdesirene: (Stock; Books)

"When the rains finally came, the skies darkened and the air became heavy. Raindrops the size of marbles came pelting out of the sky. Some parents worried that their kids might get hit by lightning, but Mom and Dad never did, and they let us go out and play in the warm, driving water. We splashed and sang and danced. Great bolts of lightning cracked from the low-hanging clouds, and thunder shook the ground. We gasped over the most spectacular bolts, as if we were all watching a fireworks show. After the storm, Dad took us to arroyos, and we watched the flash floods come roaring through. The next day the saguaros and prickly pears were fat from drinking as much as they could, because they knew it might be a long, long time until the next rain." (from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was recommended to me a few years ago by a bookseller while I was looking through the Jodi Picoult display. Since then it's been a book on my to-read list, though not with high priority, until this month when it became the book club book.

And I'm glad it did, otherwise in all likelihood I never would have picked it up. The Glass Castle, told from Jeannette's point-of-view, is a memoir of her childhood as her family moved around in search of the gold that would give the family enough money to bring them out of poverty and that would allow her father Rex to build his masterpiece, the glass castle, which would become the family's home. Constantly doing "the skedaddle" the family moves from California, to Nevada, to Arizona among other places, living in houses and out in the desert.

While reading this book I was at times both frustrated and fascinated by the parents and amazed at the resilience of the children. It was an interesting look at a childhood I never could have imagined. Sad at times and touching at others it's a book that takes the readers along for the ride with the children. It's a quick read, I read it the day of the book club. I would highly recommend this book to others.


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