Saturday, April 3, 2010

On My Wishlist #3

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you can list all the books that you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw
Book Description:
On a chilly November afternoon, six-year-old Luke Nightingale's life changes forever. On the playground across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he encounters Daniel. Soon the boys are hiding from dinosaurs and shooting sniper rifles. Within hours, Luke and his mother, Claire, are welcoming Daniel into their Upper East Side apartment -- and their lives.

Daniel and Luke are soon inseparable. With his parents divorcing, Luke takes comfort in having a near-constant playmate. But there's something strange about Daniel, who is more than happy to bind himself to the Nightingales. The divorce has cut Luke's father out of the picture, and as his increasingly fragile mother struggles with the insidious family depression, Daniel -- shrewd, adventurous, and insightful -- provides Luke both recreation and refuge.

As Luke grows from a child to an adolescent to a young man, he realizes that as much as his mother needs him, Daniel needs him more. Jealous of Luke's other attachments, Daniel moves from gestures of friendship into increasingly sinister manipulations. In the end, Luke finds himself in a daily battle for control of his own life -- wondering whether he or Daniel will emerge victorious.

Brian DeLeeuw's debut is a haunting and provocative story of a family's love and madness that you will not be able to put down.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439103135

Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, A Memoir by Lise Funderburg.

Book Description:
Pig Candy is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. During a series of visits with her father to the South he'd escaped as a young black man, Lise Funderburg, the mixed-race author of the acclaimed Black, White, Other, comes to understand his rich and difficult background and the conflicting choices he has had to make throughout his life.

Lise Funderburg is a child of the '60s, a white-looking mixed-race girl raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood. As a child, she couldn't imagine what had made her father so strict, demanding, and elusive; about his past she knew only that he had grown up in the Jim Crow South and fled its brutal oppression as a young man. Then, just as she hits her forties, her father is diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer -- an event that leads father and daughter together on a stream of pilgrimages to his hometown in rural Jasper County, Georgia. As her father's escort, proxy, and, finally, nurse, Funderburg encounters for the first time the fragrant landscape and fraught society -- and the extraordinary food -- of his childhood.

In succulent, evocative, and sometimes tart prose, the author brings to life a fading rural South of pecan groves, family-run farms, and pork-laden country cuisine. She chronicles small-town relationships that span generations, the dismantling of her own assumptions about when race does and doesn't matter, and the quiet segregation that persists to this day. As Funderburg discovers the place and people her father comes from, she also, finally, gets to know her magnetic, idiosyncratic father himself. Her account of their thorny but increasingly close relationship is full of warmth, humor, and disarming candor. In one of his last grand actsFunderburg's father recruits his children, neighbors, and friends to throw a pig roast -- an unforgettable meal that caps an unforgettable portrait of a man enjoying his life and loved ones right up through his final days.

Pig Candy takes readers on a stunning journey that becomes a universal investigation of identity and a celebration of the human will, familial love, and, ultimately, life itself.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (May 12, 2009)Language: English
  • Language: English

By Accident by Susan Kelly

A grieving mother finds solace from her son’s death in a relationship that quickly blurs the line between friendship and intimacy. By Accident portrays a year in the life of a woman after the accidental death of her teenage son. Laura Lucas is numbed by the loss, a loss that is paralleled in the spate of upscale construction—and attendant destruction—in her starter-home neighborhood. It’s about Laura's relationship with a young tree surgeon who slowly becomes a replacement for her son—but also an object of desire.

The story reveals the delicate nexus where solace becomes sex; the role of men and women as unmarried friends; and examines grief in a marriage. It portrays the pain of change and the poignancy of acceptance through Laura's eyes, and occasionally, through the quirky outlook of her ten-year-old daughter. And before the story ends, another brutal, random accident will redefine Laura's life once again.
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605980889
What's on YOUR wishlist today?


Becca said...

Great meme. I am participating today as well.

StephTheBookworm said...

WHOA, amazing finds! I am adding them to my TBR!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, my! These all sound great, but especially This Way I Was Saved. I could easily find myself unable to put this one down.

My Wish List is here:

Library Cat said...

Two things today:
1. All three of these books sound interesting!
2. Lily is beautiful..I have three chihuahuas. I will be posting pictures tomorrow.
Happy Easter,

Anonymous said...

These sound really great, especailly the first and last ones. :)

Darlene said...

These all sound great Missy but I'm really drawn to By Accident.

Unknown said...

Missy, all of these look so good to me. Can't wait til you read them so you can tell me how they are so I can add them to my tbr list...or not :)

I wanted to read a book I saw in Borders the other day called Language of Secrets or something like that. The cover is beautiful and the story sounded like something I'd like. Then I saw it on someone's blog today (Diane's?) and whoever it was didn't think it was good at all.

I like when other people do all the work so I don't have to :) Just kidding!


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