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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
Mistress Masham's Repose - T.H. White On a tiny, man-made island in the middle of a lake live the descendents of kidnapped Lilliputians. On the shore of the lake stands an ancient manor, now falling into ruin. In the manor live a lonely girl and her evil governess...

Those are the fun parts. Since this is T.H. White there is also much implicit social and political criticism, psychological observation, and tongue-in-cheek humor. Most of that was over my head when I first read this, as were many of the British cultural allusions. I suspect the same is true for most modern American children. Even as an adult with a degree in history I had to look up several references (Alice Kyteler, the misfortunes of Caroline Matilda, et al) but I appreciated the humor much more.