A few years after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007, the author of this short book began to write his reflections on the experience of treatment when he knew that the disease could not be cured. In erudite, entertaining prose, he describes how philosophy, humor, and music provided solace and strength during his illness. Rather than a medical memoir whose function would be to describe himself or his specific experience of illness, this book is presented in the form of a philosophical essay, revealing the inspiration of Montaigne. It attempts to offer insight into the mental challenges involved in dealing with myeloma or any other incurable disease.
Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor-having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. When Oliver Day and his family show up as house-sitters the day Mrs. Tibbs, a Liberator sent by the Spectral Investigative Council, arrives to teach Dahlia the proper rules for ghosting, Dahlia can't wait to make new friends. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor. Equal parts charming and eerie, this ghostly caper hits all the right notes for the middle-grade audience.
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