Sideways in Neverland: Life in the Santa Ynez Valley, California by William EtlingSideways in Neverland: Life in the Santa Ynez Valley, California by William Etling

Sideways in Neverland: Life in the Santa Ynez Valley, California

byWilliam Etling

Paperback | July 26, 2005

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The "Neverland Valley-Welcome" sign depicts a little boy, bending over to talk to a troll. Peter Pan was playing at the packed eighty-seat, 7,000 square-foot theatre. Popcorn and drinks were dished up gratis to the mobs at the concession stand. On-screen, Captain Hook had ten wide-eyed children bound and gagged, about to be fed to the crocodile. Nearby, amid the rides, a band was taking a break. Beat It thumped loudly from hidden speakers. A circus-like tent houses the bumper cars, where jubilant lads, faces flushed with excitement, rammed each other with enthusiasm. ...I freely admitted, there was no doubt that allegations of child molestation had hurt Jackson in this community. Where wouldn't such charges resonate? Sodom and Gomorrah? *** What do Michael Jackson's neighbors really think of him, or the other famous residents of the rural California wine country made famous by Sideways? Just two hours from Los Angeles, the honorable Old West lives on, with cowboys and Indians, a Danish village, stars, surfers, Michael Jackson, and more. *** "William Etling has the soul of an explorer, and the wit of a jester. Lucky for us, he also has a pen."-Michelle Schlegel The collected "Santa Ynez Notebook" of a Santa Barbara News-Press writer. Etling's delightful bi-weekly editorial dishes on all things Santa Ynez Valley, an area of tiny towns near Santa Barbara, Calif. This compilation of almost three years of work covers a wide variety of topics, including community events, regional history, locals both famous (Michael Jackson, anyone?) and not-so, and the author's personal life. The column's buoyant tone and warm voice make for a charming read-"I still love the beach. If I had a tail, I'd wag it when I'm near the water." As a teenager, Etling moved to the area with his family, and it's clear that he has adored the area ever since. More than just a love letter to his hometown, however, Sideways provides affecting reading for all-Etling is all over the board, from what happens when a small town kid goes to war to the peril of navigating a highway crossed frequently by deer to a Hollywood invasion, when suddenly everyone's an extra on the set of Seabiscuit. Fruitful subject matter, a likable host and evocative writing make for an enjoyable guide to this nook of California. -Kirkus Discoveries
Title:Sideways in Neverland: Life in the Santa Ynez Valley, CaliforniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:July 26, 2005Publisher:IuniverseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0595361900

ISBN - 13:9780595361908

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