Category: 50 Book Challenge 2009

The White Album, by Joan Didion

I love Joan Didion. The White Album is a book of her essays, published in 1979, that tells her stories of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  I remember when I read The Year of Magical Thinking, her memoir of the year after her…

75 Cage Rattling Questions to Change the Way You Work, by Dick Whitney and Melissa Giovagnoli

Book 49 I was sitting in my friend Kim’s cubicle in Fargo when I saw 75 Cage Rattling Questions to Change the Way You Work, by Dick Whitney and Melissa Giovagnoli. Kim said she received the book at some training session or another and…

The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain

Book 48 I forget why I picked up The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain, but I was sold by the combination of “Lana Turner film” and “banned in Boston” proclaimed on the back cover.  This was the summary: “An amoral young…

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

Book 47 – Warning – Slight Spoilers I haven’t read Stephen King in years.  I gave up on him around the time of … Needful Things… and… Gerald’s Game.  The consensus of opinion in my family is that he peaked with It.  And anyway,…

A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, by Ryder Windham

Book 46 A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, was another YA Star Wars novel from the Scholastic book publishers.  Luke is remembering his own life about a year after the end of Return of the Jedi and the flashbacks begin when he was…

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

Book 45 I ought to be ashamed for counting Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory in my 50 Book Challenge, because it was such a short tale. But I don’t think I am going to make 50 this year and I want the count to…

The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara

Book 44 My mother loved Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels so much that she has read every book his kid wrote. I might have gone my whole life rolling my eyes at the idea of reading a novel about Gettysburg, except that Professor Blight…

What-the-Dickens, Gregory Maguire

Book 43 In 2007, “the Wicked guy” went back to his roots in children’s literature and published What-the-Dickens¬: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy. I say “published” rather than “wrote” because I am not convinced he didn’t have it sitting on a shelf…

Seducing the Boys Club, by Nina DiSesa

Book 42 I put down the Mailer book, good as it is, when I saw Seducing the Boys Club, by Nina DiSesa at the Library Used Book Store. I opened it to a random page in the middle, thinking it would be lame chick…

Queenpin, by Megan Abbott

Book 41 I saw Queenpin, by Megan Abbott at the library used book store right after utter_scoundrel blogged about another of her books.  Slim volume, so I gave it a try. The first half was so cliché it made me angry.  Young girl cooking the…