Category: 50 Book Challenge 2009

The House on First Street, by Julia Reed

Book 40 I pulled out another New Orleans book because my friend Andrew just blogged a manifesto about the place, and it made me miss it. And this piece seemed a bit less hurricane-tragic than the others I have read: The House of First… Continue Reading “The House on First Street, by Julia Reed”

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book 39 The Return of Sherlock Holmes was one of the out-of-copyright freebie books on the Amazon Kindle.  I started reading it for two reasons.  First, I was on the road for two weeks in September and second, I remembered that reading Holmes cases… Continue Reading “The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”

21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com, by Mike Daisey

Book 38 Another book that I picked up while researching Amazon.com.  This was much less useful for a scholarly study.  And sometimes, it made me cringe.  Most memorable for my poor psyche was the last straw before Daisey quit his job: Someone left a… Continue Reading “21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com, by Mike Daisey”

Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.com Juggernaut, by James Marcus

Book 37 I picked up eight books from the library to research my final project and Amazonia, by James Marcus, was actually interesting. Marcus was Employee #55, hired by Jeff Bezos in 1996 to be an editor on Amazon.com. He reviewed books. Lots and… Continue Reading “Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.com Juggernaut, by James Marcus”

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?, by Charles Barkley

Book 36I came across Charles Barkley’s Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? at Half Price Books. I’ve always rather liked Barkley (except when he was playing the Bulls) and in this book, he interviews a whole bunch of people (Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton,… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?, by Charles Barkley”

Things I Learned about My Dad (in therapy), edited by Heather Armstrong

Book 35 I had a Barnes & Noble gift card, so I found a copy of Things I Learned About My Dad (in therapy) from an Ohio library’s used book store. Heather Armstrong (aka Dooce) edited this series of essays from a variety of… Continue Reading “Things I Learned about My Dad (in therapy), edited by Heather Armstrong”

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, by Mike Royko

Book 34 Since Mike Royko’s death, I have been seeing his books everywhere. I picked up Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago at the Library Used Book Store. When my mother saw me reading it, she asked if it was my father’s copy. He… Continue Reading “Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, by Mike Royko”

And You Know You Should Be Glad, by Bob Greene

Book 33 I was in the mood for some schmaltz, so I pulled Bob Greene’s And You Know You Should Be Glad from my shelf. I had originally picked it up at the Library Used Book Store. Greene had a lifelong best friend develop… Continue Reading “And You Know You Should Be Glad, by Bob Greene”

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Book 32 In case you have never been in a Barnes & Noble in your life, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second novel of Khaled Hosseini, the guy that wrote The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner was a tale of Afghanistan told from… Continue Reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini”

Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Book 31 I enjoyed Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas, so I picked up Captain Alatriste, which seems to be the beginning of a series. Alatriste is a 17th century Spanish swordsman who gets himself into trouble. He is also guardian to the narrator, who… Continue Reading “Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Perez-Reverte”