Category: 50 Book Challenge 2009

Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse

Book 30 On Day One of the Horrific Hotel Experience of 2009, I finished Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse. Mosse wrote the rather popular Labyrinth, which I would describe as The DaVinci Code for girls. Sepulchre is another DaVinci Code for girls. In fact, when… Continue Reading “Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse”

Harlot’s Ghost, by Norman Mailer

Book 29 Harlot’s Ghost is Norman Mailer’s epic novel of the CIA. It is also my Moby Dick. Ten years ago, when I used the library to check out books, I took this home. I started it, loved it, and for some reason I… Continue Reading “Harlot’s Ghost, by Norman Mailer”

What’s the Matter with Kansas?, by Thomas Frank

Book 28 It is no secret that my politics are sometimes confused. I have been known to vote for people because I just them better. My initial dislike of Bill Clinton was really dislike of his wife. So…as fickle as the next lazy American.… Continue Reading “What’s the Matter with Kansas?, by Thomas Frank”

The March, by E.L. Doctorow

Book 27 I seem to be going on a Civil War kick, so I read The March, by E.L. Doctorow. It is a novelization of Sherman’s march through Georgia and up through the Carolinas. My family is a little bit too into the Civil… Continue Reading “The March, by E.L. Doctorow”

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Book 26 I am pretty sure I had to read Fahrenheit 451 in high school, but I didn’t much remember the details. Picked up a student copy (obvious from the cover page notes) at the Library Used Book Store. There isn’t much left to… Continue Reading “Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury”

The Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks

Book 25I picked up The Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks, from the Library’s Used Book Store after my Book a Day Calendar recommended it. Winner. It is another “here is the vague historical basis and here is how I imagine the rest”… Continue Reading “The Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks”

Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen

Book 24Lesley Castle is actually three short stories in one book written by Jane Austen at age 16. No kidding, it reads exactly as you think Jane Austen would at age 16. The first is a story told in letters. It is a satire… Continue Reading “Lesley Castle, by Jane Austen”

A Life in the 20th Century, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr.

Book 23 I have had a copy of Schlesinger’s journals on my to-be-read shelf for months. And his Pulitzer Prize winning The Age of Jackson has been there for about ever. Then I found A Life in the 20th Century, his memoir, at some… Continue Reading “A Life in the 20th Century, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr.”

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Book 22 I found Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin at the Library UBS after hearing raves about it. The Amazon description: In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American… Continue Reading “Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin”

The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst

Book 21 The Dogs of Babel was another book club favorite, and written by Carolyn Parkhurst, an AU alumna. I picked it up at the Library’s Used Book Sale. The premise is that a lady was found dead in her backyard having apparently fallen… Continue Reading “The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst”