Category: 50 Book Challenge 2009

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

Book 11The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield, was a “Barnes & Noble Recommends” book. I found it a week or so ago at Half Price Books and started reading it because it was at the top of the pile of To Be Read books… Continue Reading “The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield”

The Innocent, by Ian McEwan

Book 10 The Innocent is an earlier Ian McEwan novel. Set in Berlin, 1955, it is the story of a young British man sent to work on a joint intelligence project with the Americans. The illustration of post-war Germany was cool. The Cold War… Continue Reading “The Innocent, by Ian McEwan”

Wait Till Next Year, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book 8 – 2009 My mother could not believe that I was reading, “a baseball book”. But Doris Kearns Goodwin writes good American history, so I figured her memoir, Wait Till Next Year, had to be worth something. And it was. In her introduction,… Continue Reading “Wait Till Next Year, by Doris Kearns Goodwin”

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett

Book 7 I read Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett. Patchett is the novelist that wrote, Bel Canto, a book club favorite a few years ago. This book is a non-fiction memoir of Patchett’s friendship with Lucy Grealy, a poet-turned-memoirist semi-famous (I… Continue Reading “Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett”

My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters and Lovers, edited by Rosemary James

Book 6 – 2009 My New Orleans, edited bt Rosemary James, is a collection of essays. Some written by professionals, some by rather famous natives. James owns Faulkner House Books, which is a lovely store in Pirates’ Alley where I make a point to… Continue Reading “My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters and Lovers, edited by Rosemary James”

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, by John Scalzi

Book 5 Buying a copy of Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, by John Scalzi, was an indulgence. Barnes and Noble had a limited number of signed and numbered hard cover copies, so I used a Christmas gift card. Wil Wheaton wrote the introduction.… Continue Reading “Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, by John Scalzi”

Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, by Bill Ayers

Book 4 Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, by Bill Ayers, has been on my BN.com wish list for something like two years. It hasn’t shown up in my Used Book Store, so I decided it was a good pick for the new… Continue Reading “Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, by Bill Ayers”

My Secret Life on the McJob, by Jerry Freeman

Book 3 I read My Secret Life on the McJob, by SUNY management professor Jerry Freeman. His sabbatical project was to work around the country at different fast food restaurants and observe the management techniques. This book is the final product. The interesting conclusion… Continue Reading “My Secret Life on the McJob, by Jerry Freeman”

Lovely Green Eyes, by Arnost Lustig

Book 2 My freshman year in college, I took a survey course in Cinema. The professor was Arnost Lustig, a Holocaust survivor from Prague. He was sent to the camps at age 16 – Auschwitz and then Buchenwald. If I remember the story correctly,… Continue Reading “Lovely Green Eyes, by Arnost Lustig”

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

Book 1 I mentioned that I first read And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, in high school. It was assigned reading to my freshman English class. I wasn’t a mystery reader, so I skipped to the end the first time I had… Continue Reading “And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie”