Category: 50 Book Challenge 2011

A Christmas Secret, by Anne Perry

Book 56 of 50 Book Challenge; Book 1 of 2011 Holiday Challenges I’ve never read Anne Perry before, but it looked like a perfectly reasonable holiday murder mystery to me. New pastor and wife go to small town to sub for the local vicar… Continue Reading “A Christmas Secret, by Anne Perry”

Travels with My Aunt, by Graham Greene

Book 55Last year, Writers’ Theatre did a play based on Travels with My Aunt.  It was awesome, so I kept an eye out for the book. Also awesome.  The premise is a retired bank manager – dullest man ever – meets his aunt for… Continue Reading “Travels with My Aunt, by Graham Greene”

Everyman, by Philip Roth

Book 54I read about one Philip Roth novel a year.  Unfortunately, two years in a row I have picked the ones about men whose lives are entirely defined by sexual relationships. That isn’t entirely fair.  But dude was married three times and cheated on… Continue Reading “Everyman, by Philip Roth”

Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

Book 53 Dr. Zhivago had been sitting on my shelf for about ever until..I..cheated on my library.  I went to Northbrook to look at the audiobooks and there it was. People.  Audio is totally the way to go with the Russian epics. This was… Continue Reading “Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak”

Losing Mum and Pup, by Christopher Buckley

Book 52 I haven’t read any of Christopher Buckley’s fiction, but I read great things about this memoir when it was released.  His story is that of a middle aged only child who lost both parents in the span of a year.  Add on… Continue Reading “Losing Mum and Pup, by Christopher Buckley”

The Lake of Dreams, by Kim Edwards

Book 51 I have said before that nothing is more boring than listening to people talk about their dreams.  I have found one.  It is listening to fictional characters talk about their dreams. This is a chick book.  And I had just about given… Continue Reading “The Lake of Dreams, by Kim Edwards”

Homer and Langley, by E.L. Doctorow

Book 50Doctorow’s latest novel made a big splash last year partly because it is (very loosely) based on the lives of a pair of eccentric, reclusive brothers that lived on 5th Avenue.  Basically, Doctorow took a couple of facts – the brothers lived alone… Continue Reading “Homer and Langley, by E.L. Doctorow”

The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle

Book 49We generally have multiple copies of The Tortilla Curtain at the Used Book Store.  I figured that GBS must be teaching it in English class.  I figured that it was kinda like a One Book, One Chicago pick, where we all come to… Continue Reading “The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle”

Harp, by John Gregory Dunne

Book 48 John Gregory Dunne was a writer.  He was also the husband of Joan Didion and the brother of Dominick Dunne.  Harp was a memoir that he wrote after two big, bad things happened in the late 1980’s.  First, his younger brother killed… Continue Reading “Harp, by John Gregory Dunne”

The Castle on the Forest, by Norman Mailer

Book 47 Norman Mailer was the kind of writer that liked to mess with your head and in his final novel, he outdid himself.  This is the most disturbing thing I have read all year. Well, duh.  The premise is that minions of the… Continue Reading “The Castle on the Forest, by Norman Mailer”