Category: 50 Book Challenge 2011

The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl

Book 46Matthew Pearl’s third novel spins a mystery of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the novel that Charles Dickens was writing upon his death.  The premise is that Dickens’ U.S. publisher, a small firm in Boston, is on the brink at the time of… Continue Reading “The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl”

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

Book 45 This book is the reason I pick up so many of the modern book club favorites.  Because every once in awhile, one is so good that it restores my faith. 1986.  Chinese American man aged 56ish loses his wife to cancer.  In… Continue Reading “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford”

True Compass: A Memoir, by Edward M. Kennedy

Book 44 I snapped up Senator Kennedy’s memoir just as soon as I found it in the clearance section of Half Price Books.  But I decided to listen to it on audio.  The narration was good, but it took awhile to get used to… Continue Reading “True Compass: A Memoir, by Edward M. Kennedy”

What If?: Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve L. Robbins

Book 43Steve L. Robbins writes a really powerful preface to this book.  He talks about emigrating to the U.S from Vietnam with his mother, who married a U.S. serviceman in 1970.  Because of many of his early experiences, Robbins has made promoting inclusion his… Continue Reading “What If?: Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve L. Robbins”

Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story, by Karen Loucks Rinedollar

Book 42 I bought Working for Peanuts expecting to read a story about a small, grassroots effort that blossomed into an active, nationwide charity.  What happened was that one woman had a really great idea – make 100 blankets in one year to give… Continue Reading “Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story, by Karen Loucks Rinedollar”

The Flanders Panel, by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Book 41 This novel, by the author of The Club Dumas, has been sitting on my shelf for a very long time.  I pulled it because I needed an anti-Charlotte Simmons.  It worked. The premise is that a restorer of art is working on… Continue Reading “The Flanders Panel, by Arturo Perez-Reverte”

Changing the World on a Tuesday Night, by Tammi DeVille

Book 40 Changing the World on a Tuesday Night : Hey! What are you doing this Tuesday night? from tammi deville on Vimeo. I think it was The Blogunteer that first pointed me to this book.  It wasn’t available on Amazon the last time… Continue Reading “Changing the World on a Tuesday Night, by Tammi DeVille”

I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0041PJH68&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 39 For my summer epic, I dove into I am Charlotte Simmons, the 2004 university novel by Tom Wolfe. It isn’t really an epic, but since it is 25 discs long, I decided that it counts. Charlotte Simmons is the valedictorian of her… Continue Reading “I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe”

Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Hussein, by Zainab Salbi

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1592402445&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 38 Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, the organization that helps women in war torn countries rebuild their lives.  What Salbi didn’t tell the world until very recently is that she grew up in Saddam Hussein’s privileged world; her… Continue Reading “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Hussein, by Zainab Salbi”

Presidential Courage, by Michael Beschloss

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001GVJBHK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBook 37With an hour and twenty to go before my book club meets, I finished the book.  It was actually my pick, one that has been sitting on my shelf for awhile.  Beschloss takes a handful of presidents and recounts the stories of times… Continue Reading “Presidential Courage, by Michael Beschloss”