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21757 5.3 - T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy.

The Puzzle People: Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon, Thomas E. Starzl.

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. From the ya shelf which, not surprisingly, is way outside my comfort/interest zone.

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (1,079 pages - BIG BOOK TICKET). Had typed in Michael Chabon's name and found DFW listed, someone I had never read before but was interested in doing so.

TOTAL POINTS: 415/890.
Nov 16, 2010 08:10AM

21757 Thanks for the clarification! :)
Nov 16, 2010 07:57AM

21757 Sibert Award is non-fiction so everyone could take part regardless of their preferences about reading YA books.

I'm not sure I understand this part. There's YA non-fiction too; just because something is non-fiction doesn't mean that someone who doesn't enjoy reading YA books would feel better reading a non-fiction book for YA readers. The books I saw on a Sibert list were all listed as juvenile, but I'm not that familiar with the award so I could be wrong.
21757 5.7 - Circle of Life
Hospital Sketches, Louisa May Alcott (b. November 29, 1832).

50.1 - Emily ID’s task: Semper Fi
A. 3: Read a book about World War I.
A Son at the Front, Edith Wharton.

B. 5: Read a book about women in the military.
They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War, De Anne Blanton & Lauren M. Cook.

C. 1: Read a book you haven’t read before with the word ‘Danger(ous)’ in the title.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Choderlos de Laclos.

TOTAL POINTS: 370/890.
Nov 11, 2010 06:18AM

21757 I'm sorry, by "this" I meant the upcoming winter challenge - the winter one will be 8 I think. I'm already thinking of winter. :) 7 is fine too, thanks!
Nov 11, 2010 04:38AM

21757 Readerboard name: El.

I don't even know. I think this is my eighth challenge. Oy.
21757 10.1 - SHORTER DAYS
Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier.

2 Do It!s (at least 300 pp): The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg (419 pp).

TOTAL POINTS: 315/890.
21757 Vanessa, yes, that works.
21757 I'll accept Escape, but there's no info on Favorite Wife so I'll have to say no to that. Just because it's about polygamy doesn't mean it's automatically feminist (which is why I said no to The 19th Wife).
21757 Looks like the author has made some serious efforts to try to protect other girls from having to go through the same things that she did, so I'll say yes.
21757 Sandy, as long as the position of women in Iran is a central theme, I will accept it. I just wanted to be sure it wasn't so much about the books they were reading than what the women were going through in their society. Sounds like it fits.
21757 That's a good one, Paul. I hope you like it.
21757 The Reversal, according to GR, is Mickey Haller #3, not Harry Bosch #16. That's strange.
Oct 21, 2010 10:55AM

21757 Glass was approved for the exterior, but not for the interior (that I can see). I thought the interior was just supposed to be the names of rooms inside a house.
Oct 21, 2010 09:16AM

21757 Is there such a thing as a Mahogany room?
21757 Hmm, Paul, that's a tough one. I haven't read it myself, but the reviews I have seen indicate the character has been or is oppressed in some way - on the other hand I don't see anything that indicates she really overcame any of those oppressions by the end. I'm not sure I understand what Acker's "thesis" was (for lack of a better word) for writing the book.

Has anyone else read it and have an opinion?

Off the top of my head I guess I can't say no necessarily, but if you have something else that fits more appropriately that might be better.
21757 20.6 - LDB’s Task (Seasoned Reader) - Seeing Yourself in a Title
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe. (E, L, A, I, C, I)

20.7 - Erin NY’s Task (Shorter is Sweeter) – The Melting Pot
Call It Sleep, Henry Roth.

30.7 - Donna Jo's task as suggested by Meghan: GOOD SPIRITS
A. Devoted Ladies, M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane). Original publication date, 1934.
B. The Children, Edith Wharton. Since the image is small on GR, I found this image of the cover online which was approved in the 30.7 thread. All the girls in the Singer painting on the cover are smiling, though all three are rather subtle.

TOTAL POINTS: 290/890.
21757 Deedee wrote: "I've been reading The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford for another task. The more I read, ..."

Deedee, that looks really interesting - thanks for your review and thoughts on it. I'm going to add it to my TBR. And yes, I think it works for this task as well.
Oct 18, 2010 06:02AM

21757 For the third roll, option one (1: Read a book you haven’t read before with the word ‘Danger(ous)’ in the title), will you accept Les Liaisons Dangereuses (French for Dangerous Liaisons)?
21757 Meghan, I would like to read The Children by Edith Wharton for this task - the GR image is pretty small, but I found this on the Interwebs - will you accept that? All three girls are smiling, but very subtly and softly.

I tried to find the actual John Singer Sargent painting the cover details, but am failing miserably.
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