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Jan 14, 2015 11:29AM

36119 Ed wrote: "10.1 Square Peg

1919 by John Dos Passos

1919 is the second novel in John Dos Passos USA trilogy. I gave it a three star rating because I'm conflicted about the work. I a..."


Hi Ed - the USA trilogy is on the 1001 list, so this qualifies for 20.4. It also qualifies for 20.1, having been published in those years. Feel free to edit your comment for either of those tasks and take your combo points.
Jan 14, 2015 06:53AM

36119 Rebekah wrote: "Would Imre Kertész count as a non-Western author? I get kind of confused on the Eastern European Countries that are or were formally Communists."

No, Hungary isn't included for the non-western style.

Non-western includes:

Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia (including Russia & former USSR countries)

Former USSR countries:
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Estonia
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Russia
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Jan 12, 2015 11:17AM

36119 It's so much fun seeing several new members this season. I hope all of you are also having fun!
Jan 12, 2015 11:05AM

36119 Miriam wrote: "I'd like to request

from Orfeo -- How to be both and The Unamericans: Stories

I'd also like Kitchen ala Kafka on the Shore..."


You're good with these Miriam. While Kitchen isn't on the Kafka page anymore, it was previously approved. Any of those titles previously approved can be read for this task.
Jan 12, 2015 10:19AM

36119 Claire wrote: "Hi! I have a few to request.

From A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:

My Antonia / O Pioneers!
The Age of Innocence

From The Diviners:"


You're good for My Antonia and The Age of Innocence. I don't see O Pioneers on the list - did I miss it?

You're good for the others.
Jan 12, 2015 08:00AM

36119 Tobey wrote: "Again from The Goldfinch using the header, can I please reserve Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Also from same but using the arrows, [book:The Pay..."


You're good on these, Tobey.
Jan 11, 2015 08:18AM

36119 15.9 T-F

Time and Again by Jack Finney

+30 Task

Grand Total = 205
Jan 09, 2015 05:45PM

36119 Ed wrote: "ok Elizabeth.... thanks....I'm still learning. Here is my amended submission:

The Tontine by Thomas B. Costain

20.9 Respect Elders

I read this book over 40 yea..."


Thanks. You may find that sometimes you want to switch your task claims later in the challenge, which is perfectly acceptable. At that time you can just make a post telling us where you posted first and then the new task. This is fine - this time - but we also use the post numbers in our scoring, so we need to not have posts deleted.

By the way, I, too, read The Tontine many many years ago and remember it to this day. Although I almost never reread books, it's one of the rare ones I might consider doing so.
Jan 09, 2015 05:22PM

36119 Ed, the Square Peg means that it cannot be used for any other task, so, by definition it can't have combos. Let us know if you want to use it for 10.4 or for 20.9.

We award Jumbo points based on the page count of the most popular English-language print edition so that everyone is awarded the same points. To find out the page count of the MPE:

When you look at the other editions page of a book, and the sort is by "num ratings" (menu upper right, but it is the default), the most popular edition will be listed first. In most cases, this is the English language print edition. If it is not, we will look for the first appearance in the list of an English language print edition.
Jan 09, 2015 02:03PM

36119 Deedee wrote: "Jama wrote: "Deedee, I don't think Kipling works, as we was a colonial British citizen while in India."

Yeah, I figured, I'm just looking for a place to fit The Jungle Books. I'll ..."


It works today for 20.10, from The Wizard of Oz. No need to post over there - I'll put it in the list for you.
Introductions! (150 new)
Jan 06, 2015 01:39PM

36119 Welcome, Lagullande! (Do I recall seeing your name as Andrea?) We enjoy seeing you here.
Jan 06, 2015 07:43AM

36119 Thanks, Deedee. An Unecessary Woman is now on my Wish List!
Jan 05, 2015 08:41PM

36119 15.8 P-G

The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing

+20 Task

Grand Total = 175
Jan 05, 2015 04:19PM

36119 Jayme(the ghost reader) wrote: "okay because the other column looked like it said Non westen YN and all of them ad a N so I thought that to mean they weren't. I was confused."

Actually it says "WesternYN", but it had me confused too when we first added the author table.
Jan 05, 2015 03:59PM

36119 Jayme(the ghost reader) wrote: "So all the authors on the Non Western list are approved?"

Yes, all of the authors on that list will earn you non-western points.
Jan 05, 2015 03:04PM

36119 Have you seen the list in the Quick Links thread? We will continue to add to the list, but those are authors we have already designated non-western.
Jan 05, 2015 02:57PM

36119 Non-western applies only to the author. When an author is designated non-western, all of his/her books qualify for the non-western style points.

In deciding if an author is designated non-western we look at both his country of birth and his citizenship/residency. Many people emigrate but never adopt the citizenship of the new country. We try to err on the side of the member, so that even when an author emigrates, if he does not acquire new citizenship in a "western" country, then we will allow him to retain the non-western status.

The works of neither Henri Troyat nor Isabel Allende receive non-western style points. Troyat is identified as a French author. The line for Allende is somewhat blurred, but as she has adopted US citizenship and has lived here for many years, we have designated her as western rather than non-western.
Jan 05, 2015 01:32PM

20.6 - Jewish (13 new)
Jan 04, 2015 03:36PM

36119 I thought Yekl looked good, too, but didn't meet the Jewish shelf threshhold. Those Who Save Us was 4-stars for me, but I remember it clearly - perhaps I was feeling stingy the day I rated it.
20.6 - Jewish (13 new)
Jan 04, 2015 02:55PM

36119 I was wandering through the list of Realism authors from last season. When Liz had suggested that task, I was truly excited, because I feel those are *my* authors. I need to read what comes through as true and real. So there, first on the list, is Abraham Cahan, a fellow I haven't encountered before. I don't know if I'll like him, but he's certainly in good company. He's Jewish (and writes from his experience like most good writers), lived to be over 80, emigrated from Europe to the US, and wrote mostly during 1906-1951. Must be the season for him!

I chose The Rise of David Levinsky and as soon as I finish A-Z, it's on deck.

What are you reading for this task?


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