50 Book Challenge: Part Deux

Less cooking or food related books this time.

Part Deux, here are my book tabs to date:

50 Book Challenge:

31) Powell, Julie.  Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment.  A  I really
      enjoyed this; her NYC centered stories are engaging and easy to relate to.
30) Smith, Ali.  Hotel World.
29) Steingarten, Jeffrey.  It Must Have Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man
      Who Ate Everything.  A (not all the way through this one yet; a compilation of
      stories; Steingartner is the Food Editor at Vogue magazine)
28) Dillard, Annie.  Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek.  A
27) Nerz, Ryan.  Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating
      Circuit / Ryan Nerz. A  Now considering challenging Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi,
      Sonja Thomas and Crazy Legs Conti to a hot dog eating contest!
26) Gates, Stefan.  Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and
      the Brave.  B Interesting but also repulsive….aka-there’s a chapter on cannibalism. 
      Majority of his (short) chapters include recipes.
25) Mexrich, Ben.  Bringing Down the House: The Story of Six MIT Students who took
      Vegas for Millions.  Interesting; information on how card counters operate. 
      Characters a self-absorbed.  A-
24) Munnings, Claire.  Overnight Float.  A collaborative writing effort by Jill Ker Conway,
      and Elizabeth Kennan, former presidents of Smith and Mount Holyoke respectively. 
      A well put together mystery involving a former CEO turned Yale Div. School grad
      new Chaplain at Sanderson College, a fictional small college in New England and
      a series of murders and attempted murders on her new campus.  Marmelade cat
      reference.   A
23) Colarusso, Calvin A., M.D.  Child and Adult Development: A Psychoanalytic
      Introduction for Clinicians.  B+  Understandable but could be easier in
      explanations: aka-functions less like a course text book than a guide to those
      already in the profession.  Needs more introductory groundwork laid.  For
      Developmental Psychology class.
22) Smith, Alexander McCall.  The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  B-  Detective work set
      Africa.  The 1st in the series, I didn’t enjoy how simplified Smith made the detective
      and all of her associates. Interesting but more like kids writing.
21) Christie, Agatha. The Murder at Hazelmoor.  A  Again, if you like mysteries and
      you eager to find out who was murdered, who did it and their motivation, read
      Agatha Christie.  Her mysteries aren’t quite put together in the same way as
      a P. D. James mystery would be.  Christie for me, also not quite anything more than
      intriguing…..not deep literature here folks, but good summer reads.
20) Deutscher, Guy.  The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s
      Greatest Invention.  Planning to start on this one sometime next week
      (aka-after I finish up my latest Christie read…Third Girl)  NPR (I think that’s what
      it was on) had a snippet about this book/ author.
19) Williams, Robin Lynn.  The Assistants: A Novel.  In the vein of The Devil Wears
      Prada about assistants out in CA trying to become full time actors.  Good
      chick-lit/ summer read.  A
18) Christie, Agatha.  Third Girl.  Very engaging, good mystery read.  You don’t find
      out the twist until the very end.  Also, no one is actually dead until you’re about
      3/4ths of the way through the book!  (I’ve been on a Christie/ mystery
      reading kick lately.)  ; )
17) Christie, Agatha.  Three Act Tragedy.  A  Several characters die in this Christie 
      mystery featuring Poirot as a wayward sleuth. 
16) Belfield, Richard.  The Assasination Business: A History of State-Sponsored
      Murder.   C   While the history of the assasinations and assasination
      attempts by different political groups is interesting and provides
      a lot of (quasi-)factual information, Belfield’s writing style leaves a lot to be desired.
15) Christie, Agatha.  The murder of Roger Ackroyd : A Hercule Poirot mystery.  A-
      A good solid mystery read.
14)  Fernandez-Armesto.  Near a Thousand tables: A History of Food.  A-
       A history of food and cuisine across times and civilizations.
13) Carson, Rachel.  Silent Spring.  A+   A bit overly dramatic in places
      but hey this was overenthusiasm was crucial  to ensure readers would 
      jumpstart America’s environmental protection agenda.  And by a fellow
      Smithie no less.
12) Grisham, John.  The Last Juror.  A  A legal thriller set in the town of Clanton, MS that
      revolves around the Clanton (crime) family and a young Syracuse student turn
      newspaper owner. 
11) Waldman, Murray and Marjorie Lamb. Dying for a Hamburger : Modern
      Meat Processing and the Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease. A   Provides
      frightened evidence of a possible link between consuming beef in the
      post-industrial era and dementia.
10) McCourt, Frank.  Angela’s Ashes.  B+   The father is a waste.  Three of his
      children die (due in part to his neglect) and all he wants is for some
      sympathic lush to give him a pint.


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