Part Tre, here are my book tabs to date:
50 Book Challenge:
40) Donleavy, J. P. The Ginger Man. A (so far…) About drinking and descent via
Trinity and other colleges in prior eras.
39) Hamill, Pete. A Drinking Life. A+ Lots of interesting Brooklyn/ Park Slope
references dating back to 1935 that make this a good read.
38) Bank, Melissa. A Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing. A
37) Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. A Chick-lit of another era.
36) Kinsella, Sophie. Confessions of a Shopaholic. A Everything a chick-lit book should
35) Killen, Andreas. 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and The Birth of
Post-Sixties America. A The 70s were an imporatant decade that this book
helps put in historical perspective by drawing Links between pop culture events and
trends and the political and military fear of the era. For example, linking
fear of a nuclear attack on America to the rise in the number of Americans claiming
to have either witnessed or been taken hostage by UFOs in the early 70s.
34) Buford, Bill. Heat : An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook,
Pasta Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany. B
I enjoyed the content–getting to know the inner working of Mario Batali’s
kitchen and more about Batali’s history as screw-up pothead turned diligent
pasta chef–however I found Buford’s style of writing impersonal.
33) Keret, Etgar. The Nimrod Flipout. C+ Collection of stories by a young Israeli.
Advantage: Most of the stories are short enough to be read between subway
stops. Disadvantage: Keret’s writing is overtly misogynistic in a number of
the stories thereby discouraging the reader from from pursuing further
engagement with Keret.
32) Child, Julia and Alexis Pomerad. My Life in France. A+ Truly a joy to read. Also,
encouraging to read that Julia Child did not decide on her professional path in life
until several years into her marriage and her 30s.
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. A A very postmodern story; revolves around a deceased
woman who was a chambermaid in the hotel she continues to haunt. Through the
course of the novel all of the separate characters come together through their
connection via the hotel. Intriguing style of writing. Hotel World was a finalist
for the Booker Prize.
29) Steingarten, Jeffrey. It Must Have Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man
Who Ate Everything. A This is a compilation of stories written by Steingartner,
the food editor at Vogue magazine. I like his exhaustive approach to examining
and recreating different products and recipes.
28) Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek. B+ This is a slow drift through nature
intended to heighten contemporary readers’ awareness of the beauty and delicate
balance of nature around them. The plot style is akin to “Waiting for Godot”
or one of Kate Chopin’s books…..nothing happens; there are no dramatic
events and no dramatic denouement. This book is about setting an environment.
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-