SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #27 & 28

Book #27 was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt. I'd seen the movie based on it a couple times but just recently got around to reading the book. Unlike the movie, the book is more a loosely-related collection of stories about live in Savannah, Ga. in the late 1980s. The murder trial of Jim Williams does thread through the whole book, but there are many more eccentric characters in the book than they could cram into the movie. I found this highly entertaining and very readable.

Book #28 was "Lucky," a memoir by Alice Sebold. It's the story of her rape at age 18 while a freshman in college, how she prosecuted the rapist and how it affected her life. The book is an intense read, and she starts right off with a pretty graphic description of it, only filling in back-story later. It's surprisingly funny in places (I laughed out loud at some of the pranks she pulled on her parents and college roommates) and while I wouldn't say it's "uplifting" exactly, it's not as much of a downer as you might expect. I'm really interested in reading her novel "The Lovely Bones" now.

1. Blue Light [fiction]- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction]- Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki.
15. The autobiography of my mother [fiction]- Jamaica Kincaid
16. Death du Jour [fiction]- Kathy Reichs (unabridged audiobook)
17. What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior [non-fiction]- Gwen Bailey
18. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [non-fiction]- Christopher Hitchens (unabridged audiobook)
19. History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos [non-fiction]- Luis Francia
20. Feynman [non-fiction/graphic memoir]- Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick.
21. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
22. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World [fiction]- Haruki Murakami
23. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life [non-fiction]- Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
24. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors [non-fiction]- Lizzie Collingham
25. Frankenstein [fiction]- Mary Shelley (unabridged audiobook)B
26. "Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson" [fiction]- Emmy Jackson


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