SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #47 and #48 (almost there!)

Book #47 was "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland. This was probably even funnier/more interesting if I'd read it in the mid-90s, which is when it was set and when it was written, because it hasn't entirely stood the test of time. The book revolves around a set of low-level employees (serfs) who work at Microsoft and realize they don't really have a life of their own outside work. They leave the company to form a start-up software company. It's told in diary form from the viewpoint of Dan. It doesn't have a ton of conflict other than "Will they make it or fall on their faces with the startup?" and the plot kind of meanders. But one does tend to get invested in the characters anyway and hoping that their main challenge and all their little mini life challenges (finding love, helping Dad who has been laid off, etc.) work out for the best. Despite my criticisms, found it charming and enjoyable.

Book #48 was "Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table" by Ruth Reichl. I'd read her "Garlic and Sapphires" earlier this year and expected I would enjoy this book as well, and I did. Reichl was once the chief food critic of the New York Times and former editor of Gourmet magazine, but you wouldn't have expected it, knowing she grew up with a mother considered a terrible cook, who once gave dozens of people food poisoning at an engagement party she threw for her son. Reichl writes about her years growing up, her growing interest in food and finding people to mentor her in understanding and making great food. It's interspersed with some of the recipes she mentions in the memoir. I really, really enjoy Reichl's writing; some of the best food writing I've run across yet.
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)
26. Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson [fiction]- Emmy Jackson
27. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [non-fictioni]- John Berendt
28. Lucky [non-fiction/memoir]- Alice Sebold
29. Soon I Will Be Invincible [fiction]- Austin Grossman
30. For a Few Demons More (Book 5 of "The Hollows" series) [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
31. American Gods [fiction]- Neil Gaiman
32. The Kitchen God's Wife [fiction]- Amy Tan
33. Bluebeard: The Life and Times of Gilles de Rais [non-fiction]- Leonard Wolf
34. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of Critic in Disguise [non-fiction]- Ruth Reichl
35. The Accidental Time Machine [fiction]- Joe Haldeman
36. A Discovery of Witches [fiction]- Deborah Harkness
37. The Kite Runner [fiction]- Khaled Husseini
38. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West [non-fiction]- Dee Brown
39. The Outlaw Demon Wails [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
40. Redemption in Indigo- [fiction]- Karen Lord
41. Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex [non-fiction]- Sallie Tisdale
42. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking [non-fiction]- Malcolm Gladwell
43. Act of Grace [fiction]- Karen Simpson
44. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York [non-fiction]- Deborah Blum
45. Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled [non-fiction/memoir]- Nancy Mairs.
46. Crime and Punishment [fiction]- Fyodor Dostoevsky (unabridged audiobook)

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