SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #41-42

Book #41 was "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett. In the book, a high-powered businessman from Japan is lured to an un-named South American country to hear his favorite opera singer perform, an attempt by the host country to get Mr. Hosokawa to invest there. Instead, the whole party is taken hostage by terrorists. Over the course of the novel, the relationshiop between captors and hostages gets complicated. Both sides discover that a love of art and beauty can bloom in the unlikeliest places. I can't say too much more without spoilers, but I loved this book with all my heart. It may end up being my favorite fiction read of the year.

Book #42 was "A Death in Belmont" by Sebastian Junger. During the Boston Strangler murders, the family of author Sebastian Junger has a run-in with the man who would later confess to the stranglings, Al deSalvo. In the mean time, a black house cleaner, Roy Smith, is convicted of a similar strangling and rape in the area. Circumstances make smith look guilty, but it's also possible he was railroaded by the justices system because of his race and circumstantial evidence. Junger explores a number of questions raised in the case - why would Al de Salvo confess to several stranglings but not the one that would exhonerate an innocent black man? Was Roy Smith, convicted for the "death in Belmong," really guilty? If so, why did he not act like a guilty man right after the murders? I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who are interested in true crime, history or just really good non-fiction writing in general.

1. Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Paperback [fiction/graphic short story collection]- Matt Dembicki -Ed.
2. Light Music [fiction]- Kathleen Ann Goonan
3. The Indian Clerk [fiction]- David Leavitt
4. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly [non-fiction/memoir]- Jean-Dominique Bauby
5. Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast [non-fiction]- Andrew E. Kersten
6. Blue Champagne [fiction/short stories]- John Varley
7. A Person of Interest [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country [non-fiction]- Louise Erdrich
9. Nobody Nowhere [non-fiction]- Donna Williams
10. The Three Musketeers [fiction]- Alexandre Dumas (unabridged audiobook)
11. The Narrative of John Tanner [non-fiction/biography]- as told by John Tanner, edited by Edwin James
12. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [fiction]- Susanna Clarke
13. I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes [non-fiction]- Hemant Mehta
14. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft [non-fiction]- Natalie Goldberg
15. No Name in the Streets [non-fiction/essay]- James Baldwin
16. The Hunger Games [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)
17. Permanence [fiction]- Karl Schroeder
18. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf [poetry]- Ntozake Shange
19. An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President [non-fiction]- Randall Robinson
20. The Delikon [fiction]- by H.M. Hoover
21. Catching Fire (#2 in the Hunger Games trilogy) [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)
22. Codex Born (#2 in the Magic Ex Libris series) [fiction]- Jim Hines
23. The Hum and the Shiver [fiction]- Alex Bledsoe (unabridged audiobook)
24. Skinny Legs and All [fiction]- Tom Robbins
25. Artemis Fowl [fiction]- Eoin Colfer (unabridged audiobook)
26. The Best of All Possible Worlds [fiction]- Karen Lord
27. The Green Flash and Other Tales of Horror, Suspense, and Fantasy [fiction/short stories]- Joan Aiken
28. Use What You Have Decorating [non-fiction]- Lauri Ward
29. Erasure [fiction]- Percival Everett
30. Homer & Langley [fiction]- E.L. Doctorow (unabridged audiobook)
31. The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam [non-fiction]- Karen Armstrong
32. The Beekeeper's Apprentice [fiction]- Laurie R. King
33. Wisp of a Thing [fiction]- Alex Bledsoe (unabridged audiobook)
34. The Talented Mr. Ripley [fiction]- Patricia Highsmith
35. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World [fiction]- Vicki Myron
36. Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel [fiction/graphic novel]- Kim Harrison (author), Pedro Maia, and Gemma Magno (illustrators)
37. The Harmony Silk Factory [fiction]- Tash Aw
38. Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet [non-fiction]- John Bradshaw
39. Pale Demon (#9 in "The Hollows" series) [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
40. The Catcher in the Rye [fiction]- J.D. Salinger

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