Book #6 was "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl. This novel, based on historical events, tells the story of Quentin Clark, a lawyer who is a big admirer of Edgar Allan Poe. When Poe dies under mysterious circumstances and is buried in an unmarked grave, Clark decides that this is unjust and sets about unraveling the mystery of Poe's last days. He travels to France to find the detective on whom Clark believes Poe modeled his super-slueth, C. Auguste Dupin, and the two get mixed up with many criminal characters bent on stopping them from their investigations. This book is chock full of original research on Poe but it's also just a really fun romp as a mystery. I really liked this book a great deal and recommend it highly to mystery lovers and/or anyone who really likes Poe.
1. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood [non-fiction]- James Gleick
2. Stones from the River [fiction]- Ursula Hegi
3. The Penelopiad [fiction]- Margaret Atwood
4. Woman Warrior [non-fiction/memoir]- Maxine Hong Kingston