SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50_in_09,

Books 51 & 52

Book #51 was "A Stabbing For Sadie" by Wednesday Lee Friday (also known as wednes on LJ). For her first novel, I'm pretty impressed. It was published by a small press and had a few minor flaws that could have been improved with some assertive copy editing-- for instance, the name of one character changes spelling from "Tilly" to "Tillie" within the space of a chapter-- but overall, I thought the plot and characterization were quite good. As a reader, I have to have *some* kind of plot, but characters matter far more. I liked the smart-alecky tone of the narrator in this book, and that kept me reading.

Book #52 was "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Adichie. It's a fictional book set during the 60s that chronicles the conditions in Nigeria that led to part of the country breaking away and becoming the independent nation of Biafra in the late 60s. It follows three characters: an uneducated houseboy originally from the Bush, a wealthy, educated Nigerian woman who is married to a revolutionary, and a white British man living in Nigeria who falls in love with a Nigerian woman. I loved the writing and characterization in this book, and I always appreciate being taught about history through fiction. In the beginning, the story kind of meanders and isn't heavy on plot, but as times get harder and more dangerous for the main characters, you can't help but keep reading to find out what happens to them.

1. King Solomon's Mines [fiction]- H. Rider Haggard (unabridged book on CD)
2. The Private Life of Plants [non-fiction]- David Attenborough
3. Anna Karenina [fiction]- Leo Tolstoy
4. The Forever War [fiction]- Joe Haldeman
5. Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing [non-fiction]- Margaret Atwood
6. Best of Technology Writing 2007 [non-fiction]- ed. Steven Levy
7. July's People [fiction]- Nadine Gordimer
8. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 [non-fiction]- various authors, ed. Jonathan Weiner
9. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [fiction/short stories]- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang [fiction]- Joyce Carol Oates
11. Dead Witch Walking [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged book on CD)
12. The Mineral Palace [fiction]- Heidi Julavits
13. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries [non-fiction]- Neil deGrasse Tyson
14. Titan [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD).
15. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight [non-fiction]- Linda Bacon Ph.D
16. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay [fiction]- Michael Chabon
17. The Return of Sherlock Holmes [fiction]- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. Stardance [fiction]- Spider and Jeanne Robinson
19. Indian Killer [fiction]- Sherman Alexie
20. Between, Georgia [fiction]- Joshilyn Jackson
21. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother [non-fiction]- James McBride
22. The Art of Happiness: A handbook for living [non-fiction]- Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
23. Wizard [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
24. Middlesex [fiction]- Jeffrey Eugenides (unabridged book on CD)
25. The Twentieth Century: A People's History [non-fiction]- Howard Zinn
26. Little Brother [fiction]- Cory Doctorow
27. Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand [fiction]- Samuel R. Delany
28. The Bingo Palace [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
29. Broken Angels [fiction]- Richard K. Morgan (unabridged book on CD)
30. Futureland [fiction/short stories]- Walter Mosley
31. The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano [non-fiction/memoir] - Olaudah Equiano
32. Daughter of Fortune [fiction]- Isabel Allende
33. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power [non-fiction]- Jeff Sharlet
34. Rabit, Run [fiction]- John Updike

35. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness [non-fiction]- Karen Armstrong
36. Demon [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
37. A Fire Upon the Deep [fiction]- Vernor Vinge

38. Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies [non-fiction]- Charlene Li and Josh BernoffBook
39. Kingdom of Cages [fiction]- Sarah Zettel
40. The Reader [fiction]- Bernhard Schlink (unabridged book on CD)
41. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl [non-fiction]- Timothy Egan (unabridged book on CD)
42. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain [non-fiction]- Maryanne Wolf
43. The Franchise Affair [fiction]- Josephine Tey
44. Me and the Fat Man [fiction]- Julie Myerson
45. The Gate to Women's Country [fiction]- Sheri Tepper
46. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged book on CD)

47. The Other [fiction]- Thomas Tryon
48. Towelhead [fiction]- Alicia Erian
49. Dry [non-fiction/memoir]- Augusten Burroughs
50. A Confederacy of Dunces [fiction]- John Kennedy Toole (unabridged book on CD)
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