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>Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

May 28, 2010

>Children’s: What fable does Gail Carson Levine rework in Ella Enchanted, her tale of a girl cursed by a fairy to obey all orders?

Classics: What Richard Brautigan book ends with the line: “P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise”?

Non-Fiction: What thriller writer often toted hundreds of snails in her handbag, according to Andrew Wilson’s 2003 biography, Beautiful Shadow?

Book Club: What author has set several novels in the fictional Texas town of Thalia?

Authors: Who denied coining the term “Generation X,” but admitted coming up with “veal-fattening pens” for office cubicles?

Book Bag: What novelist sends his fictional alter ego Gus Bailey to dig up the dirt on society criminals?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 11:30 am

    >Children's: presumably Cinderella, right?Classics: Trout Fishing in America (that line made my sister throw the book across the room)Authors: Douglas Coupland

  2. May 28, 2010 12:46 pm

    >Cinderella, but I don't know the rest!

  3. May 28, 2010 12:58 pm

    >Allison got the only two I know.

  4. May 28, 2010 1:19 pm

    >Children's: The Red ShoesClassics: Trout Fishing in AmericaNon-fiction: ??? I'm dying to know the answer to this oneBook Club: McMurtryAuthors: CouplandBook Bag: ?

  5. May 28, 2010 1:27 pm

    >Oh I know one for once.Gen X is Douglas Coupeland.Sure I have heard the story about the snails, but for some reason all I can think of right now is Bill Bryson's stories about scientists and animals in 'The Short History of Everything'.

  6. May 28, 2010 2:49 pm

    >Children's: CinderellaThat's all I've got, which is embarrassing.

  7. May 31, 2010 7:59 am

    >I know that the first one is Cinderella! I'm always ridiculously pleased with myself when I manage to answer one of your questions. I need to read more. 🙂

  8. May 31, 2010 1:22 pm

    >Children's: CinderellaClassics: Trout Fishing in AmericaNon-Fiction: Patricia HighsmithBook Club: Larry McMurtryAuthors: Douglas CouplandBook Bag: Dominick DunneSo we missed a couple this week. We're not fans of Highsmith or Dunne, at least not enough to get these titles.Also, can we please giggle for a moment at the designation "classic" for Trout Fishing in America?

  9. June 2, 2010 12:38 pm

    >I did giggle about that one. I still see some of The Red Shoes in Ella Enchanted. And I should have guessed Dominick Dunne.

  10. June 2, 2010 10:48 pm

    >Okay, I can actually imagine Patricia Highsmith carrying around a bag of snails. What a creepy writer she is.

  11. June 2, 2010 11:05 pm

    >See, ReadersGuide, we needed you! (And where were you? Consorting with the ivy league!)

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