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>Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

January 7, 2011

>Children’s: What author uproots a Massachusetts family to the Gold Rush town of Lucky Diggins, in The Ballad of Lucy Whipple?

Classics: What followup to The Web and the Rock was Thomas Wolfe’s last novel?

Non-Fiction: What nation did David Halberstam describe in Ho and The Making of a Quagmire?

Book Club: Whose 1998 novel Filth interrupts its narrator, Edinburgh detective Bruce Robertson, with comments from the 10-foot tapeworm inside him?

Authors: What pen name did Mary Challans grab from a 17th-century British play, for eight novels set in ancient Greece?

Book Bag: What real-life politician is skewered by Garrison Keillor’s satire Me, by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente?

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  1. January 7, 2011 1:55 pm

    >NF: Must be Vietnam, eh? I can't recall who wrote _Filth_, though I'm sure I've known this at some point.

  2. January 7, 2011 2:02 pm

    >Wow, a tough one this week.I know three:Nonfiction: VietnamandAuthors: Mary Renault. It's funny this one showed up today, because I just pulled The King Must Die off my bookshelf and was thinking of rereading it. I was pretty obsessed with Renault when I was in 6th and 7th grade (we studied Ancient Greece in 6th grade.Since I was living in Europe at the time, I spent a week in Greece with about half of my class and a bunch of teachers. My mom pointed me toward the books and I read as many as I could get my hands on.)The third one is a guess, but for Book Bag, I'm pretty sure, based on the name and the state Garrison Keillor's from, that Jimmy Valente is a stand-in for Jesse Ventura. I have no idea about the other three.

  3. January 7, 2011 3:27 pm

    >Classics: You Can't Go Home Again? An apt title because he was, at publication, dead.

  4. January 7, 2011 9:49 pm

    >Holy cow, I've got nothing!

  5. January 7, 2011 11:10 pm

    >I looked it up. My vague memories were correct: all I could think of for _Filth_ was that it was connected to _Trainspotting_. Irvine Welsh wrote both.

  6. January 10, 2011 1:21 pm

    >Children's: Karen CushmanClassics: You Can't Go Home AgainNon-Fiction: VietnamBook Club: Irvine Welsh'sAuthors: Mary RenaultBook Bag: Jesse VenturaThis was a tough one, and as a group, you did quite well!Also, I like Karen Cushman a lot as a children's author.

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