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>Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

January 21, 2011

>Children’s: What Little House book tells of the Ingalls family’s prolonged snowbound existence on the Dakota plains?

Classics: What Norman Mailer epic lands a squad of unlucky Marines on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei?

Non-Fiction: What author admitted in her memoir Operating Instructions that she thought motherhood “would be more like getting a cat”?

Book Club: What tale of two U.S. academics in London won Alison Lurie a Pulitzer?

Authors: What author once starred with his brother Malachy in a two-man musical review called A Couple of Blaguards?

Book Bag: What author landed his novels Bloodbrothers, The Wanderers and Clockers on the big screen?

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2011 1:01 pm

    >I *think* that the Ingalls book was _On the Banks of Plum Creek_. (But it could have been _On the Shores of Silver Lake_? It's been decades since I've read them.)

  2. January 21, 2011 1:38 pm

    >Children's: The Long WinterClassics: ?Non-Fiction: Anne LamottBook Club: Foreign AffairsAuthors: Frank McCourtBook Bag: Richard Price

  3. January 21, 2011 2:19 pm

    >The Long Winter. Most depressing LIW book of all time.

  4. January 21, 2011 2:20 pm

    >Ha, of course it was The Long Winter. That's what I get for refusing to refresh my memory by walking over to my bookcase and reading the titles.

  5. January 21, 2011 2:52 pm

    >Hey, I actually know several of these! I feel smart now.Children's: The Long WinterNF: Ann LamottBC: Foreign Affairs (I've read this and it's good)Authors: Frank McCourt

  6. January 21, 2011 3:42 pm

    >Calvin actually requested Long Winter as a story this morning…

  7. January 21, 2011 4:20 pm

    >Woah — I knew several of these right off the top of my head!

  8. January 21, 2011 5:23 pm

    >Children's: The Long Winter Classics: The Naked and the Dead

  9. January 22, 2011 2:13 am

    >The only one I know is THE LONG WINTER. I need to read more!

  10. January 22, 2011 5:30 am

    >Nonfiction is Anne Lamott! I FINALLY know one, woo!

  11. January 22, 2011 11:05 am

    >I know I'm probably supposed to answer all questions, but I am so excited that I finally know the answer to one of your questions:1 = The Long WinterI can't believe how long I have been following your trivial pursuit and never know anything. You have made me very happy today with that first question.

  12. January 22, 2011 10:04 pm

    >Crap, I thoguth I knew one of these but my brain refuses to give up the answer…

  13. January 22, 2011 10:06 pm

    >frank McCourt!!!And I have read a book, two even, by Ann Lamott. Huh.

  14. January 23, 2011 11:40 pm

    >Author:Frank McCourt. The rest? no idea 🙂 Great questions as always Jeanne!

  15. January 24, 2011 1:29 pm

    >Children's: The Long WinterClassics: The Naked and the DeadNon-Fiction: Anne LamottBook Club: Foreign AffairsAuthors: Frank McCourtBook Bag: Richard PriceCollectively, we got them all–and there were so many people playing this week! Wow!Iris, there's really no "supposed to" about this game. Lots of people only know one. I used to pick out the cards on which I knew three (out of six), but picking cards out randomly seems to work just as well–what's obscure to me is not necessarily obscure to others!Marie, glad you like the questions. They do come from the cards of a game called "Trivial Pursuit for Booklovers" that a former student, Karen, sent me. (I call her a former student because she was at the college, but she never took a class from me!)

  16. January 24, 2011 2:10 pm

    >In that sense, you may refer to me as a student. I continue to learn–including from you, via this blog.

  17. January 24, 2011 2:18 pm

    >Aw, Karen, you've warmed my heart on this cold, cold morning!

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