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Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers

June 3, 2011

Children’s: What soggy city supplies the setting for Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series?

Classics: What 1965 book by 28-year-old theologian Robert Short features a chapter entitled: “The Wages of Sin is Aaaurghh”?

Non-Fiction: What did Tim Allen warn readers not to “stand to close to,” in the title of his 1994 chart-topper?

Book Club: What novel won a Pulitzer for John Kennedy Toole even though it wasn’t published until 11 years after his suicide?

Authors: How was Louis L’Amour’s last name spelled, before he adopted its original French spelling?

Book Bag: What title character of a Joan Rivers book, when only a baby, “did things with her pacifier that most women still haven’t done with their husbands”?

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  1. June 3, 2011 8:07 am

    Children’s: Seattle

    Classics: The Gospel According to….What is this called? I can see the book on my grandfather’s house. Snoopy? Charlie Brown? Peanuts?

    Non-Fiction: ?

    Book Club: A Confederacy of Dunces

    Authors: LaMoore

    Book Bag: ?

    I seem to be falling down in the comedian department. Unless it’s a different Tim Allen.

  2. June 3, 2011 10:15 am

    I actually know some of these:

    Children’s — Portland, Oregon

    Nonfiction — A Naked Man

    Book Club — A Confederacy of Dunces

    Well, three out of six, anyhow, which is pretty good for me.

  3. freshhell permalink
    June 3, 2011 11:04 am

    Ramona lives in Portland on Klickitat Street. I’m reading those to Red right now. I’ve never been to Portland but I’ve been told that’s an actual street name? Too weird not to be real.

    • June 6, 2011 9:27 am

      It really is. Also, I’ve always loved the taste of that street name in my mouth. I like to say it. Klickitat. Klickitat.

  4. June 3, 2011 11:31 am

    D’oh! Portland! I knew that! I was distracted by “soggy.” Although I could rightly put Chicago for that one, after the spring we’ve had.

  5. June 3, 2011 1:14 pm

    Portland, Oregon (which has a really lovely public library, and a really lovely children’s room in it.)

    Confederacy of Dunces. (which takes place in New Orleans, where they really do have those weird hotdog carts he writes about.)

    Huh — both cities I have visited for library conferences — can you tell?

    • June 6, 2011 9:30 am

      yes. You know, when we first moved to central Ohio, we were vastly amused every time we passed the Centerburg, Ohio library, which seemed (still does) to us to be the very one in Centerburg Tales.

  6. June 3, 2011 3:13 pm

    Children: Portland? Seattle? I have no idea. I hated Ramona.
    Book Club: Confederacy of Dunces
    Authors: Lamar? I don’t know.

    Sigh. I got one.

  7. June 6, 2011 9:28 am

    Children’s: Portland, Oregon
    Classics: The Gospel According to Peanuts
    Non-Fiction: A naked man
    Book Club: A Confederacy of Dunces
    Authors: Lamoore
    Book Bag: Heidi Abromowitz

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