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Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers

July 1, 2011

Children’s: What freckle-faced tomboy has solved mysteries with the Bob-Whites of the Glen since the forties?

Classics: What James Agee novel explores a young man’s fatal auto accident and its effects on his wife and six-year-old son?

Non-Fiction: What 2003 book let Trisha Meili reveal herself as the survivor of a brutal assault 14 years earlier?

Book Club: What Tracy Chevalier novel finds a Dutch teenager serving double duty as a maid and model for the painter Johannes Vermeer?

Authors: What lawyer-turned-author served as a Mississippi state representative from 1983 to 1990?

Book Bag: What former banker did the New York Times say deserved to be called “the John Grisham of Wall Street,” for novels like The First Billion?

Note: You’ll have an extra day to think about your answers to this one, since the Fourth of July falls on Monday; I’ll be posting the answers in the comments (as usual) on Tuesday, July 5.

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  1. July 1, 2011 8:09 am

    Children’s: Trixie Belden! I used to have my mom’s old copies of the Trixie Belden books. I wonder what happened to them?

    Classics: I can’t think of the name of the novel, but it’s the one the text for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 is drawn from (how’s that for a musicologist’s answer?)

    Non-Fiction: She’s the central park jogger, but I don’t know the name of the book.

    Book Club: The Girl with the Pearl Earring

    Authors: John Grisham, whom I once met in Square Books in Oxford, MS while hiding out from an ethnomusicology conference. Because all roads lead to musicology.

    Book Bag: ?

    • July 5, 2011 7:47 am

      The classics answer is pretty good for a musicologist! The Knox County Symphony played Knoxville Summer of 1915 two years ago, for a soloist, and it was no one’s favorite, until we heard her sing.
      Also, your non-fiction answer is making me laugh.

      • July 5, 2011 8:02 am

        Knoxville is one of my favorite pieces. I love Barber. My favorite piece for this time of year, though, is his wind quintet “Summer Music.” Sometime in July, every year, I have to open all the windows on a summer evening and listen to it while lying on my back in the middle of my lawn.

  2. freshhell permalink
    July 1, 2011 10:17 am

    Book Bag: Christopher Reich.

  3. July 1, 2011 11:20 am

    Book Club: The Girl With the Pearl Earrings (my least favorite of her novels)

    Authors: Grisham

    Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

    • July 5, 2011 7:51 am

      What’s your most favorite? My least favorite is the one about the tapestry…The Lady and the Unicorn.

      • July 8, 2011 1:46 pm

        That one is low on my list too, but I loved Falling Angels. It’s by far my fav.

  4. July 1, 2011 11:25 am

    I’ve got the two Melissa got — funny, I remembered the cover, and as I was describing it in my head I remembered the title.

    • July 5, 2011 7:49 am

      It’s appropriate to get the novel about Vermeer from remembering the picture on the cover of the book…

  5. Karen permalink
    July 1, 2011 9:35 pm

    Children’s: Trixie Belden
    Classics: ??
    N-F: I am the Central Park Jogger
    BC: Girl With a Pearl Earring
    Authors: John Grisham?
    Book Bag: ??

    This is probably the best I’ve done yet.

  6. July 4, 2011 10:01 am

    I don’t know any of these! Oh well. Great questions!

  7. July 4, 2011 7:53 pm

    I actually know some of these!

    Classics: A Death in the Family

    Book Club: Girl With a Pearl Earring (one of my favorites)

    Authors: John Grisham

  8. July 5, 2011 7:48 am

    Children’s: Trixie Belden
    Classics: A Death in the Family
    Non-Fiction: I Am the Central Park Jogger
    Book Club: Girl With a Pearl Earring
    Authors: John Grisham
    Book Bag: Christopher Reich

    good work–together, we got all of them!

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