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Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers

March 1, 2013

Children’s: What colorful leader of Mexico’s Zapatista movement took the time to write a children’s book called The Story of Colors?

Classics: What monster bought Uncle Tom, after the deaths of kindly Augustine St. Clair and Little Eva?

Non-Fiction: Who recounts his harrowing childhood in Running With Scissors and his alcoholic adulthood in Dry?

Book Club: What Anne Tyler opus sees Ezra Tull open an eatery that serves what clients have a hankerin’ for, and not necessarily what they order?

Authors: What crime novelist did FBI agent Eugene Bennett accuse of wrecking his marriage, by having an affair with his FBI agent wife Margo?

Book Bag: Who raises zombies from the dead when not out hunting vampires, in Laurell Hamilton mysteries?



11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2013 7:16 am

    Children’s: Marcos? Seriously? I had no idea.

    Classics: Simon Legree

    Non-Fiction: Augusten Burroughs

    Book Club: All Ann Tyler novels run together for me, but I’ll guess the Homesick Cafe one. I forget the full title, though.

    Authors: Cornwell?

    Book Bag: ?

  2. March 1, 2013 7:19 am

    Classics, Simon Legree; Non-Fiction, Augusten Burroughs

  3. March 1, 2013 8:10 am

    Non-Fiction: Augusten Burroughs

    Book Club: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – everyone keeps recommending that one to me.

  4. March 1, 2013 8:36 am

    Augusten Burroughs and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.

  5. March 1, 2013 11:08 am


    Children’s: Marcos. Because his is the only name I know re: Zapatistas.
    Classics: Simon Legree
    Nonfiction: Augusten Burroughs
    Book Club: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Authors: Patricia Cornwall.
    Book Bag: No idea how I know this, but Anita Blake.


    (It will be embarrassing if I got some of those wrong. I actually do not feel very sure about Children’s or Authors. If I got any of them wrong, pretend I didn’t say “Boom”.)

    • March 4, 2013 8:08 am

      No pretending…you got all of them right! You’re only the third or fourth person (Harriet has won twice) to do this! By tradition, I send you a prize, maybe something so esoteric nobody else in the world has read it, or…have you read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant? Because it is one of my most favorite books in all the world.

  6. March 1, 2013 3:58 pm

    Patricia Cornwall???? really? SCANDAL. How do you know these scandalous things?

  7. March 4, 2013 8:10 am

    Children’s: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
    Classics: Simon Legree
    Non-Fiction: Augusten Burroughs
    Book Club: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Authors: Patricia Cornwell
    Book Bag: Anita Blake

  8. March 5, 2013 4:53 pm

    Interesting — I’ve just been thinking about Anne Tyler, and I’d just read that about Patricia Cornwell. (She said it was not a very serious affair –)

    • March 6, 2013 9:56 am

      I hate it when people say it wasn’t “very serious.” That makes it worse.

      • March 6, 2013 3:10 pm

        Yeah, you couldn’t help but think so hearing her talk about it — it was her Wikipedia page. Actually, reading it, I think she’s probably a pretty interesting person — starting out in a very religious, Republican family but possibly ending up in a slightly different place.

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