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Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers

March 8, 2013

Children’s: What does the zebra named Zink have instead of stripes, in the Cherie Bennett story Zink?

Classics: Who sent a copy of her story of domestic madness, The Yellow Wallpaper, to the doctor who’d prescribed isolation for her own nervous disorder?

Non-Fiction: What famed TV chef returned to the basics, like how to properly boil an egg, in The Way to Cook?

Book Club: Whose novel October Light concerns a feud that begins when James Page’s shotgun silences the “endless simpering advertising” of his sister’s TV?

Authors: What Robert Heinlein saying because abbreviated by fans as “TANSTAAFL”?

Book Bag: What author introduced cultivated thief Bernie Rhodenbarr in the mystery novel Burglars Can’t Be Choosers?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2013 7:36 am

    Children’s: Never heard of this one, but will guess spots, because that’s usually your option in kids’ books

    Classics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Non-Fiction: Julia Child. Bon Appetit!

    Book Club: ?

    Authors: ?

    Book Bag: ?

  2. March 8, 2013 9:02 am

    Classics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I just a play version of that last month. It was really good!

    • March 11, 2013 9:29 am

      Amazing that it was good. I wouldn’t have thought of that story as one to try to stage.

  3. Karen D permalink
    March 8, 2013 9:24 am

    There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

    • Karen D permalink
      March 8, 2013 9:25 am

      For the record, I have actually *read* The Yellow Wallpaper, but I’d no idea who wrote it. My fallback guess for any female writer known for having suffered from a “nervous disorder” is Sylvia Plath, but even before looking at the comments above, I knew that wasn’t right.

  4. March 8, 2013 11:29 am

    I only know one, but hooray, it is one others don’t know! “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” It’s become my mantra.

  5. March 8, 2013 11:35 am

    I did know who wrote The Yellow Wallpaper–one of my favorite stories. And that is all.

  6. March 8, 2013 4:15 pm

    Gilman. What does the Authors question mean?

    • March 11, 2013 9:28 am

      It’s Heinlein’s most famous expression of the philosophy that you don’t get nuthin’ for free. There’s always a price. As you can tell, my outlook and blog name were influenced by this.

  7. March 8, 2013 8:08 pm

    I knew Gilman — that is awesome btw — and I nearly knew the Heinlein thing. It was told to me as TINSTAFL (there IS no such thing etc), and that’s what threw me off.

    • March 11, 2013 9:24 am

      Someone was being prissy about grammar. “Ain’t” is the correct word, and the acronym should look practically Hawaiian, with all the a’s.

  8. March 11, 2013 9:26 am

    Children’s: polka dots
    Classics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Non-Fiction: Julia Child
    Book Club: John Gardner
    Authors: There’s Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
    Book Bag: Lawrence Block

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