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Subject: Biography Challenge for 2013: Lists only
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 9:14 AM ET
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I realize that only a handful of people might be participating in this challenge, but I really want to do this! Here are my choices:

1) author--The Talented Miss Highsmith (Joan Schenkar)

2) collective--Ladies of Liberty (Cokie Roberts) 

3) influential woman--Joan of Arc (Mark Twain)

4) "ordinary" person--The Tender Box (J.R. Moehringer)

5) performing/visual arts--Mahler (Michael Kennedy)

6) person of the cloth--Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas)                      

7) person with disability--We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lionel Shriver)

8) president--The Last Lincolns (Charles Lachman)

9) royalty/nobility--Queen Without a Country (Kathryn Lasky)

10) statesman--The Life of Alcibiades (E.F. Benson)

11) Villain--The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Allison Hoover Bartlett)

12) free choice--The Life of Kingsley Amis (Zachary Leader)

                                                                                                  Rose   



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Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 5:28 PM ET
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I'm not going to read anything about a person of the cloth so I chose the opposite, atheist Christopher Hitchens. Too many on my shelf to pick a free choice at this time, I'll have to think about that one. Mark Twain is going to be an undertaking but this should make me read it. The book is HUGE, with tiny print. Don Arden is Sharon Osborne's father and by all accounts a real bastard so I thought he fit under villain. The bolded ones are finished.

 
 
 
 
5) performing/visual arts--Just Kids - Patti Smith
 
6) person of the cloth--Mortality - Christopher Hitchens                      
 
7) person with disability--Thinking in Pictures - Temple Grandin
 
8) president--Bill Clinton - My Life
 
 
10) statesman--Tony Blair - A Journey
 
11) Villain--Mr Big - Don Arden
 
12) free choice--Dear Cary by Dyan Cannon


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Date Posted: 10/17/2012 7:26 AM ET
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Reading Goal: 6 Books

I'll give the "lite" version a try. 

1) Author - Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt (Shakespeare)

2) Ordinary Person - Shopping, Seduction, and Mr. Selfridge by L. Woodhead - Completed 4/29

3) Influential Woman - Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China by Sterling Seagrave (Tzu Hsi)

4) Free Choice - Blood of Tyrants:  George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency by Logan Beirne - Completed 10/18

5) President - Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power by John Meacham - Completed 1/27

6) Person of the Cloth The First Muslim:  The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton - Completed 6/25

 



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Date Posted: 10/23/2012 5:28 PM ET
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1) author:  Henry Thoreau:  A Life of the Mind, Robert D. Richardson  Completed 5/1/2013  B
2) collective:  Gandhi and Churchill:  The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged our Age, Arthur Herman  Completed 1/17/2013 - A-
3) influential woman:   Florence Nightingale, Mark Bostridge  Completed 2/10/2012  B+
4) "ordinary" person:   The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, Wendy Welch  Completed 1/20/2013 - B+
5) performing/visual arts:  Get Happy:  The Life of Judy Garland, Gregory Clark  Completed  9/28/2013  B-
6) person of the cloth:   Francis of Assisi:  A New Biography, Augustine Thompson  Completed 1/15/2013 - B
7) person with disability:  Juliette Gordon Low, Stacy Cordery  Completed 1/8/2013 - A
8) president:  Woodrow Wilson:  A Biography, John Milton Cooper, Jr.  Completed 4/20/2013 -  A-
9) royalty/nobility:  Peter the Great, Robert Massie  Completed 7/5/2013 - A
10) statesman:  Seward:  Lincoln's Indispenable Man, Walter Shahr  Completed 1/11/2013 - B
11) Villain:  Go Down Together:  The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, Jeff Guinn  Completed 7/28/2013  - B+
12) free choice #1:  Giant in the Shadows:  The Life of Robert T. Lincoln, Jason Emerson Completed 1/4/2013 - A 
13) free choice #2:  Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power, Jon Meacham  Completed 2/13/2013 - B



 



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Date Posted: 10/24/2012 9:15 PM ET
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Give at least the light a try (6 choices)!

1) author:  Five Parallel Marriages by Phyllis Rose, five writers and their marriages are discussed, 12/20/2013, 3 stars
2) collective:  Henry and Clare by Robert G. Martin (About the Luces.  Henry founded the Time-Life empire and Clare Boothe was an actress, writer, diplomat, politican and femme fatale.), 10/6/2013, 3.5 stars
3) influential woman:   A Woman Named Jackie by C. David Heymann, 11, 21,2013, 4 stars
4) "ordinary" person:   I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood AliDelphine Minoui3 stars
5) performing/visual arts:  Pablo Picasso Man and his Work by Domenico Porzio and Marco Valsecchi, 10/29/2013, 4 stars
6) person of the cloth:  Sorrow Mountain by Ani Pachen & Adelaide Donnelley, 10/5/2013, 5 stars
7) person with disability:  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albon (author writes about his mentor who has ALS), very good read, 4 stars, 4/29/2013
8) president:  Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power by Jon Meacham, 5 stars, 3/2013, wonderful, wonderful research and a great book
9) royalty/nobility:  Elizabeth:  The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey, in process
11) Villain:  Go Down Together:  The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn, 5 stars, 9/8/2012
12) free choice:  Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, 3 stars, 6/15/2013
 
 


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Date Posted: 10/25/2012 10:23 PM ET
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Challenge for 2013

1) author

2) collective (a book that focuses on more than one person)

3) influential woman

4) "ordinary" person

5) performing/visual arts

6) person of the cloth

7) person with disability

8) president

9) royalty/nobility

10) statesman

11) villain

12) free choice

13) free choice.

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 11:54 AM ET
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I have enough for now for the light challenge.  I will probably add mor later.
 
1) author
2) collective- The Greater Journey by David McCullough
3) influential woman- There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinski
4) "ordinary" person- Let's Roll by Lisa Beamer
5) performing/visual arts- Matthew Brady: Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson (completed 12/1/13)
6) person of the cloth
7) person with disability
8) president- Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Coversations With Gerald Ford by Thomas M. DeFrank (completed 1/15/2013)
9) royalty/nobility
10) statesman- Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S.Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler
11) Villain
12) free choice


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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2012 9:37 AM ET
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I will probably do the lite challenge.  Choices to come...

Subject: lite challenge - complete
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 6:37 PM ET
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1. author Queenan. One for the Books (completed 1/22)

2. collective Jordan & Walsh. White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America (completed 4/28)

3. influential woman

4. "ordinary" person Skolnick. Where Courage is Like a Wild Horse: The World of an Indian Orphanage (completed 6/16)

5. performing/visual arts Sachs. The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 (completed 10/10)

6. person of the cloth                  

7. person with disability

8. president

9. royalty/nobility

10. statesman Bryant. Alfalfa Bill Murray (completed 2/18)

11. Villain

12. free choice Parsipur. Kissing the Sword: A Prison Memoir (completed 10/1)



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Subject: Biography Challenge for 2013
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 3:40 PM ET
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1. Author

Louisa May Alcott by Susan Cheever (Completed 6/23/13)

2. Collective

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey  (Did not read)

3. Influential Woman

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Completed 12/2/13)

4. "Ordinary" Person

The Journal Keeper by Phyllis Theroux (Completed 3/23/13)

5. Performing/Visual Arts

(OMIT)

6. Person of the Cloth

Letters & Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Completed 11/6/13)

7. Person with Disability

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (Completed 4/13/13)

8. President

The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson by Kevin J. Hayes (Completed 10/1/13)

9. Royalty/Nobility

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon (Completed 2/11/13)

10. Statesman

Winston and Clementine: the Personal Letters of the Churchills Edited by Mary Soames (Completed 1/27/13)

11. Villain

Hitler's Last Secretary: a Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler by Traudl Junge (Completed 9/17/13)

12.  Free Choice

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Completed 5/27/13)

13. Free Choice

Nella Last in the 1950's by Nella Last (Completed 8/4/13)



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Subject: Biography Challenge 2013
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 7:14 PM ET
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Lite challenge, select 6

 

1) author

2) collective (a book that focuses on more than one person)

3) influential woman

4) "ordinary" person

5) performing/visual arts

6) person of the cloth

7) person with disability

8) president

9) royalty/nobility

10) statesman

11) villain

12) free choice

13) free choice 



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Date Posted: 5/31/2013 6:33 AM ET
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I'll try a lite

1) author

2) collective (a book that focuses on more than one person)

3) influential woman

4) "ordinary" person - Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City by Anne Thomas Soffee

5) performing/visual arts - Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

6) person of the cloth

7) person with disability

8) president

9) royalty/nobility

10) statesman

11) villain

12) free choice

13) free choice.

Date Posted: 6/23/2013 1:02 AM ET
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I think I can complete the lite challenge--Sadly 2013 is over and I didn't finish the challenge.  I hope to do better in the coming year.

Red is Read 

1) author - Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore by Suzanne Strempek Shea

2) collective (a book that focuses on more than one person)

3) influential woman - The Life and Death of Petra Kelly by Sara Parkin

4) "ordinary" person -  Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

5) performing/visual arts - Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

6) person of the cloth

7) person with disability

8) president

9) royalty/nobility

10) statesman

11) villain

12) free choice

13) free choice.



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