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Ten random things: November 11

Ten Pulitzer Prize winning books that I've read:

  1. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  2. James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
  3. Katharine Graham, Personal History
  4. Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons
  5. Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
  6. Paul Zindel, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
  7. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  8. Richard Russo, Empire Falls
  9. Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
  10. Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg

Chronologically, the first of these I read was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, which I read in junior high school. The only one I read before it won the Pulitzer Prize was Empire Falls. Richard Russo is one of my favorite authors; it's always very exciting when he releases a new book. Empire Falls is not my favorite of his novels—that would be Straight Man—but it is an excellent book.

Speaking of excellent books, Lincoln at Gettysburg is not one. I wouldn't wish that one on my worst enemy.

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