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In Their Shoes Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

UPDATED: October 24, 2008 – This challenge is COMPLETE! Yay! Thank you Vasilly for hosting … I read some fantastic books. My favorite of the challenge was Elizabeth McCracken’s memoir: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination – stunning and emotional with amazing writing. I’ll have to read one of her novels now!


Vasilly over at 1330V is hosting a memoir/biography/autobiography challenge for 2008. She’s allowing participants to pick the number and type of books they want to read (as long as they meet the definition of either memoir, biography or autobiography). She has set up the In Their Shoes Group Blog for all participants to post reviews. And you have until February 1, 2008 to sign up.

I have a number of books that fit the criteria for this challenge. Some of them were on my alternates list for the Non Fiction Five Challenge – but I didn’t get to them, so I’ve moved them to this challenge instead! I am committing to at least FOUR books from this list:

1. Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Rechl

2. The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman (COMPLETED May 12, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

3. Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi

4. Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas (COMPLETED May 18, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

5. A Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena de Blasi

6. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

7. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, by John Steinbeck (edited by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten)

8. Have You Found Her: A Memoir, by Janice Erlbaum (COMPLETED January 14, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

9. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, by Elizabeth McCracken (COMPLETED October 24, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    That’s a great list! I don’t know of anyone else who has read The Sisters (other than my MIL, who gave me the book), but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t heard of Tender of the Bone. *runs off to look it up on Amazon* 🙂

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    I’ve had both those books on my shelf for a long time now – this time, I will read them!

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 14, 2008    

    I read the book about the Mitford sisters, too! I loved it, but then I’ve been a Mitford fan since BBC showed “Love In A Cold Climate” back decades ago!

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 15, 2008    

    I’ve read a couple of biographies by Nancy Mitford…so this one intrigued me 🙂

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 16, 2008    

    We have Tender at the Bone and Angela’s Ashes in common! I don’t know anything about the first one, but its been on my bookshelf for years. I tried to read AA a long time ago and failed–I’ve put it on a few challenges, though, for motivation. 🙂
    have fun with this one!

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 18, 2008    

    Thanks, Trish! I’ve had both these books lingering on my shelves for almost 2 years!

  7. October 27, 2008    

    Hope you get a chance to read Tender at the Bone anyway–I really enjoyed it earlier this year.

  8. October 27, 2008    

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  9. October 27, 2008    

    Congratulations on completing your challenge!

  10. October 27, 2008    

    Trish: I eventually will read it because it is still on my shelf 🙂

    Teddy: Thank you!

    Kathy: Thank you!

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