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)

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    • Anonymous on August 21, 2007 at 13:01

    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* 🙂

    • Anonymous on August 22, 2007 at 10:54

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

    • Anonymous on January 14, 2008 at 19:08

    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!

    • Anonymous on January 15, 2008 at 11:23

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

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2008 at 16:55

    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!

    • Anonymous on January 18, 2008 at 17:05

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

    • Trish on October 27, 2008 at 11:31

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

    • Teddy on October 27, 2008 at 11:59

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    • Kathy on October 27, 2008 at 12:12

    Congratulations on completing your challenge!

    • Wendy on October 27, 2008 at 17:53

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

    Teddy: Thank you!

    Kathy: Thank you!

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