Good Reading : March 2010
12 goodreading ı MARCH 2010 Talkies You know where he works, where he is from and what schools his kids attend. But the hostess is showing no signs of rescuing you and you can sense the conversation is about to run dry. Do you run to the bathroom? Head to the drinks table? Try to hail another nearby guest to rescue you? Why not try something a bit different? The Art of Literary Conversation is a deck of cards with conversation starters for book lovers. Here are a couple to get you going: 85. What is your policy on lending books? 136. Have you ever attended a book signing or do you own an autographed book? 29. Do you prefer a biography to be written thematically or in chronological order? 172. What is the best sequel you have ever read? www.taoc.com.au book trivia Hit the books The theme of this month's literary puzzle will become apparent as you follow the clues: 1. What is the sur name of Louisa May Alcott's little women? 2. Who is the leporine companion of the Mad Hatter? 3. Julius Caesar ought to have heeded this advice. 4. Saul Bellow's picaresque novel. 5. The date of Inter national Women's Day. 6. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was bor n in this month. Incr-edibles This year will see more books for epicureans in the ‘Edible Series’. It includes titles like Curry, Cheese and Chocolate. The small hardbacks are illustrated ‘global histories’, and include ancient recipes, like ‘Stewed Kid’ from Yale Babylonian Tablets, and ‘Abdul Fazl’s Ingredients for Dopiaza as served at Akbar’s Court’. The ‘Edible Series’ is published by Reaktion Books, rrp $29.95 each. Space food The Astronaut’s Cookbook professes to ‘allow anyone with a normal kitchen to prepare space food’. All the recipes are extracted from the NASA food specifications. Quite apart from its novelty value, it contains a wealth of information about living and eating in space, and answers questions such as: Why did tortillas replace bread on space ships? And why do some captains not allow bananas onboard? The Astronaut’s Cookbook by Charles T Bourland and Gregory L Vog t is available online. ANSWERS 1. March 2. The March Hare 3. ‘Beware the Ides of March’ 4. The Adventures of Augie March 5. 25 March 6. March (6th, 1806) More monster mash-ups Quirk Books, the publisher that brought us Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is planning another mash-up monster/classic novel: Android Karenina: ‘These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology — and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.’ Publishing mid- 2010. At gr, we were wondering what Leo would say?