Happy New Year! Thursday, Jan 1 2009 

First, Happy 2009! May it be a joyous and fruitful year for you all.

A hard decision had to be made, but I will not be continuing the BAM Challenge into 2009. I hope you have had fun participating. I am leaving the site up so that others can use it as a resource. Please also continue adding suggestions in the comments section as you think of them!

But not to leave you hanging, here’s a list of 12 topics you can use to continue on with your own BAM Challenge if you so desire. Thank you for joining me in this fun exercise!

  1. New
  2. First
  3. Luck
  4. Self
  5. Travel
  6. Conflict
  7. Classic
  8. Season
  9. Food
  10. Environment
  11. Security
  12. Balance

Also, we had one last suggestion from Nanci in honor of President-elect Barack Obama: Change. Linda Dyndiuk compiled a great list on this very topic for September’s challenge, and revisiting previous topics are always encouraged!

Thank you, again, for your enthusiasm and participation!

Challenge #12 – Light Tuesday, Dec 2 2008 

The final challenge for the year. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Think of how ancient civilizations felt when they finally began seeing light, longer, after six months of progressive darkness. The end of this month marks the solstice, winter in the Northern hemisphere and summer in the Southern. How we perceive light is basic to our experience as humans. It is the mechanism by which we first told time. The spectrum of visible light colors our world and that of the invisible is one way in which we mark energy transference. The lack of light is also basic to our experience as humans. In the dark, we cannot see and we either find freedom in the development of other senses or we fear the monsters that arrive with the dark. With the development of the Christian church, it co-opted many ancient festivals of light for its own holidays when it could not completely obliterate the celebration of those holidays by the new converts. We cannot escape the impact light has on our lives, and this is the perfect time to reflect on its presence. Oh, and don’t forget the light reading which may be all we can manage in this hectic time of the gift-giving holidays.

  • Festivals of Light
    • The Origins of Christmas by Joseph F. Kelly
    • Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison
    • The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum
    • Celebrate Diwali by Deborah Heiligman and Vasudha Narayanan – Juv
    • The Hanukkah Anthology by Philip Goodman
  • Light Reading
    • The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat by Dan Armstrong and Dustin Black
    • Don’t Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide by Traci Vogel and Novella Carpenter
    • Winters’ Tales by Jonathan Winters
    • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
    • Christmas Unwrapped: Lighthearted Humor to Get You Through the Holidays by Scott Emmons
    • The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays by Joshua Piven; David Borgenicht
  • Winter Solstice
    • The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
    • The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews
    • Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
    • The Winter Solstice by Shirley Toulson
    • Winter Solstice by Gerald Warner Brace
  • Light Science
    • First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe by Richard Preston
    • Light Years: An Exploration of Mankind’s Enduring Fascination with Light by Brian Clegg
    • The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe by John Boslough and John Mather
    • Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe by Alan Lightman
    • Light and Dark: An exploration in science, nature, art and technology by David Greene
  • Light Titles
    • The Phoenix Lights by Lynne D. Kitei, Paul Perry, and Gary E. Schwartz
    • Light by M. John Harrison
    • Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Donne, Meister Eckhart, and T.S. Eliot
    • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein – YA
    • A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb – YA

Challenge #11 – Giving Sunday, Nov 2 2008 

November in the U.S. means Thanksgiving. Many other countries celebrate their own Thanksgivings, and it’s still fresh in the mind of Canadians as they celebrated theirs just last month. With the year winding down and the final holidays almost here, it’s the perfect time to reflect on things we are thankful for and what we can do to give back to the communities that support us.

  • Philanthropy

    • Why the Wealthy Give by Francie Ostrower

    • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

    • Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman & A.E. Hotchner

    • Philanthropy and Police: London Charity in the 18th Century by Donna T. Andrew

    • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

  • Thanksgiving novels

    • Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich

    • Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch

    • An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott

    • The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

    • The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

  • Giving

    • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton

    • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – YA

    • The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard

    • Why Good Things Happen to Good People by Stephen Post

    • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown – YA

  • Volunteering

    • Peace Corps – The Great Adventure: Volunteer Stories of Life Overseas by the Peace Corps

    • The Virgin Guide to Volunteering by Rebecca Hardy

    • The Rough Guide to a Better World by Martin Wroe

    • How to Make the World a Better Place by Jeffrey Hollender

    • Crossing the Yard: Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer by Richard Shelton

And for those of you in the U.S., vote for your candidates of choice on Tuesday!

Challenge #10 – Haunting Wednesday, Oct 1 2008 

In keeping with Halloween, October’s theme is “Haunting”. Now, you *could* load up with ghost stories, or you could suggest books that will haunt you long after you read them, good or bad. Horror books are always a prime favorite of this time of year, but maybe you want to include books in other genres that include traditional horror elements such as paranormal romances, urban fantasy, mysteries such as the Sookie Stackhouse series (now on HBO as the “True Blood” series!), and others. Some non-fiction horror can be found in today’s political climate if you’re in the US – market pro-Obama books to your conservatives and pro-McCain books to your liberals.  A definition of “haunt” from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
1: haunt
Pronunciation: \ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt\
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home
Date: 14th century

transitive verb
1 a: to visit often : frequent
b: to continually seek the company of
2 a: to have a disquieting or harmful effect on : trouble <problems we ignore now will come back to haunt us>
b: to recur constantly and spontaneously to <the tune haunted her>
c: to reappear continually in <a sense of tension that haunts his writing>
3: to visit or inhabit as a ghost

intransitive verb
1: to stay around or persist : linger
2: to appear habitually as a ghost

— haunt·er noun
— haunt·ing·ly \ˈhȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈhän-\ adverb

  • Ghost Stories
    • Chicago Haunts by Ursula Bielski
    • The Dark: New Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow
    • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell – YA
    • The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories by Michael Cox and R A Gilbert
    • Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories by Robert S Phillips
  • Horror with ghosts
    • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    • Haunting of Cambria by Richard Taylor
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
    • Dead Souls by Michael Laimo
    • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Stories that haunt you
    • The Memory of Water by Karen White
    • The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
    • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
    • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Stories that feature ghosts
    • Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland
    • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
    • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – YA
    • Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
    • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
  • American politics
    • Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise by Barack Obama
    • Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain
    • Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden
    • Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene Johnson

Challenge #9 – Change Monday, Sep 1 2008 

BAM Challengers have really been stepping up to the plate the last few months providing our challenges! This month’s challenge is provided by Linda Dyndiuk. Change is a fabulous theme that can be applied in so many different ways. Just examine some of Linda’s suggestions! I hope you have a lot of fun with this challenge. If you’re interested in providing next month’s, or any month’s challenge, e-mail me at bamchallenge{at}gmail.com.

  • Times of Change in History
    • 1776 by David McCullough
    • The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
    • April 1865: The Month that Saved America by Jay Winik
    • Five Days in London: May 1940 by John Lukacs
    • 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza
    • The Boys from Dolores by Patrick Symmes
  • Climate Change
    • The Winds of Change: climate, weather, and the destruction of civilizations by Eugene Linden
    • The great warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian Fagan
    • With speed and violence: why scientists fear tipping points in climate change by Fred Pearce
    • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: man, nature, and climate change by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • An Inconvenient Truth: the planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it by Al Gore
  • Memoirs of Change
    • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
    • Leaving Microsoft to change the world by John Wood
    • A Change of Heart: a memoir by Claire Sylvia
    • Drunk Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry
  • Novels of change
    • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    • The Breast by Philip Roth
    • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
    • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
    • The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
    • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Titles with the word “change”
    • Spare Change by Robert B. Parker
    • Step-ball-change by Jeanne Ray
    • Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
    • The Winds of Change and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
    • A Sudden Change of Heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Change Your Life
    • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: how a new science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves by Sharon Begley
    • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: living the wisdom of the Tao by Wayne Dyer
    • A Weekend to Change Your life: find your authentic self after a lifetime of being all things to all people by Joan Anderson
    • The Gift of Change: spiritual guidance for a radically new life
    • Do One Thing Different: ten simple ways to change your life by Bill O’Hanlon
    • Learned Optimism: how to change your mind and your life by Martin Seligman
    • What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for job-hunters and career-changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
    • Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
  • Change the World
    • It’s your world – if you don’t like it, change it: activisim for teenagers by Mikki Halpin
    • How to Change the World: social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas by David Bornstein
    • Giving: how each of us can change the world by Bill Clinton
    • Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher

Challenge #8 – Cold Friday, Aug 1 2008 

First, many thanks to BAM Challenger Patty Franz for providing this month’s theme and booklist! If you’d like to contribute to future BAM Challenges, e-mail me at bamchallenge{at}gmail.com.

As it’s August, you’re either wishing for the cold to come back if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere or wishing it would just go away if you’re in the Southern one. Either way, an exploration of the many different meanings of cold is sure to take your mind off of the weather!

Cold Case Mysteries
Barnard, Robert – Bones in the Attic
Barnes, Linda – Cold Case
Buchanan, Edna – Cold Case Squad
Burcell, Robin – Cold Case
Burke, James Lee – Crusader’s Cross
Gourevitch, Philip – Cold Case
Grafton, Sue – A is for Alibi
Hooper, Kay – Chill of Fear
Tey, Josephine – Daughter of Time
Vickers, Roy – Department of Dead Ends
White, Stephen – Cold Case

Cold Feet Romances
Juska, Elise, et al – Cold Feet
Dave, Laura – London is the Best City in America

Places that are Cold
Krakauer, Jon – Into Thin Air
Lansing, Alfred – Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage
Ehrlich, Gretel – The Future of Ice: a journey into cold
Nielsen, Jerri – Ice Bound
Taliaferro, John – In a Far Country: the True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, a Murder and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898
Time Bandit

Snow Titles
Daheim, Mary – Snow Place to Die
Guterson , David – Snow falling on cedars
Houston, James – Snow Mountain Passage
Miller, Calvin – Snow
Olsen, Gregg – A wicked snow
O’Nan, Stewart – Snow Angels
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds – Blizzard’s Wake
Pamuk, Orhan – Snow
Park, David – The Big Snow
Parvin, Roy – In the Snow Forest
Shreve, Anita – Light on Snow
Stabenow, Dana – A Fine and Bitter Snow;
Tracy P. J. – Snow Blind

There are probably as many titles with ice in them as cold.

The weather is so cold it affects the book
These are suggestions from one of Patty’s colleagues:
Two books that come to mind immediately to me are Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith (part of the Arkady Renko series) and In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spenser-Fleming. In case you are not familiar with these titles, in both books the main characters are constantly dealing with the cold. So much so that the weather almost becomes a character in the book. Wolves takes place in Chernobyl, when Arkady is investigating a murder by plutonium. In Midwinter, the main character is the new Episcopal priest in a small town in the Catskills. She grew up in the South, and is totally unprepared for winter in New York. It is also a murder mystery.

Ghost Stories that can send chills down your spine
Burchill, James – The Cold, Cold Hand : More Stories of Ghosts and Haunts from the Appalachian Foothills

The Cold War
The Watchmen graphic novels

Other ideas to explore
Cold shoulder
Cold cuts
Cold remedies
Cold beer here (from baseball games)
Cold hard cash
Cold symptoms
Cold day in hell
Cold shower
Winter Holidays

Challenge #7 – Independence Tuesday, Jul 1 2008 

Here in the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day (I’m writing the suggestions on the 3rd). Other major independence days celebrated in July are Burundi (Belgium), Canada (U.K.) and Rwanda (Belgium) on the 1st, Belarus (German occupation of Minsk) on the 3rd, Algeria (France), the Cape Verde Islands (Portugal) and Venezuela (Spain) on the 5th, Malawi (U.K.) on the 6th, Argentina (Spain) on the 9th, the Bahamas (U.K) on the 10th, Sao Tome and Principe (Portugal) on the 12th, Colombia (Spain) on the 20th, Liberia and Maldives (U.K.) on the 26th, and Peru (Spain) on the 28th. Revolutionary movements celebrated in July are France on the 14th (Bastille Day) and Belgium on the 21st. Stories of personal independence, especially coming of age stories, have been popular throughout the history of literature. Discover your personal meaning of independence!

  • U.S. Independence Day
    • The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence (Library of America) by Various and John H. Rhodehamel
    • Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling
    • The American Creed: A Biography of the Declaration of Independence by Forrest Church
    • Founding Fighters: The Battlefield Leaders Who Made American Independence by Alan C. Cate
    • Britain and America Since Independence (British Studies Series) by Howard Temperly
    • The Declaration of Independence: A Global History by David Armitage
    • 1776 by David McCullough
  • Colonial Independence movements
    • The Independence of Spanish America (Cambridge Latin American Studies) by Jaime E. Rodríguez
    • Rebels and Informers: Stirrings of Irish Independence by Oliver Knox
    • Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex Von Tunzelmann
    • The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
    • To Independence and Beyond: Memoirs of a Colonial Commonwealth Civil Servant by Peter Snelson
  • Revolutionary movements
    • The French Revolution by Owen Connelly
    • Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light by Susan Dunn
    • A Concise History of the French Revolution by Sylvia Neely
    • The Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911 by Janet Afary
    • The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning and David Cannadine
  • Fiction with independence themes
    • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
    • 1921 : The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War by Morgan Llywelyn
    • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (YA)
    • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Coming of age (YA friendly)
    • Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    • Born confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
    • The astonishing adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

Challenge #6 – Knowledge Monday, Jun 2 2008 

First, thanks to BAM Challenger, Laura Carscaddon, for submitting this month’s challenge. If you’ve got an idea for a future BAM Challenge, e-mail me at bamchallenge{at}gmail.com with your idea.

The quest for knowledge has driven generation upon generation upon generation of humans. Whether it was forbidden knowledge, secret knowledge, or higher knowledge having knowledge has always meant having power. The world’s oldest sin in the Judeo-Christian tradition is Eve stealing the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, forever linking apples with knowledge. Isaac Newton’s nap under the apple tree, getting bopped on the head and coming up with the Law of Gravity cemented the relationship. Secrets and the spies in search of them are always lively reads. If nothing else, read a book on a topic you’ve always been interested in learning more about.

  • Education
    • An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t
    • The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E. D. Hirsch
    • Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography by Roger Shattuck
    • Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? by Kathy Emery
    • The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathon Kozol
  • Secrets & Spies
    • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (YA)
    • Passport to Treason: the inside story of spies in America by Alan Hynd
    • The Code Book by Simon Singh
    • The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet by David Kahn
    • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Title Secrets
    • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (YA)
    • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
    • Family Secrets: A Vengeance of Tears by R. A. Siracusa
    • The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner
  • Title Knowledge
    • Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts
    • Knowledge of Hell by António Lobo Antunes and Clifford E. Landers
    • A Proper Knowledge by Michelle Latiolais
    • The Mountain Place of Knowledge by Marshall Chamberlain
    • The Knowledge of Water by Sarah Smith
  • Tasting the Apple
    • Original Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs
    • Original Sin: Origins, Developments, Contemporary Meanings by Tatha Wiley
    • Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin by Patricia A. Williams
    • Evolution and Eden: Balancing Original Sin and Contemporary Science by Jerry D. Korsmeyer
    • Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle by Henri Blocher

Challenge #5 – Mother Thursday, May 1 2008 

This month’s theme may seem a little obvious for those in the U.S., but I had to be reminded that Mother’s Day was this month by looking at one of those ubiquitous holiday calendars. Luckily I’ve already taken care of my present for my mother. Whew! As usual, there’s a wide-range of books you can read to incorporate into the challenge, though it may take a little effort. Some of the ones I’ve thought up are: books on the joys of being a mother/grandmother, the trials and tribulations of becoming/being a mother, famous mothers, fiction where mothers/grandmothers are a central theme, Mother Earth, and someone with mother issues.

  • Mothering humor
    • Belly Laughs: the Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy
    • Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be by Rebecca Eckler
    • Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession by Erma Bombeck
    • The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit by Jill Conner Browne
    • You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman : Diary of a New (Older) Mother by Judith Newman
  • Mother biographies
    • The Autobiography of Mother Jones by Mother Jones
    • A Simple Path by Mother Theresa and Lucinda Vardey
    • Teta, Mother, and Me: Three Generations of Arab Women by Jean Said Makdisi
    • A Remarkable Mother by Jimmy Carter
    • A Woman of Uncertain Character: the Amorous and Radical Adventures of My Mother Jennie (Who Always Wanted to be a Respectable Jewish Mom) by Her Bastard Son by Clancy Sigal
  • Mother fiction
    • Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
    • A Boy in Winter by Maxine Chernoff
    • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
    • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  • Mother Earth – ecology/environmentalism
    • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
    • Extinction: the Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species by Paul R. Ehrlich Anne H. Ehrlich
    • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M Diamond
    • Gaia’s Revenge: Climate Change and Humanity’s Loss by P H Liotta; Allan W Shearer
    • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Mother issues
    • Freud on Women : a Reader by Sigmund Freud and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
    • Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
    • Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher
    • The Woman Who Gave Birth To Her Mother by Kim Chernin
    • Oh No! I’ve Become My Mother by Sandra Reishus

Challenge #4 – Beauty Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

In my neck of the woods, April is the true start of spring as the weather is finally hitting over 50 degrees as the high on a regular basis, the trees are greening, and the scent of freshness fills the air. The world around me is waking like Sleeping Beauty after the dark dormancy of winter. This month’s challenge is to read about beauty. Maybe you read a book of poetry you find evokes beauty. What about reimaginations of the tale of Sleeping Beauty? Music and art are routinely noted as beautiful expressions of the soul. Do you find a certain public person beautiful either in face and form or soul? Maybe the beauty industry and what constitutes “beauty” fascinates you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so is the meaning in the books you read.

  • Poetry
    • The Beauty of the Beast by Jack Prelutsky and Meilo So (YA)
    • When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Sandra Martz
    • The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by W.B. Yeats
    • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    • Ontarian Beauty by Christopher W. Herbert
  • Biography
    • Savage Beauty: the Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
    • Cybill Disobedience by Cybill Shepherd
    • Greta Garbo: a Life Apart by Karen Swenson
    • Dark Lover: the Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino by Emily Wortis Leider
    • Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic by Mayank Chhaya
  • Sleeping Beauty
    • Sleeping Beauty trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) **Mature situations/themes
    • The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
    • Sleeping With Beauty by Donna Kauffman
    • Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin
    • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen and Terri Windling (YA)
  • Art
    • Art in the Modern Era by Amy Dempsey
    • Art 21: Art in the21st Century by Thelma Golden
    • Museum of the Missing: a History of Art Theft by Simon Houpt
    • Exploring the Invisible by Lynn Gamwell
    • Art: a New History by Paul Johnson
  • Beauty industry
    • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
    • Beauty Junkies by Alex Kuczynski
    • Bellisima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy by Stephen Gundle
    • Imagining American Women by Martha Banta
    • The Power of Beauty by Nancy Friday
  • Beautiful titles
    • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (YA)
    • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
    • In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike
    • Miss Julia’s School of Beauty by Ann B. Ross
    • Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

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