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20 Books – Numero Uno

February 18, 2011
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I thought I’d share some of the books I’m reading for my 19 goals.

So here is my first one…

“Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper. As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper’s rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder’s intentions.” (from shelfari.com – the inside flap)

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I love the way this book was set up! It’s about a paper in Rome and its struggles. It starts and ends with a short chapter about the paper’s history, with a short bit between each chapter. Each chapter follows a different character. I loved reading all the different stories!

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