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Tomato Nation Read-Along #6: Poll

Submitted by on November 9, 2010 – 9:52 PM5 Comments

I assume my preference here is clear. Heh.

Actually, I'd love to read any of these, but let's see what you pick. The Wallace is back for another round, joined by the Zinn, and we've got some other well-known names in the pack.

Poll's open until Friday. Pick us a winner!

Which book(s) would you read along with? (You can pick as many as 3.)

  • Consider the Lobster (David Foster Wallace) / essays (34%, 86 Votes)
  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace (Scott Thorson) / celebrity gossip (31%, 78 Votes)
  • A People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn) / history (29%, 73 Votes)
  • Old New York (Edith Wharton) / novellas (25%, 64 Votes)
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion) / essays (22%, 57 Votes)
  • Music For Chameleons (Truman Capote) / essays and stories (13%, 33 Votes)
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Jon Krakauer) / biography (13%, 33 Votes)
  • Against The Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob (Lee Siegel) / social criticism? (11%, 27 Votes)
  • Too Much Money (Dominick Dunne) / fiction (10%, 25 Votes)
  • Herzog on Herzog (Paul Cronin) / film (2%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 254

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  • Lynne says:

    You know, I've had a prejudice against Jon Krakauer since I saw him interviewed on The Daily Show and he came off as the world's most pompous jackass. Is that wrong?

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Lynne: Not really. Or at least you're hardly the first person I've heard express that opinion.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    PS I bet I know exactly who voted for the Herzog.

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Oooohhh, it's an early birthday present! I was worried there weren't going to be any more readalongs, so yay!

    I would love to read just about any of these, so I'm looking forward to the results. I'm especially curious about the Liberace one, since I went to hear Connie Willis do a reading and she was heartbroken that the Liberace museum in Vegas closed, since she'd centered an important plot point in her latest book around it.

  • Mystery Amanda says:

    I have a degree in history so I pretty much had to vote for Zinn or the university would probably come and confiscate my diploma, but I have a lot of respect for Zinn in the first place. (The other degree is in English, but I'm not a huge fan of Wharton – it's not that she's a bad writer, I think I just read Ethan Frome at the exact wrong time in my life. I keep meaning to give the books I hated as a high school student, e.g. Wuthering Heights, a second chance.)

    Pretty much all of these sound like they're worth reading at least once, so I'm looking forward to the results regardless.

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