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#UWBookMadness 2014

Here's the line-up for our 2014 Book Madness tournament...The categories are: Books in the Movies vs. Books on TV, Stars 'n Stripes (U.S. award winners) vs. Union Jack (U.K. award winners), Required Reading vs. Guilty Pleasures, and Glass Half Full vs. Glass Half Empty. Let the games begin!

#UWBookMadness Atonement by Ian McEwan | Category: Union Jack | On a hot summer day in 1934, 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives.

#UWBookMadness The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor | Category: Stars 'n Stripes | Once the home of poor Irish and Italian immigrants, Brewster Place, a rotting tenement on a dead-end street, now shelters black families. This novel portrays the courage, the fear, and the anguish of some of the women there who hold their families together, trying to make a home.

#UWBookMadness Divergent by Veronica Roth | Category: Guilty Pleasures | In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

#UWBookMadness The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Category: Required Readings | Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. With an unreliable narrator in Nick Carraway, this novel explores the Jazz Age excesses of the decadent rich on Long Island.

#UWBookMadnessThe Road by Cormac McCarthy | Category: Glass Half Empty | A father and son relationship and the very nature of love are at the heart of this modern masterpiece. In a world of little to no resources and little to no hope, the duo travels each day looking for both. Difficult themes abound, heartbreak is a foregone conclusion, but McCarthy is still able to write a beautiful work about a father’s love for his son.

#UWBookMadness From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg | Category: Glass Half Full | Who wouldn’t want to be Claudia Kincaid. She runs away from home (take that mom and dad), lives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and with the help of her younger brother solves an art mystery involving Michelangelo.

#UWBookMadness Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman | Category: Books on TV | We’ve all made some questionable decisions just after college. Of course, we don’t all launder money for a heroin trafficking drug cartel. Years after the fact, Piper Kerman is arrested, convicted and sent to a federal prison. Kerman chronicles her time, sharing often poignant and often funny stories about the women she met while locked away.

#UWBookMadness The Godfather by Mario Puzo | Category: Books in the Movies | In some ways, this is a quintessential American book. A young immigrant comes to America, pulls himself up by the bootstraps and makes sure that his children are better off because of him. Of course, Vito Corleone happens to be the head of a major mafia family and crime network. The novel follows Don Corleone and notably his three sons, through criminal doings and family matters.

#UWBookMadness The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro | Category: Union Jack | In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past that takes in fascism, two world wars and an unrealized love between the butler and his housekeeper. Ishiguro’s novel is a sad and humorous love story, and an elegy for England at a time of acute change.

#UWBookMadness The Round House by Louise Erdrich | Category: Stars 'n Stripes | One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as she is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed when he sets out with trusted friends to get some answers of his own.

#UWBookMadness Eragon by Christopher Paolini | Category: Guilty Pleasures | Eragon lives a quiet life with his uncle in the outer territories until their farmhouse is destroyed and the uncle killed by the military minions of the evil Emperor, King Galbatorix. Instead of droids, this boy is befriended by a newly hatched dragon. Eragon and his dragon begin a quest to elude the King's servants and to understand and harness their growing power as dragon and Dragon Rider.

#UWBookMadness Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë | Category: Required Readings | A servant familiar with the residents of the remote farmhouse, Wuthering Heights, recounts the family's tragic history to the visiting Mr. Lockwood. A tale of star-crossed love, jealousy, and revenge across generations, this Gothic romance created the archetypal lovers of Heathcliff and Catherine.

#UWBookMadness A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess | Narrated by teenaged Alex, A Clockwork Orange is THE dystopian novel to beat. Readers follow Alex through orgiastic violence, prison and aversion therapy, and his release back into society. Burgess explores themes of evil in human nature, evil in government and well, evil.

#UWBookMadness I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith | Category: Glass Half Full | A coming of age story set in England and possibly set between wars (the book doesn’t say) with a seventeen year old aspiring writer as the narrator. Cassandra Mortmain is intelligent and funny; her observations of her eccentric and genteelly poor family are delightful and her first taste of love and heartbreak are moving.

#UWBookMadness | Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger | Category: Books on TV | What is a book about football doing at The Dance? For starters, it’s a great sports book that follows one season of the Odessa, Texas Permian Panthers, the winningest football team in the state. More than that, however, the book examines the way the team shapes and is shaped by a town that holds football sacred.

#UWBookMadness Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | Category: Books in the Movies | Author Margaret Mitchell earned over 1 million dollars within four years of publishing her Pulitzer and National Book Prize winning book. With the Civil War as a backdrop, one of literature's most famous heroines, Scarlett O'Hara, faces lost love, two dead husbands, the burning of Atlanta, the destruction and rebuilding of her home, the death of a child, not to mention Rhett Butler.

#UWBookMadness Life After Life by Kate Atkinson | Category: Union Jack | On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. As she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways.

#UWBookMadness Waiting by Ha Jin | Category: Stars 'n Stripes | Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. It contrasts city and country life and shows the restrictions on individual freedoms that are a routine part of life under communism.

#UWBookMadness The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger | Category: Guilty Pleasures | Andrea lands a "dream job" as assistant to the high-profile, ruthless editor of Runway magazine. She is sorely tested each day and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone, but puts up with it by keeping her eyes on the ultimate goal: a recommendation that will land her a job at any magazine she wants. But she begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for, may just kill her.

#UWBookMadness Animal Farm by George Orwell | Category: Required Readings | In this political satire, the early history of the Soviet Union becomes a farmyard allegory. Orwell transforms Stalin and Trotsky into the boars, Napoleon and Snowball, who convince the rest of the animals to overthrow Farmer Jones and create a workers' paradise.

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#UWBookMadness The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson | Category: Glass Half Empty | A basic missing person case is at the heart of this 2009 bestseller, the first of a trilogy. While Mikael Blomkvist is the man charged with investigating a 40 year old disappearance, it’s Lisbeth Salander, a computer genius with a strong moral standpoint, who really cracks the case.

#UWBookMadness | A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson | Category: Glass Half Full | A middle aged, perhaps somewhat out of shape man, decides to hike the Appalachian Trail. No inner turmoil drives Bill Bryson’s decision, there’s no trauma to overcome, no ghosts to put to bed. He simply felt an urge to hike the longest trail in US and attempted it. Bryson is funny for nearly every mile of this epic hike, offering observations on the state of American trails and more.

#UWBookMadness Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder | Category: Books on TV | Ma, Pa, Laura and the lesser Ingalls leave their Wisconsin home and relocate to the Kansas prairie in the third book of the Little House series. The family builds a home, meets other settlers (along with Osage Indians), suffers through malaria and experiences a number of pioneer challenges and tribulations. The TV series was filmed a century after the Ingalls’ experiences.