Book Lottery

by - 3/14/2006

Readers are generally risk-takers at heart. After all, they spend money to buy something that they have no actual reason to believe will be worth the time, effort and money. Still they do it. Indeed, they're oft times compelled to by their own thirst for knowledge, entertainment and mental stimulation. As such, a book lottery is ideal for them.

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The Morning News' Second Annual Tournament of Books, as sponsored by, is going on. They present 16 acclaimed novels for competition. Are these the best 16 books of 2005? Almost certainly not. has started betting on results of this competition and anyone of legal age can go place a wager. Here are the details as posted on their site : "It costs ten dollars to place a bet. All the money collected will be given to Donors Choose, an awesome charity that "provides students in need with the resources our public schools often lack."

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Here are the books in competition : (Books are listed in no particular order and as usual, except a couple of books, almost none of the below would have made my personal list.)

The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

The Time in Between, by David Bergen

Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole, by Stephanie Doyon

Home Land, by Sam Lipsyte

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova

No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

The King of Kings County, by Whitney Terrell

Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

The Accidental, by Ali Smith

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith

Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala

Garner, by Kristin Allio

Saturday, by Ian McEwan

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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