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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman Ballantine • $28.00 • ISBN 9780345527264 Published February 26, 2013 I must admit that I had never heard of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the globe before picking up Matthew Goodman’s Eighty Days —which amazes me because it’s the kind of fascinating true-story adventure that novelists wish they could dream up: Two young female journalists departing New York within hours of each other on November 14, 1889, traveling in opposite directions, each alone and attempting to make her way around the world (28,000 miles!) in less than eighty days, a timeframe established in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days . How could this have been left out of my history textbooks, and why hadn’t I ever played with a Nellie Bly doll—complete with her infamous checked overcoat and wool ghillie cap—instead of Barbie?
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The American Book Review has taken stock of literature and come up with its Top 40 Bad Books . The list targets some big, popular favorites -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic "The Great Gatsby," Richard Yates' "Revolutionary Road," the James Bond novel "Casino Royale" by Ian Fleming and Cormac McCarthy's National Book Award-winning "All the Pretty Horses." Really? If they're the worst, what's the best? Most books were selected by university professors.