As the NCAA brackets were announced we decided to have some fun with the lineups. While everyone was searching stats and scoring potential, we naturally looked at the selected schools another way, as bookworms are apt to do.
We researched alumni and faculty from each school --- as well as some notable facts. From there we culled a list of authors --- and their books --- and chose one to represent each school on our version of the â€œbracket.â€ On our lineup you will see well-known authors and titles, and names that will be a lot less familiar. See how many youâ€™ve read --- and how many you should add to your â€œto be readâ€ list. Just like the books you find on our seven websites in TheBookReportNetwork.com, thereâ€™s something for every kind of reader whether youâ€™re a benchwarmer or a superstar. We make it easy to score great books!
Look now and then follow along as we advance each title with its team throughout the tournamentâ€¦SWISH!
Louisville beat Wichita State, which means FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN by Terry Bisson beat PIZZA ON THE GRILL: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer
In the Elite Eight on March 30th and 31st
Wichita State beat Ohio State, which means PIZZA ON THE GRILL: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer beat WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE by R.L. Stine
In the second day of play in the Sweet Sixteen on March 29th
On the first day of play in the Sweet Sixteen on March 28th:
Wichita State beat LaSalle, which means PIZZA ON THE GRILL: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer beat SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
In the “Third Round Round” of the NCAA Tournament:
Wichita State beat Gonzaga, which means PIZZA ON THE GRILL: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer beat THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
Marquette beat Butler, which means BUFFALO BILL'S DEAD NOW by Margaret Coel beat MISS MCINTOSH MY DARLING by Marguerite Vivian Young
In the “Second Round” of the NCAA Tournament:
Louisville beat NCA&T, which means FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN by Terry Bisson beat SHAKEDOWN: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson by Kenneth R Timmerman
Memphis beat St Mary’s, which means THE OTHER WOMAN by Eric Jerome Dickey beat TIME AND MATERIALS: Poems 1997-2005 by Robert Hass
Gonzaga beat Southern U, which means THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie beat WHAT'S UP DAWG? How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business by Randy Jackson and K.C. Baker
Wichita State beat Pittsburgh, which means PIZZA ON THE GRILL: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer beat THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon
Arizona beat Belmont, which means THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver beat THE ADVENTUROUS DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES by Helen Hemphill
Michigan beat S Dakota State, which means DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller beat THE US SENATE: Fundamentals of American Government by Tom Daschle
Butler beat Bucknell, which meansMISS MCINTOSH MY DARLING by Marguerite Vivian Young beat AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth
LaSalle beat Kansas State, which means SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick beat TAKE IT FROM ME: Life's a Struggle But You Can Win by Erin Brockovich
California beat UNLV, which means RAMONA THE PEST by Beverly Cleary beat DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES: An All-American Road Trip...with Recipes! by Guy Fieri
Duke beat Albany, which means I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL by Tucker Max beat AN ARCHIVE OF HOPE: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings
Illinois beat Colorado, which means A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers beat NEON VERNACULAR by Yusef Komunyakaa
Indiana beat James Madison, which means THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot beat JAMES MADISON AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
North Carolina beat Villanova, which means ELLEN FOSTER by Kaye Gibbons beat ARCHITECTS OF POWER: Roosevelt, Eisenhower and the American Century by Philip Terzian
In the â€œFirst Roundâ€ of the NCAA Tournament:
NCA&T beat Liberty, which means SHAKEDOWN by Kenneth R. Timmerman beat LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS by Mike Bullock and Jack Lawrence.
The most well-known title by the science fiction author.
The #1 New York Times best-selling book of autobiographical short stories about sex and drinking adventures.
(3) Michigan State
The wise graduation speech perfect for graduates of all ages.
(4) St. Louis
A finalist for the 1994 National Book Award for Fiction.
(5) Oklahoma State
Winner of the RITA Award in 1992.
By the New York Times best-selling American author, most well-known for his novels about contemporary African-American life.
A finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
(8) Colorado State
By the American poet who won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.
This book was adapted to the 1970 movie Little Big Man.
(11) Middle Tennessee State
Gore's best-selling look at the climate crisis.
(11) St. Mary's
A poetry collection set in San Francisco, the Northern California coast and the Sierra High Country.
Winner of the 1997 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Oregon Book Award for Best Novel.
(13) New Mexico St.
This Young Adult book explores the significant role of American Indians in our past and present society.
March's last work nominated for the 1955 National Book Award for Fiction.
A collection of Milk's writings culled from public archives, newspapers and personal collections.
A 2006 graphic novel for children.
(16) NC A&T
A biography of the well-known --- and controversial --- politician.
A fictionalized account of Louise Brooks' summer in New York when she was a teenager.
A novel of supernatural suspense inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism based on a story that Blatty heard about at Georgetown.
Won the 1997 Anthony Award, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.
The recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
Baldacci's first book is also the basis of the movie by the same name.
The first novel in the Alex Delaware series.
(7) San Diego State
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1981.
(8) North Carolina
A look at two public figures in the twentieth century, who brought the U.S. to global leadership.
Won both the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Based on material from his radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
A seven-book series of fairy tales featuring two sisters, Daphne and Sabrina.
(13) South Dakota State
The second title in the civics series that explains how the United States Senate works.
(14) Northwestern State
This novel chronicles Middleton's young life growing up in the rural Ozark mountains.
(15) Florida Gulf Coast
Poetry by Brock, a full Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University.
(16) Western Kentucky
Was the founder of Duncan Hines, who went to this school, baking cakes for all his classmates?
Alexie's Young Adult debut, which won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
(2) Ohio State
The first book in the Goosebumps book series.
(3) New Mexico
The 1975 story centers on a Vietnam veteran, who returns to find his beloved canyons and rivers threatened by industrial development.
(4) Kansas State
The activist's memoir published in 2001.
Published in 1979, Ghost Story became a national bestseller.
Oprah's Book Club Selection in 1999. Won the 2000 Boeke Prize and was nominated for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize.
(7) Notre Dame
Sparks' first --- and most-loved --- novel published in 1996.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.
(9) Wichita State
Wonder if the founders of Pizza Hut, who went to this school, dreamed of making pizza on the grill during their college days?
(10) Iowa State
Won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1991.
2009 winner of the VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Award and Best Childrenâ€™s SIBA Book Award.
(12) Ole Miss
Grisham's second --- and best-known --- novel.
(13) La Salle
The Academy Award-winning film is based on this novel.
(13) Boise State
The true story of Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton detailing his two-week long struggle to avoid capture by the Viet Cong.
Published in 1841, this first volume is the core of Emerson's thinking.
The latest from the American biographer and theologian.
(16) Southern U
From the Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, musician, record executive and American Idol judge.
A series of epistolary novels, the first volume was published in 2000.
(2) Miami (FL)
Originally published in 1960 as ROGUE MOON against the author's wishes.
The latest Wind River Reservation Novel by the author known as "Tony Hillerman's heir."
Published in 1996, this book was featured in Oprahâ€™s Book Club in 2001.
A roundup of adventures in eating from the Food Network star.
A mammoth 1198-page novel written between 1947 and 1963.
Published in 2000 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
(8) NC State
A 1985 novel set in the fictional town of Neely, North Carolina.
The 2006 novel by the noted author of science fact and fiction.
The latest in the urban fantasy Kitty Norville series.
1998 Pulitzer Prize winner and one of Time's "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels."
(12) California (Berkeley)
The second book of the Ramona series and the first to focus on Ramona Quimby as the protagonist.
Suspense drama set in contemporary Washington, D.C. that inspired the 1975 film version, Three Days of the Condor.
The first book of the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series. It received the 1991 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Martini's second novel introduces his series character, attorney Paul Madriani
(16) James Madison
A look at the school's namesake.
(16) LIU Brooklyn
A relationship parable about the interplay of people and profits in business.