Thursday, January 24, 2008

TT #71: thirteen titles


Thirteen books with 'thirteen' in the title

This week I'm sharing 13 books with 'thirteen' in the title. The links lead you to the book on

  • Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich - Number 13 in the Stephanie Plum series: New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet.
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchantingstories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate livesfor herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long to Margaret Lea, a young biographer, who is troubled by her own painful history.
  • Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier - Frazier, author of the widely applauded Cold Mountain (1997), remains true to the historical fiction vein. The author's second outing finds grounding in a timeless theme: a grand old man remembering his glory days.
  • 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen by James Howe (editor) - In this wide-ranging collection, familiar authors for young adults contribute short fiction about 13-year-old characters who are experiencing bewildering feelings, making discoveries, or undergoing the embarrassments typical of the age.
  • Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac - The 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the passage of time. Each moon has its own special name that, while varying among the Native American tribes, is consistent with the legend that the 13 scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to these moons. The author presents 13 poems that take readers through the year.
  • The Thirteen Apostles by J. Ellsworth Kalas - This book focuses on the disciples and Kalas uses his typical style of hitting the subject matter from a unique angle that surely engages and causes one to think "outside the box". A quick grasp and overview of the disciples, great Sunday School lesson material.
  • The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Adin Steinsaltz - Written by a world-renowned scholar rabbi, this book is based on the structures and assumptions of the kabbalah. Steinsaltz does a magnificent job of peeling the layers back to get at the core of the meaning of concepts relating to life.
  • History of the Thirteen by Honore de Balzac - A definitive contrast between the men called the Thirteen and social life in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century. On one hand, men are dedicated to their principles and goals, and on the other hand, a declining noble society is only busy with itself and its past glory. In the meantime you can feel how the less glamorous society is evolving and maturing.
  • The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers by Jamie Sams - Through the experiences of the archetypal 13 Original Clan Mothers, you are guided through life's lessons. Native American wisdom through parables focusing on attaining the road to spirituality and oneness with all life. An eye-opener to the sacredness and lessons to be learned all around us.
  • Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell - A chilling novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell’s darkly atmospheric London. Mix Cellini is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise House, and lives her life almost exclusively through her library of books, so cannot see the decay and neglect around her.
  • Thirteen Years at the Russian Court by Pierre Gilliard - This book goes into fantastic detail about the children of Tsar Nicholas II. Gilliard was their private tutor, so this is a very intimate portrait of their lives from about 1909 or so until they died. A must read for anyone interested in Russian history.
  • The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie - A collection of Miss Marple stories. The setup is a get-together of friends and family for an evening of fun and games. When one guest proposes that each person present a 'problem' for the others to solve, the game is underway. When each little problem is presented, only Miss Marple can see her way through to the solution.
  • C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans by Jimmy Santiago Baca - C-Train is a heartstopping series of episodes from the life of Dream-boy, a young man who finds himself seduced, and later enslaved, by the siren song of cocaine. In Thirteen Mexicans, Baca writes of the Chicano community and the gulf between the American dream and American reality.

Can you guess which books I've read or own?
~~~I read them all, but don't own any of them (exceptional in my case!)! ~~~


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
~*~ SJ Reidhead ~*~ Sandee ~*~ ellen b. ~*~ Greatfullivin ~*~ Nicholas ~*~ Sandy Carlson ~*~ Cricket’s Hearth ~*~ Open Grove Claudia ~*~ Natalie ~*~ journeywoman ~*~ Angela ~*~ Zenmomma ~*~ Robin ~*~ Dazeree Joan ~*~ Nancy Liedel ~*~ Darla ~*~ Lazy Daisy ~*~ Neen ~*~ JoyIsMyGoal ~*~ Nancy J. Bond ~*~ Celticlibrarian ~*~ storyteller ~*~

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


  1. That took some work. Interesting.

    The Pink Flamingo

  2. How clever. I love the way you did this. Have a great TT. :)

  3. The Thirteenth Tale is on my shelf but I haven't read it yet! Fun TT...

  4. You put some work into this one. Very interesting list. Thanks!

  5. I read Pierre Gilliard's book years ago. My grandmother had a 1922 edition which my father now owns. I suppose it might be worth something. It was a very interesting narrative and I think Robert Massie drew heavily on it for parts of Nicholas And Alexandra.

  6. This is a great post. Thanks.

  7. I don't believe I have read any of these. Interesting post - a lot of research here, unless you own them all or have read them all, which I would guess you have done.

    I would love to have you stop by to check out 13 Phrases & their Origins. Also you may want to submit a recipe to win a programable slow cooker (shipping included in continental U.S.) for the contest I am offering for National Soup Month. Happy TT! Blessings, Cricket

  8. I was so happy to see your link on the TT site. I've been looking.... where's Tink?? This is such a fun list because I think I've only read one - Evanovich, of course.

    Happy TT!

  9. That's a lot of 13! Good job!

  10. Anonymous24/1/08 04:58

    That 13 stories about being 13 sounds fascinating!

  11. Thirteen is just one of those magical numbers. It comes up a lot. Great list.

  12. The Honore de Balzac one sounds fascinating, but I'll skip the one on being 13 - that was enough angst the first time around!

  13. Hi i'm new with TT. Happy Blogging! ;)

  14. Wow, that is one well researched list!!!!

  15. Cute! I've read the Evanovich and the Christie. And Michael Crichton's The Thirteenth Warrior which you didn't mention, but it started out as Eaters of the Dead, so I guess that doesn't quite count. :)

  16. How clever...I love the Stephanin Plumb series. I'll have to look for the book.

  17. Very interesting, I may have to read a few of those.

  18. I tried i think you read the first one but i could not tell any of the others i have enjoyed some of Evanovitch

  19. What a great idea for a TT list! And I haven't read any of them. So lots of good ideas. :)

  20. Ooo! 13 13s. Very cool. I always love T13 book lists. I've been keen to read the Thirteenth Tale, but I actually haven't read any of these.

    Happy TT!

  21. What a clever idea for a T-13! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

  22. Good post! :)

    By the way, how do you create a scrolling list for your blogrolls? I've been trying since forever.

  23. I love Janet Evanovich, and Lean Mean 13 was one of my favs!


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