Step away from traditional solitaire with Algerian Patience. In this 2-deck solitaire game, you must build 8 foundations up in suit: 4 from king to ace and 4 from ace to king. Build 8 columns up or down in suit. Watch out, the columns can only move one card at a time! Use the reserve when you need more cards. An unusual take on this card classic, Algerian Patience will test your patience and your mind.
Seana, Alistair Horne touches upon those prtoests in A Savage War of Peace. I cannot recommend that book highly enough. And it's published by New York Review of Books Classics, so you could probably read it as part of a reading challenge.One interesting sidelight for me was the frequent analogies Horne draws between Algeria and Northern Ireland.Cara Black's books are pretty interesting. Her character rides a scooter and has a knack for finding fine fashions at bargain prices (wish fulfillment on the author's part, I suspect), but she has an equal knack for exploring uncomfortable, disturbing issues in French society and history.