Episode 32 - David Bowie, Espionage, Gravediggers, Willa Cather and more...

Entrance to the New York Society Library which is home to a WIlla Cather exhibity through August of 2018.

Entrance to the New York Society Library which is home to a WIlla Cather exhibity through August of 2018.

Episode Thirty Two Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page.

We have two upcoming read-along’s:
December – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
     Send in questions or comments by Dec 7th – we will discuss on December 12th episode.
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster.

United for the Troops – if you are interested in donating writing journals to this effort please email us at bookcougars@gmail.com and we will send you the mailing address.

– Just Read –
Death Comes: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery – Sue Hallgrath (CW)
Mrs. Fletcher – Tom Perrotta (EF)
The Leader’s Bookshelf – James Stavridis, R Manning Ancell (CW)
The Bone Garden – Tess Gerritsen (EF)
Espionage and Covert Operations : A Global History (The Great Courses) – Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius (CW)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Sweet – Yotem Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (EF)
David Bowie Made Me Gay - Darryl L. Bullock (CW)
Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America (Great Courses, #2527) – Peter Conn (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris went to The New York Society Library to see the New York World of Willa Cather exhibit running through August 31, 2018.
Joint Jaunt to Playhouse on Park to see an adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank
November 9 – Emily went to RJ Julia Booksellers to see David Lebovitz discuss his newest book L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making Paris My Home
    David Lebovitz blog
Chris went to the new movie adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (written by Agatha Christie)

– Upcoming Jaunts –
November 14 – Emily is headed to New Castle, KY and will visit The Berry Center.
Bookstores in Montreal – email if you have recommendations!
December 7, 2pm – Join Chris for a Willa Cather birthday celebration at Bookclub Bookstore& More in Windsor, CT

– Upcoming Reads –
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah (EF)
Fodor’s Travel Montreal and Quebec City 2016 – Fodor’s Travel Publications Inc. (EF)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers (EF) (CW)
Hunter Killer: The War with China – The Battle for the Central Pacific (Dan Lenson Novels) – David Poyer (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Yotem Ottolenghi article in NY Time: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/dining/yotam-ottolenghi-sweet-cookbook.html?_r=0

Episode 31 - Happy Halloween! Surprise, Chris reads some Icelandic Dracula...

Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Episode Thirty One Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page. 

We have two upcoming read-along’s:
December – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
       Send in questions or comments by Dec 7th – we will discuss on December 12th episode.
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster.

– Just Read –
Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke (EF)
Lost Voyage – Pauline Rowson (CW)
The One Hundred Nights of Hero – Isabel Greenberg (CW)

Panel from The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Panel from The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

– Currently Reading/Listening –
That Old Cape Magic – Richard Russo (EF) (audio)
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula – Bram Stoker (CW)
How To Read Water: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea – Tristan Gooley (CW)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben (CW)
The Leader’s Bookshelf – James Stavridis, R Manning Ancell

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris took friends to visit some of our local libraries:
Blackstone Library in Branford, CT
Sterling Memorial Library in New Haven, CT
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT
Chris has written reviews of the two Blackstone Libraries on her blog. She has also written about the Beinecke on her blog as well.

Chris ventured to Jaffrey, New Hampshire for a Willa Cather pilgrimage – she is buried there. Additionally, she browsed at Toadstool Bookshop at the Peterborough, NH location.
She came across two of her favorite childhood books, two Willa Cather novels and a Gwendolyn Brooks novel:
Saucy – Martha McKeen Welch (CW)
Cannonball Simp – John Burningham (CW)
A Lost Lady – Willa Cather (CW)
My Mortal Enemy – Willa Cather (CW)
Maud Martha – Gwendolyn Brooks (CW)

October 16 – Denise Kiernan author of The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home
October 19 – Anna Quindlen – West Hartford Reads at Town Hall
October 21 – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris and Laura are heading to The New York Society Library to see the New York World of Willa Cather exhibit running October 24, 2017 – August 31, 2018.
November 9 – Emily is headed to RJ Julia Booksellers to see David Lebovitz discuss his newest book L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making Paris My Home.
November 14 – Emily is headed to New Castle, KY and will visit The Berry Center.

– Upcoming Reads –
Nightmare in Berlin – Hans Fallada (CW)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (EF)
The Bees – Laline Paul (EF) (audio)
I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles #12) – Tess Gerritsen (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Darktown – Thomas Mullen
Literary Atlanta Podcast
Ink and Paper Blog
The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas and Sweet Accompaniments  – David Lebovitz

Episode 30 - Our 3rd Giveaway and 3rd Read-along!

Aaron Mahnke host of the Lore podcast discussing his book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures at the Yale Bookstore.

Aaron Mahnke host of the Lore podcast discussing his book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures at the Yale Bookstore.

Episode Thirty Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page.

We have two upcoming read-along’s:
December – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
       Send in questions or comments by Dec 7th – we will discuss on December 12th episode
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster

GIVEAWAY for our 30th episode is a copy of each of the read-along books noted above.
Please email us at bookcougars@gmail.com to throw your hat in the ring.

– Just Read –
And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic #2) – Emma Viskic (CW)
The Last Chinese Chef – Nicole Mones (EF)
The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld (EF)
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Death Comes: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery – Sue Hallgrath (CW)
The Leader’s Bookshelf – James Stavridis, R Manning Ancell
Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado (EF)
Peregrine Island – Diane B. Saxton (EF)

 – Biblio Adventures –
Chris missed an event with Nelson Demille – his new book is The Cuban Affair
Chris went to the Yale Bookstore to see Aaron Mahnke discuss his new book The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures and his podcast Lore.
Emily has been working at the Noah P. Webster Library in West Hartford Library and got the chance to visit the Welles Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
October 16 – Denise Kiernan author of The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home
October 17 – Gabrielle Zevin author of Young Jane Young at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT
October 19 – Anna Quindlen – West Hartford Reads at Town Hall
October 21 – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
October 24 – Tisa Joy Wenger author of Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal at Yale Bookstore

The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood by Greg Cope White with approval from Buddy Fitzwilliam Tholak. 

The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood by Greg Cope White with approval from Buddy Fitzwilliam Tholak. 

– Upcoming Reads –
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula – Bram Stoker (CW)
The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood – Greg Cope White (CW)
Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
2017 Connecticut Center for the Book awards
Fiction nominees are:
Back Lash 
by Chris Knopf
I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb
Shadows of Paris by Eric D. Lehman
Cajun Waltz by Robert H. Patton
Beneath a Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid

Literary Disco podcast – specifically the two-part poetry episode #112 and #113
Too Afraid to Cry – Ali Cobby Eckermann
Russell Gray – Inkandpaperblog.com
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is coming up on October 21. Check out this hashtag – #30daysofreadathon

 

Kindness
Naomi Shihab Nye

from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Episode 29 - Library Sale Booty, Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and more

Emily's gentleman caller - aka Jim - exploring Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, MA

Emily's gentleman caller - aka Jim - exploring Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, MA

Episode Twenty Nine Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page.

– Just Read –
OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army – Ann Todd (CW)
   Chris reviewed the book on her blog. Read it here.
My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent (EF)
The Blank Wall – Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (CW)
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brené Brown (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton (audio) (CW)
Scary Old Sex – Arlene Hyman (EF)
And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic #2) – Emma Viskic (CW)
The Last Chinese Chef – Nicole Mones (EF)
How To Read Water: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea – Tristan Gooley (CW)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
September 15 – Chris and Emily will be heading to the New Haven Public library for a discussion with winners of the Windham-Campbell prize. Check out the winners of the Windham-Campbell prize here.
                Panelists:
                Too Afraid to Cry – Ali Cobby Eckermann
                Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War - Maya Jasanoff
                Nothings Mat – Erna Brodber
                Can You Tolerate This? - Ashleigh Young

September 22-24 – Guilford Free Library Friends of the Library Annual Book and Bake Sale
Chris purchases:
Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival – Velma Wallis
Bead on an Anthill: A Lakota Childhood – Delphine Red Shirt (CW)
They Wrote the Book: Thirteen Women Mystery Writer’s Tell All – Helen Windrath
Outlander: Stories and Essays – Jane Rule
The Professor’s House – Willa Cather

Emily purchases:
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement – Jane Ziegelman
Who the Hell is Pansy O’Hara?: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World’s Best-Loved Books – Jenny Bond


Emily visited Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA and  Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, MA

September 28 – October 1 – Blackstone Library Annual Book Sale

– Upcoming Jaunts –
October 17 – Gabrielle Zevin author of Young Jane Young at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT
October 21 – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

– Upcoming Reads –
Death Comes: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery – Sue Hallgrath (CW)|
Grace – Natashia Deón (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Article about debut novelist Gabriel Tallent: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/books/gabriel-tallent-my-absolute-darling.html
Review of My Absolut Darling: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/books/review-my-absolute-darling-gabriel-tallent.html
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Chris blog’s at Wildmoobooks.com

Episode 28 - Maynard, Skulls and Keys, Fangirl or Stalker?

Episode Twenty Eight Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!
Let us know what you want us to choose as the next read along. You can email, tweet or join the discussion on the Goodreads page.

 – Just Read –
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (EF)
Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13) – Louise Penny (CW)
Unraveling Oliver – Liz Nugent (EF)
Too Afraid to Cry – Ali Cobby Eckermann (CW)
The Stuff That Never Happened – Maddie Dawson (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton (audio) (CW)
Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village – Maya and Dean Jankelowitz (EF)
Collected Stories – Willa Cather (CW)
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs (EF)
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income – Darren Rowse (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
September 7 – Emily went to RJ Julia Madison to see Joyce Maynard author of The Best of Us
September 7 – Chris went to The Yale Bookstore to see David Alan Richards author of Skulls and Keys: The Hidden Historyof Yale’s Secret Societies

– Upcoming Jaunts –
September 15 – Chris and Emily will be heading to the New Haven Public library for a discussion with winners of the Windham-Campbell prize. Check out the winners of the Windham-Campbell prize here.
September 22-24 – Guilford Free Library Friends of the Library Annual Book and Bake Sale

– Upcoming Reads –
Morningstar: Growing Up with Books – Ann Hood (EF)
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel – Jesmyn Ward (EF)
My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
New Editor in Chief of New York Style Magazine – Hanya Yanagihara author of A Little Life and The People in the Trees

Author Jamie Ford's book The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet has been optioned for production by George Takei (George Takei was in the Broadway show Allegiance last year).

Wynema: A Child of a Forest – S. Alice Callahan, A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff

National Book Awards – 2017 Nonfiction Long List   
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge – Erica Armstrong Dunbar
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances Fitzgerald  
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America – James Forman, Jr.
    
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need – Naomi Klein   
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America – Nancy MacLean

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein   
The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young

Chris blog’s at Wildmoobooks.com

Joyce Maynard author of The Best of Us in conversation with Wally Lamb at RJ Julia's in Madison, CT. 

Joyce Maynard author of The Best of Us in conversation with Wally Lamb at RJ Julia's in Madison, CT. 

Episode 27 - The American Writer's Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Our guest, Colleen Olsen, at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Our guest, Colleen Olsen, at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Episode Twenty Seven Show Notes

Special Guest: Colleen Olsen
Speaking with the Book Cougars about the American Writers Museum in Chicago (#AmerWriteMuseum)
Opened May 16, 2017
Located at 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois

Colleen's Goodreads link: click here

Malcom E. O’Hagan – founder of the museum

Many writers were mentioned. Here are some:
Willa Cather
Tupac Shakur
Jack Kerouac
W.S. Merwin
George Carlin
Sojourner Truth
Del Close
Roger Ebert
Black Elk

Along with the permanent exhibits, they have rotating temporary exhibits which are currently:
Palm: All Awake in the Darkness inspired by the life and work of the American poet W.S. Merwin
The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”

To become a member: click here

Author Home/Museum Affiliates link page: click here

One of the interactive exhibits at the American Writers Museum.

One of the interactive exhibits at the American Writers Museum.

Willa Cather exhibit at the American Writers Museum.

Willa Cather exhibit at the American Writers Museum.

Episode 26 - Prizes, Reading Challenges, New Podcasts, Jaunts and Books!

The stack of books Chris has gathered for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge (#RIPXII). This is an annual reading event now in its 12th year. From September 1st through October 31st participants celebrate the deliciousness that is horror, paranormal, mystery, dark fantasy, and more. Basically, the dark and creepy genres that go hand-in-hand with autumn.

The stack of books Chris has gathered for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge (#RIPXII). This is an annual reading event now in its 12th year. From September 1st through October 31st participants celebrate the deliciousness that is horror, paranormal, mystery, dark fantasy, and more. Basically, the dark and creepy genres that go hand-in-hand with autumn.

Episode Twenty Six Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

– Just Read –
Idyll Fears: Thomas Lynch #2 – Stephanie Gayle (CW)
The Leavers – Lisa Ko (EF)
The Breakfast Book – Marion Cunningham (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13) – Louise Penny (CW)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (EF)
On Reading The Grapes of Wrath – Susan Shillinglaw (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris went RJ Julia in Madison to see Fiona Davis author of The Dollhouse and The Address.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
September 7 – Emily is heading to RJ Julia Madison to see Joyce Maynard author of The Best of Us
September 15 – Chris and Emily will be heading to the New Haven Public library for a discussion with winners of the Windham-Campbell prize. Check out the winners of the Windham-Campbell prize here.
September 22-24 – Guilford Free Library Friends of the Library Annual Book and Bake Sale

– Upcoming Reads –
Unraveling Oliver – Liz Nugent (EF)
Peregrine Island – Diane B. Saxton (EF)
Collected Stories - Willa Cather (CW)
OSS Operation Blackmail: One Woman’s Covert War Against The Imperial Japanese Army – Ann Todd (CW)
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium #5) – David Lagercrantz (CW)
It – Stephen King (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
The 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize shortlist:
    As Lie Is to Grin – Simeon Marsalis
    Empire of Glass – Kaitlin Solimine
    Mikhail and Margarita – Julie Lekstrom Himes
    The Second Mrs. Hockaday – Susan Rivers
    Spaceman in Bohemia – Jaroslav Kalfar
    Tiger Pelt – Annabelle Kim
    What to Do About the Solomons – Bethany Ball

Chris mentioned three podcasts:
Bibliophile
Literary Atlanta
The Sleeping at Last Podcast

Chelsea Green Publishing
Sandor Ellix Katz – The Art of Fermentation

Reminder to listen to John B. Valeri – Our Mystery Man (#MysteryMan) – who was on Episode 25

Louise L. Hay passed away. She wrote the book You Can Heal Your Life.

Hannah Tinti – The Good Thief – won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2008.

Our friend, Emily, created a Little Free Library at the Guilford Train Station.

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge  (#RIPXII)
Chris writes about her challenge here.
Estella’s Revenge
My Capricious Life

Episode 25 - Our Mystery Man!

Recording at the Russell Library in Middletown with Our Mystery Man - John B. Valeri

Recording at the Russell Library in Middletown with Our Mystery Man - John B. Valeri

Episode Twenty Five Show Notes

Our Mystery Man – John Valeri  
http://www.johnbvaleri.com/
Twitter: @OyeJohn52  
#MysteryMan

– Books That Are Out Now –
Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #13) – Louise Penny  #LouisePenny
Snap Judgement (Samantha Brinkman, #3) – Marcia Clark
The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1) – Michael Connelly
The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles, #12) – Tess Gerritsen
All By Myself, Alone (Alvirah and Willy #11) – Mary Higgins Clark

– Upcoming Releases –
The Devouring (Billy Boyle World War II, #12) – James R. Benn   release date September 12, 2017
Purring Around the Christmas Tree – Liz Mugavero   release date September 26, 2017
Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion, #5) – Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke   release date November 7, 2017
Tango Down (Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery, #8) – Chris Knopf   release date November 30, 2017
Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery #3) – Wendi Corsi Staub   release date November 7, 2017

– Books That Influenced John –
Nancy Drew: #1-64 – Carolyn Keene
All Around the Town – Mary Higgins Clark
All the Way Home – Wendi Corsi Staub
Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express / And Then There Were None
Murder, She Wrote series – Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain

– John’s Number One Book of All Time –
Without a Doubt – Marcia Clark

– John’s Fiction –
Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut authors – edited by Stacey Longo

Berry, Cather, Steinbeck and more!

Chris went to Governor's Island, NY for Cather Weekend. 

Chris went to Governor's Island, NY for Cather Weekend. 

Episode Twenty Four Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

– Just Read –
The Talented Ribkins – Ladee Hubbard (CW)
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (EF) (CW)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (EF)
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture – Wendell Berry (EF)
Jane Austen: A Brief Life – Fiona Stafford (CW)
Willa Cather: A Memoir – Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant (CW)

 – Biblio Adventures –
August 10 – Chris moderated a discussion with Sarah Praeger about her book Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World at Bookclub Bookstore & More
Emily stopped at Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, VT.
August 19-20 – Chris enjoyed a Cather Weekend on Governors Island.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
September 15 – Chris and Emily will be heading to the New Haven Public library for a discussion with winners of the Windham-Campbell prize. Check out the winners of the Windham-Campbell prize here.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Leavers – Lisa Ko (EF)
On Kingdom Mountain – Howard Frank Mosher (EF)
Glass Houses – Louise Penny (CW)
Idyll Fears: A Thomas Lynch Novel – Stephanie Gayle (CW)

 – Also Mentioned –
We discussed an editorial in the NY Times written by Daniel Handler entitled: Want Teenage Boys to Read? Give Them Books About Sex.
War is a Racket – Major General Smedley Butler
(Free full text of War is a Racket: https://archive.org/stream/WarIsARacket/WarIsARacket_djvu.txt)
The Art of Fermentation: An in-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World – Sandor Ellix Katz
Willa Cather exhibit at NY Society Library: https://www.nysoclib.org/events/opening-reception-new-york-world-willa-cather
Karl Ove Knausgard

Episode 23 - Chris joins the Criminal Element book review team. Emily reads a steamy poem.

Norfolk library

Norfolk Library in Norfolk, Connecticut is modeled on Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

Emily's daughter, Rachel, admiring the Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

Emily's daughter, Rachel, admiring the Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

Episode Twenty Three Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

– Grapes of Wrath Read-Along –
Chris and Emily will be doing a joint read of John Steinbeck’s the Grapes of Wrath. The discussion of the book will be live on August 22nd. If you have any questions or comments you would like us to address, please get in touch via email or social media by August 17th.

– Just Read –
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Bachman (EF)
The Going and Goodbye: A Memoir – Shuly Xóchitl Cawood (CW)
The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty – Elizabeth L. Silver (EF)
Mothers and Other Strangers – Gina Sorell (EF)

 – Currently Reading/Listening –
Jack Be Quick – Benjamin Thomas (CW)
Emma – Jane Austen (CW)
The Talented Ribkins – Ladee Hubbard (CW)
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World – Sarah Praeger (CW)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (EF)
Leavings: Poems – Wendell Berry (EF)
The Gift of Good Land – Wendell Berry (EF)
Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure – edited by Wendy Maltz (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily had a joint jaunt to the Pequot Library book sale
July 29 – Benjamin Thomas author of Jack Be Quick at Bookclub Bookstore
August 3 – Chris attended New Haven Noir book launch at The Institute Library in New Haven, CT
August 3 – Emily went to SpeakUp at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT
She also visited the beautiful Norfolk Library
Chris wrote a blog post about her visit to the Norfolk Library. Read it here.

 – Upcoming Jaunts –
Emily is hoping to visit Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, VT.
August 10 – Chris will be moderating Sarah Praeger as she discusses her book Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World at Bookclub Bookstore & More
August 19-20 – Chris will be heading to Cather Weekend on Governors Island
August 22 – Emily will be heading to an event sponsored jointly with Bank Square Books and Mystic Museum of Art to hear Camille Aubrey discuss her book Cooking for Picasso.  

– Upcoming Reads –
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (EF) (CW)
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs (EF)
The Arrangement – Sarah Dunn (EF)
Glass Houses – Louise Penny (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Links to where Laura's book Mastering the Art of Self Expression is available:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Art-Self-Expression-Laura-Thoma/dp/1365669653/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501642230&sr=8-1&keywords=mastering+the+art+of+self-expression
BN:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mastering-the-art-of-self-expression-laura-thoma/1126807579?ean=9781365669651
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