Episode 49 - Our Mystery Man Returns!

 Our Mystery Man - John Valeri

Our Mystery Man - John Valeri

Episode Forty Nine Show Notes

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

– Books That Are Out Now –
The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn
The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor
The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife – Alafair Burke
Into the Black Nowhere – Meg Gardiner
Look for Me – Lisa Gardner
You Will Be Mine – Natasha Preston
Mister Tender’s Girl – Carter Wilson
Vanished – Karen E. Olson
The Bishop’s Pawn – Steve Berry
Not That I Could Tell – Jessica Strawser
A Date with Murder (Murder She Wrote #47) – Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, Jon Land
The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life’s Game  – Derrick Levasseur
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara

– Upcoming Releases –
The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz  release date June 5, 2018
A Stone’s Throw – James W. Ziskin  release date June 5, 2018
Little Girl Lost – Wendi Corsi Straub  release date July 24, 2018
The Last Thing I Told You – Emily Arsenault  release date July 24, 2018
Mystery of Three Quarters – Sophie Hannah  release date August 28, 2018

 – Upcoming Events –
Crime Conn at Ferguson Library – Saturday, June 23, 2018
John will be starting a Marcia Clark bookclub at Bookclub Bookstore & More starting on July 26, 2018 with Guilt By Association
John will be interviewing Emily Arsenault about the release of her new book The Last Thing I Told You at Bookclub Bookstore & More on August 4, 2018

– Also Mentioned –
Mystery Scene Magazine
Criminal Element
The Strand Magazine
The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) – Jo Nesbo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Typepad – Online writing forum for amateur writers
The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
Writer’s Digest Magazine
Big Brother television series
Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence television series
Breaking Homicide television series
Northshire Bookstore – Saratoga Springs
Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48
The Fix

Episode 48 - Jaunt Much? Chris and Emily visit SEVEN bookstores and discuss LOADS of books

 Chris and Emily outside of  Northshire Bookstore  in Manchester, VT.

Chris and Emily outside of Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.

 Chfris and Emily outside  Northshire Bookstore  in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Chfris and Emily outside Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Episode Forty 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.

Check out the 100 books listed in The Great American Read from PBS.

See the Lambda Literary Award information here.

– Currently Reading/Listening –
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders – Stuart Kells (CW)
The Overstory – Richard Powers (EF)
Chicago Manual of Style – University of Chicago Press (CW)
Alternate Side – Anna Quindlen (EF)

– Just Read –
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Courage to Lead – Cecile Richards (EF)
DNF’d: The Swarm – Frank Schätzing (CW) read about her time with the book on her blog.
Bite by Bite – Geneen Roth (EF) (audio)
Dream More – Dolly Parton (CW) (audio)
This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide – Geneen Roth (EF)
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)

 Author Laura Thoma at  Bookclub Bookstore & More  for Independent Bookstore Day. Check out her book  Mastering the Art of Self-Expression .

Author Laura Thoma at Bookclub Bookstore & More for Independent Bookstore Day. Check out her book Mastering the Art of Self-Expression.

– Biblio Adventures –
Independent Bookstore Day – Chris went with Laura who was at Bookclub Bookstore & More with Mastering the Art of Self-Expression, workbook.

Chris participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Emily saw Meg Wolitzer discuss her book The Female Persuasion at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT

Chris and Emily stopped at Williams College newly opened bookstore.

May 4-5 – Booktopia at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT
                 Ariel Lawhon – I Was Anastasia: A Novel
                 Bianca Marais Hum If You Don't Know the Words
                 Heather Abel – The Optimistic Decade
                 Jonathan Miles Anatomy of a Miracle
                 Pamela Paul – My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
                 Peter Swanson – All the Beautiful Lies
                 Robin Oliveira Winter Sisters
                 Stephen McCauley  My Ex-Life
                
On the "way home" Chris and Emily went to Saratoga Springs, NY to visit the other Northshire Bookstore.

Emily went to Brooklyn and visited Books are Magic and McNally Jackson

Chris went to a local cemetery in Guilford to see Fitz-Greene Halleck’s gravesite.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is going to see an Encore Series show in NYC at the Encore Series.

Coming up at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT:
May 15, 2018 – Chandra Prasad with her book Damselfly
May 16, 2018 – Heather Abel with her book The Optimistic Decade

Coming up at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore:
May 25, 2018 – Lisa Ko with her book The Leavers

May 26, 2018 – Mark your calendar for World Dracula Day

– Upcoming Reads –
Bimini Twist (Jane Bunker Mystery #4) – Linda Greenlaw (CW) release date June 26, 2018
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words – Bianca Marais (CW)
In the Dark (Jenny Aron #1) – Andreas Pfluger (CW)
Bitter Orange – Claire Fuller (CW) release date October 9, 2018
The Other Woman – Sandie Jones (CW) release date August 21, 2018
Something in the Water – Catherine Stedman (CW) release date July 24, 2018
Black Chamber – S.M. Stirling (CW) release date July 3, 2018
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro – Rachel Slade (CW)
Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together – Rachel Wilkerson Miller (CW)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture – edited by Roxane Gay (EF)
The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process – Francesca Lia Block (EF)
Sunburn – Laura Lippman (EF)
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Dolly Parton’s foundation: Imagination Library
Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
The Wife – Meg Wolitzer
The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
Modern Lovers – Emma Straub
The Vacationers – Emma Straub
Jesmyn Ward
The Duplass Brothers
Delicious Magazine
Emma Visick
Book Nook with Vick Mickunas
The Echo Maker – Richard Powers
American Rust – Philipp Meyer
The Son – Philip Meyer

Episode 47 - AngieThomas, Cecile Richards, Jhumpa Lahiri, Domenico Starnone and Willa Cather (of course!)

 Angie Thomas author of  The Hate U Give  at  Savoy Bookshop & Cafe  in Westerly, RI.

Angie Thomas author of The Hate U Give at Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, RI.

Episode Forty Seven 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. 

For National Poetry Month (April) we celebrated with a poetry video project.
Check out our Book Tube Channel to see the 30 poems read by friends, authors, bloggers, podcasters and more.

See the full list of the 2018 Edgar Award winners here.
We discuss:
Blue, Bluebird – Attica Locke
Tornado Weather – Deborah Elaine Kennedy
Dark Chapter – Winnie M. Li
Lola – Melissa Scrivner Love
Idaho – Emily Ruskovich
She Rides Shotgun – Jordan Harper
The Unseeing – Ana Mazzola
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
Chester B. Himes: A Biography – Lawrence P. Jackson
New Haven Noir edited by Amy Bloom – Two short stories won Spring Break by John Crowley and The Queen of Secrets by Lisa D. Gray
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
Bolo Books, Kristopher Zgorski
The Raven Bookstore in Kansas

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders – Stuart Kells (CW)
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Courage to Lead – Cecile Richards (EF)

– Just Read –
Dark Chapter – Winnie M. Li. (CW)
Standard Deviation – Katherine Heiny (EF)
Sea Creatures from the Sky – Ricardo Cortés (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily went on a joint jaunt to Savoy Bookshop and Cafe for the Reading Across Road Island sponsored event with Angie Thomas and her book The Hate U Give.

Emily went to see Cecile Richards discuss her book Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Courage to Lead sponsored by Wesleyan RJ Julia.

Chris hosted the second Willa Cather Bookclub at Bookclub Bookstore & More in South Windsor, CT where they read The Song of the Lark. The next date is July 19 at 2:00 where they will discuss One of Ours.

Our second joint jaunt was to see a bilingual event with Jhumpa Lahiri and Domenico Starnone moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor in Chief, Europa Editions at Wesleyan RJ Julia. They were discussing the book Trick (Scherzetto).

Emily worked at the Lucy Robbins Welles library in Newington, CT.

 Cecile Richards and Teresa C. Younger discussing Cecile's book  Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Courage to Lead .

Cecile Richards and Teresa C. Younger discussing Cecile's book Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Courage to Lead.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Independent Bookstore Day – Laura will be at Bookclub Bookstore & More with Mastering the Art of Self-Expression workbook on April 28,2018.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

May 1 – Emily is heading to see Meg Wolitzer discuss her book The Female Persuasion at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT

May 4-5 – Booktopia at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT

Chris is planning to stop at Williams College newly opened bookstore

May 10 – Chris and Emily will take a joint jaunt to the Guilford Library for the Guilford Poets Guild celebration of Guilford High School Poetry Contest Winners.

– Upcoming Reads –
American Byron: Homosexuality The Fall Of Fitz-Green Halleck – John W.M. Hallock (CW)
The Life and Letters of Fitz-Green Halleck – James Grant Wilson (CW)
Poetical Writings of Fitz-Green Halleck – Fitz-Green Halleck edited by James Grant Wilson (CW)
The Overstory – Richard Powers (EF)
This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide – Geneen Roth (EF)
Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34 – Eric C. Rust (CW)
American Sea Power in the Old World: The United States Navy in European and Near Eastern Waters, 1865-1917 – William N. Still, Jr. (CW)
Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and More – Kathryn J. Atwood (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Walt Whitman
Mary Oliver
Gretchen Rubin and her Four Tendencies Quiz
Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
Akashic Books
Mystic – Noank Library in Mystic, CT  
Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT
Mystic Pizza the movie
Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT
David Letterman “My Next Guest” interviews on Netflix
O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
Ernest Hemingway
Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago
The Namesake –  Jhumpa Lahiri
Interpreter of Maladies –  Jhumpa Lahiri
The Echo Maker – Richard Powers
When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up A Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy {When You Feel Anything But} – Geneen Roth
When Food is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy – Geneen Roth
An Honorable German – Charles L. McCain – Chris reviewed this book on her blog
The Shadow Divers – Robert Kurson

Episode 46 - The Stranger in the Woods

 Micheal Finkel discussing his book  The Stranger in the Woods  at  An Unlikely Bookstore  & Cafe  in  Plainville, MA.

Micheal Finkel discussing his book The Stranger in the Woods at An Unlikely Bookstore  & Cafe in  Plainville, MA.

Episode Forty Six 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.

It’s National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with a poetry video project.
Check out our Book Tube Channel to see a recitation of a poem every day of April.

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Dark Matter – Winnie M. Li (CW)
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin (EF)
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World –  Chris Guillebeau (EF)

– Just Read –
Tornado Weather – Deborah E. Kennedy (CW)
Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel – Maile Meloy (EF)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel (CW) (audio)
Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily visited Harbor Books in Old Saybrook, CT

Chris and Emily went on a joint jaunt to visit The Unlikely Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville, MA owned by Julie and Jeff Kinney.

Chris went to Bookclub Bookstore & More in South Windsor, CT to join John Valeri in conversation with R.C. Goodwin to discuss his new book Model Child

– Upcoming Jaunts –
April 12th – We are going on a joint jaunt to Savoy Bookshop and Cafe for the Reading Across Road Island sponsored event with Angie Thomas and her book The Hate U Give.

April 19th – Chris will host the second Willa Cather Bookclub at Bookclub Bookstore & More in South Windsor, CT

April 23rd – We are going on another joint jaunt to see Jhumpha Lahiri and Domenico Starnone moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor in Chief, Europa Editions at Wesleyan RJ Julia.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Song of the Lark – Willa Cather (CW)
Young Jane Young – Gabrielle  Zevin (EF)
Standard Deviation – Katherine Heiny (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Shakespeare Requirement: A Novel – Julie Schumacher (release date August 14, 2018)

– Part 2: Author Spotlight –
In the last section of this episode we speak with Michael Finkel about his book Stranger In the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.

Episode 45 - An Unlikely Visit with Ann Kingman!

 Chris and Emily with Ann Kingman at  An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe .

Chris and Emily with Ann Kingman at An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe.

Episode Forty Five Show Notes

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.

It’s National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with a poetry video project.
Check out our Book Tube Channel to see a recitation of a poem every day of April.

– Recommendations from Ann Kingman –
The Sandman (Joona Linna #4) – Lars Keppler
Chemistry – Weike Wang
The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky: A Novel – Jana Casale (release date April 17, 2018)
The Only Story – Julian Barnes (release date April 17, 2018)
Warlight – Michael Ondaatje (release date May 8, 2018)
There There – Tommy Orange (release date June 5, 2018)
The Book of Essie – Meghan MacLean Weir (release date June 12, 2018)
Call Me American: A Memoir – Abdi Nor Iftin (release date June 19, 2018)
The Shakespeare Requirement: A Novel – Julie Schumacher (release date August 14, 2018)

– Also Mentioned –
We met with Ann at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
The Snowman (Harry  Hole #7) – Jo Nesbo     
The Hypnotist (Joona Linna #1) – Lars Keppler
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Unmade World – Steve Yarborough
Dear Committee Members – Julie Schumacher

Episode 44 - National Poetry Month, Luis Alberto Urrea and books, lots of books!

 Luis Alberto Urrea discussing his book  The House of Broken Angels  at  Bookshop Santa Cruz .

Luis Alberto Urrea discussing his book The House of Broken Angels at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Episode Forty Four 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.

It’s National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with a poetry video project.
Check out our Book Tube Channel to see a recitation of a poem every day of April.

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Tornado Weather – Deborah E. Kennedy (CW)
Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel – Maile Meloy (EF)
The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain’s Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home – Peg Dawson, Richard Guare (CW)
Chameleon Moon:Poems – Antonia Clark (EF)
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel (CW) (audio)

– Just Read –
The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory (EF)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide Open Heart – Scott Stabile (EF)
The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7) – Susan Elia MacNeal (CW)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel (EF)
Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily visited several California bookstores:
Books Inc. in Alameda
Rocket Reuse in Alameda
Coastside Books in Half Moon Bay
Bookshop Santa Cruz on March 26th to see Luis Alberto Urrea discuss his book The House of Broken Angels

Chris tried to go to an author event in Stonington, CT but it was canceled. She did, however, come across a nice Little Free Library where she found a copy of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (The Two Mrs Lloyd #1) by Elizabeth Buchan. Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America by Vegas Tenold event she was trying to attend will be rescheduled.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
April 4th – We are heading on a joint jaunt to Jeff Kinney’s bookstore An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe to see Michael Finkel discuss his book Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

April 7th – Chris is heading to Bookclub Bookstore & More to join John Valeri in conversation with R.C. Goodwin to discuss his new book Model Child

April 7th – Chris won’t be able to make the event with Emily Anhalt discussing her book Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths at The Yale Bookstore but wishes she could.

April 12th – We are going on a joint jaunt to Savoy Bookshop and Cafe for the Reading Across Road Island sponsored event with Angie Thomas and her book The Hate U Give.

April 22nd – Emily is heading to New Haven for the RJ Julia Booksellers sponsored event with Cecile Richards to discuss her new book Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story.

Her tour is selling out across the country for tickets click here.

April 27-28th – We are considering a joint jaunt to the Newburyport Literary Festival

– Upcoming Reads –
Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France – Stephen A. Bourque (CW)
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders – Stuart Kells (CW)
Up From the Blue: A Novel – Susan Henderson (EF)
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin (EF)
How to Love the Empty Air – Christine O’Keefe Aptowicz (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
The Wishing Spell Series – Chris Colfer

Ann Hood books:
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books
The Book That Matters Most
The Knitting Circle

Episode 43 - A Jaunt To See Two NY Times Bestselling Authors!

 Chloe Benjamin author of  The Immortalists  and Jill Santopolo author of  The Light We Lost   in conversation at  RJ Julia Booksellers  in Madison, CT.

Chloe Benjamin author of The Immortalists and Jill Santopolo author of The Light We Lost  in conversation at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.

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

– Windham Campbell Awards –
See the 2018 winners: http://windhamcampbell.org/recipients

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.

 – Currently Reading/Listening –
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide Open Heart – Scott Stabile (EF)
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
Broken Girls – Simone St. James (CW) 
      Chris has a review of the book and a giveaway for you to win a copy on her blog.
Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – Ina Garten (EF)
“16 Bean” Pasta Fagioli recipe here
     *Changes made by Emily: Did not puree any of the beans, drained all of them and threw them into the soup whole. Cooked pasta separately and added to each bowl of soup as it was devoured. Put cooked pasta into the individual servings that were put into freezer. Delish – enjoy!

– Just Read –
Tangerine – Christine Mangan (CW)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (EF)
The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
On March 12th, Emily went to see Chloe Benjamin author of The Immortalists and Jill Santopolo author of The Light We Lost at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.

Chris saw the play Murder on the Orient Express at Hartford Stage for her birthday.

Chris visited the Peterborough Town Library in New Hampshire touts itself as the first tax supported library in the country. Literary Monadnock – Peterborough is known as a literary mecca. Read about it here.

Toadstool Bookshop – Peterborough, NH

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is excited about the University of Nebraska live stream event on March 26 at 3:30CT– Our Cather Heritage: Willa Cather’s Modern Relevance.

March 20th – Emily is heading to Providence, RI for the Point Street Reading Series.
Laura & Emma – Kate Greathead
Start Without Me – Joshua Max Feldman
Girls Burn Brighter – Shobha Rao
Only Child – Rhiannon Navin
The Cloister – James Carroll

Emily is heading to Bookshop Santa Cruz on March 26th to see Luis Alberto Urrea discuss his book The House of Broken Angels and on March 28th to see Leslie Karst discuss her book Death Al Fresco

April 4th – We are heading on a joint jaunt to Jeff Kinney’s bookstore An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe to see Michael Finkel discuss his book Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

– Upcoming Reads –
The Dog Healers: A Novel – Mark Winik (CW)
Eats of Eden – Tabitha Blankenbiller (EF)
Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory (EF)
Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong (EF)
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future  and The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World –  Chris Guillebeau (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Check out Ryan Ludman:
This Charming Rant Newsletter /// Instagram: my.books.my.shelf
His Maurice read along cocktail can be found here
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
All things Pat Conroy
Live by Night (Coughlin #2) – Dennis Lehane
Chris Guillebeau's podcast is called Side Hustle School
The Readers Podcast
How Reading Changed My Life – Anna Quindlin

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i like my body when it is with your
by E.E. Cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body.  i like what it does,
i like its hows.  i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

 Our literary bling (necklaces).

Our literary bling (necklaces).

 

 

Episode 42 - No Power, No Problem! Our Maurice Read Along Conversation

 A Nor'easter can't stop us! Chris and Emily recording Episode 42.

A Nor'easter can't stop us! Chris and Emily recording Episode 42.

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

– Our 4th Giveaway –
The winner is Sally – entrant #42. Thank you to everyone that entered!

Choicemagazinelistening.org – A free talking magazine service.

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. 

– Currently Reading/Listening –
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (EF)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
Tangerine – Christine Mangan (CW)

– Just Read –
Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) – Christi Daugherty (CW) (release date March 13)
White Houses – Amy Bloom (EF)       
Anatomy of a Miracle – Jonathan Miles (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily went to the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library to hear Amy Bloom speak about her new book – White Houses – sponsored by Breakwater Books.

Chris attended the book club for the Witness Stones Project at the Guilford Library where they discussed Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

Chris and Laura watched the movie October Sky based on the book Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is going to see the play Murder on the Orient Express

March 12th – Nathaniel Philbrick presents his new book Second Wind: A Nantucket Sailor’s Odyssey in partnership with Bank Square Books at Mystic Congregational Church

March 12th – Chloe Benjamin author of The Immortalists will be at RJ Julia’s in Madison with Jill Santopolo author of The Light We Lost.

April 19th – Chris and Emily are planning a visit to Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT for Cozy Mystery Night featuring Liz Mugavero, Wendi Corsi Staub and Shari Randall hosted by Our Mystery Man – John Valeri! Look for his byline at Mystery Scene Magazine and Suspense Magazine.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Dog Healers: A Novel – Mark Winik (CW)
Broken Girls – Simone St. James (CW)
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide Open Heart – Scott Stabile (EF)
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II – Liza Mundy (CW)

– 4th Read Along –
Maurice – E.M. Forster (CW) (EF)
The Goodreads Discussion can be found here.

– Also Mentioned –
Thomas Otto – The Readers Podcast and Hogglestock Blog

Joyce Carol Oates – Go Listen to Eric Karl Anderson at LonesomeReader.com (blog) for his A Beginner’s Guide to Reading (video)

Chris has read three Joyce Carol Oates books:
The Accursed
Beasts
Middle Age: A Romance

Night School – C.J. Daugherty

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution – Nathaniel Philbrick

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeannette Winterson
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeannette Winterson

The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall

The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature – Bill Goldstein

Episode 41 - A Joint Jaunt with Min Jin Lee author of Pachinko!

 Chris and Emily with Min Jin Lee, author of  Pachinko .

Chris and Emily with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko.

Episode Forty One Show Notes

You can donate to the Book Cougars at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BookCougars
Thank you!

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 an upcoming read-along:
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster
    Send in questions or comments by March 1st – we will discuss on March 6th episode

– Biblio Adventure –
We take you on a joint jaunt to RJ Julia’s Booksellers in Madison, CT!
On January 25, 2018 we had the pleasure of co-hosting Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko.
The episode also appears on the second half of Just the Right Book Podcast – episode 64.

– Also Mentioned –
Chad Harbach – MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction

– Thank You –
Min Jin Lee
Roxanne Coady
Just the Right Book Podcast
Christina Torres
Pat Keogh

Book Cougars - Min Jin Lee autographing.jpg

Episode 40 - Our 4th Giveaway!

 Another ten episodes under our belt means another GIVEAWAY! Email us at bookcougars@gmail.com before March 1st in order to enter - good luck!

Another ten episodes under our belt means another GIVEAWAY! Email us at bookcougars@gmail.com before March 1st in order to enter - good luck!

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

– Our 4th Giveaway –
Another ten episodes means it is time for another giveaway.
These four books will be sent to one lucky listener:
Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
Sweetgirl – Travis Mulahauser
Love and Other Consolation Prizes – Jamie Ford
Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan
In order to enter, please email bookcougars@gmail.com before March 1, 2018.

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 an upcoming read-along:
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster
    Send in questions or comments by March 1st – we will discuss on March 6th episode

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg (CW)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
Anatomy of a Miracle – Jonathan Miles (EF)
White Houses – Amy Bloom (EF)              

– Just Read –
Labor Day – Joyce Maynard (EF) (audio)
Kindred – Octavia E. Butler (CW)
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation – Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Octavia E. Butler (CW)The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 – edited by Joyce Carol Oates (EF)
specifically the story “Until Gwen” by Dennis Lehane – you can read it HERE.
The Trawler – James B. Connolly (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily went to NYC to see Eve Ensler’s new play In the Body of the World based on her memoir of the same name.

Chris caught up with Our Mystery Man – John Valeri. Keep your ears open he will be appearing on the podcast again soon. And look for his byline in Mystery Scene Magazine and Suspense Magazine

– Upcoming Jaunts –
February 17 – Chris will head to New London, NH to see the musical Kindness and Cruelty: Willa Cather in Jaffrey

February 18th – Emily will be going to the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library to hear Amy Bloom speak about her new book – White Houses.

February 21st – Chris will be attending the book club for the Witness Stones Project at the Guilford Library where they will discuss Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

March 1st – Chris and Emily are planning a visit to Bank Square Books in Mystic, RI for Cozy Mystery Night featuring Liz Mugavero, Wendi Corsi Staub and Shari Randall hosted by Our Mystery Man – John Valeri!

– Upcoming Reads –
Maurice – E.M. Forster (CW) (EF)
Tangerine – Christine Mangan (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
The Best of Us – Joyce Maynard
Russell at Ink and Paper Blog
The Drop – Dennis Lehane
The Drop – Michael Connelly
Mystery Scene Magazine
Suspense Magazine