Episode 35 - Chris & Emily Discuss Their Top Reads Of 2017

The Book Cougars recording Episode 35

The Book Cougars recording Episode 35

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

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We have an upcoming read-along:
February – Maurice by E.M. Forster.

– Just Read –
Chris DNF’d a book: Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman (EF)
Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival – Velma Wallis (CW)
Cove – Cynan Jones (EF)
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (EF)

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II – Liza Mundy (CW) (audio)
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather – Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell (CW)
Someone – Alice McDermott (EF)
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily went to both the Guilford Library and the Glastonbury Welles Turner Library
Chris is volunteering and spending time at the Institute Library in New Haven

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is heading to RJ Julia in Madison to see Paul Kix discuss his book The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
Savoy Bookshop & Café has a New Year’s Day sale with 25% off everything
Jan 8 – Kelly Corrigan in Conversation with Ariel Levy at the 92nd St Y

– Upcoming Reads –
The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin (CW)
Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality – Pema Chödrön (EF) (audio)

– Top Reads of 2017 –
Emily’s favorite reads:
Top Nonfiction
B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good – Ryan Honeyman (EF)
Favorite Memoirs
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay (EF)
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) – Nora McInerny Purmort (EF)
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (EF)
Favorite Fiction
The Mothers – Brit Bennett (EF)
News of the World – Paulette Jiles (EF)
Plainsong (Plainsong #1) – Kent Haruf (EF)

Chris’s favorite reads: See Her Blog Post On Gift Ideas
Mastering the Art of Self-Expression & More – Laura Thoma (CW)
Young Adult-ish
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World – Sarah Prager (CW)
Favorite Mysteries
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) – Jane Harper (CW)
And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic #2) – Emma Viskic (CW)
New Haven Noir – edited by Amy Bloom (CW)
Favorite Fiction
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee (CW)
The Leavers – Lisa Ko (CW)
The Gypsy Moth Summer – Julia Fierro (CW)
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay (CW)(audio)
Going and Goodbye: A Memoir – Shuly Xóchitl Cawood (CW)
OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army – Ann Todd (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Libro.fm – audiobook subscription service
Zora Neale Hurston –  Barracoon // Their Eyes Were Watching God
Chicago Review of Books
Velma Wallis – Bird Girl & the Man Who Followed the Sun: An Athabaskan Indian Legend from Alaska
Alice McDermott – The Ninth Hour: A Novel  // Charming Billy
Road to Success with Laura Thoma
Dave Eggers – What is the What
Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach