Episode 57 - Orchard House interviews with Anne Boyd Rioux and Jan Turnquist

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Episode Fifty Seven Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

Join our Goodreads Group!

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle

Please subscribe to our email list here.

– Upcoming Readalong –
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters – Anne Boyd Rioux
You can participate in the readalong via the Goodreads discussion here.
Send questions or comments by 8/30/18 to bookcougars@gmail.com.

– Just Read –
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine – Edward Lee (EF)
Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8) – Susan Elia MacNeal (CW)
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear – Kim Brooks (EF)
The Stars Are Fire: A Novel – Anita Shreve (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily went to RJ Julia’s Booksellers in Madison, CT to see Rhys Bowen author of Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding in conversation with Lucy Burdette author of Death on the Menu. The evening was moderated by author Hallie Ephron.
We took a quick video of the event – see it here.

– Interviews from our Joint Jaunt to Concord, MA –
Anne Boyd Rioux
– author of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
Jan Turnquist – Executive Director of Orchard House
 
– Also Mentioned –
Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen – cookbook by Edward Lee
The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7) – Susan Elia MacNeal
Brené Brown
Jungle Red Writers
Constance Fenimore Wilson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist – Anne Boyd Rioux
Kay Boyle
For Information about the Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebration:
https://littlewomen150.org/home

Episode 56 - Baby, It's Steamy Outside!

Due to the steamy weather, we decided to record at the Guilford Library.

Due to the steamy weather, we decided to record at the Guilford Library.

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

Join our Goodreads Group!

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle!

Please subscribe to our email list here.

– Currently Reading/Listening –
The Prisoner in the Castle – Susan Elia MacNeal (CW)
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot – Edward Lee (EF)
All Available Boats: The Evacuation of Manhattan Island on September 11, 2001 – edited by Mike Magee (CW)
The Stars Are Fire – Anita Shreve (EF)
Middlemarch – George Eliot (CW)

– Just Read –
Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (CW)
The Masterpiece – Fiona Davis (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily went to RJ Julia’s Booksellers in Madison, CT to see James R. Benn author of the Billy Boyle series in conversation with Cara Black author of the Aimee Leduc series.
 
Emily went to Vermont and visited Crow Bookshop in Burlington, VT. She also walked passed, but was unable to go inside, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Portland, ME.

Chris went to Chicago and visited the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, American Writers Museum and saw the Gwendolyn Brooks statue. She also visited Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville, IL and Barbara’s Bookstore O’Hare.

Chris went to Bookclub Bookstore & More to see our Mystery Man, John Valeri, in conversation with Emily Arsenault author of The Last Thing I Told You.

Chris attended the grand opening of That Bookstore in Wethersfield, CT.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
August 8 – Chris will be headed to Bank Square Books to see Wick Griswold & Stephen Jones discuss their book Connecticut River Ferries.

August 24 – Institute Library in New Haven is hosting a Library Thing-a-Thon. Help them digitize their catalog!

September 12-14 – Wyndham Campbell Prizes Festival

September 15 – Chris will moderate a session with Kimberly McCreight, author of the Outliers Trilogy, at Book Club Bookstore & More.

September 27, 2018 – The Book Cougars will be hosting an historical fiction author event in partnership with Bank Square Books at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Please join us along with Fiona Davis, James R. Benn, Melodie Winawer and Marie Benedict. You can order your tickets here.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Still Point of the Turning World – Emily Rapp (EF)
Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors and More – Kathryn J. Atwood (CW)
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Wolff (CW)
Song of Kali – Dan Simmons (CW)

 – Also Mentioned –
Books Are Magic Bookstore
Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen – cookbook by Edward Lee
Reading Envy Podcast
The Book Barn in Niantic, CT
Fiona Davis: The Address and The Dollhouse
Rosemary’s Baby– Ira Levin
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Maud Martha – Gwendolyn Brooks
Chris blogs at WildmooBooks
Poster Child: A Memoir – Emily Rapp
The Classics Club
Maurice – E.M. Forster

Episode 55 - Readalong discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks and our visit to Concord, MA

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Chris and Emily on a joint jaunt in Concord, MA.  Standing in front of the   Orchard House  - Louisa May Alcott's family home where she penned  Little Women .

Chris and Emily on a joint jaunt in Concord, MA. 
Standing in front of the  Orchard House - Louisa May Alcott's family home where she penned Little Women.

Episode Fifty Five 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.

Giveaway!
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (release date August 21st)
to enter: email us by July 31, 2018 – bookcougars@gmail.com

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle!

 – Currently Reading/Listening –
Middlemarch – George Eliot (CW)
The Masterpiece – Fiona Davis (EF)
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (CW)(EF) release date August 21st

– Just Read –
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After – Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (EF)
Chris DNF’d: The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House – Ben Rhodes (CW)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver (EF) (audio)
Transcendental Wild Oats – Louisa May Alcott (CW)
One of Ours – Willa Cather (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily went to Concord, MA and visited:
Concord Public Library
Barrow Bookstore – there audio series can be found here
Concord Bookshop
Sally Ann Food Shop
Orchard House – the home of Louisa May Alcott. To become a member click here.
Ralph Waldo Emerson House
The Old Manse
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Emily went to Breakwater Books to see Carl Zimmer discuss his book She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity  

July 19th Chris will be hosting the Willa Cather Book Club at Bookclub Bookstore & More

Emily watched two movies:
Me Before You based on the book by Jo Jo Moyes
Jack Reacher based on the book by Lee Child

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is heading to Chicago and plans to go see the American Writers Museum and the Gwendolyn Brooks statue

Emily is heading to Vermont and plans to go to: The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, VT, Crow Bookshop and the Chubby Muffin in Burlington, VT

July 19th Chris will be hosting the Willa Cather Book Club at Bookclub Bookstore & More

July 28th – Dewey’s Readathon

September 15th – Chris will moderate a session with Kimberly McCreight, author of the Outliers Trilogy, at Book Club Bookstore & More.

– Upcoming Reads –
Middlemarch –  George Eliot(CW)
Carnegie’s Maid – Marie Benedict (EF)

– Readalong –
March – Geraldine Brooks (CW)(EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Beowulf – Steven Mitchell
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
PBS Great American Read
Maud Martha – Gwendolyn Brooks
Roof Beam Reader TBR Challenge
Libby App
Hospital Sketches – Louisa May Alcott
Reconstucting Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
Mark Twain House
Life is Beautiful movie
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War – Tony Horwitz

Episode 54 - Reading Through A Heatwave!

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Episode Fifty 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.

Upcoming Readalongs
March – Geraldine Brooks – have comments to us by July 19th

Upcoming Book Release and Event
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (release date August 21st)
Check out upcoming events for the 150th anniversary of Little Women at Orchard House.

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle!

– Currently Reading/Listening –
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After – Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (EF)
One of Ours – Willa Cather (CW)

– Just Read –
Hope Never Dies – Andrew Shaffer (CW)
Providence – Caroline Kepnes (EF)
Women & Power: A Manifesto – Mary Beard (CW)
They May Not Mean To But They Do – Cathleen Schine (EF)
One Possible Life - Hannes Köhler (CW)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondō (CW) (audio)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily saw Matthew Dicks at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison with his new book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling

Chris visited the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT and saw a copy of the Declaration of Independence on display.


– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris and Emily will be heading to Orchard House – the home of Louisa May Alcott – on July 16th

July 19th Chris will be hosting the Willa Cather Book Club at Bookclub Bookstore & More

Emily is planning to attend Savoy Bookshop &  Café Harry Potter 20th Anniversary party on July 31st

The Book Cougars will be hosting an historical fiction author event in partnership with Bank Square Books at Mohegan Sun on September 27, 2018.

– Upcoming Reads –
March – Geraldine Brooks (CW)(EF)
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (CW)(EF) release date August 21st
The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House – Ben Rhodes (CW)
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers – edited by Brian Turner (CW)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver (EF) (audio)

– Also Mentioned –
The new library Libby App to download E-books and Audiobooks
Center for Fiction first novel prize list can be found here.
A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza
There There – Tommy Orange
Sadness is a White Bird – Moriel Rothman - Zecker
Man Booker Golden 50th Book Award
Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Willa Cather Novels: My Ántonia, The Song of the Lark, and O Pioneers!
Orchard House Conversation Series
Gwendolyn Brooks Statue in Chicago
57th Street Books
American Writers Museum

Poet Philip Larkin

This Be The Verse
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
      They may not mean to, but they do.   
They fill you with the faults they had
      And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
      By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
      And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
      It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
      And don’t have any kids yourself.

Episode 53 - Chris Talks Bone Fragments AND Our Little Women Readalong!

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Episode Fifty Three 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.

Upcoming Readalongs
March – Geraldine Brooks – have comments to us by July 19th

Upcoming Book Release and Event
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (release date August 21st)
Check out upcoming events for the 150th anniversary of Little Women at Orchard House.

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle!

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment – Robert Wright (CW)
Providence – Caroline Kepnes (EF)
The American Byron: Homosexuality The Fall of Fitz-Green Halleck – John Hallock (CW)

– Just Read –
Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver (EF) release date October 16, 2018
Chris DNF’d Fatal Crossing (Nora Sand #1) – Lone Theils, Translated by Charlotte Barslund (CW)
and she attempted to watch an adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock
It Happened at Two in the Morning – Alan Hruska (EF)
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II – Liza Mundy (CW)(audio)
A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris met John Valeri, Our Mystery Man, at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Chris attended Crime Conn at Ferguson Library on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Author panelists included:
China Trade – S.J. Rozan
Katie Torpey
Tom Straw
David Rich
David Handler
James Benn
Jane Cleland
Sacred Cows – Karen E. Olson
Charles Salzberg
Dr. Kristen Hartnett-McCann
Bill Curatolo
Jill Fletcher
Jeff Markowitz
Chris Knopf
Neil Nyren
Gina Panettieri
Sheryl Kayne

June 19, 2018 Emily saw Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, sponsored by Bank Square Books at Wheeler Library in North Stonington, CT.

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Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach

June 20, 2018 Emily and Chris went to see Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl, sponsored by Bank Square Books. Sadly, the event was postponed.

NYPL event archive of Roxane Gay in conversation with Aja Monet: https://www.nypl.org/audiovideo/live-nypl-roxane-gay-aja-monet-not-bad

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Matthew Dicks will be at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison with his new book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling.

Chris and Emily will be heading to Orchard House – the home of Louisa May Alcott.

– Upcoming Reads –
March – Geraldine Brooks (EF)
They May Not Mean To, But They Do – Cathleen Schine (EF)
Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 – R.A. Scotti (CW)
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear – Kim Brooks  (EF) release date August 21, 2018

– 5th Read Along –
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (EF) (CW)
The Goodreads discussion can be found here.

– Also Mentioned –
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver

Also by Robert Wright:
The Evolution of God
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

The Overstory – Richard Powers

Also by Barbara Kingsolver:
Bean Trees
Prodigal Summer
The Poisonwood Bible

The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton, James Patterson
The Pilgrims Progress – John Bunyan
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Henry David Thoreau
Margaret Fuller
Hospital Sketches – Louisa May Alcott

Episode 52 - What Does 70 Pounds of Books Look Like?!

We brought home 70 pounds of books from Book Expo 2018!!!

We brought home 70 pounds of books from Book Expo 2018!!!

Episode Fifty 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.

Upcoming Readalongs
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott – have comments to us by June 21st
March – Geraldine Brooks – have comments to us by July 19th

Congratulations to our 5oth Episode Giveaway winner – Jennifer and her daughter Lilly!

Upcoming Book Release and Event
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (release date August 21st)
Check out upcoming events for the 150th anniversary of Little Women at Orchard House.

Purchase Book Cougars Swag on Zazzle!

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Fatal Crossing (Nora Sand #1) – Lone Theils, Translated by Charlotte Barslund (CW)
Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver (EF) release date October 16, 2018
The American Byron: Homosexuality The Fall of Fitz-Green Halleck – John Hallock (CW)
It Happened at Two in the Morning – Alan Hruska (EF)
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II – Liza Mundy (CW)(audio)
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (EF) (audio narrator Lorelei King) (upcoming narrator Justine Eyre) (EF)

– Just Read –
Dream More – Dolly Parton (EF) (audio)
District VIII – Adam LeBor (CW)
From the Wreck – Jane Rawson (CW)
Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (CW)
Trench Dogs – Ian Densford (CW) – See other graphic novels being released from Naval Institute Press new imprint Dead Wreckening

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily went to NYC for Book Expo 2018, May 30-June 1, 2018.
Check out our YouTube videos from Book Expo.
Some authors, imprints, etc. from the week:
     Blackwing Pencils
     Out of Print Clothing
     But That’s Another Story – Will Schwalbe’s podcast
     Leigh Bardugo
     Wayetu Moore
     Rich Benjamin
     Susan Orlean
     Caroline Fraser
     Deborah Harkness
     Ibi Zoboi
     Sally Field
     Tony Kushner
     Michelle Obama
     Fiona DavisThe Masterpiece, The Dollhouse and The Address
     Tommy OrangeThere, There          
     Minotaur Books
     Alison Law – Literary Atlanta Podcast
     Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
     Abbi Jacobson
     Chris Gethard
     Len Riggio – CEO of Barnes and Noble

We brought home 70 pounds of books!

– Upcoming Jaunts –
The Book Cougars will be hosting an historical fiction author event in partnership with Bank Square Books at Mohegan Sun on September 27, 2018.

June 16, 2018 Chris will be attending a Behind the Scenes Tour of The Blackstone Library in Branford, CT.

Chris and Emily are hoping to head to the Noah Webster House in West Hartford, CT

June 19, 2018 Emily is planning to see Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, sponsored by Bank Square Books.

June 20, 2018 Emily is planning to see Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl, sponsored by Bank Square Books.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Lost Family – Jenna Blum (EF)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain (EF)
Middlemarch – George Eliot (CW)
Little Women – Louise May Alcott (CW)

– Also Mentioned –
Book Women Magazine             
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver
Lydia Maria Francis Child
Moby Dick
Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X, Alex Haley
Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
Literary Disco podcast
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
The Woman Upstairs
The Thurber House
Adam Bede – George Eliot
Book By Book blog – Sue Jackson – Join her Big Book Summer Challenge
Broad City

Episode 51 - BookExpo 2018 - Buzzy Books for the Coming Year!

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Episode Fifty 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.

Russell Gray’s Book Tube Channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/inkandpaperblog

– Russel’s Book Recommendations –
So Lucky – Nicola Griffith
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #10) – Becky Chambers
When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

– BookExpo Adult Editor’s Buzz 2018 –
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and The Novel that Scandalized the World – Sarah Weinman  release date September 11, 2018
She Would Be King – Wayétu Moore  release date September 11, 2018
There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir – Casey Gerald  release date October 2, 2018
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive – Stephanie Land release date January 29, 2019
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear – Kim Brooks  release date August 21, 2018
Ohio: A Novel – Stephen Markley  release date August 21, 2018

– BookExpo Young Adult Editor’s Buzz 2018 –
Darius the Great is Not Okay – Adib Khorram  release date August 28, 2018
The Girl King – Mimi Yu  release date August 28, 2018
Sadie – Courtney Summers  release date September 4, 2018
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan  release date November 6, 2018
The Similars – Rebecca Hanover  release date January 1, 2019

– Books Chris and Emily Were Really Excited To Acquire at BookExpo –
There, There – Tommy Orange (EF)
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and The Novel that Scandalized the World – Sarah Weinman (CW)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 20th Anniversary Editions with Brian Selznick illustrated covers (EF)
Hope Never Dies – Andrew Shaffer (CW)
Pride – Ibi Zoboi (CW)
The Library – Susan Orleans (CW)
Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions – Roz Chast and Patricia Marx (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Simon Savidge – The Readers Podcast
Jen Campbell
MercysBookishMusings
Hild - Nicola Griffith
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant – Roz Chast
Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York – Roz Chast
Lets Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties – Patricia Marx
Deborah Harkness All Souls Trilogy

 

Episode 50 - Our 5th Giveaway and 4th & 5th Readalongs Announced!

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Episode Fifty 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.

Upcoming Readalongs
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott – have comments to us by June 21st
March – Geraldine Brooks – have comments to us by July 19th

Swag to be included in our 5th giveaway - a banned book mug. The giveaway also includes a copy of  Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott and  March  by Geraldine Brooks. Enter the giveaway by June 1, 2018 by emailing  bookcougars@gmail.com .

Swag to be included in our 5th giveaway - a banned book mug. The giveaway also includes a copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and March by Geraldine Brooks. Enter the giveaway by June 1, 2018 by emailing bookcougars@gmail.com.

5oth Episode Giveaway
A banned books mug, a copy of Little Women and a copy of March for the upcoming readalongs please email us to enter the giveaway by June 1, 2018: bookcougars@gmail.com

Upcoming Book Release and Event
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women – Anne Boyd Rioux (release date August 21st)
Check out upcoming events for the 150th anniversary of Little Women at Orchard House.

– Currently Reading/Listening –
Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton – edited by Randy L. Schmidt (CW)
Dream More – Dolly Parton (EF) (audio)
District VIII – Adam LeBor (CW) release date June 5th
It Happened at Two in the Morning – Alan Hruska (EF)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture – edited by Roxane Gay (EF)

– Just Read –
The Overstory – Richard Powers (EF)
Bimini Twist: A Jane Bunker Mystery – Linda Greenlaw (CW) release date June 26th
Alternate Side – Anna Quindlen (EF)
Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder #1) – Linda Castillo (CW)
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say – Kelly Corrigan (EF)
Lighthouse Beach – Shelley Noble (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris joined Aunt Ellen in NYC to see an Encore Series show and explored Central Park in search of Fitz-Greene Halleck’s statue. She also found a new bookstore called Book Off.

Chris also went to see the new movie Book Club.

Emily watched the Amazon television series I Love Dick based on the book by Chris Kraus.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris and Emily are heading to NYC for Book Expo 2018, May 30-June 1.
BookCon is June2-3.

– Upcoming Reads –
Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison (EF)
My Ex-Life – Stephen McCauley (EF)
From the Wreck – Jane Rawson (CW)
The Lost Sailors – Jean-Claude Izzo (CW)
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion – Madeleine B. Stern and Leona Rostenberg (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Springs, NY
Little Men and Jo’s Boys - Louise May Alcott
The Great American Read from PBS
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Still Life with Bread Crumbs – Anna Quindlen
But That’s Another Story – Will Schwalbe’s podcast
The Middle Place and Glitter and Glue – Kelly Corrigan
Russell Gray of Ink and Paper Blog
Alison Law of Literary Atlanta podcast
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving – Jonathan Evison

Episode 49 - Our Mystery Man Returns!

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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

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Chris and Emily visited by  Northshire Bookstore  in Manchester, VT and  Northshire Bookstore  in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Chris and Emily visited by Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT and 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