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Jenn Northington

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Jenn Northington, a Director of Events and Programming, has been a bookslave all her life and has worked in books since 2004. She is also host of Get Booked Podcast.


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189: Magical Librarians and Kissing
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Get Booked
Amanda and Jenn discuss distracting reads, international parenting advice, Austen read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.This episode is sponsored by, The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele, and Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.FEEDBACKSex With Shakespeare by Jillian Keenan (rec’d by Miranda)Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland (rec’d by Jessica)Oral History by Lee Smith (rec’d by Jena)QUESTIONS1. Hey Amanda and Jen,I will be traveling to Iran this year and would love any book recommendations, either fiction or non fiction set in the country. I really enjoyed Persepolis but no comic books, please.Thank you in advance!-Luiza2. My mom has not read a book in over 20 years because her job is bananas. The only things she reads are ‘the journal of accountancy’ because it’s related to her job and ‘TIME’ magazine (for fun but I’m pretty sure she only looks at the pictures). SHE REALLY NEEDS HELP.She will be retiring in the next year and she has mentioned that she wants to try to read for fun now that she has more time. Myself, my brother, and her two retired sisters (my aunts) are all voracious readers and I think she feels a bit left out.She currently watches a lot of TV (easy when she’s tired from work). She watches things like ‘this is us’, ‘Life in Pieces’, and the hallmark channel. Could you help recommend some books that might help transition her from a tv couch potato to a book couch potato? She has stopped watching procedurals (CSI, Criminal Minds, etc) because apparently now they ‘scare’ her, so maybe try to avoid gorey murder-y type stuff.P.S. you have affirmative consent to use my name 🙂 PS you guys are awesome!!!!!-Courtney3. Hello – I am scheduled to have surgery in August, and the recovery period is much longer than I expected – at least 3-4 weeks spent pretty much in bed. I would love some recommendations to help me pass the time and distract me from the fact that I’m in pain and stuck in my house. It would be even more excellent if the book was available in audio format so it will take me longer to read and I don’t have to worry about carrying/holding it. I’m open to pretty much any genre. Some of my favorites authors are Louise Erdrich, Karen Russell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Peter Heller, and Scott Hawkins. Thank you so much!-Rachel4. I’m reading Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J. Rough and realizing that the “American expatriate compares parenting norms in their host country” is a type of book I want to read more of. Beyond Birds and Bees looks at human sexuality through the lens of Dutch society. I also liked Bringing Up Bebe’s look at food and France and Achtung Baby’s exploration of independence in Germany. I like learning that something that can seem so strange to me at first (like allowing a child to walk to school alone or play outside naked) is common practice somewhere and the examination of background and implications. These books are interesting and I think, help me parent more thoughtfully. Do you know of others?-Brooke5. Hello gals: just left my job (it’s bittersweet. I was unhappy, but met amazing people and loved what I was doing at times and looking forward with hope towards my next venture) and I am in a place where I am feeling A LOT OF BIG FEELINGS. I am looking for some fiction I can completely lose myself in so I don’t get bogged down in all of my emotions. I love all the queer YA, female-driven sci-fi, middle grade fantasy/adventure, to name a few. Recently loved books include Where the Crawdads Sing, What If It’s Us, Magic for Liars, Middlegame, This Is How It Always Is, Emergency Contact, The Fever King, Archenemies/Renegades/Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Scythe series, and Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I am also open to graphic novels and currently love/am reading my way through Lumberjanes. Thanks in advance!-Stephanie6. Hi Amanda and Jenn!As a die hard fan of Jane Austen, I’ve read and reread all the novels and have recently rediscovered Lady Susan thanks to an excellent audiobook edition. I wondered if you could recommend a comp, specifically with the following aspects in mind:Multiple unreliable narrators (or, varying knowledge & perspective among characters)Developing situation/schemeConniving, behind the scenes actionLight tone, lovely writingI’m currently reading Good Omens and I understand some Oscar Wilde plays have a similar vibe.Thank you!-Kelly7. Hey loves!I’m a huge fan of the show and many other BookRiot podcasts so I wanted to first say thank you for doing this! I’ve been introduced to SO MANY books that I love through these shows 🙂I am looking for some light sci-fi/surrealistic recommendations that will check some of the same boxes as Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. I tore through all three books last summer and was OBSESSED and so sad when it was over and have found myself looking for something that feels similar ever since. Haruki Murakami is also one of my most favorite authors, and although his style is quite different that VanderMeer, I think the common denominator for me is the way that these totally out there, usually quite unsettling events take place within very real, familiar settings and often build in intensity as the story progresses. I’m not a huge fan of full blown fantasy where the stories are set in totally foreign worlds where the main characters are different species, etc, and I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi but I’m not really interested in distant future space/alien stories, super tech-y intergalactic battles, or anything taking place on another planet. I’d love to find something set in either a present-day or near-future Earth with a heavy dose of trippy, surreal weirdness.Thanks in advance and keep doing this rad work 🙂-KaylahBOOKS DISCUSSEDAmong the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat KhanReading Lolita in Tehran by Azar NafisiThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidKitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan StrabalAmberlough by Lara Elena DonnellyMaud’s Line by Margaret Verble (tw: cow & dog death)How to Raise Successful People by Esther WojcickiThere’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurkSorcery of Thorns by Margaret RogersonThe Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis HallThe Purveen Mistry mysteries (Widows of Malabar Hill #1) by Sujata MasseyMuch Ado About Nothing by William ShakespeareLongbourn by Jo BakerKraken by China MievilleRosewater by Tade Thompson
188: Being Terrified Is My Jam
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Get Booked
Jenn and Kelly discuss camping reads, transhumanist SF, healthy cookbooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.This episode is sponsored by, Green Chef, and The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.Questions1. Hello Ladies,I have been an avid listener and a growing book devour-er since starting to listen to all sorts of awesome bookish podcasts such as yourselves.This past weekend I DEVOURED Kitchen Counter Cooking School, am anxiously awaiting Garlic and Sapphires and since then have fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole of food, diet and health.I have recently found out that I am both Gluten and Lactose Intolerant and after watching Rotten and Veducated online I now want to go Vegan – OMG have you watched these?!?I have downloaded, but have yet to start reading The Skeptical Vegan, but are there any other books that you (or Miss Liberty) can recommend that would help me on my merry way?Hungry for Advice,-SoniaANDHello, I love your podcast. Thank you for doing it! I am wanting to eat healthier. I am interested in cookbooks that focus on healthy meals but on a budget. I am not opposed to cookbooks that feature vegetarian or vegan meals but don’t want something that focuses on “fad diets”. Thank you!-Maggie2. Hello –I’m a public librarian serving our local middle school. I have a 7th grade teacher looking for read-a-likes to S.E. Hinton’s THE OUTSIDERS. They do not want other S.E. Hinton titles, yet still want titles that are age-appropriate for a 7th grade public school. The titles I find tend to be more appropriate for high school, and not middle grade (for example, David Arnold’s KIDS OF APPETITE, which is not an option for classroom use due to language).Any thoughts or assistance appreciated.Thank you-David3. Amanda & Jenn –I love your show and have found many great recs for my TBR and titles for my classroom library. I’m a ninth grade English teacher and my students do independent reading throughout the year. It is amazing to see their diverse interests, but one common love by many this past year has been The Martian by Andy Weir. I never know what to suggest to them next after this book and many times they have book hangovers after this read. Help me help them find a read alike for this novel!Thank you.-Sarah4. Hi ladies! I’ve asked questions in the show before and was super happy with the recs (especially Her Body and Other Parties, amazing!) so thank you so much and also I’m back for more. I’ve been in a real non fiction kick lately and would love some recommendations for non fiction, especially historical, that reads like a novel/is very readable. In addition to that I would really prefer to read something in translation or about other countries since I’m not american or particularly interested in US history. Bonus points for greek, french, or south american history/historical figures, but not essential.-Celina5. Hi! Love your podcast! I’m a PhD student so I spend all my life reading heavy academic texts, and it means my pleasure reading is suffering, I’m reading lots of chick lit because it’s so predictable it doesn’t matter that I’m exhausted!I’m after some recommendations of things that are easy to read but a bit more exciting. When I do have the energy I love thriller/crime books and YA (especially queer fiction). Not so keen on fantasy/sci fi. Fave authors are probably Becky Abertalli and Rachel Abbott-Caroline6. I’m looking for book recommendations for an upcoming camping trip. It will be just me and my husband relaxing in the woods, hiking etc. Last year I read Undaunted Courage and really loved reading about their journey while I had a much more modern adventure. Doesn’t necessarily have to be nonfiction but does have to be paperback (easy to carry). Thanks!-Reid7. Hello! I’ve been growing more interested in reading transhuman science fiction. Specifically books that feature mind hacking, mind uploading, or resleeving into artificial bodies. Some similar books I’ve read are Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love.It would be a bonus if the recommendations included either romance or horror, and double bonus if they feature LBGTQ characters and issues!-KellyBooks DiscussedFrugal Vegan by Katie Koteen and Kate KasbeeThe Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine DonofrioMonster by Walter Dean MyersAll American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan KielyLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth PfefferPacking for Mars by Mary RoachThe Lost City of Z by David GrannThe Black Count by Tom ReissThe Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina KhanA Line in the Dark by Malinda LoBraiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall KimmererThe River of Doubt by Candice MillardFeed by MT AndersonUpgraded, edited by Neil Clarke
187: Quippy Clever Space Books
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Amanda and Jenn discuss audiobooks for the whole family, high-stakes sci-fi, experimental fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.This episode is sponsored by audiobooks, Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, and Kingdom of Exiles by Maxim M. Martineau.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.FeedbackLab Girl by Hope Jahren (rec’d by Miranda)American Fire by Monica Hesse (rec’d by Miranda)Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (rec’d by Miranda)Questions1. Hey guys! So in a few weeks I’m getting married (yay!!!) and then honeymooning in Mexico. I’m looking for some good recommendations to read while at the beach. I’m a therapist and work mostly with adolescents so I’m always looking for novels with adolescent protagonists to better understand my clients. I would love to hear your recommendations for YA fiction. Bonus points for a book series and for having a romance subplot. Some YA books I’ve liked in the past are Little Fires Everywhere, Hunger Games series and the Selection. I’ve already read To All The Boys I’ve Loved before and don’t love the writing style (but loved the movie). Please no John Green. Thanks so much!–Emily2. My husband’s birthday is in August and I’d love to get him a book this year. He’s not as big a reader as I am, but he enjoys it when the right book grabs him. Ready Player One and The Martian were two books that immediately struck me when I read them as being tailor-made for him, and he loved them both (back before either of them were movies). I next tried 11/22/63, because I thought he’d appreciate the interesting take on time travel. It took him over a year to finally get through because it just didn’t have that same gotta-read-it-NOW energy (though he assures me that he did enjoy it).I haven’t gifted him a book in a few years, since I haven’t found anything else that screamed “he needs to read this.” My own reading has slowed down quite a bit since we had kids, so the chances of my stumbling across his next RPO/Martian are slimmer than ever, and I’m hoping you can help me.In addition to the ones I mentioned, some of his favorite books are LOTR, the Eragon series, the Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow series, White Fang, and Call of the Wild.Thanks, love the show!–Charlie3. Hi Jenn and Amanda!Long time listener to the podcast here. I love your show, though it has roughly doubled my TBR, so thanks for that. LolMy family is taking an epic Western road trip for two and a half weeks in July, driving from Ohio to Montana and Wyoming to visit Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, as well as some smaller parks and sites along the way. I would love a recommendation for an audiobook that we could listen to together to keep kids off of personal technology for at least some of the trip.We haven’t really listened to audiobooks as a family before, and I’m running into some challenges in trying to choose. I am easy—read everything and anything. My husband typically prefers non-fiction, but could be flexible. My son is almost 13 and likesScience and history, both fiction and nonfiction. He does NOT enjoy most fantasy. My daughter is 9 and prefers fiction. She has a VERY active imagination and is easily scared by creepy things—for example, Harry Potter is too scary.Can you please help us find something fun to listen to that will get us all on the same page, so to speak, as we spend many hours together in the car? I’m not having success finding something that scratched everyone’s particular itch, but is still engaging and fun to listen to.–Erica4. Hi Ladies! I love the podcast and am hoping you can help me out. I have two kids, an 8 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. When they were little, I used to read to them every night before bed but as they got older we stopped and I missed it. Recently I convinced them to start reading together again and for our first book I picked Refugee by Alan Gratz which has been good but intense and sad. Could you give us some suggestions for our next book? We’d like something more light hearted and fun. They’ve both read the Harry Potter books through book 5 and my son has read all the Land of Stories books. My daughter suggested Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan or Mr. Limoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein but she’s already read both of those and I’d like to read something new to all of us. Thanks for your help! —Heather5. Over the last year I have slowly succeeded in turning my husband into a reader, now he wants to read books together. Last month we read Where The Crawdads Sing, it was his pick. It was a great experience, but now we are stuck trying to find a second book.He has suggested Educated or A Serial Killer’s Daughter, however, I am in my last semester of law school and already spend all day reading about tragedy and humans being horrible to other humans, I just cannot handle the tough stuff at the moment. I’ve tried to suggest a Bill Bryson book (he loved the adaptation of A Walk in the Woods) or some food micro histories (he is a major foodie) but he has turned them all down. His taste in books seems to be evolving rapidly and I am out of ideas. I’ll read anything that isn’t particularly emotionally taxing (Crawdads was in the grey area). Thanks for any help you can provide!In the last year he has read: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, The Martian, Ready Player One, World War Z, the Game of Thrones series, and a David Attenborough memoir.–Michelle6. Hello! I adore books where the language usage or the writing format is as important to the story as the story itself. Books I’ve loved are The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (where the author writes in his version of Middle English), Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (where the story is told through letters by people who aren’t allowed to use certain letters of the alphabet), and Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (where the novel is about a poem but the actual story is told primarily through the footnotes of the poem analysis). I’ll read any genre or subject matter, but please don’t recommend S. by JJ Abrams because that’s already on my shortlist TBR, or Finnegan’s Wake because I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready to attempt it. 😉 Thank you!–Nicole7. Hi there,I’m a huge fan of your podcast and it makes every Thursday more bearable at my terrible job. I’d love to hear your recs on a niche book I’m looking for.As a sexual assault survivor, I’ve found some healing through fiction that focuses on survivors and how they rebuilt their lives. Some examples of ones that have helped include: Luckiest Girl Alive, Speak, An Untamed State, Big Little Lies, The Fact of a Body and Any Man. I am specifically looking for fiction at this point.It’s a really thin line to walk, but books like All is Not Forgotten and Lucky by Alice Sebold were so triggering I wasn’t able to get very far. I’m hoping for something that focuses less on the act and more on the emotional roller coaster and fight to survive/thrive that comes after.Thank you for any recommendations you can provide.Best,–KayeBooks DiscussedRenegades by Marissa MeyerFor A Muse of Fire by Heidi HeiligThe Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersA Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex WhiteYS Lee Agency series (#1: A Spy in the House)The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartDragon Pearl by Yoon Ha LeeCity of the Beasts by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers PedenThe Library Book by Susan Orlean (rec’d by Cassie)Yes, Chef by Marcus SamuelssonA Void by Georges PerecA Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (tw: sexual assault, suicide)Blood Water Paint by Joy McCulloughWe’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
186: #186: What's The Word For Cute-Sad?
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Get Booked
Amanda and Jenn discuss Norwegian authors, multigenerational family novels, thrillers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.This episode is sponsored The Guest Book by Sarah Blake and Audible.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.FeedbackEat Up by Ruby Tandoh (rec’d by Caroline)Questions1. Hey Get Booked! Thank you for the invaluable service you provide. I’m traveling to Norway for a few weeks this summer and I’d like to read a novel set in Norway and by a Norwegian author. Ideally it would have a strong sense of place. I’m trying not to read books by cis men, so if you could avoid them, that would be great! I like most genres, but I’m not interested in children’s or middle grade books. YA might be okay if it isn’t about teen romance. Books I’ve read and loved recently include the Broken Earth Trilogy, Trail of Lightning, Normal People, Mr. Splitfoot, Everything Under, Unmarriageable, and Made for Love.-Caroline 2. Hi Amanda and Jenn,I am very afraid of flying and have a work trip coming up (11h flight). I need a book that will keep me hooked for hours but won’t build up my anxiety.I do have a few restrictions: I recently went through a traumatic event and anything including/mentioning shootings or terrorism will trigger my anxiety. So please nothing including these topics. Of course, I would also like to avoid anything involving a plane crash 😀I usually reach for thrillers when traveling but I’m open to any genre. Some of my favorite books I read in the last couple years are: This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Circe by Madeleine Miller, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and of course, all of Gillian Flynn’s books.Thanks!-Gabi 3. I recently made the transition from reading majority YA to majority adult fiction and am still figuring out my reading tastes, however, just this week I started reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and it’s ticking a lot of boxes. I’m really enjoying how the novel explores the journey of one family through various decades, countries and historical events. I was hoping you’d be able to recommend more books which also follow characters across many years as they live through turbulent historical and political times. Bonus points for non-American settings and lgbt themes if possible (and please, less incest).(Extra info: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne is already on my TBR, and I’ve listened to most of your previous episodes so if you’ve mentioned a book a few times, I’m probably already aware of it. Love the podcast by the way!)-Grace 4. Hi Amanda and Jen!I’m going on a vacation with the boyfriend this month and am looking for some beach reads. I’ve recently loved authors like Jasmine Guillory where I can breeze through the book and that still include strong female leads. BUT I’m wondering if there are books that will soothe my big relationship fear of being in a committed relationship when an intriguing new person swoops in to steal either me or my partner, having been the true soulmate all along. Are there any books when a character meets someone new but decides to stay with their significant other and is happier for it? Do those exist? I absolutely adore your podcast for inspiring me to seek books my heart needs instead of just passively receiving whatever I find in stores!Wishing you all the best,-Hannah-Grace 5. Hello! I love this pod!! I’m reading War for the Oaks based on a rec from Jenn for another request, and am enjoying it immensely. I wish I’d had it early last year when I sunk into a comfortable mode of fey in the “modern” day, with Stiefvater’s Ballad, Dean’s Tam Lin, and Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock. Do you have any recs for books with this sort of theme, and tone? Not so much a fan of Terri Windling, Holly Black and Charles de Lint. Love love Robin McKinley and Helen Oyeyemi. Please something without explicit sexual or violent content. Thank you!!-no name 6. My 10 year old son, 13 year old daughter and I listen to audiobooks every day on the drive to and from school, but it’s become increasingly difficult to find books that all of us like. His genre is mischievous boys making trouble. Hers is middle grade or YA fantasy. Mine is literary fiction. I need well-written and well-narrated; he wants funny and exciting but not scary; she’s the most flexible. Past successes are Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, The Terrible Two series, The Mysterious Benedict Society series, the Greenglass House series, Better Nate Than Ever series, True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, The Wednesday Wars, Imaginarium Geographica series, and obviously Harry Potter. Weirdly, neither of them liked Narnia, His Dark Materials, or Artemis Fowl. Daily drives without a good book are not fun around here! Help, please!!-Julie 7. I’m a Christian and I’m also an immigrant-loving feminist. Since the 2016 election I’ve found myself increasingly distanced from the Evangelical community because I just can’t stomach their continued support of evil men and hateful policies. Sometimes I think I’m ready to give up on the Church, but I’m not ready to give up on God. I guess I just feel alone and since I always take comfort in reading, I’m looking for books by or about someone who loves Jesus and also hangs out with gays and Muslims and shows up to all the Women’s Marches. I’ve recently read everything by Rachel Held Evans, and I’m heartbroken over her death. Please tell me there’s someone else like her out there somewhere. Thank you so much!-Autumn Books DiscussedThe Faster I Walk the Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, Kerri A. Pierce (Translator)The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdattar #1) by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina NunnallyMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (tw: incest and suicide)Pachinko by Min Jin LeePost: Multigenerational Family NovelsNo One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh SatyalForbidden by Beverly JenkinsWaiting in the Wings by Tara FrejasThe Hum and the Shiver by Alex BledsoeUnraveling by Karen Lord (tw: mentions of violence, incl. harm to children, but nothing too explicit)Alanna by Tamora PierceThe True Meaning of Smekday by Adam RexGod Land by Lyz Lenz (out August 1)Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber (rec’d by Amanda)
185: #185: Just A Scarlet O'Hara Wannabe: All Nonfiction Pt. 2
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Amanda and Jenn do another round of nonfiction questions this week on Get Booked.This episode is sponsored by All the Books, Re-entry by Peter Cawdron, and The Handmaid’s Tale: Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Renee Nault.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.Questions1. My dad is a huge American history buff, but he is also conservative (yikes for liberal me). I want to get him a book he’ll enjoy about American history but would love some recs for female authors or native voices. Right now, he is really into revolutionary war time biographies as well as books about native culture in early America. He doesn’t read fiction (but maybe a bomb historical fiction that’s hyper truth-based?). I want to gently open his eyes to diverse writers (without spooking him like a baby deer). Thanks so much! and love from PHILLY!!!-Stephanie 2. Hi, Amanda and Jenn! I listen to your show every week, and my TBR list keeps growing. But, here I am, with a request all the same.I recently read Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, and I couldn’t put it down. It was a new experience because I don’t usually read a lot of nonfiction or memoirs. And it’s something I want to change about my reading life.I’m a teacher and scholar, so I often read many academic texts and essays for work. And, when I have time to read something for pleasure, I gravitate more toward fiction, something with a driving plot that keeps drawing me in.I also have trouble reading memoirs because many feel inauthentic to me, or I just simply can’t relate (e.g. Eat, Pray, Love). So, how very surprising that I would fall in love with a book that was, in part, about falconry. Specifically, I loved the beauty of the book, its language, and the descriptions of nature. I also related to the author’s authentic and open description of her grief after losing her father. But, it also had a driving plot that drew me in again and again. Surely, there are other memoirs and nonfiction titles that can cure my book hangover and fill a very large gap in my reading list. Thanks in advance for the help!-Kelli 3. Hey Amanda and Jen! I recently started watching and fell in love with the new Hulu show ‘The Path.’ I also recently listened to Leah Remini’s ‘Troublemaker’ memoir on audio and I’ve found myself really interested in reading more about cults. I’m open to memoir, nonfiction, or fiction books that examine the nature of cults and either living in them or escaping from them. Thanks for the suggestions!-Jackie 4. I’ve been watching The Ascent of Woman on Netflix, and now I’m just dying to read some nonfiction books about women in history. I want some history books about kick ass women in history, and you two seem like the people to ask.I have a particular fascination with ancient history, and the Middle Ages, so if you guys know of any books about those times it would be great. Otherwise I’m fine with pretty much any time, as long as it’s not too modern. Basically the older the better.(P.S. I’ve already read Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, and Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon, and The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall is on my TBR list.)-Donna 5. Hi! I love your podcast and was happy you moved from biweekly to weekly productions.I’m looking for nonfiction recommendations. I’m a writer and tend toward creative nonfiction, but I have trouble to find nonfiction that I find as enjoyable and interesting as I find fiction. Some books that I have enjoyed are Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face, Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty, Mindy Kaling’s memoirs, and Sloane Crosley’s essays (interestingly, I did not enjoy her novel as much as her nonfiction). Do you have any other rec’s for a fiction reader and nonfiction writer?Thanks!-Taryn 6. I’m pretty fascinated by serial killers and would like book recommendations about either real serial killers or fictional. I recently read The Girls (and didn’t realize it was about the Charles Manson group until afterwards- face palm). I liked the book and am looking for more like that. There are so many nonfiction books about serial killers that aren’t well written, I think mostly because they are written by newspaper columnists who wrote about the story at the time in the news and then crammed all the articles into a book, lacking flow. Major bonus points: I read a book about serial killers about 10 years ago, it was a conglomeration of nonfiction short stories about serial killers and their background, basically how they became serial killers (their childhood, abuse they faced, etc) but, for the life of me, I cannot find that book again, if you can find it that would be amazing. THANKS!-Tracey 7. Whenever I hear about a new feminist essay collection or memoir, I get really excited, run out to get the book, and then am crushingly disappointed. I don’t quite understand why I’m so often disappointed by these books, but it’s definitely a recurring problem – and it’s very frustrating! I love the IDEA of the books and always start out so optimistic, but it seems like the essay and memoir formats just don’t work for me. Can you recommend some feminist reading that is NOT a memoir or essay collection? Either fiction or nonfiction is fine.-Heidi Books DiscussedThese Truths by Jill LeporeA World On Fire by Amanda Foreman (rec’d by Liberty)The Cooking Gene by Michael W. TwittyBraiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall KimmererThe Road to Jonestown by Jeff GuinnEscape by Carolyn Jessop and Laura PalmerLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen AbbottEmpress by Ruby LalSmoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (YouTube: Ask a Morticianand Recommended)My Own Devices by Dessa (Recommended and TEDx)I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamaraThe Red Parts by Maggie NelsonAll the Single Ladies by Rebecca TraisterThe Feminist Utopia Project, edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
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