Sarah and Ellison Weist convene for the fourth annual summer reading podcast to discuss their favorite new books—plus a few fabulous classics. They start with fiction, and the duo soon realizes how many of the novels have a British bent to them. Fittingly, Ellison makes excellent use of the adjective “twee” with regards to a ballyhooed book she recommends steering clear of. Sarah voices her Jetsonian desire about a new way to experience books. Sprinkled amidst the literary conversation are mentions of film and TV adaptations of stories—and numerous “hot vicar” allusions! The BAMRs recommend a few non-fiction tomes. Ever-in-the-know, Ellison also offers numerous suggestions for books coming out in the next few months, including a collection of short stories by Tom Hanks. Below are all the new books mentioned in the episode, plus a few novels Sarah and Ellison can’t let go of.

The gals talk movies (and more) in the intro; the book talk starts at 13:49.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

American War by Omar El Akkad

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Party by Elizabeth Day

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Best Land under Heaven: the Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis

Grocery: the Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

The Misfortunes of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott

Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan

Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (yeah, THAT Tom Hanks!)

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

Blue Horse Dreaming by Melanie Wallace

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Train Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Tales from Another Mother Runner by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

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