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
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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