#397: Winter Reading Recommendations

Sarah and Ellison “Book Bully” Weist get cozy and delve into a discussion of their favorite new—and upcoming—books. The books they recommend and are looking forward to, plus one suggested by producer Alex Ward are:

Boom Town: the Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City by Sam Anderson

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The conversation turns from letter-writing to books at 13:21.


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3 responses to “#397: Winter Reading Recommendations

  1. Thanks for the recommendations, Elizabeth! So many books, only one pair of eyeballs…. Ohhh, Kristen, I envy you getting to hear Ann P read from her latest. On my bucket list is a visit to Parnassus. Keep reading King’s ON WRITING. I think it’s one of the best, right up there with BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. Then start DUTCH HOUSE and be inspired. Thank you both for listening!

  2. The first two books I’ve read in 2020 were both great and higly recommended. First was “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World” by Elif Shafak. Second book is “Little” by Edward Carey. Happy reading !

  3. Dutch House is set in Elkins Park, not mainline, I thought. Opposite side of the city [Philly], but thrilled to hear you review this. I was there when Ann Patchett spoke about it here in EP–live around the corner. I have it on the list for reading 2020 — Your reviews are making me want to drop King’s “On Writing” memoir and start “Dutch House” instead; OMG I just LOL’ed at your comment about “no one is supposed to like Olive!” I loved that book, and do plan to read “Olive, Again.” And for Adrienne: I forgot that you like sci-fi and have you read “The Library at Mount Char?” Once you review “The Testaments” I will be curious to hear.

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