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June 22, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S. 6 Ep. 138 - Treks from Toddlers to Teens with Guest Kate Wickers

This is the time of year when lots and lots of people travel so it makes sense to have a travel memoirist on our show. Kate Wickers is a British writer who has spent 25 years or so writing about her extensive travel experiences and publishing in magazines and newspapers all over the world. When COVID hit, she decided to turn her many travels with her husband and three sons into a collection of essays about what travel has meant to their family and the lessons they’ve learned from the experiences travel has given them.


Her memoir, Shape of a Boy, offers a collection of really great stories that will make any parent who has traveled with children go down their own memory lane to remember both the highs and lows of travel when kids are involved. And we’re not the only ones who think her memoir is pretty awesome. National Geographic Traveller listed it as one of the “9 Best Travel Books for 2022.”

You can find Kate Wickers on Instagram at @wickers.kate and at her website

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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

1- Shape of a Boy by Kate Wickers

2- The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
3- Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal
4- The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple by Ben Aitken
5- The Gran Tour: Travels with My Elders by Ben Aitken
6- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
7- Da Vinci's Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock




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June 15, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S. 6 Ep. 137 -Hello Summer Reading with Guest Bookseller Sam Miller - 6/15/22

Once again we have our favorite local bookseller, Sam Miller, of Carmichaels Books in Louisville KY on the show to talk about summer reads. She is like our in house book seller who joins us every summer and winter to tell us what is new and notable in bookstores.  

Not all of these books are the typical fluffy summer books about the beach and booze; we have her cover all genres—sci/fi, cookbooks, local authors, YA, and literary fiction. We always enjoy when Sam visits us. And this week besides us, she also got to visit with resident cat Miso who was spreading the love around in the studio while we were recording.

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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

1- The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb

2- Shirley Jackson:  A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
3- In Defense of Witches by Mona Chollet
4- This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
5- Horse by Geraldine Brooks
6- Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane
7- Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
8- The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
9- Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
10- How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann
11- Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi 
12- Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
13- A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
14- A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
15- Little Brother by Sallie Bingham
16- The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke by Sallie Bingham
17- Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith
18- Shifty’s Boys by Chris Offut
19- These Killing Hills by Chris Offut
20- Kentucky Straight by Chris Offut
21- These Prisoning Hills by Christopher Rowe
22- River of the Gods by Candice Millard
23- The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
24- You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe
25- Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe
26- Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
27- Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
28- I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
29- An Immense World by Ed Yong
30- Tree Thieves by Lyndsie Bourgon
31- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
32- Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
33- The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
34- The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay
355- Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
36- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
37- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
38- Family of Liars by E. Lockhart
39- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
40- Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert
41- The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson
42- Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
43- I Dream of Dinner So You Don’t Have To by Ali Slagle
44- Snacks for Dinner by Lukas Volger
45- Watermelon and Red Birds by Nicole Taylor
46- Passersthrough by Peter Rock
47- My Old Kentucky Home by Emily Bingham 
48- How The Word is Passed by Clint Smith
49- Heartbreak: A Personal  and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams
50- Six Days in Rome by Francesca Giacco
51- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Shows mentioned—
Justified (FX and Hulu 2010-2016)


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June 8, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S. 6 E. 136 - A Man, A Boy, A Mom, A Pig, and Ben Franklin with Guest Donna Gordon 6-8-22

In this episode, we chat with debut novelist Donna Gordon. While she has a long background as a poet and short story writer, she ventured into writing a novel when two ideas began swirling around in her head. 


Her novel, What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me, tells the story of two characters, Lee and Tomás,  who seem to have nothing that connects them and yet they do. It’s a novel that deals with some heavy topics in a way that doesn’t leave you despondent but instead you feel strangely hopeful. It was recently named one of "45 Books We're Excited About from Indie Presses in 2022" by the Indepdendt Book Review.  Donna’s book hits bookstore shelves today.



You can find Donna Gordon on instagram at @donnagordon8994 and at her website

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Books Mentioned in This Episode:
1- What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me by Donna Gordon
2- Lesser Saints by Donna Gordon
3- The Little School by Alicia Partnoy
4- You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile edited by Alicia Partnoy
5- The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
6- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
7- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
8- Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
9- Six Days in Rome by Francesca Giacco
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June 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S.6 Ep. 135 - Good Press with Guest Sarah Munroe 6-1-22

Readers have heard of the big 5 publishing companies that include Harper Collins, and Penguin/Random House. But there is something really special about university presses. Unfortunately, they don’t often get the attention they deserve. Sarah Munroe, Marketing Manager and Acquisitions Editor at West Virginia University Press, is our guest this week who talks to us about what makes a university press special and how they operate differently from the big 5. 


One of the unique things about them is that they can and do feature more diverse voices and topics than what major publishers are willing to put out there. Former guest Neema Avashia, author of Another Appalachia, was published by WVU Press and she is just one of the diverse voices that readers can find at smaller publishers. WVU Press has made some pretty important headlines lately after their author Deesha Philyaw’s book The Secret Lives of Church Ladies became a finalist for the National Book Award in 2020. 


While we definitely book nerd out with Sarah, we hope you stay tuned to what was supposed to be her 3 in the Third Degree where we asked only one question but learned a ton about her abiding love for dinosaurs and how they were part of her wedding ceremony with her husband. 

You can find WVU Press at their website, and on instagram and twitter @wvupress and Facebook at West Virginia University Press. 

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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

1- Another Appalachia by Neema Avashia

2- Bad Tourist by Suzanne Roberts

3- The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

4- Deer Season by Erin Flanagan

5- Even As We Breathe by Annette Sanuooke Clapsaddle

6- Ghosts of New York by Jim Lewis

7- Foote: A Mystery Novel by Tom Bredehoft

8- Lioness by Mark Powell

9- Curing Season by Kristine Langley Mahler

10- Kindred by Octavia Butler

11- Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemisin

12- Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

13- Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

14- The Kill by Richard House

15- City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

16- The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Greene

17- Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Podcast mentioned:

Strong Sense of Place hosted by Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys

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May 25, 2022 @ 8:21 am

REPLAY Travel Expectations with guests Amber Share and Suzanne Roberts

It's travel season and a great time to revisit our episode with travel writers and illustrators Amber Share and Suzanne Roberts. This week’s episode is jam-packed with travel writing. .

Our first guest is not a writer, but a graphic designer who began making cool illustrated posters of national parks on an Instagram account called Subpar Parks. Amber Share couples her illustrations with terrible one-star Yelp reviews those parks receive from visitors who weren’t terribly impressed with majestic things like The Grand Canyon and Old Faithful. Those illustrations have gone viral and she recently collected them all in book format and included facts about each national park from park rangers. Her book, SubPar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors is a New York Times Bestseller.

Our second guest is writer Suzanne Roberts, who National Geographic named a “Next Great Travel Writer.” Her most recent book, Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel, has received many awards including the Independent Publisher Book Award and National Indie Excellence Awards. She weaves a story of maturing as a woman and becoming a veteran traveler. Her book will make you laugh but it also gets serious, and those serious essays make her humor seem all the more poignant.

You can find Amber Share on social media at @subparparks or at her website And Suzanne Roberts can be found on instqgram @suzanneroberts28 or on her website at

Books Mentioned in This Episode:
1- SubPar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors by Amber Share
2- Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love & Travel by Suzanne Roberts
3- My Antonia by Willa Cather
4- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
5- Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
6- The Innocents by Michael Crummey
7- The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
8- Dispatches from Pluto: Lost & Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
9- The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

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May 18, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S. 6 Ep. 134 Hyphenated Lives with Guest Namrata Patel 5-18-22

Namrata Patel has been writing for 20 years, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that she had more time to work on it. She had always been interested in dual culture and challenges of the diaspora, specifically Indians who had moved to the United States. The isolation of COVID really brought home how lonely life can be if you don’t feel like you fit anywhere. Her debut novel The Candid Life of Meena Dave follows a photojournalist who inherits an apartment from a stranger. The apartment in Back Bay Boston surrounds her with a close-knit network of other Indian-Americans.  Meena comes to learn more about herself and her culture, as well as understands the gift of found family and friendship through this experience.

The book comes out June 1 but those book lovers who have Amazon Prime can download her book for free during the month of May with their First Reads program.  If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you are able to download 1 free book a month from their First Reads selections which are editor favorites hitting bookshelves the following month.  Just search First Reads in the search bar.  



You can find Namrata Patel on instagram at @namratapatelauthor, on Twitter at Nampatel or on her author website,


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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

1- A Room With a View by E. M. Forester

2- Six Days in Rome by Franscesca Giacco

3- My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

4- The Candid Life of Meena Dave by Namrata Patel

5- Books by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

6- Leonard: My Life as a Cat by Carly Sarosiak
7- The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
8- The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl
9- Word by Word by Kory Stamper
10- Tidepool by Nicole Willson
11- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
13- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
14- Persuasion by Jane Austen
16- FBI/US Attorneys series by Julie James
17- Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
Movies mentioned--
ET: The ExtraTerrestrial (1982)
Shows mentioned--
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
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May 11, 2022 @ 12:00 am

S. 6Ep. 133 New Sheriff In Town with Guest Jess Montgomery

This week we talk to our first mystery series author: Jess Montgomery. The first book in her 4-book Kinship mystery series is The Widows which introduces us to Lilly Ross, a wife and mother in 1920s rural Ohio whose husband Daniel, the county sheriff, is killed in the line of duty.  The town council asks Lilly to take over the sheriff’s position for the rest of the term and the first crime she wants to investigate is the murder of her husband.  Lilly Ross is inspired by a real Ohio woman named Maud Colins who also became one of the first female sheriffs in the United States after her husband, also the sheriff, was murdered.  


Jess’ most recent novel, The Echoes, was published this past March and follows Lilly and the townspeople of Kinship, OH as they reckon with ghosts of World War 1 some 10 years later.  Many of the men served. While some, like Lilly’s brother, died in The Great War, many others came back with emotional scars that affect their personal choices and the town at large. 

You can find Jess Montgomery on instagram at @jessmontgomeryauthor or on her author website, .

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Books Mentioned in this Episode:

1- The Widows by Jess Montgomery (Kinship series)
2- The Echoes by Jess Montgomery (Kinship series)
3- Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen Kirby 
4- Deer Season by Erin Flanagan
5- How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
6- The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans








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May 5, 2022 @ 7:55 am

S. 6 Ep. 132 Whodunit In The Family with Guest Court Stevens 5-4-22

Our guest this week, Court Stevens is outreach director for a public library and the author of 6 young adult suspense novels.  Her most recent, We Were Kings, came out this past February and is her contemporary version of an Agatha Christie locked room mystery where our main character, Nyla King’s dysfunctional family and juicy secrets means everyone is a suspect of a murder that took place 20 years earlier.

You can find Court Stevens on instagram at @quartland or on her author website,  

To find out more about Foxing Books, go to their Instagram at @foxingbooktore.                                                                                                                                                                                       


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Books Mentioned in this Episode:

1- Ruta Sepetys books
2- David Arnold books
3- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
4- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
6- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
7- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
8- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
9- The June Boys by Court Stevens
10- We Were Kings by Court Stevens
11- Faking Normal by Court Stevens
12- When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
13- The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
14- Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
15- Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
16- On Animals by Susan Orlean
Movies mentioned--
1- Knives Out (2019)
2- The Green Mile (1991)
3- The Life of David Gale (2003)

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April 26, 2022 @ 4:29 pm

S. 6 Ep. 131 Thrill Seekers with Guest Chelsea Hofmann

Our guest this week, Chelsea Hofmann, loves to feel her pulse quicken and gets excited by the idea that anything could happen. She lives her life spontaneously so her love of the thriller genre with its twists, turns, and surprise endings fit her personality just fine.

After finishing college and moving to Southern California with her husband, she wanted to reconnect with her love of reading books that she had as a child but none of the book clubs she tried felt like a good fit. So she started a virtual book club on the Instagram platform called Thrillers By The Bookclub. As that virtual club became became popular with members all over the globe, people started asking her about in-person book clubs. Chelsea nurtured this idea, encouraging book lovers to start their own Thriller By The Book Club chapters. There are now over 27 chapters and more are still forming. We chat with Chelsea in this episode about all the thrilling books she reads.

- You can find Chelsea on instagram at @thrillerbookbabe.
- To find out more about Thrillers By The Book club, to see if they have a chapter in your area or to get more information about starting your own, check out their instagram at @thrillersbythebookclub .
- Local Louisville listeners , there is a chapter in town. @txbc_louisville

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Books Mentioned in this Episode:


1- Boxcar Children series
2- Nancy Drew series
3- Hardy Boys series
4- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
6- Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver
7- His & Hers by Alice Feeney
8- In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
9- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel
10- Survive the Night by Riley Sager
11- This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel
12- The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
13- Outside by Ragnor Jonasson
14- The Mist by Ragnor Jonasson
15- Snowblind by Ragnor Jonasson
16- An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helena Tursten (audiobook)
17- An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helena Tursten
18- The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
TV series
1- The Series of Unfortunate Events - Netflix (2017-2019)



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April 20, 2022 @ 12:00 am

The Modern Life Podcast - The Princess Bride with The Perks Of Being A Book Lover Podcast 4-20-22

Today is going to be a little different.  Unfortunately we had some scheduling difficulties and therefore don’t have a new episode for you this week.  


But, we do have a “New To You” episode because we have been lucky enough to be guests on several other podcasts. So, today we are offering up our appearance on The Modern Life Podcast, hosted by Tabby Pawlitzki.  On the Modern Life Podcast, Tabby and guests read a book and then watch the screen adaptation and then pick apart all the things they loved and the things they loved to hate.  And which was better?  The book or the movie?.  


 Carrie and I were guests to Tabby’s podcast back in December to discuss The Princess Bride written by William Goldman which was then directed in 1987 by Rob Reiner.

This was our second time being a guest on Tabby’s show and we always adore nerding out with her. 

You can find Modern Life podcast on all the major podcast platforms and  follow her on Instagram at @Modernlifepod.


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