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May 26, 2021 @ 6:26 am

Season 4 Ep. 91 Summertime and the Reading is Easy with Bookseller Sam Miller 5-26-21

We are all about summer reading this week and Carmichael's Books bookseller extrordinaire Sam Miller gives us all kinds of ideas to make this a great reading season.

Books mentioned--
1- Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
2- The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris
3- All's Well by Mona Awad
4- Out of the Diaspora --Tragic Magic by Wesley Brown
5- Out of the Diaspora--Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall
6- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
7- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
8- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
9- Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
10- The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
11- China by Edward Rutherford
12- The Martian by Andy Weir
13- Artemis by Andy Weir
14- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
15- Lilith's Brook series by Octavia Butler
16- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
17- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
18- While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
19- Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

20- The Turnout by Megan Abbott
21- A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
22- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
23- The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
24- Beach Read by Emily Henry
25- The People We Met on Vacation by Emily Henry
26- That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
27- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
28- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
29- Sooley by John Grisham
30- Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
31- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
32- Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown
33- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
34- The Heartbeat of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
35- Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and Fight for America's First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
36- Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
37- My Begging Chart by Keiler Roberts
38- Monsters! by Barry Windsor-Smith
39- Cook This Book by Molly Baz
40- Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson
41- Chef's Garden by Farmer Lee Jones
42- Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews
43- The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter
44- The Bench by Megan, the Duchess of Sussex
45- Perfect Black by Crystal Wilkinson
46- Just a Few Miles South by Ouita Michael
47- Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley Ford
48- Electric Kingdom by David Arnold
49- Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
50- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
51- Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
52- Yolk by Mary HK Choi
53- The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
54- The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

Shows mentioned--
Dare Me (cheerleader noir)- USA network and Netflix

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May 19, 2021 @ 6:23 am

Season 4 Ep. 90 Storytelling in a Steampunk World with guest Maram Taibah 5-19-21

Every season one of our favorite episodes is when we get to chat with a book lover who grew up in a country other than the United States. We’ve had guests from Somalia, Ireland and Germany.

Today we have Maram Taibah; a fantasy author and screenwriter. We were anxious to talk to her about two things really. She is a bookover who grew up in Saudi Arabia. She now resides in Ontario Canada. She has published two books, the most recent being Weathernose, a steampunk fantasy about the complicated relationship between a middle-aged weatherman and a brilliant 10 year old girl on a fantastical tropical island, that will appeal to both young readers and adults alike. We talk to her about her reading life growing up in the Middle East and about her writing life now.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:

1- Sweet Valley Kids by Francine Pascal
2- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
3- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
4- One Thousand and One Nights
5- Weathernose by Maram Taibah
6- The Road to Elephants by Maram Taibah
7- Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
8- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
9- The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen
10- Calling in The One by Katherine Woodward Thomas
11- A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

Movies mentioned--
The Sound of Music
The Mummy
Star Wars movies

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May 12, 2021 @ 6:13 am

Season 4 Ep. 89 From the Barbershop to Book Reviews with guest Joziah Jason 5-12-21

Our guest this week is Joziah Jason, a 5th grader from Ypsilanti Michigan who has his own bookish podcast, R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah. Each episode he picks a book and dicusses it with guests.

He was inspired by the Read with the Barber program in his town. For this program, kids read a book to the barber during their haircut for a haircut and earn $2 as well as confidence in their reading skills. He has gotten quite a bit of attention for his efforts as he has been featured by his state's NPR station, CNN, and ABC World News Tonight.

We chat with Joziah and his dad Keith about how the barber program incluenced him and why he started his podcast.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
1- Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
2- Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
3- Kane series by Rick Riordan
4- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
5- Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
6- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
7- Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
8- Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
9- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
10- The Rebound by Kwame Alexander
11- Booked by Kwame Alexander

Podcasts mentioned--
1- Wow in the World
2- Six Minutes
3- Smash, Boom, Best



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May 5, 2021 @ 6:15 am

Season 4 Ep. 88 The Messy Memoir with guests Vitale Buford and Jaydee Graham 5-5-21

May is Mental Health Awareness month so this week we decided to interview 2 authors whose new memoirs deal with their mental health issues and the addictions that resulted from those issues.

There is hardly a family who hasn’t been touched in some way by mental illness. For so many years, mental illness in all its forms--anxiety, depression, suicide or bipolar disorder--were kept under wraps which made the sufferers and their loved ones feel even more isolated.

But recently, memoirs about messy lives, dysfunctional families, and the realities of finding help have become increasingly popular and can be a powerful tool for the author to help themselves in addition to their readers. Our guests Jaydee Graham and Vitale Buford chat with us about the power of the messy memoir.

In part 1 of this week’s show, Jaydee talks to us about her book The Soul Grind: Fighting for Light Amongst the Trenches, an account of her struggles with alcohol and drugs in her teenage years.

In part 2 Vitale Buford talks to us about her 2020 memoir, Addicted to Perfect, in which she describes her 10-year addiction to the prescription drug Adderall, a drug often prescribed for people with ADHD. For those who abuse it, it can cause euphoria and the feeling of having superhuman amounts of energy. In Vitale’s case, she used Adderall because she felt it gave her the energy to be able to be “perfect.”

Book Mentioned in this Episode:

1- The Soul Grind : Fighting for Light Amongst the Trenches by Jaydee Graham
2- Addicted to Perfect: A Journey Out of the Grips of Adderall by Vitale Buford

3- Make Your Mess a Memoir by Anna David

4- A New Pair of Glasses by Chuck C.
5- Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie
6- The Art of Forgiving by Lewis B. Smedes
7- The Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery by Patrick Carnes
8- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
9- Books by Glennan Doyle
10- The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
11- Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen
12- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
13- Reasons Not to Die by Matt Haig
14- A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
15- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
16 - Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller



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