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November 24, 2021 @ 7:39 am

Season 5 Ep. 114 Bringing Book People Together with Guest Anna Ford

I love a good bookclub. Carrie and I have been in one together for 15 years. I am the designated book club organizer, and even though bookclubs have been one of the great passions of my adult life, keeping them organized can be an annoying process; finding a date that meets everyone’s needs, making sure everyone knows about the meetings and the books, choosing books. The administrative bookkeeping tasks are not things most people are anxious to do. But there is a relatively new website and free app called Bookclubz (that is Bookclub with a z) that can help streamline the process.

Our guest this week, Anna Ford is the CEO and founder of Bookclubz which started out as a simple computer program she used to help keep her own large bookclub organized. Over time, what was a rudimentary program has been featured in Forbes magazine and has blossomed into a business that helps tens of thousands of book clubs all over the world.

Go to their website at

Books discussed in this episode:
1- The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
2- Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy by Tom Nichols
3- The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
4- The Secret Lives of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr
5- The Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg
6- Just Kids by Patti Smith
7- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
8- The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
9- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
10- The Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
11- Books by Elena Ferrante

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November 16, 2021 @ 9:31 pm

Season 5 Ep 113 Around the World in an Anxious Mind with Guest Jeremy Hance 11-17-21

Our guest this week, Jeremy Hance, writes about 3 topics in his most recent book that we are always drawn to; mental health, travel, and animals. Baggage: Confessions of a Globe-trotting Hypochondriac is a memoir that uses humor to help readers understand what life is like for someone who has a mental health issue like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In Jeremy’s case, his anxiety is always worse when he travels. While traveling to all corners of the globe is one of the best parts of his life as an environmental writer and is necessary for the work he does, travel is also fraught with rumination and fear.

Jeremy is an environmental journalist who is currently a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
1- Baggage: Confessions of a Globe-Trotting Hypochondriac by Jeremy Hance
2- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
3- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
4- My Antonia by Willa Cather
5- The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
6- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
7- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
8- A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermer
9- Sorry, I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

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November 9, 2021 @ 8:55 pm

Season 5 Ep. 112 Early Bird Holiday Book Buys with Bookseller Sam Miller 11-10-21

In this week’s episode, we talk to our favorite bookseller, Sam Miller from Carmichael’s Books, about the holiday gift giving season. You’ve probably heard the warning to “shop early’ this holiday season because of shortages. So we are giving you the gift of new book ideas for all the booklovers in your life.

We love inviting Sam on the show twice a year to tell us all about books to look forward to for summer reading and holiday gift buying. She gives us suggestions in all the categories.

1- Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
2- The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
3- The Every by Dave Eggers
4- The Circle by Dave Eggers
5- Palmares by Gail Jones
6- Tell the Bees That I'm Gone (Outlander 9) by Diana Gabaldon
7- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
8- Dune by Frank Herbert
9- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
10- Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
11- All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
12- Mordew by Alex Pheby
13- A Fortnight in September by JC Sherriff
14- Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
15- The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
16- First Christmas: A Story of New Beginnings by Stephen Mitchell
17- Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer
18- It's Beginning to Look a Lot like F*ck This by Andrew Shaffer
19- Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
20- It's Beginning to Look Like Zombies: The Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael Spradlin
21- Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
22- Silverview by John Le Carre
23- The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries by Otto Penzler
24- Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Jay Cooper and Maureen Johnson
25- Smile by Sarah Ruhl
26- The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg
27- The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg
28- Renegades: Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama
29- The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones
30- The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson
31- Best Wishes, Warmest Regards by Dan Levy and Eugene Levy
32- Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
33- Cooking at Home by David Chang and Priya Krishna
34- Black Food by Bryant Terry
35- Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
36- All the Marvels by Douglas Wolk
37- The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
38- A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City by David Domine
39- The Strange Case of Isaac Crawley by James Markert
40- Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin
41- Theft by Finding Diaries by David Sedaris
42- The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
43- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
45- Circe by Madeline Miller
46- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
47- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
48- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
49- Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
50- Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson
51- Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell
52- The Letters of Shirley Jackson edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman
53- The Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith
54- Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

Shows mentioned
1- Foundation series (2021)
2- Shirley (2020)

Podcasts mentioned
1- Renegades

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November 3, 2021 @ 5:57 am

Ep. 111 Existential Book People Problems with guest Bailey from ‘The To Read List Podcast‘ 11-3-21

This week we had a great time talking about book people problems with our guest Bailey, host of the To Read List Podcast. She doesn’t work alone on the podcast: her co-hosts include her brother Andrew, her friend Toby, and her husband Dillon who is the sound recordist. Through this podcast, they attempt to get through all the books on their shelves. Every other week they each read a book from their collections that is randomly selected. And at the end of the episode they have to decide if their books stay on their shelves or whether a new home needs to be found; like a free little library.

So this episode is filled with discussion of problems that are particular to book lovers like how many books is too many, can you have too many e-books downloaded on your Kindle, should we keep all the books we read, is 'dnfing' ok? You get the picture. We talk all about of book neuroses on this episode. It’s like a book group therapy session.

You can find the To Read List Podcast:
and on Instagram @thetoreadlistpodcast

Books mentioned--
1- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
2- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
3- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
4- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susannah Clarke
5- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
6- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
7- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
8- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9- Sadie by Courtney Summers
10- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
11- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
12- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
13- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
14- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
15- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
16- Dracula by Bram Stoker

17- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
18- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
19- Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
20- The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
21- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

21- The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah One Jewett

Movies mentioned-
Inception (2010)

Social Media mentioned--
The To Read List podcast
Karen Puzzles (Youtube)

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