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Let's call our "studio" the out-of-control room.

Because that is how we feel a bit.

The learning curve for doing a podcast is steeper than what people may think.

Amy texted me this picture, and I think it sums us up pretty well.

But we're working diligently to make sure the time you spend listening to us talk about books is well spent.


Episode 1: Anne Baker and multigenerational book clubs

Books mentioned:Clay's Quilt by Silas HouseParchment of Leaves by Silas HouseThe Coal Tattoo by Silas HouseThe Coldest Winter Ever by Sister SouljahThe Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodJane Eyre by Charlotte BronteThe Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerThe Way I Was by Amber SmithA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesRules of Civility by Amor TowlesThe Simple Living Guide by Janet LuhrsWhen Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis HoltMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurierMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil FerrisSummer Crossing by Truman CapoteRadio show mentioned:"In Monsters, Graphic Novelist Emil FerrisEmbraces the Darkness Within." Fresh Air, 3-30-2017Ted Talk mentioned:The Danger of a Single Story by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en

Episode 2: Gamma Girls, Jennie and Tricia

Books mentioned:Of Human Bondage by Somerset MaughamThe Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckBecoming by Michelle ObamaA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonReviving Ophelia by Mary PipherQueen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind WisemanHillbilly Elegy by J.D. VanceThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverInsivible Man by Ralph EllisonA Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave EggersUnder the Banner of Heaven by John KrakauerThe Red Tent by Anita DiamantSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn WardMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesEducated by Tara WestoverThe Lost Man by Jane HarperThe Dry by Jane HarperAn American Marriage by Tayari JonesAll I Did Was Ask by Teri GrossEverything I Never Told You by Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgTransall Saga by Gary PaulsenThe Stone Diaries by Carol ShieldsThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeBridget Jones' Diary by Helen FieldingMe, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsA Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Article mentioned:Book clubs: Why Do We Love Them So Much? Is it the Zucchini Bread? by Nathan Heller. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2011/07/book-clubs-in-america-why-do-we-love-them-so-much.html
Book-to-movie adaptations mentioned:The Help -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/To Kill a Mockingbird-- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/The Grapes of Wrath-- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032551/Bridget Jones' Diary-- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243155/Me, Earl & the Dying Girl--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582496/A Beautiful Mind--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268978/Blade Runner--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/


Episode 3: Abigail Harrelson, author of Pepper at the Piano

Books mentioned:The Little Colonel by Annie Fellows JohnstonA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithThe Human Comedy by William SaroyanIn My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irine Gut OpdykeThe Wednesday Wars by Gary D. SchmidtShakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Book-to-movie adaptationsThe Human Comedy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036022/

Episode 4: Getting Your Bard On with Amy Attaway--Making Shakespeare Unscary

Books mentioned--Henry IV, Part 2 by William ShakespeareShakespeare’s English Kings by Peter SacchioDark Matter by Blake CrouchDeath Comes for the Archbishop by Willa CatherThe Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries by Anthony Sher
*Photo credit, Bill Brymer

Episode 5: Erin Nevitt, Summer Reading for Kids

Books mentioned--


Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamilloThe Haunted Library series by Dori Hillestead ButlerThe Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice DalglieshJ.J. Tully by Doreen CroninMagic School Bus Rides Again by Judy KatschkeJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Reader by Traci CheeChallenger Deep by Neal ShustermanEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris GrabensteinFrom the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. KonigsburgDead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosDad is Fat by Jim GaffiganBorn a Crime by Trevor NoahYes, Please by Amy PoehlerBossypants by Tina FeyThis I Believe II by Jay Allison and Dan GedimanA Place to Belong by Cynthia KadohataWhen the Emperor Was Divine by Julie OtsukaBaby by Patricia MacLachlanSarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlanSkylark by Patricia MacLachlanCaleb’s Song by Patricia MacLachlanThe Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

Episode 6: Kim Esposito, YaYas in the Closet


Books Mentioned--The Sun Also Rises by Ernest HemingwaySong of Solomon by Toni MorrisonOrphan Train by Christina Baker KlineTipping Point by Malcolm GladwellBlink by Malcolm GladwellSomething Like Happy by Eva WoodLucretia Borgia by Sarah BradfordLady Chatterly’s Lover by D. H. LawrenceThere, There by Tommy OrangeA Grief Observed by C. S. LewisMr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
Movies mentioned--Bookclub --https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857166/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2Darkest Hour--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4555426/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1The Help--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1To Kill a Mockingbird--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1Handmaid’s Tale--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5834204/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1Big Little Lies--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3920596/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1Memoirs of a Geisha--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397535/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1Harry Potter--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0241527/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1The Greatest Showman--This is Mehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485796/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2

Episode 7: Kim Vidrine, Books That Leave a "Mark"


Books Mentioned--Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan StevensonThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerMonday, Monday: A Novel by Elizabeth CrookGone Girl by Gillian FlynnWild by Cheryl StrayedEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanWhere’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria SempleThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeJoy Luck Club by Amy TanHiroshima by John HerseyThe Things They Carried by Tim O’BrienAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniAli and Nino by Kurban SaidI Capture the Castle by Dodie SmithThe Serpent King by Jeff ZentnerEducated by Tara WestoverThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsAnd Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieShe’s Come Undone by Wally LambMaybe You Should Talk With Someone by Lori GottliebEleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellIn the Woods by Tana French

Episode 8: Minda Honey, Toni Morrison is Queen and Other Writing Truths

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Books mentioned:Sula by Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon by Toni MorrisonThe Mothers by Brit BennettWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensRuby by Cynthia BondSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn WardThe Salt Eaters by Toni Cade BambaraIn the Country of Women: A Memoir by Susan StraightHow to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny OdellSave Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth ReichlTender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth ReichlThe Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
Articles mentioned:Dr. Seuss Can Be Racist, But Students Keep Reading Them by Tiara Jenkins and Jessica Yarmosky
Virginia Woolf? Snob! Richard Wright? Sexist! Dostoyevsky? Anti-Semite!

Episode 9: Sherry Howard, When A Bear Meets a Rock N Roll Band


Books mentioned:Rock and Roll Woods by Sherry HowardTurtles All the Way Down by John GreenBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonLaila and the Sands of Time by Shirin SamsiA People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi SubramanianWhite Teeth by Zadie SmithThe Martian by Andy WeirFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Strawberries by Maj LindmanLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottThe Fire Cat by Esther Averill

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Episode 10: Brandon Vigliarolo, Making Books the Strano Way

Books mentioned:

Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique by Edith DiehlInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha LaiPersepolis by Marjane SatrapiThe Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. JemisinJonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna ClarkeMeditations by Marcus AureliusMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisHolidays on Ice by David Sedaris


Episode 11: Rheonna Nicole, Slam!: This is For the Girls

Books mentioned:

Amazing Grace by Mary HoffmanThe Crossover by Kwame AlexanderDear Martin by Nic StoneThe Hate You Give by Angie ThomasTraining School for Negro Girls by Camilla Acker





Episode 12: Holly McArthur, Sanity and Bookclub Spaghetti

Books mentioned:


What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyThe Husband’s Secret by Liane MoriartyNine Perfect Strangers by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies by Liane MoriartyLolita by Vladmir NabokovThe Dinner by Herman KochThe Interestings by Meg WolitzerMr. Mercedes by Stephen KingThe Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luiz ZafonAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueThe Girl I Left Behind by JoJo MoyesTestament of Youth by Vera BrittainThe House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosLaughing at My Nightmare by Shane BurkawEveryone Thinks My Girlfriend is My Nurse by Shane BurkawThe Undoing Project by Michael LewisPeace Like a River by Leif EngerAngela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Episode 13: Amanda Cijeko, Reading, Riding & Other Horseplay

Books mentioned:

South of Broad by Pat ConroyThe Prince of Tides by Pat ConroyF' Him: Nice Girls Always Finish Single by Brian NoxMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenMiracle Creek by Angie KimThere, There by Tommy OrangeJanitors by Tyler WhitesidesPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenPersuasion by Jane AustenCity of Girls by Elizabeth GilbertSignature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanOut East by John J. GlynnThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele RichardsonPoisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverUnsheltered by Barbara KingsolverBlack Beauty by Anna SewellRuffian by Jane SchwartzMisty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Blogs mentionedThe 900 Facebook Pony https://the900facebookpony.com/Smitten Kitchen https://smittenkitchen.com/
Movies mentionedSecretariat https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028576/Seabiscuit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329575/


Episode 14: Sam Miller, Backlist Party in the Bookstore

Books mentioned:

Into the Wild by John KrakauerJim the Boy by Tony EarleyThe Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle ZevinWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwenBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul GawandeSmoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlyn DoughtyThe Lady in the Lake by Laura LippmanThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele RichardsonWatership Down by Richard AdamsFurious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey CepSouthernmost by Silas House


Episode 15: Speed Reading Club, If Warhol and Wordsworth Were at a Bookclub

Books mentioned:

The Other Alcott by Elise HooperThe Clock Winder by Anne TylerFeminism is For Everybody by bell hooksNo Single Sparrow Makes a Summer by Louisville Story ProgramThe Painted Girls by Cathy Marie BuchananA Moveable Feast by Ernest HemingwayFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonMetamorphosis by OvidSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray BradburySong of Achilles by Madeline MillerCirce by Madeline MillerGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary RoachConversations with Friends by Sally RooneyNormal People by Sally RooneyThese Honored Dead: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery by Jonathan PutnamThree Girls in a Flat by Enid Yandell


Episode 16: Dr. Jon Blandford, a Literary Loose Canon

Books mentioned--

Moby Dick by Hermann MelvilleThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel HawthorneThe Female Review: Life of Deborah Sampson by Herman MannUncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher StoweFeed by M.T. AndersonA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer EganWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy FowlerWorld Enough and Time by Robert Penn Warren (based on the story of Jeremiah Beaumont and Cassius Fort)The Politian by Edgar Allan Poe (based on the story of Jeremiah Beaumont and Cassius Fort)The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWittWhiskey When We’re Dry by John LarisonNews of the World by Paulette GilesThe Virginian by Owen WisterBlood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNarrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan PoeFall River by Catherine WilliamsThe Long Goodbye by Raymond ChandlerDeep Water by Patricia HighsmithThe Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonKiller of the Flower Moon by David Grann


Episode 17: Fahdia Mohamud: It's a Small World After All


Books mentioned:The Wedding Party by Jasmine GuilloryThe Whisper Man by Alex NorthChildren of Blood and Bone by Toni AdeyemiThe Hate You Give by Angie ThomasGhost Boys by Jewel Packer RhodesThe Call of the Wild by Jack LondonInfidel: My Life by Ayaan Hirsi AliPersepolis I and II by Marjane SatrapiUnder the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCallI Am Alfonso Jones by Tony MedinaAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangA Bad Case of Stripes by David ShannonThe Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Amy Shrodes and Doug KuntzIt’s Great to Suck at Something by Karen RinaldiThe Day You Begin by Jacqueline WoodsonWhite Teeth by Zadie Smith
Films mentioned:Blinded by the Light--https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8266310/


Episode 18: Bob Thompson, Stories with a Colonel of Truth

Hitchhiker: Stories from the Kentucky Homefront by Bob Thompson

Stitched Together: Stories from a Kentucky Life by Bob Thompson

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Episode 19: Hannah Rae Montgomery, "Playing" with Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker

A Witch’s Guide to Escape by Alix Harrow

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

Episode 20: Tony Dingman, He's Just a Poe Boy

The Tell-Tale Heart--Edgar Allan PoeThe Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym--PoeLoss of Breath--PoeThe Raven--PoeBrazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope BagieuPlainsong by Kent HarufOur Souls at Night by Kent HarufThe Turn of the Screw by Henry JamesSiddhartha by Hermann Hesse


Bonus Episode: So many books, so little time


The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamilloWhiskey in a Teacup by Reese WitherspoonUncommon Type by Tom HanksThe Dutch House by Ann PatchettThe Care of Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa GrayThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson WalkerNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidBlindness by Jose SaramagoThe Last Romantics by Tara ConklinCopperhead: A Novel by Alexi ZentnerOthello--Tracy Chevalier, Hogarth ShakespeareMacbeth--Jo Nesbo, Hogarth ShakespeareThe Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix HarrowButcher’s Crossing by John WilliamsInland by Tea Obreht


Episode 21: Kim Colette Ballard, Reading is a Riot

Running on Empty by Colette Ballard

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The October Country by Ray Bradbury


Episode 22: Michael Drury, (Fun)Home is Where the Heart Is

Books mentioned:

The House With A Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs (audiobook)The Dublin Murder Squad series--Tana FrenchHis Dark Materials trilogy--Philip PullmanEnder’s Game series--Orson Scott CardGeronimo Stilton, Kingdom of Fantasy seriesMr. Putter and Tabby series--Cynthia RylantMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom RiggsThe Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (audiobook)


Episode 23: Amy Miller, An Annual Cure for Writer's Block

Books mentioned:

Monster She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger and Melanie AndersonThe Power by Naomi AldermanInheritance by Dani ShapiroEyes to the Wind by Ady BarkanDoctor Sleep by Stephen King

Episode 24: Alix Harrow, Knocking on Fantasy's Door

Books mentioned

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix HarrowThe Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles by Margaret St. Clair (short story)Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn MuirThe City We Became by N. K. JemesinThe Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. ParryThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett



Episode 25: mk Eagle and Hannah Elliot, How the Library Keeps us LITerate

Books mentioned:

  • Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake series
  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson
  • Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
  • Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Episode 26: Bri Esposito, Picking the Perfect Published Present


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samrin AsratWater Dancer by Ta-Nehesi CoatesThe Dutch House by Ann PatchettAll the Ways to Be Smart by Davina BellNothing Fancy: Unfussy Food For Having People Over by Alison RomanDining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison RomanPoilane: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery by Apollonia PoilaneInvasion of the Body Snatchers (audiobook) by Jack Finney, narrated by Kristoffer TaboriCircle by Madeline MillerDrive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga TokarczukThe Door by Magda Szaboshort stories by Miranda JulyMy Sister the Serial Killer by Okinyan BraithwaiteThe Snow Child by Eowyn IveyA Christmas Memory by Truman CapoteHolidays on Ice by David SedarisLillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen RooneyThe Dead by James Joyce

Episode 27: Mick Sullivan, A "Meat" and Greet With the Past

Books mentioned

  • The Meatshower by Mick Sullivan
  • Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
  • Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


Episode 28: Kara Evans, A Book Lover's Double Feature

Books mentioned:

  • I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
  • The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  • I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
  • The Lady From the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

Episode 29, Mary Sullivan and Joan Dubay: Big Book Love in Little Libraries

Books mentioned:

  • Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White
  • The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
  • I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver