For those who yearn for a deeper connection with others and an ability to learn the art of civil conversation, this is a podcast which centers its conversations on a book that both participants have read and then dials in the author for a deeper dive into any questions that come up. If you love books, love going deep, want more civility in the world...this is your spot.
In a time such as this, what should we read.
In this episode, Erin will go through her regular spiel quickly up front but please don't miss this opportunity to meditate on what is happening in the world and to hear some recommendations on books you should read to help build empathy and heal our nation. Included in this episode is an 8:46 silence to help you contemplate where you are at, Erin shares where her heart is, we hope it will open a conversation for you.
QUICKIE featuring a review of the book Lyndon B Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin
In this episode we talk about a few books Erin has been reading including The Holdout by author Graham Moore, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and of course Lyndon B Johnson and the American Dream by author Doris Kearns Goodwin. This last book of course kicks off some thoughts on today's political climate!
QUICKIE featuring young reader Riley McDonnell and a review of The Nickel Boys by Colston Whitehead
Eleven-year old Riley McDonnell joins us this week to share what she's reading now, what she wants to read next, and a review of her favorite book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Our host Erin will also share her list, as well as review the newest novel from author Colston Whitehead, The Nickel Boys. Whitehead once again brings your heart to the brink of despair and regret for this nation and its history in the mistreatment of African-Americans while showing you the resilience of the human spirit.
QUICKIE featuring young readers Maddie and Jack
This week we continue to hear from some of our youngest readers on suggestions of what to read while on lockdown. Erin, our host covers her current reading and recent books added to her list, while Maddie gives a review of the book Wonder and Jack talks about the Percy Jackson series by author Rick Riordan. For reference, our readers this week are 9 years old and in 4th grade.
QUICKIE featuring young reader Molly Miller and the review of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
We are excited to bring this fun quickie episode featuring my niece, Molly Miller as my co-host! She is as big a book lover as I am and so fun to talk to! She and I both go through what books we are reading and what books we are excited to read. I review Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and Molly reviews One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Bring along your young reader to hear their peer review books!
QUICKIE featuring a review of the book Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore
Today Erin dives into some deep thinking about the current coronavirus crisis and recommends some books on grief, as well as some tips on how to think about finding reading time in these days of idleness and fear. Additionally, she reviews the book Between Earth and Sky which follows an interesting and saddening part of our US history when it was common practice to pull Native American children from the reservations and put them into "savage-taming" boarding schools.