Hi, we’re Julia and Victoria. Join the Book Club each episode as we choose a text off our shelves to discuss, dissect, and maybe - after another glass of wine - dissolve into a TED talk on the history of the English language. Welcome to the party.
050 Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Why was language created? Why are so many millennials obsessed with a giant history book? And what the heck even IS money? J & V contemplate these questions and more during their discussion of international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari with special guest Varun Bhoopalam.
Bonus: The House of Baba Yaga with The Impostors
Victoria interviews the creators of The House of Baba Yaga, a feminist-horror radio drama from The Impostors Theater company, about their experiences in the production process and their thoughts on the genre of horror as a whole.
049 Quiet by Susan Cain
Julia and Victoria host an introvert support group with their friend Sherilyn Koshy, over the book Quiet by Susan Cain, as they examine their experiences as sensitive people in a chaotic and extroverted culture.
048 Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Julia’s college friend and former editor, Nicole Block, joins J&V for a discussion on Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, a novel of twelve interwoven stories in a poetic and Virginia-Woolf-esque style. Join us as we learn about empathy, and English queer history, and property rights, and everything in between.
Minisode: What's On Your Bookshelf?
This week Julia and Victoria answer the question: “What’s on your bookshelf?” And it leads them to surprisingly deep thoughts about home and belonging, authenticity and the search for happiness. Plus Victoria is still searching for a long-lost book she made the mistake of loaning, so if you find it, let them know.
047 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Julia and Victoria are joined by creative writing grad student Waringa Hunja this week to cover Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection Interpreter of Maladies that covers a wide variety of unique perspectives from the Indian diaspora. Turns out, after winning a Pulitzer for this book, Lahiri taught herself Italian and starting publishing books in her third language just for fun, so J & V are particularly excited to have a writer as a guest so they can all drool over Lahiri’s incredible talent and general awesomeness together.
Mentioned in the Episode:
Domenico Starnone, Italian author
Ann Goldstein, translator
Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri for Lit Hub
What to Read Next:
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Homecoming King by Hasan Minjah
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
The Big Sick film by Kumail Nanjiani
What We’re Obsessed With:
Keaton Henson’s upcoming album
@DirtyRottenChurchKids on instagram
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo