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Could you pick the 5 books that have shaped you most? Every week actress and avid reader Sonya Walger invites a guest to explore their five most formative books and how they affected their lives.

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Could you pick the 5 books that have shaped you most? Every week actress and avid reader Sonya Walger invites a guest to explore their five most formative books and how they affected their lives.

    Huma Abedin

    Huma Abedin

    Huma Abedin has spent her entire career in public service and national politics, beginning as an intern in First Lady Hillary Clinton’s office in 1996. After four years in the White House, she worked in the U.S. Senate as Senior Advisor to Senator Clinton and was Traveling Chief of Staff for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of State. Huma served as Vice Chair of Hillary for America in 2016, resulting in the first woman elected nominee of a major political party. She currently serves as Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff. Born in the United States and raised in Saudi Arabia, Huma moved back to the U.S. in 1993. She lives in New York City with her son, Jordan. She is the New York Times best-selling author of BOTH/AND: A Life in Many Worlds.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    John Simm

    John Simm

    John Simm is an English actor, director, and musician, best known for playing Sam Tyler in Life on Mars, the master in Doctor Who, and DS Roy Grace in Grace. His other television credits include State of Play, The Lakes, Crime and Punishment, Exile, Prey, and Cracker. He has been nominated for a BAFTA for best actor and the Lawrence Olivier Award for best actor. 

    John's Books
    Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, 1951
    Salem's Lot by Stephen King, 1975
    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 1838
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1866
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 1952
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Dan Houser

    Dan Houser

    My guest this week is one of my closest friends, Dan Houser. Dan created a cultural phenomenon. He is the former lead writer and creative director of Rockstar Games and he was the head writer and creative director of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. GTA5 is the most successful entertainment product in history. It has sold over 150 million copies. Red Dead Redemption 2 made a billion dollars in three days. Dan is my dearest friend from Oxford and Godfather to my daughter.
    Dan's Books
    Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome, 1933
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, 1847
    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934
    The Thin Red Line by James Jones, 1962
    Middlemarch by George Eliot, 1872
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Aimee Mullins

    Aimee Mullins

    My guest this week is Aimee Mullins. Aimee is an American athlete, actress, model, and public speaker. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs when she was one year old. She was told that she would use a wheelchair for the rest of her life but by the age of two she was walking with prosthetics. She went on to be the first amputee to compete against able bodied athletes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association events. She competed in the Paralympics. She has modeled on the catwalk for Alexander McQueen. She has starred as an actress in many tv shows and movies. Aimee is a motivational speaker and has given multiple TED talks. 

    Aimee's Books
    The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden by Mary Chase, 1968
    Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory, 1485
    The Second Circle by Patsy Rodenburg, 2008
    CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders, 1996
    Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, 1995
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett

    This week my guest is Krista Tippett, creator and host of the spiritual nourishment podcast, On Being. She has interviewed everyone of spiritual consequence from the Dalai Lama to Mary Oliver. She was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal at the White House, given by Barack Obama. She has won a Peabody award. She reported and wrote for The Times, Newsweek, the BBC, the International Herald Tribune, and Die Zeit. Krista has authored many books, and her book Einstein's God, was a New York Times bestseller. 
    Krista's Books
    Let your Life Speak by Parker Palmer, 1999
    My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem, 2017
    When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, 1996
    Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, 1929
    The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf, 2015
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    William H. Macy

    William H. Macy

    My guest this week is my friend Bill, better known as William H. Macy. Bill is an American writer, actor, and director. He has written films, tv series, and screenplays. He has won two Emmy awards, and has been nominated for 15. He has won four screen actors guild awards. He was nominated for an Academy award for best supporting actor for his performance in Fargo. 

    Bill's Books
    The Kid Who Batted a Thousand by Bob Allison and Frank Ernest Hill, 1951
    Call of the Wild by Jack London, 1903
    Electric Universe by David Bodanis, 2004
    American Buffalo by David Mamet, 1961
    Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlasky, 2002
    Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, 1997
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Powermouse34 ,

Fantastic Podcast

This is a delightful podcast for people that are interested in books and good conversation. Ms. Walger is the perfect host with her vast knowledge of Literature, her charming personality, and a wonderfully diverse guest list. Sonya and her guests discuss all different genres of Literature and has introduced me to many new interesting books. I encourage anyone that enjoys reading to subscribe and as Ms. Walger says, “if you love books and you love learning about new ones this is the show for you.”

Bisanne ,

Wonderful podcast

This podcast is such a great concept! Learning what books shaped someone’s life and identity gives you such a fascinating window into who they are. And it makes you think about your own “life in books” as well. I’ve always loved reading, and books, and this podcast is a lovely reminder why they matter so much, to so many. Bonus: great book recommendations! You’ll never run out!

julesababba ,

Not just for bookworms - everyone needs Bookish!

I started listening to Bookish with Sonya Walger when it first launched and it’s one of my most anticipated podcasts! Anxiously awaiting Season 4 !
Whats great about it? I get to explore books from other people’s point of view, books I’ve never heard of- or might not have picked up that have become favorite reads. I get to hear how how and why books are integral to some really interesting people. I learn something from each episode.
Sonya’s guest list is both varied and formidable. Her conversational style with her guests is approachable, relatable and interesting.

Why should you try it? Because you’re missing out if you don’t! I’ve shared this podcast with friends from all ages and backgrounds with happy results.
Download the William H Macy episode and start there. You’ll be hooked!

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