26 episodes

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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    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 81 Ratings

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.

    Eric Garcetti

    Eric Garcetti

    Sonya’s final guest of season 2 is Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. Mr. Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of LA; a member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected in 2013 and won re-election in 2017. He is married with one daughter and it was Sonya’s absolute honor and pleasure to talk to him about his formative books in the Rare Books room of the Central Library in downtown LA. 
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    • 50 min
    Amanda Foreman

    Amanda Foreman

    This week Sonya’s guest is historian Dr. Amanda Foreman. Amanda is author of award-winning best sellers, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire as well as the BBC/Netflix series The Ascent of Woman. She writes a column for the Wall Street Journal and her next book, The World Made By Women is scheduled to be published later this year. 
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    • 58 min
    Iggy and Phoebe and Jack and Hayden

    Iggy and Phoebe and Jack and Hayden

    Iggy (10) and Phoebe (8) are brother and sister; Jack (11) and Hayden (10) are best friends.
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    • 56 min
    Piers Torday

    Piers Torday

    This week Sonya’s guest is her friend novelist Piers Torday. Piers’s first book The Dark Wild won the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize. His books include The Dark Wild trilogy, There May Be a Castle, A Wisp of Wisdom and Winter Magic. 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Emily Mortimer

    Emily Mortimer

    In this episode Sonya talks to her friend actress, screenwriter and producer Emily Mortimer. Emily’s many credits include Doll and Em, The Newsroom, Shutter Island, Lars and the Real Girl, Lovely and Amazing, and the new Mary Poppins due to be released this fall. 
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Nancy Baker Cahill

    Nancy Baker Cahill

    This week Sonya talks to her friend multidisciplinary artist Nancy Baker Cahill. Nancy is an award-winning artist and founder of the 4th Wall AR art app.
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Theshoop99 ,

Perfect podcast for interviews and books

Sonja does such a great all around job! Let’s admit that a podcast about books may not sound like the most interesting thing to listen to. However Sonja overcomes this easily. She has such a great way of doing interviews with a wide range of people. She has such an insightful perspective on reading, writing, and books, while also listening to the interviewee. The amount of books that I plan to read has greatly increased due to this podcast. A great listen!

J. Rich83 ,

Comforting Conversation

This podcast makes me feel like I am sitting at a friend’s house and listening to my friends have a conversation. The questions Sonya has are interesting and the follow ups only help to explain the motivations of each guest and their book choices. If you’re a book lover or aspire to be, this podcast is for you.

Cat Mealer ,

my favorite driving companion

My favorite podcast to listen to on my drive to work and again on my drive home. I love the personable way Sonya leads every conversation. She has a talent for weaving literary discussion with personal revelation and all of it leading to me adding each book listed on her podcast into my 'To Read' pile. I love this podcast and find myself refreshed, invigorated, and inspired listening to it.

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