Chapters is an interview podcast that tells the stories of readers’ lives through the books that have meant the most to them.
45- Andrew (Andy) McMillan
On this episode, our guest is Andrew (Andy) McMillan. Andrew is a pastor from Alabama currently living in Portland, Oregon. He is also the brother of our first guest, Jordan McMillan. In our conversation, we talk reading about the civil rights movement while growing up in Alabama, loving the novels of John Grisham, discerning an early vocation as a preacher, reading recommendations inspired by Boy Meets World, and the books that continue to shape his life.
44 - Thomas Lawrence Long
On this episode, we talk to Thomas Lawrence Long, Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Connecticut where he studies and teaches on medical humanities and health studies, the history of nursing, AIDS and culture, and rhetoric and academic writing. In our conversation, we cover a range of topics reflecting the diversity of Tom’s experiences – from treasured books from childhood, to the queerness of Sherlock Holmes, the gospels and narrative theory, and beyond.You can find Tom on twitter @thelongviewtom.
43 - Erica Leeman
On our latest episode we welcome guest Erica Leeman, an Arkansas native who moved to Boston to attend library school. A librarian by training, and publisher by trade, she is a lifelong reader turned collector who now owns more than 30 copies of the children’s classic The Little Prince. She describes herself as a former Christian whose earliest memories of books are of Bible stories and a woman who knows who she is but has yet to see herself in the books she reads. To share your story on Chapters, visit us at www.chapterspod.com On instagram and twitter @Chapterspod You can find host Mary Mahoney on twitter @MaryMahoney123 and follow her #bookstagram @booksandsound
42 - Trying to Get to You: The Reading Life of Elvis Presley (Revisited)
On this episode, we mark the passing of Elvis Presley by examining his life as a reader. Elvis notoriously struggled with his intense fame and used books to answer spiritual questions, provide medical knowledge, and a venue for reflection away from fans, family, and friends. Larry Gellar, Elvis’ spiritual advisor, shares the books that helped Elvis on his spiritual quest to understand why God made him “Elvis Presley.” Notably, although Elvis did not leave a diary, he did write in treasured books and we talk about his responses to his reading. Mary and producer Taylor discuss what Elvis read and why, with diversions into some of Elvis’ music and movies.
41 - A Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport (Revisted)
40 - Joe Hourihan
On this episode, our guest is Joe Hourihan. Joe is an attorney with four decades of legal experience. He is a native of Hartford, Connecticut where he attended Trinity College and the UCONN school of Law. Joe describes growing up the child of immigrants in a Catholic household with a mother who hoped he’d become a priest, and shares how reading educated him about his own culture and set him on a different path from his parents. To share your story on Chapters, email us at Chapterspod@gmail.com
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No media better taps into the human condition than books. The chapters team does a great job finding the stories behind people's favorite books. My favorite new podcast
Insightful, important, and reflective
Chapters is about more than just books. Through interviews with readers, trips to sites where reading happens (i.e., a bookstore!), and bonus episodes on the history and culture of reading, Chapters shares stories of readers that are compelling, funny, and deeply insightful. The conversations that are happening on this podcast are important. They make me reflect on my own reading experiences and ask questions about my childhood and my relationship with books that I want to explore further. Mary's kindness, sense of humor, and genuine curiosity draw out a nuanced portrait of each of her guests and engage her listeners in an exploration of the importance of reading and stories in our lives.