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Are you stuck in a reading rut? The Book Case makes the case for books outside of your usual genre. Wander the aisles of your local bookstore with Kate and Charlie Gibson and meet fascinating characters who will open your appetite to new categories while deepening your hunger for books. This weekly series will journey cover to cover through the literary world, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, tastemakers, and independent bookstore owners. New episodes post every Thursday.

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Are you stuck in a reading rut? The Book Case makes the case for books outside of your usual genre. Wander the aisles of your local bookstore with Kate and Charlie Gibson and meet fascinating characters who will open your appetite to new categories while deepening your hunger for books. This weekly series will journey cover to cover through the literary world, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, tastemakers, and independent bookstore owners. New episodes post every Thursday.

    Sarah Langan Crafts a Dystopian Mystery Thriller

    Sarah Langan Crafts a Dystopian Mystery Thriller

    Want a great summer read? We have it. A Better Place by Sarah Langan is a page turning mystery/thriller….like if The Stepford Wives met Shirley Jackson in The Lottery. The story is original, the characters are well written, and the mysteries presented will baffle you as they unfold. It’s a terrific ride. We also talk also talk to John Mendelson, president of Nosy Crow Books, an independent publishing house for kids, who took the entire bike trail laid out by our Massachusetts guests from last week at Whitelam Books. Why did he do it, and how? Tune in and find out.


    Books mentioned in this week's episode:

    A Better World by Sarah Langan

    Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

    Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan

    The Keeper by Sarah Langan

    The Missing by Sarah Langan

    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

    My Antonia by Willa Cather

    House of Leaves by Mark. Z. Danielewski

    The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden

    A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

    Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    A Horse Called Now by Ruth Doyle and Alexandra Finkeldey

    Dig, Dig, Dinosaur by Anjali Goswami and Maggie Li


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    • 34 min
    Scott Preston Writes a UK Western

    Scott Preston Writes a UK Western

    This week, a dark and funny tale of sheep farming in Rural England that reads like an American Western by Cormac McCarthy. Sound a little strange? Well, it is. But it is also compelling, suspenseful, complex and packed with great characters. Scott Preston is a debut novelist, and this book, The Borrowed Hills, may defy a two sentence description but it’s worth the read. For our bookstore this week we talk to Whitelam books in Reading, Massachusetts, who tell us about what they did to bring in folks on Indpendent Bookstore Day. Join us.

    Books mentioned in this week's episode:

    The Borrowed Hills by Scott Preston

    Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

    No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

    Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

    The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren

    Shane by Jack Schaefer

    Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

    True Grit by Charles Portis

    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

    The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Independent People by Halldór Laxness

    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    The Great Transition by Nick Fuller Googins

    The Cemetery of Untold Stories by Julia Alvarez


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    • 38 min
    Two Editors Who Changed Publishing

    Two Editors Who Changed Publishing

    Today we have a book that helped us to lift the curtain on the inner workings of the book business. The Editor by Sara B. Franklin tells us the story of Judith Jones, the game changing editor who changed the publishing business at a time where women weren't in the publishing business. Judith helped shape literature and change publishing, and so we pair her with one of our current favorite editors who has just announced her retirement, Beverly Horowitz. Beverly has been in the business for 50 years and has worked with everyone from Judy Blume to E. Lockhart. Join us for a wonderful insiders look at the business that sustains our minds and hearts.

    Books mentioned in this week's episode:

    The Editor by Sara B. Franklin

    Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original by Sara B. Franklin

    The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook: Dishes and Dispatches from the Catskill Mountains by Sara B. Franklin

    The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

    The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones

    Rabbit, Run by John Updike

    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

    The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (Canons) by Nan Shepherd

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


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    • 38 min
    Book Store Owners Present Their Top Summer Reads

    Book Store Owners Present Their Top Summer Reads

    We love the summer because it means trips the bookstore! We have some of our favorite bookstores recommending their favorite summer titles. If you are in need of a laugh, a thrill or just a great story to read on the beach, this is an episode of The Book Case you don't want to miss.


    Books mentioned in this week's episode:
    A Short Walk Through the Woods by Douglas Westerbeke
    Real Americans by Rachel Khong
    Same as it Ever Was by Claire Lombardo
    James by Percival Everett
    The Paris Novel by Ruth Reichl
    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
    A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
    Lo Fi by Liz Riggs
    Central Park West by James Comey
    Westport by James Comey
    Table for Two by Amor Towles
    Swamp Story by Dave Barry
    The Backyard Book Chronicles by Amy Tan
    The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery at the Dawn of AI by Fei-Fei Li
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
    Different Seasons by Stephen King
    The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt
    By Any Other Name by Jodi Picoult
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    • 43 min
    George Stephanopoulos Takes Us To The Situation Room

    George Stephanopoulos Takes Us To The Situation Room

    This episode is a double whammy of extreme talent. First, we have George Stephanopoulos, giving us history through the perspective of one of the most mysterious and powerful rooms in the White House: The Situation Room. It's the title of his new book...and it's an illuminating read. Second, the great J. Ryan Stradal and our second installment of the Writer in Residence series. He says he is doing a lot of writing these days...and he knows most of it won't make it in the book. You don't want to miss this week's Book Case.

    Books mentioned in this week's episode:

    The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis by George Stephanopoulos

    All Too Human: A Political Education by George Stephanopoulos

    Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal

    Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

    Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

    Think Twice by Harlan Coben

    I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

    Table for Two by Amor Towles


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    • 46 min
    Heidi Reimer Examines Motherhood, Sacrifice, and Redemption

    Heidi Reimer Examines Motherhood, Sacrifice, and Redemption

    It's always a pleasure for us to talk to a debut author and we have a good one this week in Heidi Reimer. Her novel, The Mother Act, is the story of mothers and daughters and the heap of complexities that come in those relationships. How do we know we are going to be a good mom? Once we have a child are we ALWAYS a mother first? This book asks these questions and challenges the reader to question the concepts of motherhood, empathy and family.

    Books mentioned in this week’s episode:

    The Mother Act by Heidi Reimer

    Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Dear Life by Alice Munro

    Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives by Lori Leibovich

    Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott

    Middlemarch by George Eliot

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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734 Ratings

734 Ratings

Idyllwild forever ,

Summer Reads

Loved this Podcast. So many suggestions from the Bookstores around the country. Had a bit of a problem writing down titles and authors so will go back and listen again. Thank you

Listener4000 ,

Booked for life

Just found this podcast and am loving every minute….i love the father/daughter team and discussion and the conversations about all kinds of books, book stores and writers. It’s refreshing and engaging. And I’ll be reading some of the recommendations. Thank yooou!

felixlayla ,

The givers of great reads

I’ve been listening since the first and while I don’t go running to my kindle for every book and author they speak to, I have found that the ones I am pulled towards are some of the best reads ever. Niall Williams, Anna Quinlan, James McBride. Thank you for opening up my world to new reads and new authors .

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