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.
Claire Stanford is Happy For You
What if an app could quantify exactly how happy you are? That's the premise for Clare Stanford's debut novel, "Happy For You," in which a philosopher leaves academia to work as a researcher for"the third-most popular internet company" where she struggles to find belonging as a biracial woman. "Happy For You,' is a funny story of a woman searching for her identity and a satirical commentary on today's h(app)iness-obsessed world. Plus, a conversation with Mitchell Kaplan at Books and Books.
Other books mentioned in the pod:
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
The Bernstein Bears Series by Stan and Jan Bernstein
Year of Dangerous Days: Riots Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980 by Nicholas Griffin
Big Trouble by Dave Barry
Trust by Hernan Diaz
David Gergen Knows Politics
David Gergen says it's time for new American leadership. As a political advisor who served four presidential administrations, Gergen has a perspective on the White House that's unrivaled in the political world. Gergen wrote his new book, "Hearts Touched with Fire," to advise the next generation of political leaders. Maybe that will include you! In President Truman's words, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."
List of books mentioned:
Hearts Touched with Fire by David Gergen
Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills
The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell
The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland by Josh Christie
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Letters of EB White by EB White (Revised)
Charlotte's Web by EB White
Stuart Little by EB White
Sigh, Gone by Phuk Tron
Delia Ephron Falls In Love, Again
Delia Ephron went through hell. Her leukemia almost killed her - so did the treatments to cure it. In “Left on Tenth”, her new book that is on many best seller lists, she writes about wanting to die - pleading with the doctors to let her die. However a doctor, who perhaps knew Delia better than she knew herself, wouldn’t let her. And a late in life, second love, sustained her through the most difficult of times. Delia’s book is inspiring and is testament to the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of love. Now, remarkably recovered, she talks about her ordeal. Listen to her answer of what she wants the rest of her life to be. It will make you smile.
Introducing 'Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley'
You may know the story of Emmett Till. But you might’ve never heard his story if it weren't for one woman: Mamie Till-Mobley. In a new three-part season of ABC News' "Reclaimed" podcast, host Leah Wright Rigueur explores who Mamie Till-Mobley was before she lost her son: a young girl growing up in Illinois. Rigueur traces Mamie's journey after Emmett’s death, and how she turned her grief into a movement that changed the course of American history.
The first two episodes of "Reclaimed" are available now. To listen, follow the show on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3zofsOC), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3PSLBDU), Amazon Music (https://amzn.to/3tgHfNf), or wherever you like to listen.
Azar Nafisi Reads Dangerously
Azar Nafisi offers you - a reader - a challenge. It is the title of her latest book - “Read Dangerously”. Azar comes with a unique perspective. She was teaching in Iran when the clerics took over, banned books, and eliminated many of the freedoms that Americans often take for granted. She caused something of a sensation when she wrote “Reading Lolita in Tehran” - contending that reading fiction can be a liberating and even subversive act. Now she teaches in the United States and worries that Americans aren’t reading enough - specifically aren’t reading works that take them outside their comfort zone. What freedoms could we lost if we don’t "Read Dangerously"? Her argument is an important one and very much worth a listen.
Shelby Van Pelt Makes Her Debut
Odds are you’ve never heard of Shelby Van Pelt. She is a new author, and as we spoke she was just a week away from the publication of her first novel “Remarkably Bright Creatures”. Strange to say but this is a novel novel and both of us loved it. A writing advisor once told Shelby to try writing from an unlikely point of view - and has she done just that! Her narrator is an octopus. But not just any octopus. Marcellus is a captive in an aquarium and from that vantage point is an observer of we humans. He doesn’t have much respect for what he sees, but his warm, funny and wary narrative will have you hooked from the first page.
As in almost all our podcasts, you’ll also hear from an independent bookseller from somewhere in the country. We believe independent book stores are critical. In this podcast, Otto Penzler of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York talks about mysteries as literature. Believe us, Otto knows mysteries, and is acutely aware that we all love ‘em.
I love this podcast. Just found it by accident.I loved Charlie from GMA. And his daughter is delightful. Very informative. These 2 really read the book first. Dmartz44
I’ve been looking for a podcast like this! So many different authors and guests! Thanks for the spectrum of guests and topics. As an author writing about the Vietnamese diaspora and refugee experiences, I appreciate the thoughtful, substantive questions asked, not the canned questions!
—Amy M. Le, award-winning author of Snow in Vietnam
Great interviewers and great interviewees!
I have long been a fan of Charlie Gibson and now am also a fan of Kate Gibson! Love the authors and the indie bookstore owners you interview. I have already borrowed two of the books mentioned on your podcast and have recommended your podcast to my book-loving friends!