28 episodes

A monthly book club podcast conducted by a few amateur book lovers.

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A monthly book club podcast conducted by a few amateur book lovers.

    The Idle Book Club 28: NW

    The Idle Book Club 28: NW

    Sarah and Chris discuss NW, Zadie Smith's sprawling tale of the London working class. It's a re-read for both co-hosts, and they loved it just as much the second time through. Join in and see if you agree!

    • 52 min
    The Idle Book Club 27: Jesus' Son

    The Idle Book Club 27: Jesus' Son

    In the wake of Denis Johnson's passing, Chris and Sarah discuss Jesus' Son, the author's bleak yet beautiful collection of stories centered around the desperation of addiction. We also delve into why short stories are frequently so melancholy, and Chris briefly makes an embarrassingly mistaken reference to the Velvet Underground. Join us!

    • 40 min
    The Idle Book Club 26: A Sight for Sore Eyes

    The Idle Book Club 26: A Sight for Sore Eyes

    Ruth Rendell is known as a crime novelist, but in A Sight for Sore Eyes she stretches the genre's trappings into a taut and thrilling class-infused generational novel. Join Chris and Sarah as they get sucked into Rendell's bleak but utterly captivating world.

    • 54 min
    The Idle Book Club 25: The Long Goodbye

    The Idle Book Club 25: The Long Goodbye

    Sarah and Chris discuss The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler's classic noir crime novel. It's a cynical, gripping tale of twists and turns, and it's a whole lot of fun. Join us!

    • 50 min
    The Idle Book Club 24: The Handmaid's Tale

    The Idle Book Club 24: The Handmaid's Tale

    With Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale soon to reach a larger audience than ever thanks to a television adaptation, we decided to take on the novel for the Idle Book Club—Chris for the first time, and Sarah for the second. It's a masterful imagining of a modern dystopia, and it remains just as relevant as ever.

    • 1 hr
    The Idle Book Club 23: Silence

    The Idle Book Club 23: Silence

    Shusako Endo's Silence is a classic of modern Japanese literature, a reflection on faith and humanity that is sweeping and ambitious as well as intensely personal. Inspired to read it after watching Martin Scorsese's recent film adaptation, Sarah and Chris do their best to reckon with this complex novel.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

KyvenR ,

Pretty Good

It's pretty good.

Paperclypse ,

Great book discussions!

The only sad part about this podcast is that I wish I could chat with these insightful, charming people about books. :)

MechaTofuPirate ,

Worthwhile listen for book lovers

I cannot recommend this podcast enough whether you're familiar with the other podcasts on the Idle Thumbs network or not. I have discovered so many great books I normally wouldn't have because of this podcast and the hosts of the podcast do a great job breaking down what they liked or didn't like in the books covered each month.

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