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Perks of Being a Book Lover is a show about books, people who read, and how reading, at its very best, is a social experience. Whether it be a book club, a poetry slam, or the production of a play; words are meant to be shared. Keep up with us on FB.

The Perks Of Being A Book Lover Podcast Amy Smalley and Carrie Vittitoe

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Perks of Being a Book Lover is a show about books, people who read, and how reading, at its very best, is a social experience. Whether it be a book club, a poetry slam, or the production of a play; words are meant to be shared. Keep up with us on FB.

    Season 6 Ep. 119 A Playground of Empathy with Guest Andrew Harris 1-19-22

    Season 6 Ep. 119 A Playground of Empathy with Guest Andrew Harris 1-19-22

    This week’s episode features Andrew Harris, the producing artistic director at Stage One, a performing arts organization for children in our city. If you live in Louisville, you have either attended a Stage One production as a child or as the parent of a child, and the shows are always magical. Andrew chats with us about his career in theater, the unique attributes of children’s shows, and why children’s theater is essential to adult theater.


    Stage One has a couple upcoming plays, which we discuss in this episode: Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly at the end of January and early February and Dragons Love Tacos in March and April. Of course, with Omicron, things could change, so be sure to contact Stage One directly for updates.


    Books mentioned--
    1- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    2- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    3- Jamie Whatever by Keith McGill
    4- Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly by Y. York
    5- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
    6- The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gordichec
    8- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audio and book form)
    9- Circe by Madeline Miller
    10- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    10- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
    11- The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher




     


     


     
     

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    Season 6 Ep. 118 Love is Hell with Guest Gwenda Bond

    Season 6 Ep. 118 Love is Hell with Guest Gwenda Bond

    In this episode, we talk to Gwenda Bond, a New York Times Best-selling author whose scope of work includes middle grade and young adult fiction, most with definitive fantasy elements. Her most recent book published this past fall, however, is her very first adult rom-com, a paranormal romance titled NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY, that involves the son of Satan. An anticipated sequel is due to hit bookstores in April 2022.


    Gwenda has vast experience in the literary world; she has published over 10 books, has been a writer for publisher’s weekly magazine, collaborated to write a serial podcast, and been chosen by the Duffer brothers, creators of the megahit Netflix series "Stranger Things", to write a novel that explores what Eleven’s mother’s story.


    The thing that unites all these pieces is simple; it’s definitely not boring. Gwenda revels in the wacky and weird and she was a ton of fun to chat with this week.


    Books discussed in this episode:


    1- Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond
    2- The Date From Hell by Gwenda Bond
    3- Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond
    4- Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
    5- The Supernormal Sleuthing Service by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe
    6- Lois Lane series by Gwenda Bond
    7- Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond
    8- The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
    9- Monkey's Paw by W W Jacobs
    10- The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
    11- The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
    12- A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
    13- A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
    14- Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
    15- Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
    16- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin


    Podcasts mentioned--
    1- Dead Air by Gwenda Bond


    Shows mentioned--
    1- Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

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    The Perks of Being a Book Lover 2021Year in Review and What’s New in 2022 1-5-22

    The Perks of Being a Book Lover 2021Year in Review and What’s New in 2022 1-5-22

    Carrie and Amy take a look back at books they read in 2021 and choose their favorites.  Plus, past guests from 2021 share their top reads of the year.


    Books mentioned in this episode:


    1- Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
    2- The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson
    3- This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith
    4- Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia
    5- Eat a Peach by David Chang
    6- Lakewood by Megan Giddings
    7- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
    8- Sick Souls, Healthy Minds by John Kaag
    9- Once & Future Witches by Alix Harrow
    10- Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
    11- Whisper Man by Alex North
    12- World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    13- Pax by Sara Pennypacker
    14- The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
    15- Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
    16- Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg
    17- As You Wish by Cary Elwes
    18- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
    19- Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethaway
    20- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
    21- Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan
    22- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    23- A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
    24- The Hummingbird's Gift by Sy Montgomery
    25- Piranesi by Susannah Clarke
    26- Where I Can't Follow by Ashley Blooms
    27- The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
    28- Fox and I by Catherine Raven
    29- Another Appalachia: Growing Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place by Neema Avashia
    30- City of Brass by SA Chakraborty
    31- Mordew by Alex Pheby
    32- Lucia by Alex Pheby
    33- The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
    34- The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gordichec
    35- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    36- She Wouldn't Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha
    37- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
    38- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    39- Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
    40- The World-Ending Fire by Wendell Berry
    41- The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
    42- Dune by Frank Herbert
    43- Will by Will Smith
    44- The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
    45- The Carrying by Ada Limon




     


     


     
     

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    REPLAY Ep. 86 Turn The Page and Tour The World with guest Melissa Joulwan 4-21-21

    REPLAY Ep. 86 Turn The Page and Tour The World with guest Melissa Joulwan 4-21-21

    COVID has been hard for those among us who like to travel, but one of our favorite ways to assuage that desire is to read books set in different locations. Sweeping meadows. Mountains that touch the sky. Exotic locales. These places can whisk us from our humdrum homes.


    A Strong Sense of Place is both a podcast and a website where readers can find interesting bookish conversations with our guest this week, Melissa Joulwan, and her husband David, two expatriates living in Prague located in the Czech Republic. In this week’s episode, she tells us about how they select the places they will visit each season, why place in a book has to meet very stringent specifications, and how roller derby helped her make some big life decisions.


    Books Mentioned in this Episode:


    Podcasts mentioned--
    Strong Sense of Place (strongsenseofplace.com)


    Books mentioned--
    1- Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
    2- Forever by Judy Blume
    3- The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
    4- Archy McNally series by Lawrence Sanders
    5- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    6- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    7- My Antonia by Willa Cather
    8- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    9- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    10- The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
    11- She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
    12- The Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood
    13- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
    14- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
    15- A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
    16- The Curse of Jacob Tracy by Holly Messinger


    Movies or TV adaptations mentioned in this episode:


    1- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Amazon)
    2- A Room With a View (1985 movie)
    3- Jane Eyre (1945 movie with Orson Welles)
    4- Jane Eyre (2011 movie with Michael Fassbender)
    5- Jane Eyre ( 2006 BBC miniseries with Toby Stephens)




     


     


     
     

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    REPLAY Ep. 87 A Shot of Bourbon With a Dash of Law with guest Brian Haara

    REPLAY Ep. 87 A Shot of Bourbon With a Dash of Law with guest Brian Haara

    **We have a rebroadcast this week.  We will resume all new episodes in Season 6 mid-January.


     


    This week we are getting in the “spirit” of the first Saturday of May; a date that is sacrosanct for many Kentuckians because of the running of the Kentucky Derby. A love of horses and bourbon whiskey are high on the list of things that Kentuckians are proud of and want to export to the rest of the world. Bourbon is big business in our region and has had a surge in popularity over the last decade; around 90 percent of all bourbon is produced here in the Bluegrass State. At no other time of the year is bourbon more popular in Louisville KY than during Derby season.


    Our guest this week, Brian Haara, is an attorney who developed an interest in bourbon through his work in the industry. He started by writing a bourbon history and law blog and has been featured in bourbon documentaries. His book, Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America, is a deep dive into the history of bourbon law that goes back almost to the founding of our country and highlights how bourbon cases have affected all types of commercial law, including consumer protections and trademark law. He wanted to tell the stories of how our country and bourbon grew up together. He is also a bourbon connoisseur who gives tasting notes on various bourbons on his blog and throughout the book.


    He chats with us about how he fell down the literary “Poe” hole as a teen, how Victoria’s Secret benefited from bourbon law, and he gives me and Carrie some suggestions of bourbons to buy for the bourbon drinkers in our life; whether they be newbies or long time fans.


    Websites mentioned--
    sippncorn.blogspot.com
    brianhaara.com


    Books mentioned--
    1- Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America by Brian Haara
    2- Poe anthology (Edgar Allan Poe)
    3- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    4- The Hobbit by J. R.R. Tolkein
    5- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
    6- Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow
    7- The 10,000 Doors of January by Alix Harrow
    8- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    9- The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
    10- Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint by Jerry L. Walls (editor)


    TV shows mentioned--
    The Wire ( 2002-2008)

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    Season 5 Ep. 117 In The Weed(s) with Memoir and History with Guest Alia Volz

    Season 5 Ep. 117 In The Weed(s) with Memoir and History with Guest Alia Volz

    Our guest this week, Alia Volz, wrote a book titled Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and The Stoning of San Francisco about her experience growing up in San Francisco in the late 1970s and 80s. Alia’s parents were the owners of Sticky Fingers Brownies which made pot brownies that were known all over the city. While these brownies were the source of relaxation and fun for many people, when HIV and AIDS hit San Francisco, Sticky Fingers became a lifeline for many gay men who were devastated by the disease because the pot brownies helped them with pain and appetite.


    The book covers a lot of territory, not the least of which is Alia’s parents’ backgrounds and what it was like for her to grow up in San Francisco in a family that couldn’t really talk about what it did because of the illegal nature of their business. Her book was a 2020 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. It’s a fascinating read which shows the social history leading to the legalization and wider use of cannabis for medical use in the US through the lens of her own family's story.


    Books Discussed in this Episode:
    1- Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco by Alia Volz
    2- Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews
    3- The Stand by Stephen King
    4- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    5- Dune by Frank Herbert
    6- Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul Offitt
    7- In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women are Still on Trial by Mona Chollet
    8- Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa
    9- The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Dead Djinn Universe #0.3)by P. Djeli Clark
    10- The Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1)by P. Djeli Clark
    11 - A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Dead Djinn Universe #0.1) by P. Djeli Clark
    12- The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by P. Djeli Clark
    13- Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe

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Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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Always adding to my TBR List

I love listening to all the interesting readers that Amy and Carrie interview. I have discovered many great books through this podcast.

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Fantastic Bookish Podcast

I love this podcast. It’s all the behind the scenes bookish info you didn’t know was missing in your life! So interesting and informative! I’m learning about bookish things I did not know about prior and I’m so grateful for the knowledge. Amy & Carrie are such gentle, generous hosts and very entertaining! My favorite podcast episode is Episode 54! If you’ve ever fantasized about owning a bookstore, this episode is for you! I highly recommend you give a listen!

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Books, Personality & Fun

Amy and Carrie give their listeners an informative and relaxed experience while talking about books and book related topics. In the last segment, they talk about a variety of life topics, often with humor. I’m so glad to have discovered them!

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