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Better the Bookshelf Podcast
39 minutes | Dec 31, 2022
Ep. 64 - New Years Eve Mountainside Chat
Rich and Ryan were together in Switzerland and had a chat about their 2022 book experience and podcast resolutions for 2023.
46 minutes | Dec 27, 2022
Ep. 63 - Tell Me I'm Worthless by Allison Rumfitt
Rich and Ryan read Allison Rumfitt's trans-horror novel that Rich found as a suggestion on Twitter. Are there ties to the "Haunting of Hill House"? Should they take more Twitter recommendations? Come for their muddled cold-ridden voices, stay for the advent calendar style selection of their next book at the end.
58 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Ep. 62 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Time for a story about a haunted house... or is it? Rich and Ryan take on Jackson's terror classic, "The Haunting of Hill House."
66 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
Ep. 61 - The Overstory by Richard Powers
It's time for a heavy-hitter. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book beat Rich and Ryan down a bit, take a listen and find out why!
51 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Ep. 60 - At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Happy spooky season! It's time for some H.P. Lovecraft. Let's see what monsters Rich and Ryan find lurking in the Mountains of Madness.
60 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Ep. 59 - The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
Let's talk about Jesus in space and aliens whose faces look like fetuses. That's right, it's time for Rich and Ryan to get into some literary science fiction.
51 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Ep. 58 - Linconln Highway by Amor Towles
A new book and a new co-host! Check our Rich and Ryan's meander through Amor Towles's latest book "The Lincoln Highway."
1 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Announcement: New Episodes! New Host?!
Announcement time! New bi-weekly episodes starting 5 September 2022. Welcome in the Rich & Ryan era of slightly irreverent book chats.
28 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Ep. 57 - WE'RE BACK BABY! - Better The Bookshelf Podcast
We are back in action faithful listeners!
51 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Ep. 56 - Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Jacob and Ryan discuss Gillian Flynn's dramatic murder/trauma debut novel, Sharp Objects and make a big announcement about the future of the podcast.
73 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Ep. 55 - In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson
Jacob and Ryan talk about another Erik Larson best seller and ties to modern politics.
71 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Ep. 54 - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Jacob and Ryan wrap up their required reading dystopian themed novels with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
76 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Ep. 53 - 1984 by George Orwell
Jacob and Ryan discuss George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, and its themes in modern American politics, among other things.
58 minutes | May 19, 2020
Ep. 52 - The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
Jacob and Ryan discuss Erik Larson's rich historical nonfiction novel about the building of Chicago's 1893 Worlds Fair (World's Columbian Exposition) and the horrific activities of serial killer H.H. Holmes who used the event to find his prey.
62 minutes | May 6, 2020
Ep. 51 - Good Bones by Maggie Smith
Jacob and Ryan swoop through Maggie Smith's poetry collection on motherhood.
60 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Ep. 50 - Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Jacob and Ryan have a sour conversation about Fifty Shades of Grey, with a bit of Tiger King sprinkled in.
70 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Ep. 49 - The Outsider by Stephen King
Jacob and Ryan dive into Stephen King's "The Outsider." Read the book, watch the great HBO adaptation, or do both, and then jump in and enjoy our discussion! Stick around until the end for LOTS of upcoming books and past recommendations to help get you through COVID-19.
58 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Ep. 48 - The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carre
Jacob and Ryan talk about spies and all that entails.
69 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Ep. 47 - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The theme of depressing childhood books continues with a discussion of Frank McCourt's Pulitzer prize-winning memoir.
60 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Ep. 46 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Jacob and Ryan discuss structure and themes of racism and violence in Colson Whitehead's most recent novel, "The Nickel Boys."
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