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Books on the Nightstand
30 minutes | May 18, 2016
BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores
Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read. Booklovers, especially Michael, are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, died at age 70. Darwin Cooke, writer and artist of Michael’s favorite superhero graphic novel ever, DC The New Frontier, passed away at the age of 53. Audiobook of the week (04:49): Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook Women and girls in books and bookstores (09:49): This week, we wanted to talk about three unrelated stories, and Michael realized that they all had women at the center. Judy Blume opened an independent bookstore! She’s partnering with the fabulous Books and Books to open a location in Key West, Florida. I’m dying to visit. If you go, please let us know how it is. The Nebula awards for 2015 were given out this past weekend, and of the six major awards, five were given to women. The winner of Best Novel, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, was an Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week in episode #337, chosen by Michael. Other winners: Best Novella: Nnedi Okorafor for Binti Best Novelette: Sarah Pinsker for “Our Lady of the Open Road,” featured in the June 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Best Short Story: Alyssa Wong for “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” featured in the Oct. 2015 issue of Nightmare Magazine Winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fran Wilde for Updraft After hearing a lot about a young adult graphic novel called Lumberjanes, which features a diverse group of strong female characters, I was thrilled to see an article in the New York Times: Boom Box Comics Tell Stories of Teenagers, With a Light Heart. This is a graphic novel line worth taking a look at, especially if you have teen readers in your life. Two books we can’t wait for you to read (20:41): Smoke by Dan Vyleta goes on sale Tuesday May 24th, but march down to your bookstore or library now and reserve your copy. It begins in an exclusive boarding school, and is set in a world that looks a lot like 1900 London, with one exception: when people think bad thoughts or do bad deeds, their body starts to emit thick black smoke. It’s atmospheric, compelling, and full of suspense and adventure. Michael talks about Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv. It’s a book of ideas of things to do outdoors with your family, and talks about the importance of being in nature for family togetherness and other benefits. It’s full of resources and ways to enrich your family life through nature.
38 minutes | Jan 5, 2016
BOTNS #364: Newer Year, Fewer Books
Slimming down (our book collections) in the New year. Plus, we recommend Lum by Libby Ware and The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. Attention anyone planning on reading BOTNS Listener Faves during 2016: In addition to the list we collected, Mindy, from our Goodreads group, collected responses from commenters there and created a separate list which you can find here. Thanks again to everyone who shared their favorite books, and thanks to Mindy for compiling the list! Audiobook of the week (02:56) Lightless by C. A. Higgins, narrated by Fiona Hardingham, is my pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 60,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook Newer Year, Fewer Books (06:31) During our holiday break, Ann and I each watched a bit of television. Ann binge-watched Making a Murderer, and I worked my way through Jessica Jones. In addition to watching TV, our families, coincidentally, each ended up doing some purging of clutter, moving some books, and culling some books. These processes put us in mind, of course, of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo's recommendations on getting rid of books doesn't sit well with most true book lovers. (She basically recommends only keeping a few beloved books, and none that you haven't read yet.) Ann and I have each "Kondo-ed" our book collections, to varying degrees, and we discuss what that process has been like and how we feel about the books we did keep. Marie Kondo's new book Spark Joy, expands on her method somewhat and includes many illustrations on her folding methods and other organizational ideas. Two Books We Can't Wait For You to Read (29:53) One of the books Ann was able to find more easily after reorganizing her books was Lum by Libby Ware. The story follows Columbia who, at age eight, is diagnosed as intersex (physically both female and male). In her early thirties she moves among the houses of family members, helping out where she can. This outsider existence is thrown into turmoil when construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway threatens her family's farm. I recommend Chris Bailey's The Productivity Project, a look a what he learned during the year he spent experimenting with multiple productivity methods, strategies, and apps. What I love about this book so far is how "hands on" it is: each chapter ends with a short exercise for the reader, exploring the topics and ideas just covered.
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