Was All the Light We Cannot See all it was cracked up to be? Polli and Kate have different feels on the issue...
The 2017 National Book Award shortlist for Fiction
- Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko (eBook on Hoopla!)
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel prize in literature!
Sisters in Crime an organization whose stated mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers”—turns 30 this year!
Two Book Minimum:
- Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap by Julie Anne Long (2017)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (2016)
Note: Polli wanted to clear up that, while she called this a memoir in the podcast, it’s actually a biography. Sorry, y’all! She definitely DOES know the difference
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2016)
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1993)
What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Douglas Adams – readalike for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Off Base by Tessa Bailey (note: read in private! Or not…)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – readalike for Like Water for Chocolate
She Said/She Said: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (2014)
We are actually disagreeing for once! Hear our takes on this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.
Readalikes for All the Light…
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
- Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
Also, Polli mentioned the movie Amelie in connection to this book (the interconnectedness of everyday lives, beautiful french settings, etc.) and, since it’s one of our shared faves, here’s a video :
FRI OCT 20 @7PM Mic Supremacy #2 at Raven Bookstore: “Mic Supremacy is a POC led and centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community.”
SUN Oct 29 @2PM – “Pure Imagination – Music from the Movies” — Jayhawk Harp Ensemble coming to play music from beloved movies like Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, etc. in the library Auditorium
We’ll mention this again next time, but ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th – there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to douglascountyks.org and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT
TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
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