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TheBookstorePodcast

Joined December 2016

It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. | New episodes weekly | thebookstorepodcast.com | iTunes: apple.co/2hgnLpR
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Okay, it seems like everyone is talking about this book, so while traveling for work I stopped by an indie bookstore to buy it. Because if I‘m paying list price for a hardcover, I want to buy it from an indie. I‘m so excited to read it, but I have 3 books checked out from the library. Such is my life. -Becca

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Went to see a play my friend was performing in this past weekend, and I got the time wrong, so I showed up a full 45 minutes early. Walked down the street to the closest coffee shop to wait. This is why I always have a book with me!

Tamra Always! Now I can‘t leave without a backup which is crazy. 4w
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Away for the weekend for a bridal shower, of course I brought books. This is one of them. I‘m enjoying it so far, but I have to say, I liked Madeline Miller‘s Song of Achilles so much that it‘s hard for me to get into Barker‘s Achilles. If you‘ve read both, did you prefer one over the other?

bookandcat Miller is far better. This was decent but not as amazing as Song of Achilles 1mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Starting The Friend this weekend for our upcoming episode to be released April 23rd!

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We‘re back! Today‘s episode is all about MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite, a fast and fantastic read. Check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

We also announced the launch of or Patreon. If you‘re interested: www.patreon.com/thebookstore

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Very into essays at the moment. What is your favorite essay collection? -Becca

Christine I love so many essay collections! A semi-recent fave was 3mo
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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I loved Katalin Street, so I had to read The Door ASAP. It‘s even better than Katalin Street! -Becca

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Fever Dream was my favorite book of 2017. I tell everyone about it. I still think about it often. I was so excited to see Samanta Schweblin had a collection of short stories being published in English. They‘ve got the same feeling as Fever Dream, but they‘re so much more fleeting. It makes for a disorienting reading experience - I‘d expect nothing less.

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Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
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Just finished this, and I think I want to read everything Magda Szabó has written. -Becca

Mdargusch I read her book The Door and it was definitely too dark for me. Was this one dark too? 4mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Mdargusch I haven‘t read The Door so I can‘t compare, but I‘d describe this one as bleak and depressing. 4mo
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NK Jemisin‘s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is one of my all-time favorite books, but I wasn‘t thrilled with The Fifth Season. I think this collection of stories is somewhere in between the two for me. It‘s fun to read really imaginative, speculative fiction in the winter.

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Howl’s Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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💫 New Episode 💫We‘ve got an old update on an old story, a gossip sesh about a new scandal, and a lot of unpopular opinions about a fan favorite book. Check is out wherever you get your podcasts.

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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I‘m catching up on some e-galleys this weekend, starting with SABRINA & CORINA, a really beautiful collection of short stories about Latinas and indigenous women in Colorado and the American West.
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What are you reading today?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Your African violet 😍 4mo
TheBookstorePodcast @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! I bought it as a birthday present for myself. I hadn‘t seen one that had colors quite like it. 😊 4mo
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Bookmail from indie publisher Two Dollar Radio. I‘ve been trying to read more from indie presses lately. Do you have a particular independent publisher you really like?

LauraJ @ValancourtBooks is pretty awesome. 5mo
Tanisha_A What a beautiful photograph too! 5mo
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Continuing on with our project of reading books we already own, today we have a new mini episode discussing the illustrated memoir PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi. You can find it in your podcast feeds or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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The Wedding: A Novel | Dorothy West
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This week: we read and discuss THE WEDDING by Dorothy West. It‘s a remarkably complete history of several generations of a family up to their daughter‘s impending wedding in 1950. It tackles race and class in really thoughtful and interesting ways and you should definitely check it out.

You can find the podcast wherever you download your podcasts!

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I got a @barnesandnoble giftcard for Christmas and instead of buying a couple of paperbacks, I had to get My Year of Rest and Relaxation because literally every one of my favorite readers have been raving about it and I can‘t stand the FOMO anymore.
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Have you picked up anything new lately?

Ashley_Nicoletto I did the same thing with the new John Boyne. Just bought the hardcover for full price with my gift cards. 🤣 But I wanted it so badly. 5mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Ashley_Nicoletto I get something in my head and just can‘t let go! 5mo
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New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay | Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer
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I first learned about New Erotica for Feminists on Instagram, so I was delighted when my good friend gave this to me for my birthday last weekend. The short satirical sketches are very funny and great to read a few at a time when I‘m between bigger reading projects.

Weaponxgirl Awesome to hear, I have this kicking about somewhere 5mo
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The Transit of Venus | Shirley Hazzard
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On this week‘s episode we discuss our first #backlist read of January, The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard. What‘s the book about? You‘ll have to listen to see if we ever figured it out!

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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All of the books we read for the podcast this year! Which ones were your favorites?

Angeles It is not a matter of favorites, but for a book to cheer you up when you are down anything by Tessa Dare will hit the spot 6mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This week: THERE THERE by Tommy Orange! We read and discussed this highly praised, very ambitious debut for our latest episode. It‘s nearly as good as having to fight for the only spot of sun we‘ve seen in three weeks! Find the episode wherever you get your podcasts, or stream it on our website!

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Share your favorite memories and moments of LITTLE WOMEN with us! It‘s Corinne‘s first read of the classic (I know, what?!) and we know some of you out there love it dearly. So we want to hear your thoughts on the podcast! You can email us (thebookstorepodcast.com), leave us a comment or call our hotline at 616-730-1656 and we‘ll share your thoughts with our listeners. Or maybe you HATE IT... we‘ll take those comments, too 😈

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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This week on thebookstorepodcast.com: I made a list of read alikes for many of our 2018 books. If you liked or loved or hated some of the things we discussed, check it out to see what else we suggest you read! Read it at thebookstorepodcast.com/2018-read-alikes

HeatherBookNerd Case Histories ❤️ 7mo
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Split Tooth | Tanya Tagaq
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Well, I should be reading Little Women for our next discussion episode, but I accidentally spotted SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq at the library this weekend and I‘ve been meaning to read it. It‘s a beautifully designed book with a mix of poetry, prose, and illustrations telling the story of a young girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970‘s. I‘m really fascinated by the storytelling here and can‘t wait to read more . -c

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I‘ve been on a real used book buying bender. And because Michigan is staring down 5 months of cold winter I couldn‘t resist a summer book. I‘ve also heard great things about this one, Jansson is beloved for her Moomin books and I can‘t wait to get a chance to crack this one.

Tamra Your post reminded me to shop for more of her work! 👌🏾 (edited) 7mo
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Don‘t tell her what the title says. 😂 This was our first read for the podcast and one of my favorite reads from the last few years. The episode was rough - we were podcast idiots at the time, but I was still very excited to find a used copy for my own.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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We‘re reading THERE THERE by Tommy Orange this week. I hadn‘t really considered the fact that we‘d be reading it over Thanksgiving when we put it on the schedule. The introduction, particularly, has been a sobering reminder of America‘s colonial history and has me reconsidering how I think and talk about this holiday season.

Wherever you are and whatever you‘re celebrating today and this week we hope you‘re safe and having a good day.

Samplergal I just had my book club read it. Sobering and yes, I‘ll view this “holiday” differently. 7mo
Leftcoastzen Great book! 7mo
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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In a Bookstore Podcast first, we revisit an author we‘ve read and discussed before. You wanna bet whether or not we liked If Beale Street Could Talk? Check out our latest episode now!

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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It‘s Election Day in the US and new Bookstore episode day. Today we talk Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Listen to it on your way to the polls. And remember, if you don‘t vote Melmoth is watching you. 🕴🏻

Get the episode wherever you get your podcasts!

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Old Dolls | Eleanor St. George
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Doll book display at my local used bookstore is brilliant for Halloween, if you ask me. I‘ve never been afraid of dolls, when I was a child I used to sleep with my American Girl dolls facing me at the foot of my bed, which really freaked out friends when they slept over. Now, having read enough scary possessed doll stories, I think I get the fear! -Becca

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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All Horror October continues with a discussion of Victor LaValle‘s novella The Ballad of Black Tom. It was written as a response to the very problematic short story, Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft (HP maybe stands for Horrible Person?).
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Check it out where you get podcasts! Also, sign up for tor.com‘s book club and get a free ebook every month!This was this month‘s pick!

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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Can‘t get enough horror.

DGRachel I love this book. 😍 8mo
Bklover I have this book! So I should read it? @DGRachel 8mo
DGRachel @Bklover it‘s a very slow burn, but I thought it was wonderful. I read it a decade ago, before I started writing reviews or even tracking my reading in Goodreads, but I remember loving it and getting lost in it. There are some gruesome bits, if you‘re squeamish be forewarned, and while I don‘t remember a lot of detail, I know I loved it. 8mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I love seeing the books and authors we‘ve discussed on shelves when I visit the bookstore. You can find all of our episodes in our podcast feed, or on our website.
See anything here you‘d love to read? I think I should check out Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine sometime.

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On today‘s episode of The Bookstore we talk about our worst fears. We read two stories inspired by our phobias and discuss them. You can read the stories online (links in our blog post www.thebookstorepodcast.com) and check out the episode where ever you get your podcasts!

What‘s your worst fear? Got any good story recommendations for it?

TheReadingMermaid One of my fears is the fear of heights. It makes me dizzy and I get vertigo and start feeling sick. So I decided to face my fears and get over it by skydiving ✈️ 18,500 feet!!! 8mo
TheBookstorePodcast @TheReadingMermaid That‘s pretty darn brave! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid Yeah and then my husband proposed to me on the ground when I touched down 💍😋 8mo
TheBookstorePodcast @TheReadingMermaid Awww, that‘s a very memorable proposal! 8mo
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Out October 16th (which is in a couple of hours, as I post this)! We‘ll be reading Melmoth for an upcoming episode. I started it this weekend and I‘m very impressed with the gorgeous writing so far (also impressed with the gorgeous book design!).

What new books are you looking forward to this fall?

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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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Our next stop for All Horror October is an episode about our worst fears. We‘ll be reading THE RAFT by Stephen King for Becca‘s phobia. It can be found in his collection SKELETON CREW. Or you can read it online, for free!

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For Tuesday‘s episode we‘re reading short stories that are related to our worst fears. For Corinne‘s, we read THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION by James Tiptree, Jr (aka Raccoona Sheldon/Alice B. Sheldon). It was published in Tiptree‘s anthology, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, but you can also read it online for free. And you should! It‘s scary and real feeling and incredible.
Check it out, let us know what you think, and listen to the episode on Tuesday!

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Out now! Our discussion of Shirley Jackson‘s The Haunting of Hill House covers what makes a horror novel and Upper Michigan‘s hottest roadside attraction, the Mystery Spot.
Find it where you get your podcasts.

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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Free tote with preorder of Haruki Murakami‘s new novel? The tote has a cat on it?! Obviously I need it.

Heideschrampf What? Where? I need that! 8mo
That-Bookish-Hiker This tote! 😍😍 8mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Heideschrampf A select number of independent bookstores are giving them away with preorders. I think there‘s a full list on Murakami‘s Facebook page! 8mo
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For our very first All Horror October episode we reread Alvin Schwartz‘s horrifying kid classic collection, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It‘s a fun episode you won‘t want to miss with fun spooky anecdotes, a quiz and an original song recording just for this episode!

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Munmun | Jesse Andrews
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OH DANG! In Munmun, the size of your body scales literally to how much money you have. The poorest are the size of rats, billionaires are like giants

It‘s a satire about money and class in the Jonathan Swift and Dickens tradition except if they used the word “peen” as an insult. Body scaling is a brilliant illustration for what he‘s taking on here-sometimes being poor is a physical disadvantage. It‘s hilarious and way too real. I loved it.
-C

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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A disproportionate number of books on the ALA‘s Most Challenged List are challenged because of sexual content. Kinda hard not to look at that and conservative‘s reactions to Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony and wonder if there might be a relationship.
We believe books are necessary for empathy and that all people should have access to them. We also believe Christine Blasey Ford.

Samplergal Thank you. It‘s been a rough day. 9mo
ReadingSusan ❤️❤️ 9mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Samplergal I hear you. Take care. 9mo
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To Angela, Always, Amy 🖊
I‘m a big fan of used books. They‘re stories that come with their own stories. What‘s the best thing you‘ve ever found in a book?

Bostonmomx2 A business card and a movie theater gift card. I kind of think it was intentional. 9mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom I ordered my husband a book from thriftbooks a couple years ago for Christmas. It was signed by the author and I didn't realize it until I was wrapping it up for him! 9mo
TheBookstorePodcast @WorldsOkayestStepMom That‘s always very exciting!! 👏 9mo
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TheBookstorePodcast @Bostonmomx2 haha! Well, kind of a score either way! 9mo
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This week‘s podcast is devoted to Fear of Flying. Does it hold up as a Feminist classic? You‘ll have to listen to find out! Wherever you get your podcasts, or www.thebookstorepodcast.com

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Just over here waiting on All Horror October... 🧟‍♀️🕴🏻🦇
You ready for spooky reads yet?

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This week! We try to get cozy and recommend non-horror autumnal reads. And we drop a lot of titles, once you start it‘s hard to stop! You can listen to the new episode wherever you get your podcasts! Or at www.thebookstorepodcast.com

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Sorry to have been MIA on here the last week or so, we had a Murphy 🐈 emergency, but no worries, we‘re back at it! This week on the podcast we discover that maybe detective novels are our romance when we read Attica Locke‘s Bluebird, Bluebird. Find the episode wherever you get your podcasts or on our website www.thebookstorepodcast.com!

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Revisiting this middle school favorite. What books do you remember loving when you were a tween? Have you reread them to see how they hold up?

Tonton Actually on my TBR! 10mo
BookNAround I adored this one! 10mo
TheBookstorePodcast @BookNAround @Tonton: a lot of fun, really reminding me of Lemony Snickett, though far before his time! 9mo
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This week on the podcast: Haruki Murakami‘s first novels, Wind/Pinball. Check it out wherever you get your podcasts, or on our website, thebookstorepodcast.com, for more fun stuff related to the episode (like a Spotify playlist of songs from the books!).

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Part two of the no new episode apology tour is here! Today you can read a personal essay about how back surgery 15 years ago brought Corinne to the Wizarding World of audiobooks! thebookstorepodcast.com

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This week we didn‘t have an episode because we‘ve been a little busy. But we will be sharing some new articles on our website. Head on over to thebookstorepodcast.com see why Into the Raging Sea made Becca‘s list of 5 Non-Fiction Books for People Who Only Read Fiction. (Link in profile)