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37. Quarterly Favorites: the best books we read in Fall 2020

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  • 9 days ago
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Today, we reflect on our favorite reads from the last three months. These quarterly reflections might be our favorite episodes to record. It’s lovely to take time to consider our favorite episodes, our favorite reads, and what we’ve learned over the course of the season. We’re sharing a bunch of book recommendations in this episode; shop our recs here.  Visit our podcast pals Heaving Bosoms! Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our newsletter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription for yourself or purchase a gift.    Books mentioned: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia Luster by Raven Leilani Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay On Beauty by Zadie Smith  Intimations by Zadie Smith Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust The Next Great Jane by K.L Going The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance She Come by It Natural by Sarah Smarsh All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafa   Winter lineup:   December My Antonia by Willa Cather Little Women by Louisa May Alcott   January Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff   February There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

36. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told by Alex Haley, with Traci Thomas of The Stacks

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  • 16 days ago
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Today, Traci Thomas of The Stacks podcast joins Chelsey and Sara to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm, X, as told by Alex Haley. We loved diving into this iconic nonfiction classic with our favorite nonfiction expert, and we’re so excited to share this conversation with you.    Follow The Stacks on Instagram Join The Stacks Book Club on Patreon Shop The Stacks merch Shop Traci’s book recs    Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our newsletter. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription for yourself or purchase a gift.  Our discussion includes: What makes this a “life-changing” book? Does The Autobiography of Malcolm X belong in the classroom? Which parts of the book ring especially true today Brilliant storytelling and an incredible use of rhetoric   Plus, as always, we’re recommending a bunch of contemporary pairings to read along with this classic.   Shop the pairings:  https://bookshop.org/lists/novel-pairings-for-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x   Traci’s Pairings: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable The Dead are Arising by Malcolm X by Les Payne, Tamara Payne Heavy by Kiese Laymon Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson   Sara’s Pairings: Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston Pale by Edward A. Farmer   Chelsey’s Pairings: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz and Kekla Magoon How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones   Also mentioned:   The Stacks Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison The Stacks Ep. 135 The Autobiography of Malcolm X

35. A 2020 Gift Guide for every literary taste

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  • 23 days ago
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It's holiday shopping season! Today we're pairing giftable books with fun items for readers with varied tastes. Build your holiday shopping list or your personal TBR with gift ideas for Austenites, fantasy readers, history buffs, and more.  Find every title and gift item we mentioned on our gift guide blog post.    

34. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and twisty, atmospheric mystery novels

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Today Chelsey and Sara are discussing And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. We’re sipping some red wine while we talk about this classic locked-room mystery and pair it with some atmospheric, page-turning reads. We discuss Christie’s legacy in the mystery world (and her impact on literature in general), what we look for in the mystery genre, and that wild ending.   Our discussion includes: How Christie’s novels have shaped today’s literary landscape, perhaps more than any other classics [17:18] The appeal of locked room mysteries [23:00] Spoiler alert: the twisty ending [26:42]   Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic,  including a Japanese mystery in translation and a Christie-inspired campus novel.   We do discuss some spoilers in this episode, but we’ll give you fair warning.    Books Mentioned: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware . . . . . . . . . . Shop the pairings:  https://bookshop.org/lists/novel-pairings-for-and-then-there-were-none   Chelsey’s Pairings: The Guest List by Lucy Foley [38:50] The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji [46:45] Honkaku murder mysteries The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda [55:25]   Sara’s Pairings: The Truants by Kate Weinberg [42:08] Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty [51:18]  The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton [1:00:48]   Picks of the Week: Chelsey: The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jane Ashford When Agatha Christie Vanished  Drunk History Agatha Christie Sara: Clue

33.5 Discussing the new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer

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  • about 1 month ago
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Readers, today we have a special treat, a bonus episode! We watched the new Rebecca adaptation on Netflix, and we have OPINIONS. We’re talking about how we feel about DuMaurier’s original, what we loved about the movie, what we hated, which spooky and suspenseful movies we’re excited to watch this Halloween weekend, and what we’re currently reading. Did you watch the new movie? What did you think?   P.S. We discuss the movie in depth, so spoilers abound!    Tell us on Instagram or Twitter.   Be the first to know about future bonus episodes. Subscribe to our newsletter.   Support our show AND independent bookstores. Use our Libro.fm affiliate link to get an audiobook subscription for yourself or as a gift.    Watch Hitchcock’s Academy Award winning adaptation here.    “Lily James Looks Like an American Girl Doll in Rebecca”   Lily James stars in The Pursuit of Love   Books mentioned:   Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier The Winters by Lisa Gabriele Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell