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​​For this short episode of Unabridged, we are talking all about Rainbow Rowell and our love for her books. While we each have unique favorites of her work, we can agree that we are all fans, and there are some things that run through her writing that we enjoy.

​And as Jen says, "Rainbow Rowell is an auto-buy for us!"

 

the hosts' favorites

Ashley’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Carry On

 

Jen’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl

 

Sara’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park

 

other mentions​

*Rainbow Rowell's Wayward Son

*Rainbow Rowell's Pumpkinheads

*Rainbow Rowell's Attachments

*Rainbow Rowell's Landline

*Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series

 

give me one: one tv show you should watch

*Sara's pick: Justified

*Ashley's pick: The Good Place

*Jen's pick: Fleabag

 

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Our short episode in which we pair two characters from two different books, those literary folks we think might be friends in real life, proved to be more challenging than we anticipated. Fortunately, as friends in real life (ha!), we supported each other, confirming the validity (when we could) of our choices.

Listen to this new short episode, and then let us know what you think: are these friendships viable? what friendships do YOU think might work in real life?

 

Jen’s Match

*Wendy from Claire Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had with Marianne from Sally Rooney’s Normal People

 

Sara’s Match 

*Penny from Shea Ernshea’s The Wicked Deep with Evie from Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch

 

Ashley’s Match

*Leigh from Emily X. R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After with Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

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We're thrilled to discuss Anissa Gray's new novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. Told in the alternating perspectives of the Butler sisters, this novel is timely, compelling, and, at times, heartbreaking.

We offer pairings and recommendations for the ways that teachers can use this book in their classrooms.

After you listen, join us on social media throughout October to participate in our book club discussions. We'd love to know what you think!

 

timeline

*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 36:03

*Book Pairings: 36:03 - 45:43

*Classroom Connections45:44 - 49:54

book pairings

*Ashley - Mira T. Lee's Everything Here is Beautiful

*Jen - Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides

*Sara - John Green's Turtles All the Way Down​

 

classroom connections

*Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls

*Yara Zgheib's The Girls at 17 Swann Street

*Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing

 

other mentions

*Piper Kerman's Orange Is the New Black and the Netflix Series

 

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For this short episode of Unabridged, we thought about journeys. Nearly every book contains some sort of journey--emotional, moral, time--but we wanted to focus on the physical journeys that often lie at the heart of novels to symbolize or catalyze something else.

Our TBR lists explode (or shuffle, at the very least) as we each recommend two books with journeys at their centers. Listen to Jen remember our website's url, Sara get past not really loving journey novels all that much, and Ashley consider why audiobooks, while not always quite her first choice, are better than growing her TBR even more. Then, head over to social media to share your recommendations!

 

our selections

 

Ashley’s Picks

*Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage

*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s Americanah

 

Jen’s Picks

*Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

*Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive

 

Sara’s Picks

*J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

*​Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven

 

other mentions 

*Camp TOB 

 

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We took on a new challenge for this episode, offering our ideas for songs that pair beautifully with books. While none of us would call this our wheelhouse (I don't think!), we loved hearing the others' ideas for songs that resonate, for books that somehow connect in a meaningfully way to the feeling or story of the song.

We would LOVE to hear your ideas for perfect book-and-song pairings. Visit us on social media to share your ideas!

 

​Ashley’s Picks

*Death Cab for Cutie’s “What Sarah Said” (lyrics here) with Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers

*X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady” (lyrics here) with Beth Macy’s Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

 

Jen’s Picks

*Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” (lyrics here) with Dave Cullen’s Parkland: Birth of a Movement

*Lin-Manuel Miranda's “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the Hamilton soundtrack (lyrics here) with Dani Shapiro’s Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

 

Sara’s Picks

*Chris Cornell’s "Nothing Compares to U" (LIVE Chris Cornell version, lyrics here) with Dane Hucklebridge’s Castle of Water

*Linkin’ Park’s "Shadow of the Day" (lyrics here) with Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places

 

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In our newest short episode, we embark on a discussion of one of our favorite things: a book-to-film adaptation. This time, we're discussing the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's fabulous YA romance To All the Boys I've Loved Before. While the book is fuzzier for some of us than others (it's been a loooong time for someone, folks!), we all nonetheless enjoy considering the positives and negatives of this adaptation. Spoiler alert: there are some elements we like better in the movie!

 

works mentioned

*Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before

*​To All the Boys I've Loved Before Netflix movie adaptation

*My So-Called Life TV series

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We're thrilled to discuss Elizabeth Acevedo's sophomore novel, With the Fire on High. Protagonist Emoni is a high school student, a mother, a granddaughter, and an amazingly inspired chef in training. 

Listen in for our discussion of the ways that Acevedo counters our expectations for this character. We offer pairings and recommendations for the ways that teachers can use this book in their classrooms.

After you listen, join us on social media throughout September to participate in our book club discussions. We'd love to know what you think!

 

timeline

*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 35:00

*Book Pairings: 35:01 - 42:17

*Classroom Connections42:18 - 48:00

 

book pairings

*Ashley - Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs the World

*Jen - Roselle Lim’s Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

*Sara - Erika Sanchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

 

classroom connections

*Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X

*Gaby Rodriguez's The Pregnancy Project

*Isabel Quintero's Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

*Robin Benway's Far from the Tree

 

​other mentions

*Chopped TV Series

*Beat Bobby Flay TV Series

*​Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate

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We'll let you guess just which one of us went shopping in her Kindle closet . . . and then cheated to share an extra book (or two . . . or three!) on this episode. Well, actually, we ALL cheated because we have SO many books coming out this fall that we're eagerly anticipating.

Take a listen to our TBR lists, and then let us know what books you look forward to reading this fall! Head over to social media to let us know.

 

TBR Lists 

Ashley’s Picks

*Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch

*Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women

*Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son

Jen’s Picks

*Peter Heller’s Celine

*Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

*Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Sara’s Picks

*Anissa Gray’s The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

*Lisa Lutz’s The Swallows

*Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys

 
other mentions 

*Peter Heller's The Dog Stars

*Peter Heller's The Painter

*Peter Heller's The River

*Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

*​The Bachelorette (TV Show)

*The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu TV Show)

*Casey McQuiston’s Red, White and Royal Blue

*Love Island (TV Show)

*Hester Fox’s The Widow of Pale Harbor

*Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer

*​Interview with Jesmyn Ward 

*Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments

*Shea Ernshaw’s The Wicked Deep

*Min Jin Lee's Pachinko

*Hester Fox's The Witch of Willow Hall

 

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There's a little bit about books and a whole lot about us in this Unabridged Short episode. Learn what books we loved to teach, what scares us, and what we do outside of reading. (This is more of a stretch for some of us than others!)

Feel free to share other questions for us on social media! And let us know: what's the scariest thing YOU've ever done for fun? what are your hobbies (outside of books)? what's your favorite podcast or social media follow . . . that's not book related?

 

works mentioned

*A.S. King’s Everybody Sees the Ants

*​Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

*S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

*Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood

 

podcasts and social media accounts mentioned

*The Popcast, Instagram account here

*Revisionist History, Instagram account here

*Tumble, Instagram account here 

*Jamie B. Golden on Instagram (from the Popcast)

*Simpleish Living (on Instagram)

 

To learn more about Ashley, see her page.

To learn more about Jen, see her page.

To learn more about Sara, check out her page.

 

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In this episode, we are revisiting our love for audiobooks! Each of us has evolved as an audiobook listener, and we talk about that process, the types of books that work best for us on audio, how we're stretching ourselves . . . and Sara's deep, deep love for puppy dog kisses (no sarcasm there at all!).

What are some of your new favorite audiobooks? Visit us on social media to share. You can find us on Litsy (at Unabridged), Instagram and Twitter (@unabridgedpod), and Facebook.

 

Ashley’s Picks

*George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo (multiple narrators) (book/audiobook)

*Michelle Obama’s Becoming​ (read by the author) (book/audiobook)

 

Jen’s Picks

*Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian Football Team (Mark Bramhill, narrator) (book/audiobook)

*Lydia Kang’s A Beautiful Poison (Saskia Maarleveld, narrator) (book/audiobook) and The Impossible Girl (Saskia Maarleveld, narrator) (book/audiobook)

 

Sara’s Picks

*Fredrick Backman’s Beartown (Marin Ireland, narrator) (book/audiobook)

*W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose (William Dufris, narrator)​ (book/audiobook)

 

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