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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!).

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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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For the second year, we are excited to explore three of the Global Read Aloud books. (You can find out more information about the Global Read Aloud here.) We are thrilled to begin Season 3 with a discussion of three amazing novels for middle grade, middle school, and young adult readers.

Listen to the episode, and then let us know what you think!

 

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*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 01:16

*Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves: 01:17 - 18:45

*Padma Venkatraman's The Bridge Home18:46 - 31:59

*Kelly Yang's Front Desk32:00 - 43:40

 

other mentions 

*Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

*Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

*Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars

*Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink

*Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven

*Alan Gratz’s Refugee

*Neal Shusterman’s Dry

*R. J. Palacio’s Wonder

*Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers

*Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”​

 

other resources 

*Joseph Boyden’s Wenjack

*​Louise Erdrich’s Tracks

*Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine

*Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Hearts Unbroken

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We could NOT be more excited about launching Season 3!!!! We have so much good stuff planned for this upcoming season and are looking forward to reaching more readers and more teachers and more listeners.

In this episode, we highlight some upcoming episodes, new offerings on Teachers Pay Teachers, and ways you can become involved in our podcast discussions.

Tune in to find out what we have planned, and be sure to find us on social media!

 

books mentioned

*Elizabeth Acevedo's With the Fire on High

*Kelly Yang's Front Desk

*Padma Venkatraman's The Bridge Home

*Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves

 

other mentions

*Our Patreon Page

*Our Teachers Pay Teachers Store

 

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What says summer more than curling up with a good book and a nice glass of  . . . something? Unabridged dives into book and drink pairings in this episode. We share some books we've read, some books we hope to read, and the drinks that pop into our minds (sometimes spontaneously, and sometimes after a bit of Googling).

After you listen, head over to social media to let us know what you think of our recommendations and what you'd recommend! You can find us @unabridgedpod on Instagram and Twitter, at Unabridged on Litsy, and on Facebook.

 

books mentioned 

Jen's Picks

*Laura Dave’s Eight Hundred Grapes paired with wine (Thalia 2017 from Muse Vineyards)

*Megan Abbott’s  Give Me Your Hand or You Will Know Me (TBR) - Mole Hill American Imperial Stout (Brothers Craft Brewing)

 

​Ashley's Picks

*Pat Conroy's Beach Music paired with a Negroni (gin, vermouth, and campari)

*Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer with a Mind Eraser (kahlua, vodka, soda) from this post

 

Sara's Picks

*Jane Harper's The Dry paired with a Diablo cocktail (tequila, creme de cassis, lime juice, ginger ale) or a Foster's beer or Victoria Bitter beer

*Linda Francis Lee's The Glass Kitchen with Apple Pie drink (apple schnapps and a splash of cinnamon schnapps)

 

other mentions

*Jane Harper's The Lost Man and Force of Nature

*Episode 68 - Books about Food

*Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate

 

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Back in January, we shared the books that we planned (or hoped?) to read this year. Now, it's time to share our progress. Have we read all of them? Nope. But we've made a valiant effort. (Or at least an effort.)

What was on your TBR list for 2019? How are you doing? We'd love to hear about your successes and failures, the books you've loved and the ones that have disappointed you, over on social media. Check us out on Facebook and everywhere else @unabridgedpod.

 

books we've read

​Jen’s Update

*Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread

*Karen Thompson Walker’s The Dreamers

*Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars

Ashley’s Update

*Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares

*Children’s book - Kwame Alexander's The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson


Sara’s Update

*Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones and the Six

*​Busy Phillips’s This Will Only Hurt a Little

*Tracey Garvis Graves’s The Girl He Used to Know

other mentions

*Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles 

*Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

*Myquillyn Smith’s The Cozy Minimalist Home

*Angie Thomas's On the Come Up

*Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer

*​Yara Zgheib’s The Girls at 17 Swann Street

*Tommy Orange’s There, There

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​In this summer highlights episode, we're sharing three of our most popular Unabridged Short Story episodes! You can join us on the Rainbow Rowell Train, pick up some steamy recommendations, and learn all about our worst (or maybe best?) literary sins.

We'd love to hear your newest recommendations for our TBR, your best steamy picks, and (of course!) your true confessions.

 

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​Click the episode title to access show notes and links to the books mentioned:

*Episode 57, "Anticipated Reads of 2019" (01:58 - 20:50)

*Episode 33, "Love is in the Air" (21:00 - 40:40)

*Episode 54, "Confessing Our Literary Sins" (40:50 - 55:06)


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Spoilers are inevitable throughout our discussion of Tara Westover's Educated, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book!

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*Introduction and Summary of the Book: 0:00 - 01:10

*Main Discussion: 01:11 - 51:47

*​Book Pairings: 51:57 - 58:39

*Classroom Connections: 58:40 - 63:05

book pairings 

*Jen - Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle

*Ashley - Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

*Sara - Ruth Wariner's The Sound of Gravel

*Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

other mentions in classroom connections

*Sara - Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It"

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The Unabridged crew took time in our most recent short episode (#unabridgedshorts) to recommend books to each other, which was fun . . . and a little scary! (It's weirdly vulnerable.) 

Check out what we chose to recommend for each other, and let us know if you have other books you think we'd would appreciate (or, of course, if you think we got something really wrong!).

 

Jen’s Recs

--> ​For Ashley -

*Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s Fruit of the Drunken Tree

*Sujata Massey’s The Widows of Malabar Hill

--> For Sara -

*Laura Lippman’s Sunburn

*John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Ashley’s Recs

--> For Sara -

*Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

*Stephanie Perkins’s Lola and the Boy Next Door and Anna and the French Kiss

--> For Jen -

*A. Sivandan’s When Memory Dies 

*Don Delillo’s White Noise and Underworld

Sara’s Recs

--> For Ashley -

*Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together 

*Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)

​--> For Jen-

*Knox McCoy’s The Wondering Years

*Louise Penny's Still Life 

 

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In this Unabridged bonus episode, Ashley interviews Jess Balac from the Collins Center in Harrisonburg, VA, who works with local preschool and elementary school kids to teach sexuality education and to promote healthy attitudes toward bodies and relationships. 

 

books mentioned

*Robie Harris's It's NOT the Stork!: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends (for ages 4 and up)

*Robie Harris's It's So Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (for ages 7 and up)

*Robie Harris's It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health (for ages 10 and up)​

​additional resources

*Siegel, Daniel J, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., with The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

*The Collins Center Site

 

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For our last Unabridged Highlight episode of season 2, we're discussing the influence of one of our favorite YA authors, Laurie Halse Anderson. After seeing her at the Virginia Festival of the Book and reading her new memoir in verse Shout, we were inspired to consider her place in YA literature. It's the 20th anniversary of her seminal work Speak, and the new edition features some excellent resources and an afterword by Jason Reynolds, another Unabridged favorite. We were also happy to revisit a couple of other favorite novels. Take a listen, and then let us know @unabridgedpod what Laurie Halse Anderson and her work mean to you!

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*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 13:37

*Shout: 13:38 - 25:30

*​Speak: 25:30 - 40:30

*The Impossible Knife of Memory and Wintergirls: 40:31 - 57:00

other mentions 

*The Virginia Festival of the Book (Listen to our episode on that experience here!)

*Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak: The Graphic Novel, illustrated by Emily Carroll

*Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

*Steve Mertzger's Huggapotamus, illustrated by Gabriele Antonini

*Chris Lynch's Inexcusable

*Portia de Rossi's Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

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