Archive for June 2019

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!

timeline

*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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We at Unabridged are SO. Excited. About summer! As unrepentant bookworms, we have been plotting and planning which books we can fit in over our summer break. We are therefore happy to share our Summer TBR lists with you (and with each other) in this #unabridgedshort.

What's on your summer TBR? Let us know on social media (@unabridgedpod).

 

books mentioned 

Jen's TBR List

*Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties

*Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On (to prep for the sequel!)

*Harry Potter series re-read! (starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)


​Ashley's TBR List

*Tommy Orange’s There, There

*Mark Oshiro’s Anger Is a Gift

*Adib Khorram‘s Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Sara's TBR List

*Anna Todd’s After

*Riley Sager’s The Last Time I Lied

*Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays


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In this #unabridgedbookclub episode, we discuss Bryan Stevenson's nonfiction book Just Mercy.  Stevenson discusses his work as an attorney with prisoners on death row and with individuals who were sentenced to life in prison when they were children.

During our discussion, we strive to cover the plethora of issues raised by the book, including mass incarceration, the way we deal with mental disabilities and mental illness, the death penalty, and the role of poverty in the criminal justice system. Our conversation, like the book, is wide ranging both in topic and emotion as we reflect on what we gained from Stevenson's book. This truly is, as Sara says in the episode, a book that should be a "must read."

 

timeline

*Introduction: 00:00 - 01:42

*Just Mercy: 01:43 - 52:19

*​Book Pairings: 52:30 - 61:10

*Classroom Connections: 61:15 - 64:04

book pairings 

*Ashley - Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

*Jen - Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying

*Sara - Beth Macy’s Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

other mentions and additional resources

*Equal Justice Initiative 

*"Michael B. Jordan Headlines Film Adaptation of Criminal Justice Memoir, 'Just Mercy'"

*"Lethal Injections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)"

*Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk: “We need to talk about an injustice

*In the Dark Podcast (Season Two)

*Ian Richardson's Story

*Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

*Orange Is the New Black series

*Loving film

*Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations

*Richard Wright's Black Boy and Native Son

*Patrisse Khan Cullers and Asha Bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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