Archive for September 2019

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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