Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Reading Envy 163: Fainting Goats with Lauren

If you're a fan of the show, you have already heard the episode with Lauren and Jenny recommending books for Women in Translation month. We recorded this episode earlier in the summer but still talk quite a bit about regional book goals, translated works, and the wonder of lingering in a place through our reading. This is the first posting of this episode, Jenny was just rearranging the furniture a bit behind the scenes, so when Lauren says "last month" she means June and not July. Don't trip over that table!

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Books discussed:



Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, translated by Linda Coverdale
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
If, Then by Kate Hope Day
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad


Other mentions:

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
Caribbean American Heritage Month and #readCaribbean
Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aime Cesaire
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Wildhood by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart (opera)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Exhalation by Ted Chiang


Related Episodes:

Episode 097 - Blank Spaces with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 123 - Godlets and Forests with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 133 - To Understand the World with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 138 - Shared Landscape with Lauren Weinhold 
Episode 147 - Bonus Poetry Recommendations with Lauren
Episode 161 - Women in Translation Month Recommendations with Lauren


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Reading Envy 162: Heat Rating with Sara DeSantis

Sara used to only read self-help books but now has shifted to being a major romance reader, especially in audio. Jenny has reformed from her early skepticism (it might have been a certain royal wedding) and decided to talk about some of the romance she's read and liked lately.

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Books discussed:



Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy, translated by Sam Taylor


Other mentions:

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole
The Princess Diaries (film)
V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum
Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai
American Hookup by Lisa Wade
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (film)
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Always Be My Maybe (film)
Just Like Heaven (film)
Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson


Related Episodes:

Episode 056 - The Wall of Romance
Episode 074 - The Books We Didn't Love in High School with Blaine DeSantis

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Review: Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free

Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free by Veronica Reuckert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book starts with a focus on the actual voice and expands out into topics like politics, women in business, Disney films, and so on. It goes all the way up to some discussion of AOC, so very current.

I appreciated practical advice like how to overcome the compulsion to speak in a hushed tone in an open office layout, how to interrupt, and a discussion of whether we should be shushing our female children. It's clear that it is not the actual voices of women that are the problem, but the presence of women, but if women are socialized for silence this is a very powerful tool. The only answer is more women!

I had a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss; the book came out June 14, 2019.

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Review: Space Invaders: A Novel

Space Invaders: A Novel Space Invaders: A Novel by Nona Fernández
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first read for Women in Translation Month is Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez, translated by Natasha Wimmer, coming out from Graywolf in November or December this year. It is very slim but looks can be so deceiving - it delivered the biggest gut punch with the tiniest gloves ever.

One thing I've noticed as I read more books from around the world, including women in translation, is that many of the stories being told are about living through violent regime change. Space Invaders has a bunch of childhood friends looking back at their years coming of age in Chile during the Pinochet regime. Like most children, all they really know is what they experienced but the context only comes later. It grows in intensity until the end.

The translator is the person who did a lot of the Bolaño works.

I'm a member of the Graywolf Galley Club, which is why I got this early.

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