Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reading Envy 008: Gone Rogue

In this episode, Jenny goes rogue and interviews some of her colleagues at Furman University about what they have been reading lately. You will witness how lucky she is to have these people around to talk about books on a daily basis!

Steve Richardson, who has been a librarian at Furman for twenty-eight years, talked about one man's journey from Holland to Constantinople. 

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Steve also mentioned:
Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Arts & Letters Daily
Furman University Libraries

Jenny also mentioned:
"That book Fermor wrote about the Caribbean"-
The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
George Orwell Diaries (also discussed at length on Episode 007)

Guest number two is Libby Young.  Libby is also a librarian at Furman, who likes to read fiction of all varieties.  We share lists from our respective book clubs to keep up with what everyone in town is reading.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Libby also mentioned:
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC
Room by Emma Donoghue
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Minstry
City of Thieves by David Banioff
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Jenny also mentioned:
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

The last guest for this episode is Mike Winiski. Mike works in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the same university, and also works in the same library building as Jenny, Steve, and Libby.  His love for non-fiction and recent forays into science fiction have influenced his reading lately.

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown

Mike also mentioned:
The Martian by Andy Weir
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Mawson's Will by Leonard Bickel
Philip K. Dick
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes by David Grann
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Jenny also mentioned:
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

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  1. Though I have read City of Thieves by Banioff and really liked it, I thought, for some reason that Libby Young was talking about City of Light by Lauren Belfer. If not, this might be a book she would enjoy as it takes place in New York (not the city but Buffalo) in 1901.The main character is the headmistress at The Macaulay School for Girls and is a strong female narrator. There are literary salons and lots of history about electricity and Niagra Falls. It is a book I often recommend.

    I haven't read A Fine Balance (Mistry) but from Libby's description I just might.

    1. Thanks! I passed it on to Libby and added it to my own to-read list. My in-person book club will be reading City of Thieves later this year too so maybe we'll have both covered. :)


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