Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Reading Envy 096: Not Without Hope

Yanira returns to discuss books with Jenny. We each select three books we've read and liked recently but also manage to throw in other books we like. That's pretty typical! And we agree - talking about books is the best therapy.

Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 096: Not Without Hope with Yanira Ramirez

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Books featured:

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal al-Sharif
Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
This Close to Happy by Daphne Merkin
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Other mentions:

@bookishfeminist and @mauveandrosysky in Litsy
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Wanda (film)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Tony Morrison
John Steinbeck
Daphne Merkin on NPR
The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
South and West by Joan Didion
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A List of Things that Didn't Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Related episodes:

Episode 063 - Desolation Road (book speed dating and books on grief) 
Episode 070 - Words Like Weapons with Yanira Ramirez

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Yanira is @notafraidofwords on Litsy Jenny at Goodreads
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Jenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and Litsy


  1. Ok, Jenny. I'm dying to know what happened that how you feel you embarrassed yourself in front of George Saunders (mentioned in this episode). Sounds like a good story!

    1. I promise to tell the story on an upcoming episode, so keep listening. ;)


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