So Many Damn Books Listeners Take the Mic to Recommend Their Faves
Featuring Betina González, Ross Gay, and Maria Dahvana Headley
It’s an interstitial time, the first days of spring, and the guys find themselves just musing to one another about getting out of a reading slump, about having your reading chosen for you, about video games… and then some friends of the pod drop by to deliver a recommendation (or three)!
What’d you buy?
Drew: Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París, trans. by Christina MacSweeney (the second of Drew’s Mr. B’s subscription)
Christopher: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le // Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, illustrated by Ryan North and Albert Monteys
Drew: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Christopher: Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff
From the episode:
I’m Courtney, I’m from Arkansas, and I want to recommend American Delirium by Betina Gonzalez because it is just bizarre and bold and weird. And it’s for people who liked either The Seep by Chana Porter or The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips.
I’m Erin from Portland, and I’m going to recommend The Book of Delights by Ross Gay because it’s delightful. Don’t be fooled, it’s not too saccharin; it deals with with love and grief and many beautiful things. And it’s for people who are feeling like they have a short attention span because the chapters are very short and digestible. One chapter is the perfect length of time to cook an egg. So, if you like to read while you’re cooking breakfast like I do, you won’t ruin your eggs.
Hi, I’m Brian from Staten Island. I want to recommend Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley, because it breathes new life into the classic. It’s to be read in a single sitting, and it’s for people who like legend and adventure and amazing verse. The entire book is a war cry. I loved every part of it.