I wasn’t going to post from Paris, but then this happened
Most recommended book: Circling The Sun
Best Backlist: The Slap
Book I want everyone to read: Born to Walk
Best Survival Story: The Mountain Story
Best Literary Fiction: The Fishermen
Best Canadian (small press): The Mystics of Mile End
Best Canadian: Us Conductors
Best Book in Translation: The Truth and Other Lies
Best Unexpected Read: The Invaders
Friends and readers, I’m calling on your skills and expertise to help me. I’m working on a bit of a side project and I need you to help me brainstorm a little.
I’m looking for novels that are based on the lives of real life, historical people set in the early 20th century. Circling The Sun by Paula McLain is exactly the type of book I’m looking for. So far I’ve gathered this list. What can you add to it?
Z by Therese Anne Fowler
Local Customs by Audrey Thomas
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Visitors by Sally Beauman
Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannik Grannec
The Indian Clark by David Leavitt
The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gornter
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout.
Mr. Mac And Me by Esther Freud
Let me know what I’m missing and I’ll add to my list.
If there are two things i do consistently, they are read and listen to podcasts. Which is why I love it when a book crosses over into the podcast realm. Yeah, like books that get made into movies, mini-series or TV shows – only better.
I can really only think of two examples where this has been done really well. In fact, i prefer the podcasts to the books!
- Freakonomics Radio based on the book of the same title.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin, which I guess is based on Better Than Before but combines elements of all her books.
Are there other podcasts out there based on books? Which ones do you recommend?
Ah, summer. It doesn’t feel like summer in Scotland these days, but according to the calendar, it is indeed summer. The program for the Edinburgh Book Festival has come out, so that means most of my summer will be dedicated to reading in preparation for it, with a few others thrown in for good measure.
- Villa America by Liza Klaussman. It’s Klaussman, so I’m going to read it anyways, but she’s also coming to Edinburgh! I’ve been waiting to read this for a while, and for once it is available in the UK before it comes out in North America.
- In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Enough said. And she’s not coming to Edinburgh.
- Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman. It’s described as a campus murder for fans of Tartt, Eugenides and Wolitzer. Yes please!
- The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer. He’s coming to EdBookFest and I’m interested. Besides, he learned Sanskrit to write this book and I love me some Sanskrit.
- The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray. Loved Skippy Dies and he’ll be at EdBookFest.
- Man on Fire by Stephen Kelman. Will be appearing at EdBookFest with Paul Murray. And I will likely read Pigeon English as well because it’s already on my desk.
- The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan. Big buzz in India and I’m so glad it’s also being published in the UK.
- The Incarnations by Susan Barker. She’ll be at EdBookFest and I think this book is going to be BIG.
- The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood. I saw him at EdBookFest when he was promoting his last novel, The Bellweather Revivals. Loved him, loved the book and he’ll be back in Edinburgh this summer.
- This is my wild card. Let’s keep it a mystery for now.
After 12 long years, Judy Blume has come out with another novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. This has created a lot of conversation about the books of Blume’s that we all grew up with. It’s hard to find anyone who’s awkward years were not impacted in a positive way by at least one of Judy Blume’s many books. For me, Blubber is my all time favorite, with Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and Then Again Maybe I Won’t following closely behind. I’m always surprised when one of these books does not rank with other fans. Continue reading