Season 1 Episode 21

Today, adventure novelist, pilot, and airplane tinkerer joins me to give the definitive answer to the question, "What is the best book ever?" Nathan insists that his answer is the final answer to the question. I suppose after this I'll have to rename this show to "The Second or Third Best Book Ever."  I had so much fun chatting with Nathan. There is something magical about listening to someone who has thought so deeply about a book, particularly a book from childhood that still affects the reader so deeply. I know you're going to love this episode. Support the Best…

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Season 1 Episode 20

Cat lovers, rejoice! This is an episode about how a book about a cat led one man to change everything in his life. Chris Burch is a ceramics artist from Colorado Springs, Colorado (I am lucky enough to own one of his beautiful pieces.) In this wide ranging chat, Chris and I talked about the power of art, grief, and family, and how to find your center in ceramics and in life. It was a really powerful and moving conversation. Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best…

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Season 1 Episode 19

Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Elizabeth GowingWebsite/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn Books discussed in this episode: Stay With Me by Ayobami AdelbayoWhat It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka ArimahChimamanda Ngozi AdichieAsian Enough (LA Times Podcast) episode with Viet Thanh NguyenWriting About Infertility in a World that Sees Childless Marriage as Tragedy: Ayobami Adebayo on Infertility in the Nigerian Novel, via Lit HubBrit BennettYaa GyasiA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesThe Book of Night…

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Season 1 Episode 18

Elizabeth Gowing on Playing Big by Tara Mohr Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Elizabeth GowingWebsite/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn Books discussed in this episode: Playing Big by Tara MohrThe Ideas PartnershipThe Rubbish-Picker’s Wife: An Unlikely Friendship in Kosovo by Elizabeth GowingThe Books and Travel Podcast: Travels in Blood and Honey – Kosovo with Elizabeth GowingKilling Floor (Jack Reacher Book 1) by Lee Child Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip: The Last Days of the Romanovs by Robert Wilton (Note: some of these…

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Season 1 Episode 17

Dawn Davies on The Water Method Man by John Irving Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Dawn DaviesWebsite/Facebook/Instagram/Whistle Tree Writers/Whistle Tree Writers Instagram Books discussed in this episode: The Water Method Man by John IrvingMothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn DaviesDenise MassarPeter’s Chair by Ezra Jack KeatsCorduroy by Don FreemanThe Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden Book 1) by Julie CampbellThe Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Collection by Carolyn KeeneThe Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W.…

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Season 1 Episode 16

Kenya Goree Bell on 9 Rules to Break by Sarah MacLean Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Kenya Goree BellWebsite/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook Books discussed in this episode: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLeanLooking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith RossnerThe Lonely Lady by Harold RobbinsJackie CollinsSweet Valley HighRapper’s Delight by Kenya Goree BellTess GerritsonJames PattersonDean KoontzSixteen CandlesPretty in PinkNaima SimoneSally KilpatrickSierra SimoneCry of Metal and Bone by L. PenelopeNalini SinghLaura ThalassaLove Unexpected by QB TylerYour Dad Will…

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Season 1 Episode 15

Libbie Hawker on Dune by Frank Herbert Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Libbie HawkerBlog/Instagram   Books discussed in this episode: Dune by Frank Herbert (this is the first book, that I read with Libbie)The Complete Dune Series Set (Books 1-6) by Frank HerbertThe Eye of the World: Book One of the Wheel of Time by Robert JordanBaptism for the Dead by Libbie HawkerWatership DownCurious Toys by Elizabeth HandHenry Darger at MoMAAmmonite by Nicola GriffithOctavia ButlerThe Goldfinch by Donna…

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Season 1 Episode 14

Jeff Adams on The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Jeff AdamsWebsite/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Big Gay Fiction Podcast/Big Gay Author Podcast  Books discussed in this episode: The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen(Part of the Ivy Years Series)New York City Gay Hockey AssociationTrouble Shooter Series by Suzanne Brockman (This is a 19-book series that begins with The Unsung Hero.)Love, SimonThe Front Runner by Patricia Nell WarrenSt. Nachos by Z.A. MaxfieldSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens…

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Season 1 Episode 13

Asha Sabbella on The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Asha SabbellaInstagram/ Blog Books discussed in this episode:The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv ConstantineBook of the Month#bookstagramReese’s Book ClubThe Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenThe Truth Hurts by Rebecca ReidThe Safe Place: A Novel by Anna DownesUs Against You: A Novel by Fredrick BackmanWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensAn American Marriage by Tayari JonesThe Jane Austen CollectionA Court of…

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Season 1 Episode 12

Farheen Abbas on The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Farheen Raza AbbasInstagram/ Podcast /Radio Caravan Go here to subscribe to my Patreon for on $5 a month.  Books discussed in this episode: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareHarry Potter by J.K. RowlingThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex HaleyTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomThe Next Person You Meet…

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Season 1 Episode 11

Elizabeth Essex on Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Casey StarnesWebsite/Facebook/ Instagram  Books discussed in this episode: Lessons in French by Laura KinsalePersuasion by Jane AustenThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareThe Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and UnabridgedThe Goose Girl by Shannon HaleFrom Cabin Boys to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea by Jo StanleyMost Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson by Steven…

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Season 1 Episode 10

Casey Starnes on A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Casey StarnesWebsite/Facebook/ Instagram  Books discussed in this episode:The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerJ.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye: A Cultural History by Josef BensonThe Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger  

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Season 1 Episode 9

Mark Leslie Lefebvre on Earth Abides by George R. Stewart Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Mark LefebvreWebsite/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/Podcast  Books discussed in this episode:Earth Abides by George R. Stewart(side note: Mark recommends this one on audio)To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeGo Set a Watchman by Harper LeeThe Stand by Stephen KingThe World Without Us by  Alan WeismanAMC’s The Walking Dead (TV show)The Chrysalids by John WyndhamThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsStation Eleven by Emily St. John MandelCity of the…

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Season 1 Episode 8

Marion Hill on Memory and Dream by Charles deLint Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Marion HillWebsite/Instagram/GoodReads/BookBub Discussed in this episode: Memory and Dream by Charles de LintThe Little Country by Charles de LintCharles deLint Website The Spectator Bird by Wallace StegnerAscending (The Vardeshi Saga Book 1) by Meg PechenikThe Nightingale by Kristin HannahGuy Gavriel Kay Website The Diondray’s Chronicles Series by Marion HillDiondray’s Discovery (Book 1)Diondray’s Journey (Book 2)Diondray’s Roundabout (Book 3) Marion’s 25 by Marion HillMarion’s 25, Vol. 2 by Marion HillThe Hobbit by J.R.R.…

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Season 1 Episode 7

H. Claire Taylor on The Princess Bride by William Goldman Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Claire TaylorAuthor Website/FFS Media Website/Facebook Books discussed in this episode:The Princess Bride by William GoldmanThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas HarrisGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellShrek! By William SteigAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes(side note: this book is particularly wonderful on audio)Dan Brown MasterclassThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Sirens of Titan by Kurt VonnegutTimequake by…

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Season 1 Episode 6

Amy Teegan on Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Amy TeeganWebsite Books discussed in this episode:Lolita by Vladimir NabokovThe Annotated Lolita: Revised and UpdatedSister Carrie by Theodore DreiserDinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne TylerEdgard Allen Poe, the Complete Poems (including Amy’s favorite, Annabel Lee)My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth RussellJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna ClarkThe Interestings by Meg WolitzerThe Heart’s Invisible Furies by John BoyneA Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaOur Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallThe Series of Unfortunate…

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Season 1 Episode 5

David Mills on Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: David MillsWebsite/Podcast/Vimeo Books discussed in this episode:Five Star Billionaire by Tash AwWhen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. – Samuel JohnsonMysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael ChabonLess Than Zero by Brett Easton EllisHello Darlin’! Tall (And Absolutely True) Tales About My Life by Larry HagmanJohnny WooTimberlinaFocus People! Podcast with David Mills    

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Season 1 Episode 4

Moni Boyce on Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Moni BoyceWebsite/Facebook/Instagram /Twitter/Pinterest/Book+Main Books discussed in this episode:Bel Canto by Ann PatchettTaft by Ann PatchettRun by Ann PatchettParnassus Bookstore, Nashville TN (takes online orders and ships! Support indie bookstores!)Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (part of the Stillhouse Lake Series)Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn    

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Season 1 Episode 3

AJ Scudiere on Enchantment by Orson Scott Card Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Author AJ Scudiere, can be found here:Website/Facebook/Instagram AJ’s Romance Pen name, Savannah Kade, can be found here:Website/Facebook/Instagram Books discussed in this episode:Ticket to True Love Series, multiple authorsEnchantment by Orson Scott CardClive CusslerJack Reacher by Lee ChildLisa GardnerThe Murder List by Hank Phillipi RyanGirl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Coming Plague by Laurie GarrettAngel Fire East by Terry BrooksJim ButcherEnders Game by Orson Scott CardWicked by Gregory MaguireLolita by Vladimir NabokovPhoenix by…

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Season 1 Episode 2

Denise Massar on "Mothers of Sparta" by Dawn Davies Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Denise MassarWebsite/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Medium/Goodreads Books discussed in this episode:Mothers of Sparta by Dawn DaviesMary Karr, Author and MemoiristKnow My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller Books discussed in Patreon-Exclusive EpisodeInside Out: A Memoir by Demi MooreMe by Elton John  

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