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.

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Host: Julie Strauss

Guest: Nathan Van Coops

Indie Bookstore Shoutout of the Week: Tombolo Books in St. Pete’s, Florida.
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Books discussed in this episode:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Spenser Series by Robert B. Parker – This is a 48-book series. The first book is called The Godwulf Manuscript
The Mackenzie August Series by Alan Lee – This is a 7-book series. The first book is called August Origins
An Unfinished Story: A Novel by Boo Walker
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
(If you have young readers in your house, Born a Crime is also available in a young readers edition, recommended for readers aged 10-12)
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
The Dark Knight Rises (Final movie in The Dark Knight Trilogy)
Faster Than Falling: The Skylighter Adventures by Nathan Van Coops
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Phillip Marlowe by Raymond Chandler (a 7-book series, the first is The Big Sleep)
Harlan Coben
The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel by George V. Higgins
Justified (TV show) based on Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard
Louise Penny Inspector Gamache Mysteries

Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings Boxed Set by J.R.R. Tolkien
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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