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We were apart again while recording this episode. Emily was in Colorado visiting her son and daughter-in-law. She also shared part of her salad with a magpie at The Bookworm bookstore and cafe in Edward’s CO. We are so grateful for the technology that allows us to get together to talk about books from wherever we are. As for what we’re reading, Chr…
 
Episode 168 - Blair Braverman joins us to talk about her debut novel, SMALL GAME (out now from Ecco Press). It's about five contestants on a survival reality show that goes haywire. It’s a wild ride, and we had a fantastic conversation with Blair.We had an epic Biblio Adventure to The Mount in Lenox, MA. In preparation, we read three ghost stories …
 
We have been hitting the books and hitting road & rails!Emily had a week-long vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and read a ton. She also visited Bunches of Grapes bookstore and FOUR libraries on the island – West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown. Chris attended a virtual event through the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with R…
 
Episode 166 is all about audiobooks! Chris and Emily talk about audiobooks in their lives and then have a wonderful chat with Karen Farmer and Craig Silva, hosts of the new Libro.fm Podcast.โดย Emily Fine & Chris Wolak
 
Welcome to Episode 165! We can’t wait for you to listen to our Author Spotlight with DIANE WILSON! We were honored to talk with Diane about her moving, multi-generational debut novel, THE SEED KEEPER. Diane also talks about her writing process, her next book project, and more.In our Just Read segment, Emily talks about Elle Cosimano’s FINLAY DONOVA…
 
Book Tuber Russell Gray of Ink and Paper Blog joins us to talk about his reading of this year’s Booker Prize nominees. He’s read all thirteen books on the long list, talks about the novels on the shortlist, and shares some ideas about which book he thinks will win and why.For two women who claim to have been busy lately, we sure did manage to read …
 
Welcome to Episode 163! Both of us had some solo Biblio Adventures, but we also went on an EPIC Joint Jaunt to New Hampshire. We visited all three Toadstool Bookstores — Nashua, Peterborough, and Keene — in a day! We left Guilford (CT) at 7 a.m. and got home twelve hours later, just before 7 p.m. In total, we visited four bookshops, two libraries, …
 
Chris and Emily sit down for a good old fashioned book chat. There’s no interview this episode, just us.Emily is reading an advance copy of Elizabeth Strout’s forthcoming novel, LUCY BY THE SEA (9/20/2022), and Katherine May’s memoir, THE ELECTRICITY OF EVERY LIVING THING: ONE WOMAN’S WALK WITH ASPERGER’S. Chris is deep into MANSFIELD PARK by Jane …
 
Episode 161 features fictional mermaids, bears, and time travel adventure to stop the not so fictional nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. We talk with Rachel Barenbaum about ATOMIC ANNA, her new novel that’s a fascinating mix of historical fiction, thriller, and a family saga about multigenerational women working together to prevent both personal and c…
 
Every tenth episode we do a giveaway and here we are again with not one, but TWO giveaways! All you have to do to be entered to win is be a newsletter subscriber. (Sign up here: https://www.bookcougars.com/subscriber) We announce our third quarter readalong (thanks to everyone who voted!) and, as always, we talk about what we’re reading, just read,…
 
We have both done some traveling since the last episode. Emily was in Colorado and Utah and Chris was in North Carolina and Illinois. You know we hit some bookstores, which you’ll hear about in our Biblio-Adventures segment. We’ve also checked off two #BigBookSummer reads! Emily finished the Plainsong Series by Kent Haruf and Chris enjoyed her re-r…
 
Some highlights in this episode: Emily and Chris have kicked off their reading for Sue Jackson’s Big Book Summer reading challenge! Both Book Cougars are starting off with re-reads: Chris is re-reading THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova and Emily is reading Kent Haruf’s Prairie series. She’s already re-read the first novel, PLAINSONG, and is now in…
 
We dedicate this episode to Jenny Colvin, host of the Reading Envy podcast. We were stunned and deeply saddened to learn of her sudden death. Jenny will be deeply missed by the book community. Our thoughts are with her loved ones and family. On this episode we recap our biblioadventure to Manchester, VT for Booktopia at the Northshire Bookstore, wh…
 
#BuddyRead! We had a fun time talking with our Mystery Man, JOHN VALERI, about Agatha Christie’s DEATH ON THE NILE, both her novel and Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation. Spoiler alert: mixed reviews.Other books we read and discuss in this episode did not have mixed reviews. We both had some good reads!THOMAS MERTON: An Introduction to His Life, Teac…
 
A big welcome back to JESS MONTGOMERY! We have a lovely chat about the new entry in her Kinship Series, THE ECHOES: A Novel.Emily and Chris are both currently reading DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie for a buddy read with Our Mystery Man, John Valeri. Stayed tuned for our conversation with John about the novel and the new movie adaptation comin…
 
Emily and Chris were honored to have the opportunity to talk with author Amy Bloom about her new memoir, IN LOVE: A Memoir of Love and Loss about Amy and her husband Brian Ameche's love and his decision to end his life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Both Book Cougars are captivated by this beautifully written memoir about love, the agony o…
 
Announcing our second quarter readalong! TWO OLD WOMEN: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis.Emily recaps her trip to Washington, D.C. where she was able to visit three awesome bookstores and came across a lovely memorial Little Free Library.We talk about some books we READ. Shout outs to Huma Abedin (BOTH/AND) Dolly …
 
Spring is in the air and the Book Cougars are on the prowl! Translation: Biblioadventures are ramping up as the weather gets better and Covid rates continue to fall.We can’t remember the last time we had two joint jaunts in the same week, so it was a special treat to visit Riverbend Bookshop in Glastonbury, Connecticut and the New Bedford Whaling M…
 
We are thrilled to bring you our author spotlight with Michael P. Branch discussing his book On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World’s Imagination and Helped Us Cure Cancer. It published TODAY from Pegasus Books.Every 10th episode we like to celebrate by giving away books. 🎉This time around we are offering up four books: 📖 Ho…
 
We are thrilled to welcome back author and podcaster Bianca Marais! Bianca talks with us about her Audible Original short story THE PRYNNE VIPER and her podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing.In Biblio Adventures we recap our day up in Northampton, MA where we had a delicious lunch at Noodles, walked around Smith College (you know we hit …
 
Books we’ve read since last episode:HONOR by Thrity Umrigar (Algonquin Books)THE PEACOCK by Isabel Bogdan, translated by Annie Rutherford (V&Q Books)YINKA, WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (Pamela Dorman Books)Two picture books: THE GOOD EGG and THE BAD SEED by Jory John and Pete Oswald (HarperCollins)THE SENTENCE by Louise Erdri…
 
Our 2022 reading is off to an excellent start! We read and discuss five novels, two memoirs, a biography, and a children’s picture book in this episode. They are: HOPE AT SEA by Daniel Miyares I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU by Jami Attenberg MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman FALLING by T.J. Newman REBECCA HARDING DAVIS: A LIFE AMONG WRITERS by Sharon…
 
BookTuber RUSSELL GRAY of Ink & Paper Blog joins the Book Cougars for our annual celebratory sharing of our Top 10 Reads of the year. If you think 3 x 10 = 30, you’d be wrong!Before we dive into our Top 10, Emily and Chris to have a regular, if shortened, episode where we recap our Biblio Adventure to the amazingly curated House of Books in Kent, C…
 
On Episode 144 we celebrate our anniversary! Join us as we take a walk down memory lane reflecting on the last five years together as the Book Cougars. We chat about memorable biblio adventures and group readalongs, highlight some of our top reads of the past five years, and take the opportunity to thank people that are part of the Book Cougar’s fa…
 
Terror, Murder, Death!! Our reading this episode isn’t as bleak as the themes of our “Just Read” books would suggest.Emily seriously enjoyed STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny on audio. The action is great, and she was pleasantly surprised that it is also a story of friendship between two women. After the terror, Emily visit…
 
Both Chris and Emily inhaled Alice Henderson’s second Alex Carter novel, A BLIZZARD OF POLAR BEARS, which is out today, 11/9! Emily has been partaking in the Laurie Colwin renaissance and read HOME COOKING: A WRITER IN THE KITCHEN and her novel, HAPPY ALL THE TIME. Chris enjoyed Our Mystery Man John’s recent recommendation, THE VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOO…
 
Emily is immersing herself in some self-love reading. She’s enjoying The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor and she re-read (!) Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen. Chris meanwhile is on a horror binge — She’s listening to an audio version of Dracula by Bram Stoker and read The Sundial by Shirley Jackson. ’Tis t…
 
John Valeri, our Mystery Man and host of Central Booking, returns to offer Halloween season recommendations for middle-grade, young adult, and adult readers. Emily has nothing but high praise for THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by Ruth Ozeki. She’s also thrilled to discover author Zoraida Cordóva (THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUİEDA DIVINA), and you’ll have…
 
We wrap up our read along of The Doctors Blackwell with an interview with the author, Janice P. Nimura.Emily explores the life of one Tokyo housewife through Emily Itami’s debut novel, Fault Lines, and finds solace and inspiration from Maggie Smith in her book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. Meanwhile, Chris has been listening …
 
Mothers, madness, alcoholism, researching slave revolts, wilderness guides — Emily and Chris discuss recent books they’ve tackled that range widely in subject matter but are all excellent reads. And guess who showed up yet again? Marilynne Robinson! We know, we know. She seems to be everywhere. Last episode Robinson was mentioned in a biblioadventu…
 
Emily finished ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy, her #BigBookSummer challenge read. It was a good read, but — phew! — big and intense. Chris read Kate Moore’s new nonfiction release, THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE, the true story of Elizabeth Packard’s battle against her husband and the system that tried to lock her away. Although the women’s rights …
 
We’ve been having a great reading summer and hope you are, too! In Episode 136 we discuss a slew of different types of books we’re reading, from classics to new releases to some forthcoming novels — LIGHTNING STRIKE by William Kent Krueger and O BEAUTIFUL by Jung Yun (pre-order now or request at your library).Emily was highly impressed by Ashley Au…
 
Both Book Cougars rave about Jung Yun’s forthcoming novel O BEAUTIFUL (St. Martin’s Press, Nov 9). We’ve been (im)patiently waiting for this novel and we give it a solid four thumbs up! Pre-order it now or ask your library to order a copy, or ten.Thanks to Juliet Grimes for sending us a copy of CLARK AND DIVISION by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime, Aug …
 
Chris and Emily are making progress in their #BigBookSummer classics and diving into some brand-new fiction as well. Emily went on a thrilling, if dark, adventure through Paul McLain’s new novel, WHEN THE STARS GO DARK, and Chris time traveled to meet THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN via Marie Benedict’s and Victoria Christopher Murray’s cowritten novel abou…
 
Emily and Chris recorded together in person in a new space: Emily’s office, AKA the new Book Cougars recording studio! Emily shares her exciting biblioadventures in Colorado and Chris meets up with The Great Gatsby in two books and one documentary. Emily read Beach Read, the novel by Emily Henry, not the concept, and Chris is reading Books for Idle…
 
Get ready, we reveal our Summer Reading Goals, and Our Mystery Man, John Valeri, stops by to share some of his, as well. Chris takes us along on her biblio adventure to Chicago including her stops along the way. We have a great interview with Gina Barreca, the editor of the flash non-fiction essay collection, Fast Funny Women.…
 
We reveal our Big Book Summer Reading challenge books, and a couple of our listeners let us know about their choices, as well. Chris talks about a controversy regarding reader book reviews and Emily got a chance to watch a video with the dynamic duo of John Valeri and Playwright Laura Thoma on the Central Booking YouTube channel. We discuss Braidin…
 
We recorded together for the first time in over a year! It was amazing to sit and talk about books over the kitchen table. Hashtag grateful. Emily went on a whirlwind adventure with Maggie Shipstead’s GREAT CIRCLE and Chris got down with I WILL SURVIVE, song lyrics by Frederick J. Perren and Dino Fekaris, illustrated by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor. It’s …
 
On Episode 129 we chat with author Chris Tebbetts about his book, Me Myself & Him, what it is like to co-write books with James Patterson, and how he keeps in touch with his inner child. Chris reflects on a biblio adventure with one of her favorite writers, Sarah Waters, and Emily dives into one of the hottest book releases of the year, Great Circl…
 
On Episode 128 we talk with Dr. Melissa Homestead about her book, The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis. We had several biblio adventures. Chris shares what she learned about the Emily Dickinson archives housed at Harvard’s Houghton Library and also shares an event via the GLBT Historical Society with a…
 
On Episode 127 we talk with playwright Laura Thoma about her play, Magpie, which was recently published with Next Stage Press. Chris and Emily recount a joint jaunt to Old Saybrook to visit author Ann Petry’s childhood home. They also stop by the Acton Public Library and visit the metal sculpture in front; is it a cricket, a fly, or a praying manti…
 
We chat with Luanne Rice about our mutual love of the Long Island Sound and beachcombing for treasures. Luanne also shares a candid account of her experience with emotional abuse and how she came to write about it in her newest novel, The Shadow Box. Chris shares the new Dolly Parton book, STORYTELLER, and we discuss the merits of a singer songwrit…
 
We got the chance to talk with Shuly Cawood about her new poetry collection, Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning. Together we ponder how some poetry resonates and some does not. Chris shares exciting news about a new book chronicling the life of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis. A surprise buddy read of Jennifer McMahon’s soon to be released b…
 
We have a conversation with Dr. Charlotte Markey about The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Less Fearless. The pandemic is keeping us close to home these days, but Chris does some traveling via books to Cairo, Egypt circa 1912 and Boston, Massachusetts. Emily reads a couple of novels that make her uncomfortable, but in a good wa…
 
We have a conversation with Kerri Arsenault about her book Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Topics covered include archival research, genealogy, toxic chemicals, and local politics. Chris and Kerri also get a chance to reminisce about the pink huffy bikes of their youth. Emily discusses the theme of motherhood and shared familial responsibil…
 
We welcome back Our Mystery Man, John Valeri. He gives us some book recommendations and tells us about two authors we should all be reading. Chris and Emily went on a Joint Couch Biblio Adventure to hear Min Jin Lee discuss The Great Gatsby. She wrote the introduction for the newly released Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. We also discuss the compl…
 
Get ready, our first regular episode of 2021 is packed with a lot of bookish banter! We did a lot of reading over the last few weeks. We also got a chance to chat with Jason Pinter, founder of Polis Books and author of the Rachel Marin series. The second book in the series, A Stranger at the Door, is available now. Also, reminder that we have an up…
 
We talk about our Top Ten Books of 2020 with special guest Russell Gray of Ink and Paper Blog. There was only one duplicate, so that means 29 books to add to your reading lists! It is a wonderful, eclectic group of books including fiction, horror, memoir, nonfiction, thriller, and more! And we announce our next giveaway! Subscribe to our newsletter…
 
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