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E450: Form-Forward

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Pulitzer Prize announcements, things happening in conservative publishing, a sweeping Amazon investigative report, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: We’re hiring! Pulitzer winners Update: DoJ drops Bolton case Big publishers unlikely to take Trump book HarperCollins imprint signs deal for Jared Kushner’s “definitive” Trump book And former big-5 execs launch new conservative imprint Another Bourdain-adjacent book See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E449: Our Favorite(?) Books of 2021 So Far.

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Jeff and Rebecca pick their most memorable, favorite, and otherwise noteworthy reads of 2021 so far. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Rebecca’s Picks: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Girlhood by Melissa Febos Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraquib Miseducated by Brandon P Fleming Rebecca’s Honorable Mentions: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Cultish by Amanda Montell While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Jeff’s Picks: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford Jeff’s Honorable Mentions: Winning the Loser’s Game by Charles Ellis World Travel by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E448: Three Corners of an "It" Book

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Amazon buying MGM, Roxane Gay’s new imprint, what makes an “it” book, and more. Discussed in this episode: Fare thee well, Eric Carle Amazon buys MGM Roxane Gay imprint! WNDB no longer using “own voices” SHE SAID movie coming John Steinbeck’s unpublished…werewolf novel?? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E447: Summer Draft Results and SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER by Ashley Ford

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss the results of their Summer Draft showdown and try a little something new with Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E446: FIELD OF DREAMS

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Field of Dreams and the book its based on, W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E445: The Austen-Industrial Complex

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the listener survey, a new giant ereader, Amazon sort of coming to libraries, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Constance Grady weighs in on Pence / S & S, and publishing’s existential crisis: DPLA signs deal w/ Amazon Publishing to make their ebooks available to libraries A piece worth reading on cancel culture & breaking up with your childhood faves GIANT EREADER Cynthia Ozick responds to negative review from Lionel Shriver in verse Book It returns! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E444: 2021 Summer Preview Draft

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Jeff and Rebecca compete to draft the best list of Summer 2021 new releases. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Jeff’s Picks Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder Committed by Adam Stern This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith The Appalachian Trail by Philip D’Anieri Rebecca’s Picks Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris After the Fall by Ben Rhodes The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America We Are What We Eat by Alice Waters Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi Miseducated by Brandon Fleming Thanks for Waiting by Doree Shafrir Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam The Turnout by Megan Abbott Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E443: Odyssey of Ache

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Jeff and Rebecca set a BR reader poll, talk more about the publication of the Mike Pence book, get into how much authors make, and wonder if a techno-fad has a place in the world of books. Discussed in this episode: BR podcast poll: Which of these books have you read? Jonathan Karp digs in deeper on Pence book *and* there’s a recording of another town hall How Much Do Authors Make? NFTs for Books? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E442: Count Me Among the Uncool

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the uncoolness of ereading, how Jeff was right in a way that matters, a diversity in writing initiative from Reese’s Book Club, and more. Discussed in this episode: Reese’s Book Club offering fellowship for unpublished writers from underrepresented groups Shouts for Jess Pryde! Another editorial about What Publishing Stands For Albuquerque is home to the world’s only Native-owned comic book store See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E441: 2021 Moms, Dads, and Grads Recommendation Show

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Jeff and Rebecca respond to listener requests for recommendations for moms, dads, grads (and themselves). This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Books and Authors discussed in this episode: Shop Class as Soul Craft Flight: The Complete History of Aviation The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell How to Build a Car by A. Newey World of Wonders In the Dream House How to Do Nothing The Night Tiger The Book of Delights Rich and Pretty Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light Friends & Strangers Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler Summer of Jordi Perez The Wedding Date Malibu Rising The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Real Life by Brandon Taylor Notes on a Nervous Planet See No Stranger Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series The Thursday Murder Club While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Do Not Say We Have Nothing Wild Women and the Blues Sharks in the Time of Saviors Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende Susan Gregg Gilmore Megan Mayhew Bergman Jesmyn Ward The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang  Now My Heart is Full by Laura June Lexicon by Max Barry The Gilded Wolves Finding Meaning H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Blue Nights by Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion The Emperor of All Maladies Who Ate the First Oyster? Maybe You Should Talk to Someone The Group In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez Trace by Lauret E. Savoy Earth Keeper by N Scott Momaday Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby Your House Will Pay When No One is Watching Deacon King Kong by James McBride Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E440: The Train is People

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Jeff and Rebecca check-in on the rolling reckoning, talk about dedicated e-readers, Murakami’s thsirt line, and more. Haruki Murakami’s t-shirt line is live Follow up: Open letter from publishing professionals against book deals for any member of Trump Administration Follow up: Norton pulls Roth biography out of print Big NYT coverage of the rolling reckoning Big snaps to Ron Charles Follow-up: Amazon giving 500,000 workers raises as unionizing efforts increase See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E439: The Rolling Reckoning

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Jeff and Rebecca follow up about Simon & Schuster’s relationship with Post Hill Press, a employee petition at Simon & Schuster (and the CEO’s response), Norton pulling a major book, listener feedback, and more. Discussed in this episode: The Book Riot giveaway featuring Noise by Daniel Kahneman Follow-up: S & S refuses to distribute book by officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death And S & S employees protest Mike Pence book deal The CEO responded Bigger context piece about how this represents a new challenge for publishers Multiple alllegations of sexual misconduct surface against Blake Bailey, Norton pull his Roth biography See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E438: Several Trepidations

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Jeff and Rebecca do listener feedback, interrogate what a podcast “read-a-long” does/could mean, stand in awe of Amanda Gorman’s book sales, talk a little George R.R. Martin, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Amanda Gorman is first poet to claim #1 spot on USA Today bestsellers Amazon workers in Bessemer, AL vote against unionization Unpublished Richard Wright novel about police brutality to be released Officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death gets a book deal, S & S will distribute See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E437: Piñata of Lies

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In this special, live-streamed episode, Jeff and Rebecca continue to argue about/refine a “Should I Read This?” segment/special episode series, are a little surprised at the Mike Pence book deal, perform their annual lament at the most challenged books of the year, and much more. Discussed in this episode: ALA releases most challenged books of 2020 Guardian coverage includes some author responses Dana Canedy acquires two Mike Pence memoirs for S & S New book contains a puzzle that, if solved, reader will win a golden casket See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E436: Georgia Sunrise

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Jeff and Rebecca note the passing of Beverly Cleary and Larry McMurtry, talk more Amazon/Big 5 anti-trust litigation, a Tennessee law that breaks new ground in terribleness, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Scholastic pulls Captain Underpants spinoff because of passive racism Tennessee bill seeks to ban any books that “promote, normalize, support, or address” LGTBQ issues Amazon & Big 5 face anti-trust lawsuit from booksellers HarperCollins buying HMH See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E435: Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E434: Vox Biblioi

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Jeff and Rebecca have their minds boggled at the sales of Seuss titles, pay fealty to the queen of book clubs, survey a few recent book challenges, and look forward to Klara and the Sun. Discussed in this episode: Oprah picks the Gilead SERIES as the next book club selection Follow-up: Leander, TX English teachers rally against graphic novels being removed from reading lists Austin, TX school calls in counselors after elementary school students are read a book about  a trans character Amazon no longer sells books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as mental illness Michael’s pulls feminist cross-stitch book because of curse words See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E433: Emotional Senioritis

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Jeff and Rebecca do some Seuss follow-up, evaluate upcoming adaptations that should be in their wheelhouse, talk about a particularly graphic effort to get some books out of a school classroom, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Farewell, Norman Juster Follow-up: Nice historical context for publishers removing racism from other books The Day Children’s Literature Died Follow-up: Amazon workers in other states inspired by unionizing efforts in Alabama Leander, TX school district removes 6 books from optional reading lists because of “inappropriate” content Peacock plans Robert Langdon spinoff series George C Wolf to adapt Song of Solomon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Loyal to the Bit

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Seuss Enterprise’s decision to stop publishing a half-dozen books, continue ruminating on a “is it good?” segment, admire Murakami’s evasive accessibility, get into some labor talk, and finally discuss the current state of podcasting. Discussed in this episode: 6 Dr Seuss books ceasing publication because of racist imagery Seuss Enterprise’s statement Murakami’s t-shirt line Spotify podcast listeners forecasted to top Apple this year Union booksellers protesting at Strand Biden expresses support for Alabama workers attempting to unionize Amazon warehouse Great long piece about recent PoC hires poised to lead publishing in a new direction See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E431: Wiki in Shame

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about another format they might want to try for talking about books, whether 2020 means we can finally stop confusing the fate of bookstores with the fate of publishing, catch up with some listener feedback, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Bookstore sales fell 28.3% in 2020 Big-picture look at the possible impact of PRH/S&S Charles Yu establishes prize for Taiwanese American writers Underground Railroad teaser trailer Hillary Clinton writing novel w/ Louise Penny Coming Soon: Sword, Stone, Table edited by Jenn Northington and Swapna Krishna See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E430: Southern Belles with Benefits

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about what books actually get read, emotionally manipulative novels, tackle a couple of listener question, and try another guessing game. Discussed in this episode: While nothing we talked about today was newly linkable, I did promise to provide footage of Rebecca after her incredible showing last week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E429: Pyrrhic Victory

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss the winner of the Spring Preview draft, Hachette getting out of the right-wing publishing game, the Obamas adaptation-heavy Netflix slate, and Jeff inadvisedly challenges Rebecca to a new game. Discussed in this episode: Big 5 named as co-defendants in ebook price fixing suit Hachette fired last remaining editor who would publish conservative BS Obamas ink 6-project deal with Netflix, including adaptation of Exit West See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E428: Arrogance with Shine

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Jeff and Rebecca reflect on the end of Jeff Bezos’ tenure as CEO of Amazon, the launch of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club app, and comment on a commendation for LeVar Burton. Discussed in this episode: Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO Reese’s Book Club has an app LeVar Burton named first PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E427: Buy Stock in Amanda Gorman

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Jenn Northington joins Jeff to talk about a new ebook price-fixing lawsuit, the meteoric rise of Amanda Gorman, the high degree of difficulty of adapting The Sparrow, and much more. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Discussed in this episode: Update: Hawley’s book pick up by Regnery The Amanda Gorman phenomenon Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit Queen’s Gambit creator to adapt The Sparrow See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E426: 2021 Spring Preview

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Jeff and Rebecca preview the interesting new Spring releases in the form of a draft! They each drafted 10 books to make a basket with the intended audience of a generally interested reader. And they need your help to decide who won! Take a look at the lists below, and then email podcast@bookriot.com with your vote for who drafted the best all-around basket. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Rebecca’s List: Long Time Coming by Michael Eric Dyson Good Company by Cythnia d’Aprix Sweeney Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood How Beautiful We Were by Imbolu Mbue Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir How to Change by Katy Milkman The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan Nine Nasty Words by John McWhorter Soul of a Woman by Isabelle Allende   Jeff’s List: The Survivors by Jane Harper My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee Think Again by Adam Grant Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend by Ben Philippe The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E425: A Picnic Basket for the Mind

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Simon & Schuster pulling Josh Hawley’s book, Powell’s getting heat for carrying a title, discuss how to structure their spring 2020 preview, and much more. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Discussed in this episode: S & S cancels Josh Hawley’s book contract MTV Books is coming back Bridgerton books get that Netflix bump Powell’s caught in stocking controversy See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E424: There's a Caboose Coming

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the best-selling books of 2020, Eat a Peach follow-up, how the publishing industry fared last year, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Publishing did all right in 2020  Print book sales rose 8.2% in 2020  NYT bestsellers of 2020  We have to talk about this bonkers phishing scam in publishing  Response to Eat a Peach  More on American Dirt See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E423: Best of the Rest: Our Favorite Non-Book Things of 2020

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Jeff and Rebecca share their favorite things from 2020 that were not books. Discussed in this episode: Summer Camp Island Making of Frozen 2 The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom The Vast of Night Over the Moon Soft Baked Pretzel recipe from Tasty Carto Overcooked 2 Legend of Zelda, The Breath of the Wild Work at Home with Blossom Dearie Playlist Christmas tree stand The Velvelettes Printfresh robe Makers of Wax Goods candles Gaslighter by The Chicks Hearts Town by The War & Treaty The Book on Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell Left Right Center podcast Michelle Obama podcast You and Me Both (Hillary Clinton) podcast 60 Songs That Explain the 90s Insecure Babysitters Club The Politician Pen15 Soulmates See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E422: Our Favorite Reads of 2020

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Jeff and Rebecca recount their favorite reads of 2020. Discussed in this episode: Intimations by Zadie Smith Eat a Peach by David Chang The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry Group by Christie Tate The Switch by Beth O’Leary The Wisdom of Finance by Mihir Desai Deacon King Kong by James McBride Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Crosby The Lost Man by Jane Harper Weather by Jenny Offill See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E421: Serrated Crescendo

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about PRH buying Simon & Schuster, survey best books of the year lists, and much more. Discussed in this episode: The 2021 Read Harder Challenge is here!  PRH buys Simon & Schuster  Opposition to the PRH purchase  Reed retires BEA and BookCon  Amazon Best Books of 2020  NYT top 10 Book biz supply chain doing OK so far  Bob Woodward writing the book about Trump’s last days in the white house See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E420: 2020 Holiday Recommendations, Part 2

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Jeff and Rebecca their 2020 Holiday book recommendations. Discussed in this episode: Force of Nature by Jane Harper  The Secret History by Donna Tartt Idaho by Emily Ruskovich A Separation by Katie Kitamura The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell Radical Dharma Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Intimations by Zadie Smith Station Eleven by Emily Mandel Find Me by Laura van den Berg Blindness by Jose Saramago The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai  Sweet Magnolias series by Sherryl Woods Spice by Seressia Glass 100 Must-Read Books: Food in Fiction Little French Bistro by Nina George The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis The Alchemy of Us by Anissa Ramirez Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari The 99% Invisible City Saga by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples Atlas Obscura Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Stalking God by Anjali Kumar A Beginner’s Guide to Japan by Pico Iyer From Scratch by Tembi Locke Cleoptra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory (part of The Royal Diaries series) The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemisin The Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel Octavia Butler The Baker’s Secret by Stephen Kiernan 52 Loaves by William Alexander See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E419: 2020 Holiday Recommendations, Part 1

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Jeff and Rebecca give book recommendations in response to reader requests. Discussed in this episode:  In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan  Kings Queens & In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow Paper Girls by Brian Vaughn and Cliff Chiang  Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Heart Berries by Therese Marie Mailhot House Made of Dawn by M Scott Momaday The Surrounded by D’Arcy McNickle Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Wake Siren by Nina McLaughlin The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Circe by Madeline Miller World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso Deacon King Kong by James McBride 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie Helen-Bertino Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series How to Knit a Love Song by Rachel Herron See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E418: Null Hypothesis Feedback

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Jeff and Rebecca go over some A Promised Land sales numbers, look over the National Book Award winners, check in with the sale of Simon & Schuster, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by The Orchard by David Hopen, HarperCollins Children’s Books/Quill Tree Books, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service. Discussed in this episode: Ugh Chimamanda Listener query: Any uplifting YA books you can recommend for a “new” non-binary/genderqueer to have during free time? Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar Dreadnought by April Daniels Brightsiders by Jen Wilde One in Every Crowd by Ivan Coyote Euphoria Kids by Allison Evans Obama memoir breaks first-day sales record..or does he? National Book Awards Ongoing: Chicago Public Library says eliminating late fees has paid off PRH and HC are top bidders for Simon & Schuster See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E417: THE WEST WING, Reconsidered

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Jeff, Amanda, and Rebecca return to The West Wing. At least for the pilot. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Yen Press, One Night Two Souls Went Walking by Ellen Cooney , TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and The Magic Ingredient by Lindy Miller. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E416: Spiritual Cheese

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the lead up to A Promised Land, authors you know by just their first names, a very real literary puzzle, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang, Bombas, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information Manageme Discussed in this episode: A Promised Land by Barack Obama Oprah & Brad Pitt’s companies adapting The Water Dancer UK children’s books 8 times more likely to feature animals than characters  of color  Literary mystery has 32 million possible solutions, has only been solved 3 times  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.