Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.66: Fall Book Review and Rumaan Alam’s Rich and Pretty

Happy Wednesday and please enjoy this very special edition of the Reading the End Bookcast, in which Whiskey Jenny and I were in THE SAME ROOM AT THE SAME TIME. You can pretty much hear the giddiness in our voices. Podcasting with Whiskey Jenny is always great, but it is double great when we’re in the same place.

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What We’re Reading

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
Graceling, Kristin Cashore

Fire, Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore

Summer Books

June, Miranda Beverley-Whittemore
Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin
Shrill, Lindy West
Places No One Knows,
Brenna Yovanoff
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith
The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

Fall Books

The Revolutionaries Try Again, Mauro Javier Cardenas
Everfair, Nisi Shawl
Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas
Float, Anne Carson
Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple

(We have not been podcasting for four years. We have been podcasting for three. Calm down, Jennys.)

The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan
Cul de Sac, Robert Repino
They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of #blacklivesmatter, Wesley Lowery
One Hundred Nights of Hero, Isabel Greenberg
Swing Time, Zadie Smith

Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam

Ha, I didn’t get Whiskey Jenny to beta-listen to this, and I failed at editing in one place. Please forgive me. You will hear Whiskey Jenny saying “Wavefoooooorms.”

In re: Sarah’s fancy meal throwing-together, these are two conversations I had with Alexis in the time between recording this podcast and posting it. So I think my point is proven.

alexis: for what i call $60 mac and cheese i use black diamond cheddar, gruyere, and brie
it is omfgood

me: hahahahaha oh man
that sounds soooo tasty
do you have a recipe?

alexis: …no

me: of course not

alexis: but i actually do not make a roux for it. i just grate cheese over the al dente pasta and top off with some cream
also, crawfish has the necessary salinity to stand up to mac and cheese; is very good combo
i’ll eat lobster mac but it’s kind of bs


Alexis: i grilled a store bought mozarella arepa and shrimp in a citrus pepper marinade + avocado, tomato, cilantro, chili

me: was this a recipe? the marinade and such?

Alexis: nah i just squeezed an orange, lime half, two gloves garlic minced, glug of olive oil, some of this aji pepper paste

For next time:

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

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    I would agree about lobster mac and cheese. Give me CT lobster roll any day and I’ll eat the mac and cheese on the side. I bet Alexis makes incredible goodies.
    I need to get back to podcast listening. Yours is my favorite!

  • I haven’t listened to this episode yet but I am going to rectify that immediately because a) your podcast is so great, b) every time I hear your theme song I am like “omg what a good theme song”, and c) I am VERY interested to know what y’all think re: Graceling.

  • Great episode! I have that friend, too–the one who makes fresh pita to go with her homemade hummus whenever I come over and does not consider this going out of her way (or even a meal! she gave me a big bowl of fresh hummus and pita and then said she was going to cook me dinner after that!). She casually throws some cardamom in her chocolate chip cookies. I do not understand her but she is a valuable friend to have.