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

Let’s Hope August Is Better: A Links Round-Up

Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana (which is where I live) on Tuesday, July 5th. Roxane Gay talks about his life and his death. Rembert Browne on people who don’t want anyone not like them to exist at all. Ijeoma Olua on the tragedy in Dallas and how we should (and shouldn’t) respond to it. Ta-Nehisi Coates on the unbreakable link between violence by police officers and violence against them.

In the wake of Black Lives Matter pulling out of the Pride parade in San Francisco due to increased police presence, some thoughts on the disconnect between the two major civil rights fights of our day.

A profile of our nation’s top ASL interpreter for hip-hop artists. My one complaint about this article is that it does not include sufficient videos of Amber Galloway Gallego being awesome.

Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer spent four months as a guard in a for-profit prison in Louisiana and wrote a massive report on it. It’s basically exactly what you’d expect from our broken-ass prison system.

Suki Kim, author of Without You There Is No Us, talks about categorizing her book (a work of investigative journalism) as a memoir, and the persistent devaluing of women’s work. It made me scrutinize my own reaction to the ethics of her book, and I hope I’ll be more cognizant of that when reviewing journalism by women in the future.

Why plots are so important (also, has anyone read Emily Barton’s book, The Book of Esther? I am tentatively interested but want more information from y’all).

Your summer comic book recommendations, from Kieron Gillen, Kate Leth, and Marjorie Liu. Bid adieu to your productivity.

Queerbaiting in Captain America

The Millions released their book preview for the second half of 2016, and it is EPIC. I also discovered just yesterday that there’s a nonfiction one too.

THE SCIENCE OF BOOKS: All books everywhere with no exceptions whatsoever1 follows one of six emotional arcs. Oh how I love a taxonomy, my precious.

Rumaan Alam inquires what makes a book diverse, and wonders if his own novel — about straight white women — can be considered diverse.2

On Twitter last week I told a story about a good dog from history that doesn’t die tragically. You can read that story here.

Finally, and completely frivolously, please enjoy this wonderful review of the Blake Lively shark movie by Wesley Morris (one of my favorite cultural critics ever), which is brilliant on the subject of interchangeable celebrities.

  1. This may be hyperbole
  2. Pet peeve: A BOOK cannot be diverse. Groups can be diverse, an individual cannot. Dictionary Curmudgeon Gin Jenny urges you to get off her lawn.