Winter Book Show: What Are Your Reading Recommendations?
In the midst of the cold weather and sometimes dreary days of winter, there is a certain appeal to curling up with a good book and getting lost in its pages for a little while.
Whether you find yourself seeking out brand-new titles or beloved old favorites, we'll spend this Vermont Edition talking about reading recommendations.
Vermont librarians also join us on the program to give their take on books to check out this winter. We hear from Springfield Town Library director Amy Howlett and from Starr LaTronica, library director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro.
Below is a list of titles that were mentioned during the show. Listen to the full show audio above to hear some more information about some of these titles, and also feel free to check out the comments section below and keep the conversation going there.
Titles mentioned by Amy Howlett:
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Bones on Black Spruce Mountain by David Budbill
Titles mentioned by Starr LaTronica:
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) and Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Home to Woefield by Susan Juby
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper
Suggestions from listeners:
Proposed Roads To Freedom by Bertrand Russell
The Sparrow and its sequel Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
A Student's Introduction to English Grammar by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum
Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally) and Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca by John McWhorter
The Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor
The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Inugami Mochi by Jessamyn Smyth
Beasts and Children by Amy Parker
The Event That Changed Everything: A Novel About Cooks, Chefs, Restaurant Life, Farming, Relationships and Environmental Consciousness by Paul Sorgule
Philippa Gregory's books
Margaret George's books
Jane Austen's novels
The Joe Gunther series by Archer Mayor
Garden picture books
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson
We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit
Hand to Mouth: Living In Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Before the Court of Heaven by Jack Mayer
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
Moriah by Daniel Mills
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
The Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
Conclave by Robert Harris
Cartozia Tales by various cartoonists, edited by Isaac Cates
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
Correction 8:35 p.m. This list originally included Word on the Street, which is a different, earlier book by John McWhorter than the one described on the show. The above list has now been updated to reflect the recent works by McWhorter described and recommended during the program.
Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.