The Bookstore

The Bookstore

It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.

Episodes

April 16, 2024 37 mins

April's prompt is to read a book of ecofiction, and Becca's pick is Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup. 

Content warning: miscarriage, death in childbirth, sexual topics

Our next book will be The Employees by Olga Ravn, as chosen by our Patreon Patrons. Find it at your local library or bookstore and read along with us!

If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2...

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It's a book by a translator that's a book by a translator that's translated by a translator about translators translating a book and we loved it. There are also some major time spoilers, but we give good warnings this time.

The Extinction of Ireana Rey by Jennifer Croft

Next time we are reading Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup. Find it at your local bookstore or library and read it along with us.

 

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March 19, 2024 48 mins

Correction: in the epsiode we say that the book was published in Barbados, but Condé is actually from the island of Guadeloupe - a French department in the Carribbean.

Now THIS is the type of historical fiction that we love. Corinne's pick for March's prompt to read a book with a name in the title is I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé. This novel is a fictionalized account of Tituba, an enslaved woman from Barbados who...

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March 5, 2024 45 mins

Today we discuss Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. This is one of the first books of Chicano/a Literature, with Rudolfo Anaya considered one of the founders of the literary movement. It's a coming-of-age story that weaves Catholicism with traditional and indigenous beliefs, and the duality of identity that Antonio, the main character, experiences.

Content warning: violence, bodily fluids

Sources: Introduction to Chicano Literature...

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February 21, 2024 41 mins

This week we read and discussed My Garden (Book): by Jamaica Kincaid. It's memoir, it's essays, it's history, it's botany, it's maybe not what you'd normally choose to read if you're a fan of our typical fare, but it has a lot of great ideas to think and talk about. You should still read Jamaica Kincaid even if this one isn't for you. Becca recommends the novel Lucy or another work of nonfiction about her home, Antigua, called A Sm...

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February 8, 2024 54 mins

For our first read of the February Bookstore Challenge Prompt (read a memoir written by a writer) Corinne chose Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood. It's a memoir about being a poet and having your dad literally be a Catholic priest. And we're of divided opinions for once.

Next time we will read My Garden (Book): by Jamaica Kincaid. This is out of print, but can be found at the library or used. Or if you're patient, a new edition will...

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January 23, 2024 60 mins

Our second book for January's prompt to read a book set in a place where you're from is Jim Harrison's True North. True North is set mostly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and follows David Burkett, descendant of lumber barons as he struggles with his family's tarnished legacy.... hahaha jk it's really just a guy talking about his dick constantly. We do not recommend.

Content warning: rape, sexual assault, violence, violence ag...

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January 10, 2024 51 mins

Our first book of the year! Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan is set in the fictional town of Modesta, Michigan, thus fulfilling January's prompt to read a book set in the place where you're from (we're both from Michigan). A new teacher has come to town and she begins to help a group of teenage girls stand up for themselves against sexism... but will they take it too far?

Content warning: domestic violence,...

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Happy New Year!

Out with the old (reviewing last years reading) and in with the new (walking through the 2024 Bookstore Challenge prompts).

Books we will be reading in January:

Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan (look for one published before the 2010s to avoid any contemporizing editions).

True North by Jim Harrison

This is a great resource for finding out what ...

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December 27, 2023 44 mins

Last book of the year! It's Becca's pick for December's prompt to read a book by an author who shares the first initial of your surname is Y/N by Esther Yi. We follow a young woman as she descends further into an obsession with a member of a boy band, leading her to even move to another country in order to find him.

Content warning: sex, body parts, death

Technical note: Corinne was traveling for...

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December 13, 2023 41 mins

First book for December's prompt to read a book by an author who shares your surname or first initial of your surname is Ice by Anna Kavan. This is a sci-fi or slipstream novel about a man searching for a girl in a world that is slowly being consumed by ice. 

Content warning: sexual assault, violence

Books mentioned: Wide Sargasso Sea-Jean Rhys, A Song of Ice and Fire-George RR Martin, Fight Club-Chuck Palahniuk, Deep Water-Patrici...

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December 4, 2023 41 mins

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Action Items - Jewish Voices for Peace

November's prompt is to read a book about death and Becca’s pick is The Yield by Tara June Winch. The novel has three different narratives, one being about August, an Aboriginal Australian woman returning to her hometown after her grandfather, Poppy, dies. The second narrative is Poppy writing a dictionary ...

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November 15, 2023 40 mins

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November's prompt is to read a book about death and Corinne's pick is Jose Saramago's Death With Interruptions. This book is about an unnamed country where suddenly one New Year's, death stops happening. It reads like a textbook at times, going over logistical issues and government responses, with a spri...

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November 1, 2023 49 mins

Action Items - US Campaign for Palestinian Rights 

Action Items - Jewish Voices for Peace

This week was an extra week for October (yes, technically it's November, apologies, I've had some personal stuff going on), so we had our Patreon Patrons pick the book and they chose Ursula K. Le Guin's The DispossessedThe novel is one of the six major novels of The Hainish Cycle. Though The Dispossess...

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October 24, 2023 53 mins
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October 10, 2023 45 mins

Our first book for October's prompt to read a book set in an alternate dimension or different planet is Present Tense Machine by Gunnhild Øyehaug. This is a dreamlike, speculative novel about a woman who is pulled into an alternate universe.

Content warnings: None that we can think of.

Our next reads will be Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney. You can find them at your local bookstore or library an...

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September 26, 2023 7 mins

Just a teeny tiny mini episode about Becca's experience at the Detroit Bookfest this past summer. 

Our next reads will be Present Tense Machine by Gunnhild Øyehaug and Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney. You can find them at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.

If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2023, you can find Instagram graphics for your story or grid in this Google Dr...

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September 19, 2023 50 mins

We read Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara. This short story collection was first published in 1972 and features 15 stories, and the incredible voices of folks in New York City and sometimes in the rural south.

Content Warnings (for the book, less so for the episode): sexual assault, child abuse, murder

Our next reads will be Present Tense Machine by Gunnhild Øyehaug and Babel-17 buy Samuel R. Delaney. You can find ...

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September 5, 2023 45 mins

Our first book for September's prompt to Read a Book with an Animal in the Title is The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li. We loved reading about this obsessive, codependent relationships between two girls in post-war France. 

Content warnings: mentions of violence and sexual assault (not graphically described)

Our next book discussion will be on Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara. Get it from your local library or bookstore and read al...

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August 23, 2023 45 mins

For our last book in August, Corinne picked Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo.

Content Warning: racism, abuse, alcoholism 

Our next book discussion will be The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.

If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2023, you can find Instagram graphics for your story or grid in this Googl...

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