episode 3: lists & the Millions.com Great Book Preview

If you don’t keep a book list, how do you know you’ve read them? Melissa Amos joins us to talk about the satisfactions of a good spreadsheet, and then we dish our top five from The Millions hotly anticipated Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview.

This episode features a phone ding, hound bark, ice clinking, the caws of 1000 crows.

Books we reference, or sort of reference

Melissa’s Top Five
1. White Nights in Split Town City – Annie DeWit
2. Here I am – Jonathan Safran Foer
3. The Fortunes – Peter Ho Davies
4. Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple
5. The Unseen World – Liz Moore

Michelle’s Top Five
1. Problems – Jade Sharma
2. Black Wave – Michelle Tea
3. White Nights in Split Town City – Annie DeWit
4. The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma – Ratika Kapur
5. Swing Time – Zadie Smith

Isaac’s Top Five
1. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
2. The Insurrection – Rion Amilcar Scott
3. The Gambler’s Anatomy – Jonathan Lethem
4. Pond – Claire Louise-Bennett
5. Behold the Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

Melissa: The Wangs vs. The World – Jade Chang
Michelle: The Terranauts – T.C. Boyle
Isaac: The Nix – Nathan Hill

Also mentioned:

Special Topics in Calamity Physic – Marisha Pessl
NW – Zadie Smith
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Letham
Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Letham
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
Drop City – T.C. Boyle
The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Secret Place – Tana French
The Dark Tower series – Stephen King
The Red Parts – Maggie Nelson

Bunch of writers we discuss without mentioning their books

Joy Williams
Steve Almond
Annie Dillard
Celeste Ng
Thomas Pynchon
Michael Chabon
Ben Lerner
Ben Marcus

Errata and mea culpas

We kind of collectively slaughtered Marisha Pessl’s name and book title.

What we’re reading

Melissa: just finished Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, starting Elligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
Isaac: The Border of Paradise – Esme Wang
Michelle: The Sellout – Paul Beatty



2 thoughts on “episode 3: lists & the Millions.com Great Book Preview

  1. Kim says:

    Catching up with the podcast, and Noah Hawley wrote one or more books? Laying a patch to the bookstore, BRB. (Have you seen either season of the TV adaptation of “Fargo”? SO SO GOOD. S2 knocked me right out.)

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