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Best Book Ever

Sep 21, 2020

This week we have a very special treat: an author whose book was the subject of a previous episode is here to share her favorite book with us. Dawn Davies, who Denise Massar and I discussed in Episode 002, joined me today to talk about John Irving. We had completely different takes on this book, and the conversation was utterly fascinating.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Dawn Davies

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Discussed in this episode:


The Water Method Man by John Irving

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies

Denise Massar

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden Book 1) by Julie Campbell

The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Collection by Carolyn Keene

The Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W. Dixon

Five Little Peppers: The Omnibus Edition by Margaret Sidney

The Little House (9 Volume Set) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set by L.M. Montgomery

The Little Women Collection by Louisa May Alcott\

Richard Brautigan: Omnibus Collection

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The World According to Garp by John Irving

In One Person: A Novel by John Irving

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by David H. Hackworth

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield

Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir by Lauren Slater

Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness, edited by Lee Gutkind

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:


Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

The Next American Essay, ed. By John D’Agata

Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir Nabokov

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloekner

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

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