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Best Book Ever

Nov 2, 2020

Show notes for Episode 023 – Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello on “The Magical Language of Others” by E.J. Koh



Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is equal parts quick wit and deep thinker. Talking to her was like talking to someone who can see deeper into the ocean than you can, and will gently explain it to you. Marci talks freely about how books saved her life, and this conversation was a balm for my soul after a rough week. I know you are going to love it.

We talked for almost two hours, and I had to cut a lot of it to fit the podcast time restraints. But one thing I don’t want you to miss is that Marci is the program director for the Miami Book Fair. Because of the pandemic, this year the Book Fair is online, which means we all have access to it. The fair is happening November 15-22;  make sure you check out the awesome lineup of programs and discussions.



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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello



Indie Bookstore Shoutout of the Week

Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray, Florida


Discussed in this episode:

Hour of the Ox by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by E.J. Koh

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Kundiman: Dedicated to Nurturing Generations of Writers and Readers of Asian American Literature

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Natalie Diaz

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

The Body’s Question by Tracy K. Smith


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:

DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

Hardly War by Don Mee Choi

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