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Best Book Ever

Nov 23, 2020

Today I am thrilled to be joined by Debra Dean, the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books, including, “The Madonnas of Leningrad” and “Hidden Tapestry.” Reading Debra Dean’s favorite novel felt like the perfect choice for this moment in time. It is a gentle, comforting book, with bigger themes that reveal themselves slowly. The main character only begins to understand his role in history in retrospect. It was a fascinating read, and Debra is an enthusiastic and wonderful reading partner.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Debra Dean



Discussed in this episode:

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Hidden Tapestry by Debra Dean

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

An Artist of the Floating World By Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Nancy Pearl

The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Kate Atkinson (my personal favorite is this one. I’ll be talking about it with another guest in an upcoming episode!)

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl

Moon Jar by Didi Jackson

Powell’s Bookstore

Books and Books in Miami

(Here is the link to all of Debra’s books at her favorite bookstore!)


*Note: in the podcast, you will hear me mention that Debra was initially debating between four books. I asked her about the debating, but forgot to mention the other books! I thought you might be interested to know her other choices:

Continental Drift by Russell Banks

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:

The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersbug, Russia


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