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Best Book Ever

Feb 8, 2021

Zenobia Neil and I talked for over two hours, and honestly I could have talked to her for the rest of the day. She is fun and hilarious and smart as hell and just plain interesting. Not only that, but the book she chose immediately went on my list of Top Ten books. It was a great read, and an even better bookish conversation.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Zenobia Neil



Discussed in this episode:

Skylight Books

Skylight is a beloved Los Angeles treasure. Though they are currently closed to in-store browsing, they are still open for online orders. Check out their fantastic lineup of author events, their signed first editions club, or the Coyotes Book Club


A Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

Zenobia of Palmyra

Carroll Avenue (the Victorian neighborhood in Los Angeles where Zenobia grew up)

The Helms Bakery Truck (not book related, but Angelenos of a certain age remember the Helms Bakery Truck with great affection)

The A Team

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The Iliad of Homer (Zenobia recommends this one on audio)

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Look at this awesome graphic adaptation!)

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Luster by Raven Leilani


Discussed in our Patreon Conversation:

Troy the movie

Circe the miniseries

Clash of the Titans movie (oh, sweet fancy Irishman, there is a version of this movie with heavy metal music and Liam Neeson! Release the kraken!)

Percy Jackson movie

Outlander on audio

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