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Best Book Ever

May 31, 2021

I was introduced to Bel Canto Books from previous guest of the Best Book Ever, Asha Sabbella, who travels there frequently with her book club. Jhoanna has impeccable taste in book curation, and is a fierce advocate for BIPOC and women authors. Major warning: this episode will make you want to open a bookstore. I have spent many hours – many, many hours – researching bookstore ownership since my talk with Jhoanna.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Jhoanna Belfer of Bel Canto Books



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Discussed in this episode:

The Body Papers: A Memoir by Grace Talusan

Page Against the Machine Bookstore, Long Beach, CA

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Parnassus Books

Emma Straub

Books are Magic Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY (Emma Straub’s bookstore)

Paz and Associates Bookstore Bootcamp

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton, MA

BFAB: Boston Filipino American Book Club

America is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo

In Waves by AJ Dungo

The Hangout, Long Beach, CA



Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber



Discussed in our Patreon Conversation

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad TV Series

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Crying in H Mart by Michelle

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam by Paisley Rekdal

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