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Best Book Ever

Oct 18, 2021

I had a hard time keeping my cool when I chatted with Jeremy Patlen, Director of Buying at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, Colorado, one of the world’s best bookstores in one of the world’s best cities. Jeremy and I talked about the artist’s life and the cities that sustain it, the joys of opera, and a heartbreaking and beautiful memoir by Patti Smith.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Jeremy Patlen

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Discussed in this episode:

Just Kids by Patti Smith

(Also check out this gorgeous Illustrated Edition)

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

Whereabouts by Jumpha Lahiri

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs

The Chelsea Hotel, Manhattan

My Accidental Visit to the Pandemic’s Party Capital (New York Times)

Woolgathering by Patti Smith

M Train by Patti Smith

Devotions by Patti Smith

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel by Zoraida Córdova

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Fuzz by Mary Roach

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The Magician by Cólm Toibín

Brooklyn by Cólm Toibín

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney


Discussed in our Patreon Segment

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Becoming by Michelle Obama

(FYI - there is also a version of this book adapted for young readers, as well as a Becoming Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice – these would make fantastic gifts for the young readers in your life!)

A Promised Land by Barack Obama


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