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Best Book Ever

Nov 22, 2021

Lya Badgley has led a fascinating life, and talking to her about the role books have played in her life was a fantastic conversation. She introduced me to the atmospheric thrillers of Lawrence Osborne, who we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the near future – all of his books have been optioned for movies. Lya and I also discussed writers who communicate an immersive sense of place, her life as a rock star, and how she hung on to her humanity while documenting some of the worst atrocities humans have ever committed.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Lya Badgely



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Discussed in this episode:

Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne

The Foreigner’s Confession by Lya Badgely (releases Feb 1, 2022; available for pre-order now)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Has anyone else noticed how often my guests refer to this book? It’s one of my all-time favorites, too!)

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker’s Journey by Lawrence Osborne

In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel by Vaddey Ratner

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris


Discussed in the Patreon Exclusive Clip

Cambodian Amok

The Cambodian Community in Long Beach, California

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