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Best Book Ever

Jan 17, 2022

Today I'm talking to Jasmin Darznik, the New York Times bestselling author of The Bohemians, a novel that imagines the friendship between photographer Dorothea Lange and her Chinese American assistant in 1920s, San Francisco. Her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice book, and a Los Angeles Times best seller. She's also the author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. Her writing has appeared in New York times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. I had the best time talking with Jasmin about writing historical fiction, the creative life, and why Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters is the Best Book Ever.



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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Jasmin Darznik



Note: Most of the book links this week lead to Jasmin’s favorite bookstore, the Book Passage in Corte Madeira. Please shop indies whenever you buy books!!


Discussed in this episode:

The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon

Montgomery Block, San Francisco

Mary Karr

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Book Passage in Corte Madeira

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

The Oakland MuseumThe Dorothea Lange Archive

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korleitz

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive clip

Fierce Attachments: A Memoir by Vivan Gornick

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston




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