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Best Book Ever

Jan 24, 2022

It’s always a delight to talk to one of the readers I admire most: returning guest of the show Marion Hill. Today, Marion joined me to talk about the sci-fi classic “Parable of the Sower,” and we had a great discussion about repeated readings, what makes a book sci-fi, and how Octavia Butler transcends any genre.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Marion Hill



Discussed in this episode:

The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

(After we recorded this episode, I spotted this haunting graphic novel version of the book)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Fifth Season by NK Jemison

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Artpace Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (Listen to Marti Dumas tell me about Wild Seed on Episode 030)

The Little Country by Charles de Lint

Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint (Listen to Marion’s tell me about this book on Episode 008)

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive clip

All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead


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