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Best Book Ever

Jun 5, 2023

My mom is the reason I’m a reader and today she joined me to talk books. She surprised me by choosing a cookbook (she and I are both fiction junkies) but The Pat Conroy Cookbook made for a great chat. We also talked about how we both cut our teeth on trashy novels and the joys of re-reading favorite books. She even spilled some tea about her book club!

Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Betsy Dunn


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Discussed in this episode:


The Pat Conroy Cookbook by Pat Conroy

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope (this is just one in a whole series of Bobbsey Twins adventures)

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy

Carlsbad Aquafarm

Beaufort, South Carolina really does look like a lovely town

Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home by Ina Garten

Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguingnon

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King

The Water is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy

The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand


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