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Best Book Ever

Dec 12, 2022

Time for an end of year wrap up with my Podcast Twin, Malavika Praseed. Malavika is putting her marvelous podcast on hiatus for the time being while she pursues a Master’s Degree in Fiction Writing. She is one of my very favorite readers, and I always love catching up with her and finding out what books she loved over the past year, and how she thinks her reading life will change now that she’s not running her podcast. As always, it was a great chat, with lots of laughs about serious and not-so-serious books.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Malavika Praseed

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Malavika on Best Book Ever Podcast:


Episode 029 Malavika Praseed on “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

Episode 079 Malavika’s 2021 End of Year Wrap Up


And I went on her podcast once to talk about, you guessed it, My Favorite Book

Your Favorite Book Podcast: Howard’s End with Julie Strauss



Discussed in this episode:


National Book Award Long List

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

A Death in the Family by James Agee

Ethan From by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

William Faulkner

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jeff Pearlman

Carson McCullers

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Best Book Ever Episode 089 Stephen Pelton on Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Howard’s End by E.M. Forester

The Hours movie

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Why is Santa Claus Erotica Suddenly So Popular?

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

The Pultizer Prize Winners for Fiction, by year

Fuckbois of Literature podcast

Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man: A Girl Friday Mystery by Emily J. Edwards

Chicago Review of Books

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