Amanda and guest Rincey recommend New York novels, biographies of people of color, and more on this week’s Get Booked!
I love your podcast!
I am in need of some help. I am a relatively new stepmom of two great, young kids. My husband is loving and supportive. While their bio mom and I luckily get along fine for the most part, I still find myself struggling with the role.
I always learn best from books and would like to see stepmom I can relate to. I find so many books are negative or bitchy or alternately have a very Disneyesque feel. I’ve read the package deal, A career girls guide to becoming a stepmom and the single girls guide to marrying a man, his kids and his ex-wife. I’m stuck. I would prefer fiction, even if it just has an interesting stepmom as a character but am open to non-fiction.
Thank you so much,
I love your podcast and your recommendations! I am travelling to New York from Europe in mid-September and would love a plane read to get me in the NYC mood. I mostly read literary fiction, but I’m very open to suggestions. I have already read The New York Trilogy, Kavalier & Clay, A Little Life and loved all these.
3. Hi Amanda and Jenn,
I am writing in to request biographies of people of color that are off the beaten path. I am participating in the Read Harder challenge and the “read a biography” task has been the most difficult for me personally.
I am currently listening to The Black Count by Tom Reiss on audio but am really struggling with the military stuff. Thus, I’m on the hunt for something else that will hook me. I’d like to read about people of color that should be more famous than they actually are. Brownie points if you can recommend biographies of people from Africa, Asia, South America, or the Middle East, as I’ve trying to expand the borders of my reading beyond the US and Europe.
Lastly, I’d love to receive recommendations by September 30th so that I can request the books from my library and still have time to read them before the year is over.
Hope this isn’t too difficult! Also, thanks for doing the show every week – it’s one of my all-time favorite podcasts and I love listening!
4. I have devoured all of jane Austen’s novels, & I have recently discovered Amanda Grange, who rewrites Austen’s novels from a different character’s perspective. Can you recommend other novels that are well-known stories told from another character’s point of view?
5. Recently I had to take my grandma in for wrist surgery which was 6 hours of hanging around the hospital, followed by staying with her for 24 hours. Needless to say, this made for a lot of reading time, but also a lot of anxiety time. I spent a few of the hours reading the thriller, Night Film by Marisha Pessl and though that was a good choice as it kept my mind busy with the story. I am looking for other suggestions should I or any other listeners find themselves with down time during a stressful situation like a surgery. Thanks so much in advance. I love listening to all your recommendations!
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
The Stepmothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Sophia by Anita Anand
Frida by Hayden Herrera
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wicked by Gregory Macguire
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina