Episode 42

Here Be Monsters

This week Alice and Kim talk about some excellent new memoirs and dive deep into books about monsters.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a Book, Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes and illustrated by Martin O’Neill, and Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin, in hardcover from Black Dog and Leventhal.

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Follow Up

NPR: “Here Are The Finalists For The 2019 National Book Awards”

Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without by Brigid Brophy, Michael Levey, Charles Osborne (1967)

Nonfiction in the News

Sports Illustrated: “She Won Athletes’ Hearts. And Robbed Them Blind”

Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

Forbes: “Decluttering Expert Marie Kondo On Her Forthcoming Workplace and Career Advice Book ‘Joy At Work’”

New Books

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones

Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim by Leah Vernon

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir by Jeannie Vanasco

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

Here Be Monsters

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson

Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole

The Science of Monsters: The Truth About Zombies, Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Legendary Creatures by Meg Hafdahl, Kelly Florence

Reading Now

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Me by Elton John

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television by Koren Shadmi