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Amanda and Jenn discuss place-based narratives, women breaking barriers, and books set in Vancouver in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Carina Press, publisher of Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan.

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1. Hello!

I’ll be moving to Vancouver, Canada soon, and would like to read some books set there to get a feel for the city. I prefer fiction, particularly historical fiction, multi-generational sagas, mystery/thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy. Do you have any recommendations for books set in Vancouver?

Thank you!


2. Hey! I’ve written before but didn’t include a deadline, so sorry to clog your mailbox. I’m getting married in June (so I’d like to get your answer by mid-Feb to give me time to find the book/read it) and my fiance and I both want to read a separate book about how loving each other is a daily choice and share a short passage from our books during the vows, so I wanted to know if you have any recs! I’m pretty open, just nothing too classical or melodramatic.

Thank you! Love the show.


3. Hello!
Time sensitive maybe – I’ve got a vacation coming up in a few weeks, and I have a bookish itch I am dying to scratch. All good if you don’t get around to it though!
One of my all time favourite books is Anna Funder’s Stasiland, and I recently read and enjoyed Sarah Moss’s Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland. I’m looking for more books that fit into that kind of place-based narrative nonfiction – bonus points for history and female or queer authors.
Thanks for your help and for making such great content! 🙂


4. Hey guys! I was wondering if you could recommend books about the Vietnam and Korean Wars. My dad was in the army during that time and I’m interested in learning more. I’ve read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and absolutely loved it. The books can be fiction or nonfiction, though I will confess that I find most memoirs dull but I’m open to suggestions. Thanks so much!


5. Thanks for the awesome podcast. I look forward to listening to you every week and get mad when I can’t listen right away. I have been working on my pilot’s license for the last couple years and am almost done. Woot Woot!! I have read East to the Dawn and one or two other biographies on Amelia Earhart. Do you have any other recommendations for books of female pilots or females that are doing things that is normally a “male thing.” It can be fiction or non-fiction, I just love a story that allows a female to chase her dreams. Keep up the great work!!


6. Hey guys!

Your podcast rules and I always come away with great book recs. Like Amanda, I also catalog my reading neigh obsessively. (I recently downloaded and have been using the spreadsheet you posted earlier this year. Thanks! It’s been very helpful!)

Something I noticed in last year’s demographic breakdown was that I wasn’t reading a ton of books by people with physical disabilities. (I have my own mental health stuff going on, so I seek out fiction by and about people with mental illnesses). Is it a hugely underrepresented population or am I just not looking hard enough. In the interest of #ownvoices, I’d like to read more fiction by contemporary authors with disabilities.

Thanks for all the hard work you do and for the great stuff you add to the bookish community.



Books Discussed

Rabbit Ears by Maggie De Vries (recommended by Brenna)

The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland (recommended by Brenna)

How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (“On Marriage”)

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (for example, this quote)

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (particularly Like An Iron Bell)

I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Home by Toni Morrison

We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway

The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby

Sally Ride by Lynn Sherr (recommended by Swapna)

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Kody Keplinger (DUFF, Run)

The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, Annabelle Hayse

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis