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The Book Riot Podcast, #9: Bad Job, Old Dudes

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The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #9: Bad Job, Old Dudes

This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about which countries read the most, Jonathan Franzen’s letter to The New York Times, lit snobs, film adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath and The Giver, E.B. White’s candy getaway, and new books worth looking into.

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This episode is sponsored by where you can download a free audiobook today and Fire Knife Dancing by John Enright:

fire knife dancing john enrightSamoan detective Apelu Soifua lives on the knife edge of two disparate cultures, navigating a perilous dance between native and new that, over the years, has landed him in his fair share of trouble. So when a routine patrol on a remote jungle estate uncovers an inter-island smuggling ring, it doesn’t take long for Apelu to realize there’s more than just cigarettes and bootleg CDs at stake. Someone in Apelu’s corner of paradise is trafficking humans—and they won’t think twice about setting up a cop to take the fall.

Now Apelu stands accused of murder, and his only shot at proving his innocence is to go AWOL from his job and his wife until he can unearth the truth. Hunted by the police, his only ally is a young American widow whom he quickly discovers is anything but what she seems. Apelu knows he’s playing with fire—but can he unmask a killer before he gets burned?

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Links discussed in the show:

Infographic: Who spends the most time reading in the world?

Bad job, old dudes. Part 1, JFranz:

Part 2, readers like bad books

Stephen Spielberg trying to acquire rights to The Grapes of Wrath for remake

Jeff Bridges casts Jonas for his The Giver film

Books discussed:

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub


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