Segment one of today’s podcast was inspired by an article about the discovery of a lost civilization in the Amazon. When Michael first saw the headlines, he immediately thought of The Lost City of Z, a book by David Grann that we’ve loved and recommended. It’s wonderful when something that you’ve read makes you take notice of news and events beyond the pages of the book. This often happens to us with nonfiction, and often changes our level of interest in a topic.
In segment 2, we discuss some great books that were inspired by classic literature. Ann tells how a phobia interfered with her reading of Mary Reilly, a great novel by Valerie Martin that retells the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde, through the eyes of a servant girl in Dr. Jekyll’s household. Michael talks about Dreamhouse, a novel set in current-day but with many parallels to Alice in Wonderland.
The classically-inspired theme carries through to segment 3, Two Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read. Michael talks about Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, and Ann calls Bloodroot by Amy Greene “an Appalachian Wuthering Heights.”
____________________We encourage you to write down or print out the title information and shop at your local bookstore. Titles link to LibraryThing, a social networking site that allows you to catalog your home library. LibraryThing also links to various online purchasing options. Here are the books from this post:
The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Doubleday hardcover
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin, Vintage trade paperback
Dreamhouse by Alison Habens, Picador trade paperback
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte Press hardcover
Bloodroot by Amy Greene, Knopf hardcover
(all information is for the U.S. editions).