Book overload, hardcovers and paperbacks, Bill Bryson’s latest, and Peter Geye’s The Lighthouse Road
Inspired by a recent episode of The Readers, Michael wanted to talk about having too much knowledge of new books and as a result, too many books he wants to read and not enough time to read them. I’m afraid this turned into a bit of a therapy session. Booktopia Petoskey was filled with book recommendations, from authors, from readers, from our rep colleagues, and from McLean & Eakin bookstore owners Matt and Jess. Sorry, Michael, you’ll never be able to read everything you want to read.
This week’s selection, chosen by Ann: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
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Hardcovers, Paperbacks, and everything in between (18:10)
We received three questions on our Books on the Nightstand Q&A page about hardcovers vs. paperbacks. Thanks to Pat from Chapel Hill, Betsy, and Chanda from Kentucky for your questions. In this segment, we talk about reading paperbacks without breaking the spine, whether books published first in paperback are of lesser quality than those published in hardcover, and the changing perceptions of the publishing and book reviewing community.
Two books we can’t wait for you to read (30:34)
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson is a fascinating look at several events that all happened during the summer of 1927: Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic; Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs; the Great Mississippi Flood happened, still one of America’s biggest natural disasters, and The Jazz Singer, the first taking picture, began filming. Bryson looks at all of these events and more, and ties them together in his usual smart and entertaining way.
Michael talks about The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye, who we met at Booktopia Petoskey. It’s the story of Thea, a Norwegian immigrant who is a cook at a logging camp in the 1890s. It’s also the story of Thea’s son Odd, a rugged man who has a love for the wrong woman. The novel moves back and forth in time, and the frozen northern Minnesota landscape is as much a character as Thea and Odd. Michael and I both loved this book, and we think you should all read it.