Book production techniques, a literary tour of the USA, and recommendations of Longbourn by Jo Baker, and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang.
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What Are Those Things Called?
Starting this week, the first segment of most episodes will feature a question asked by one of you via the Ask Us a Question link on the Books on the Nightstand homepage. This week Don, from North Carolina asked us three questions about different kinds of production techniques including french flaps, deckle edges, and a relatively new jacket coating called (at least in the UK) Supermatt. It’s sort of a waxy/rubbery coating that Ann (and Don) enjoy, and I most definitely do not. (Further Googling revealed other industry names for this coating: Liquid Velvet and Soft Touch)
This week’s selection, chosen by Ann: Cartwheel, written by Jennifer DuBois and narrated by Emily Rankin
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A Literary Tour of the USA (17:38)
Business Insider recently published a map, online, titled “The Most Famous Book Set In Every State.” There’s no explanation of their methodology and some of their choices (Rhode Island and South Dakota) lead to some interesting discussions between Ann and me. Others, like Carrie for Maine, East of Eden for California, and The Sound and the Fury for Mississippi, are the just and proper choice. Given that we’ve got listeners all over the country, tell us what you would change on this map.
Three books we can’t wait for you to read (26:41)
Ann was so drawn into Longbourn by Jo Baker, that all she wanted to do was have tea and shortbread, and lose herself in this re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants in the Bennet household.
Gene Luen Yang’s historical graphic novels Boxers and Saints, masterfully give us the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China, by following one young person on each side of the conflict. The books (which are also available in a boxed-set) have been nominated for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.