Feb 18

The case of the disappearing paperbacks. Books you may be watching soon. Recommendations for Wake by Anna Hope, and Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin.

Disappearing Paperbacks?

Tiffani from California wondered if books are ever released in paperback, then the paperback is pulled from sale, and only the hardcover remains in print. We discuss a couple of different scenarios where it may seem that a book was out in paperback, but then is not, but in every case we think there’s a good explanation. As far as we know, publishers don’t ever pull an existing paperback edition and revert to hardcover only in print.

audiobooksAudiobook of the week (09:12)

  Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan, read by the author, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Kelly is one of our Booktopia Vermont authors.

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Books You May Be Watching Soon (11:55)

So many books are getting the movie or telelvision treatment in 2014. We give you a quick rundown of many of them in this episode. The titles below link to Goodreads. The movie or TV indication links to more info about the production.

What book-based movies or TV shows are you most looking forward to?

Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (28:23)

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Wake by Anna Hope, is a debut novel that simply blew me away. It’s the story of three women whose lives, in London two years after the end of World War I, intersect in unexpected ways. I found the writing to be beautiful and the story incredibly well-constructed.

Ann has been on a little bit of a history-reading phase lately, and raves about Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte by Carol Berkin. It’s the story of the belle of nineteenth-century Baltimore, who married Napoleon’s younger, slacker brother. Despite Napoleon’s best attempts, Betsy was a strong-willed woman who would not be cast aside easily.

  • Michele

    Also coming to TV, in the Summer of 2014 is Outlander, on Starz!

  • Pam

    Also, The Homesman (2014), November Man (2015), The Good House (release date unknown), and The Ghosts of Belfast (2015)

  • Dawn

    Could Tiffany have seen someone reading a Large Print edition of a book that is otherwise available only in hardcover? These are usually paperback editions, and although as thick (and usually the same price) as the hardcover, some readers prefer them when traveling.
    ?? another possible explanation

  • Elizabeth

    I am very glad you mentioned Glitter and Glue. It is my book club’s pick for this month, and I’ve been dragging my feet. The description I previously heard was not at all interesting. I’m still not sure it will be interesting, but knowing you liked it makes me willing to give it a try. I thank you, and I’m sure my book club thanks you!

    • Michael Kindness

      I hope you find it interesting AND enjoyable Elizabeth!

  • Joye

    I am late to catching up with my podcasts, but you forgot my most favorite and highly anticipated TV series, Outlander on Starz in the summer!!

  • Fenella

    Re Betsy Bonaparte, I have just finished a book about her sister-in-law, Marianne Carroll Caton and her thre younger sisters. It’s called Sisters of Fortune: The First American Heiresses to Take England By Storm by Jehanne Wake.

    It is a really good books, and these four wealthy women brought up by their grandfather, the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to die, to be financially savvy. They all managed their wealth and were political active in such serious pieces of history. Their lives are better than a novel. For example Marianne, once Betsy’s close friend, became her archnemesis when she became more popular and celebrated as a beauty in Europe, and became the great love affair of the Duke of Wellington (defeated of Napoleon at Waterloo) and later married Wellington’s older brother and became Vice-queen of Ireland as a Catholic when the Catholic question was hugely incendiary in Britain and Ireland.

    Another sister became a duchess, another played the stock markets. It was a really interesting book.

    I’ll close with a quote from Betsy Bonaparte about the Caton sisters later in her life, having been very spiteful and spreading slanderous gossip for years, “As late as 1867, she called them ‘the most pernicious foes of my life’ and scribbled on an old letter: ‘The Catons … were, out of my own family, the greatest Enemies I ever had, & like my father and his sons omitted nothing to injure me.'”(pg 189)

    Betsy does not come out of the book looking terribly worthy of sympathy.

    I do enjoy the podcast, though I’m a relative newcomer.
    Fenella, Edinburgh

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