Ep. 61: Kim Johnson, Author of This Is My America

This week, I’m sharing an interview with Kim Johnson, author of the phenomenal and timely new young adult book, This Is My America.

Teens and adults alike, this is essential reading that provides a window into Black Lives Matter activism as well as the human impact of racism in our criminal justice system through the characters of Tracy and her family. 

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“Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists.”

– Kirkus, starred review

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

I hope you order This Is my America or pick it up at your local library. And if you are a teacher or librarian, this is a must purchase for your classroom or library shelves.

My prediction is before long there won’t be room for all the award medals on the cover of this classic in the making.

 

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 60: Amy Poeppel, Author of Musical Chairs

This week I’m delighted to welcome Amy Poeppel to the podcast, author of the new novel, Musical Chairs. This is my favorite kind of summer novel. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages by the pool, unless it’s to pause and laugh out loud, or to stop and savor some beautiful observation about life and relationships.

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“A story of deep friendship . . . a story of motherhood, of daughterhood, and of sisterhood—when to help, when to let go, and when to celebrate. It is also a story of fixing up a house. A story of music. A story of aging. A story of being scared to change and yet still wanting to. And a story of falling in love…A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.” –Kirkus starred review

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

“Full of Amy Poeppel’s trademark warmth, wit, and humor, Musical Chairs is a literary love song that will leave readers swooning as they wax rhapsodic with the pure joy of reading. Pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and let the music take you away.”

– Pamela Klinger Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

 

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Browse books by authors interviewed on the podcast, titles mentioned on the show, and more recommendations from your host and librarian, Laura Szaro Kopinski.

We hope this helps you discover your next favorite read! You can also browse titles here and then request them from your local library.

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What are you reading this summer? Let me know wherever you hang out on social media @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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*A Bookish Home is now an affiliate of Bookshop.org. At no extra cost to you, we receive a small commission if you purchase something through the Bookshop.org links provided.

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10 Virtual Author Events Coming Soon

Do you love hearing authors discuss their books and writing lives? One upside of this challenging time is all of the virtual author events now available.

You don’t have to live within driving distance of a particular bookstore or library to see some of your favorite authors discuss all things reading and writing. All you have to do is cozy up on your couch and turn on a device!

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 virtual events to add to your calendar. 

1. Tuesday July 14th at 7pm

J Courtney Sullivan Presents Friends and Strangers in Conversation With Robin Young

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“J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest novel, Friends and Strangers, follows Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother struggling to adjust to small town life, and Sam, a college senior worrying about what her future might hold. Sullivan explores themes of power dynamics and motherhood through flawed but relatable characters, and their complicated relationships. Sullivan has won multiple prestigious awards for her fiction, including Time Magazine’s Best Book of the Year in 2011 for her novel, Maine. Join us to learn more about her most recent book!

2. Wednesday July 15th – 6:30pm, Belmont Books

VIRTUAL: Christina Soontornvat and Erin Entrada Kelly in support of Read It Forward

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Join usfor an amazing dual event with two fantastic middle grade authors: Christina Soontornvat and Newbery award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly!”

3. Thursday July 16th- 7pm- Bay Area Book Festival

Virtual: Braving Deep Waters: Female Fearlessness and Friendship with Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See

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Dive into an exploration of female power and brilliance like you’ve never seen before with bestselling authors Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings) and Lisa See (The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane) moderated by Aimee Phan (The Reeducation of Cherry Truong).”

 

Virtual: National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses “How to Be an Antiracist.”

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“2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education.”

5. Thursday July 23rd at 4pm – A Mighty Blaze

Virtual: Amy Poeppel in Conversation With Fiona Davis

 

 
“Please join Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs and Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, on the A MIghty Blaze Facebook page. Event link to come!”

 

Ep. 58: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Hello Summer

This week I welcome New York Times bestselling author and queen of the beach read, Mary Kay Andrews, back to the podcast. Her novels include Sunset Beach, The Weekenders, Summer Rental, her latest, Hello Summer and many more.

“Hello, Summer is another gem by the always wonderful Mary Kay Andrews.” -PopSugar

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We spoke last month about launching Hello Summer during the height of the pandemic,  the ways her early career as a journalist influenced this love letter to the small town newspaper, what she’s been reading and writing at home, and much more.

 

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Did you miss last summer’s episode with Mary Kay Andrews? You can still listen to episode 36, when we chatted about Sunset Beach and Mary Kay’s fascinating journey as a writer.

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We hope this helps you discover your next favorite read! You can also browse titles here and then request them from your local library.

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Are you reading a book mentioned on the blog or podcast? I’d love to hear. Tag me wherever you hang out on social media @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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*A Bookish Home is now an affiliate of Bookshop.org. At no extra cost to you, we receive a small commission if you purchase something through the Bookshop.org links provided.

Bookshop.org is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Thanks for supporting A Bookish Home and your local indies!

 

Looking for Something New To Read? Want to Support Indie Bookstores? A Bookish Home Has Teamed Up With Bookshop.org

Have you ever dreamed of owning a bookstore? I know I have. This weekend I started a (virtual) bookstore for A Bookish Home using Bookshop.org and I’m having so much fun sharing book recommendations this way!

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If you haven’t heard of Bookshop.org, it’s a wonderful new site readers can use to shop for their next favorite reads. Bookshop.org has a mission to help financially support local, independent bookstores. And they make it so fun to browse and discover titles! 

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You can now browse books by authors interviewed on A Bookish Home, see my recent favorites, what I’ve been reading lately, and more.

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You can also use my new shop to browse and decide what you want to read next and then request the book for free from your local library.

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I hope this helps you discover your next favorite read! I’ll keep adding more categories and titles for readers to browse.

And stay tuned for a great bookish conversation on the podcast this week with the queen of the beach read, Mary Kay Andrews! Lookout for that episode on Thursday.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 57: Julie Clark, Author of the Last Flight

This week, I’m excited to share an interview with Julie Clark we recorded last month. We discussed her new book, The Last Flight, life as an author during quarantine, her writing journey, and much more.

In a starred review, Kirkus called The Last Flight, “A tense and engaging womancentric thriller…Propulsive prose drives Clark’s tale of the intersecting lives of these two smart and resourceful women, and emphasis is placed on the importance of female friendship and support. Readers will surely find themselves hopelessly invested in Claire’s and Eva’s ultimate fates.”

Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific and a brief stint working in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. She is the author of The Ones We Choose and her new book is The Last Flight.

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Ones We Choose

The Last Flight

Long Great River 

Oona Out of Order

Pretty Things

Goodnight Beautiful

If you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a moment to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, that would be so helpful.

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 55: Anne Bogel, Author of Don’t Overthink It

This week I’m delighted to welcome author, podcaster, blogger, and book whisperer extraordinaire, Anne Bogel, back to the podcast.

Anne’s new book, Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is a timely and practical guide to taming some of the anxiety and stress swirling around our minds.

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You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Don’t Overthink It

Recipe for Persuasion

Evvie Drake Starts Over

The Unhoneymooners

Things You Save In A Fire

Royal Holiday

Party of Two

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The Summer Before the War

The Gown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

84 Charing Cross Road

Lovely War

The Jane Austen Society

 

Visit Anne’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and in particular get ready for her wonderful annual summer reading guide, coming soon! Anne also has two podcasts for bookworms, What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book.

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If you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a moment to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, that would be so helpful.

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 38: Mary Giuliani, Author of Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites

This week Mary Giuliani joins me to discuss her new book, Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.

Mary Giuliani is an author, party and lifestyle expert and founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. Mary has appeared on The Barefoot Contessa, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show. Her new book is called Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.

Ina Garten praised the book saying, “No one tells a story like Mary, and she does it with great recipes too! To read her deeply personal memoir is to feel that you’ve connected with a dear friend who’s thoughtful, funny, and truly unique. I love this book!”

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites

The Cocktail Party

All That You Leave Behind

 

To learn more about Mary Giuliani you can visit her website marygiuliani.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @Mary_Giuliani and on Twitter @MaryGiuliani.

 

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 37: Lisa Graff, Author of Far Away

This week I’m sharing an interview with the wonderful middle grade author, Lisa Graff.

Lisa Graff is the award-winning author of A Clatter of Jars, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Umbrella Summer, among others. Her new book is called Far Away.

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Far Away

Absolutely Almost

A Tangle Of Knots

Umbrella Summer

Lost in the Sun

The Thing About Georgie

Shark Lady

Up For Air

To learn more about Lisa Graff you can visit her website LisaGraff.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @lisagraff or on Facebook @lisagraffauthor.

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If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with a friend and be sure to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, I’d be so grateful.

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Watch This? Read That!

Are you looking to read more this summer? This week I’m throwing it back to a post from last year, using your taste in movies and television to choose your next read. Enjoy!

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Looking for the next book to add to your TBR list?

Check out these suggestions for fans of The Crown, This Is Us, Big Little Lies, and more.

 

Watch Gilmore Girls?

Read The Late Bloomers’ Club 

If you’re experiencing Stars Hollow withdrawal, this heartwarming novel set in the equally charming small town of Guthrie, Vermont is for you. Nora runs the Miss Guthrie diner (think Luke’s). Life takes a surprising turn when she mysteriously inherits a local farmhouse and her free-spirit younger sister comes back to town. (Stay tuned for an interview with author Louise Miller coming up soon on the new A Bookish Home podcast!)

 

Watch Grey’s Anatomy?

Read The Queen of Hearts

If the tight-knit, complicated relationships between doctors on Grey’s Anatomy has had you hooked for years, try The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. Zadie, a pediatric cardiologist and Emma, a trauma surgeon have been best friends since their medical school days. When a former colleague resurfaces, they are forced to reexamine decisions from the past and a secret threatens to destroy their friendship.

 

Watch The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society?

Read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 

Did you recently watch the delightful adaptation of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and wish it wasn’t over? Of course, if you haven’t read the book yet, head straight to your local library or bookstore to pick up a copy. Otherwise, I recommend another small-town story where books change the lives of the inhabitants. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is full of heart and will have you alternately laughing out loud and tearing up.

 

Watch Mozart in the Jungle?

Read The Ensemble

Do you want to go behind the scenes in the world of professional musicians? Check out The Ensemble by Aja Gabel. Henry, Jana, Brit, and Daniel  begin playing in a string quartet together in their twenties. Told from alternating points of view, the novel takes us into their lives as ambitious musicians and traces the evolution of their complex relationships with one another over the course of twenty years.

 

Watch This Is Us?

Read A Place For Us

If you love the way This Is Us weaves together the present and the past and the perspectives of parents and siblings to form the picture of a family, this new novel is for you.  A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is another carefully woven deep dive into the inner workings of a family and shows how the small everyday choices parents and children make strengthen or weaken familial connections and change the course of lives.

 

Watch A Chef’s Life?

Read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

If you are eagerly awaiting a new season of A Chef’s Life, read The City Baker’s Guide to Country LivingFollow another talented (pastry) chef, who leaves the prestigious, big city restaurants she has been working in and comes to deeply appreciate life in a tight-knit, rural community. The descriptions of food in this novel are stunning and the characters will quickly find their way into your heart. (Again, stay tuned for an interview with author Louise Miller coming up soon on the new A Bookish Home podcast!)

 

Watch The Man in the High Castle?

Read American War

If envisioning an alternate, frightening course of history for America in The Man in the High Castle has kept you clicking “Next Episode”, read American War, a novel by Omar El Akkad. In this enthralling and dark, dystopian read we meet Sara Chestnut, who is six years old when the Second American Civil War begins in 2074. As the years go on Sara ends up in a refugee camp in Mississippi and eventually becomes swept up in a resistance movement.

 

Watch The Crown?

Read The Royal We

Can’t get enough of the royal family in The Crown? For a lighter fictional take try The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This novel is loosely based on the courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. A pure joy to read and impossible to put down.

 

Watch Big Little Lies?

Read What Alice Forgot

Are you a fan of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and the series adaptation on HBO? Check out What Alice Forgot, one of Moriarty’s other books–and my favorite of hers. After an accident in spin class, 39-year-old Alice wakes up with an entire decade erased from her mind. In her last memory, she is 29, pregnant with her first child and happily married. Now she must figure out how to suddenly navigate her life as a separated mother of three and face the choices she has made.

Watch Downton Abbey?

Read The Summer Before the War and 

The War I Finally Won

If you are missing the wonderful Downton Abbey (and awaiting the movie in the works!) here are two books for you. My adult pick is The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Set in 1914, the story of Beatrice Nash and her arrival in the small village of Rye in England has the heart, wit, and class struggles of Downton. For the kids in your life and for middle-grade fans, read The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. In this sequel to the stunning, Newbery Honor title The War That Saved My Life, Ada is back and must share her small home with Lady Thornton (think Lady Grantham).

 

Do you have a read-alike for a favorite show? Share it in the comments or on Twitter @ABookishHome. And don’t forget to subscribe to A Bookish Home, to never miss a post. Happy reading!