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Blind Date With a Book

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The podcast that matches guests up with their book soulmates, using exclusively dating app questions.
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A Bookseller Used to Giving Out the Book Recs
Today, we're setting up Nicole Brinkley, Bookseller and Manager at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY (and host of the Misshelved podcast). Nicole read and recently loved Year of the Witching and A Spindle Splintered, and she’s Oblong’s resident specialist for kids and SciFi Fantasy books. She loves autumn, and is impressed by other people’s generosity with their friends. She could give an on-the-spot TED talk about why frontline booksellers should make more money (we agree), or how Slenderman has big arms for big hugs. She’s looking to expand her reading list outside of her usual genres, and we’re more than happy to help. The picks Shop from the Lit.Bar Neon Gods by Katee Robert My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales Well Matched by Jen DeLuca The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
29:14
August 10, 2022
A Chorus Manager Looking for Music-Filled Books
This episode, we're setting up Chelsey Hill, chorus manager and New York City-based illustrator. Chelsey’s work is often inspired by eccentric New Yorkers, as well as legendary musicians and performers. Her work has been featured as part of the LinkNYC Urban Haiku program, the Women Conductor’s Series, and clients include the Met Opera Chorus, Broadway Roulette and more. She recently read and loved Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and she’s a total fan of sweater weather and awesome coats. She adores iced coffee, doesn’t believe in horoscopes, and wouldn’t consider herself a romantic. Her dream vacation would be to Scotland, and she loved Somebody Somewhere on HBO’s nice nod to Midwestern life. The picks Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett Pop Song by Larissa Pham Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
21:13
July 27, 2022
Bonus Episode: Emi Nietfeld, author of ACCEPTANCE
Rachel chats with Emi Nietfeld, author of the debut memoir, ACCEPTANCE. ACCEPTANCE comes out on August 2, 2022, and follows Emi during her young adulthood, through the foster care system, mental health facilities, residence at an arts high school, temporary homelessness, and more on her way to college and beyond. Emi talks about the process of writing a memoir, plus recommendations for books she's loved recently. Find Emi on Twitter, Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter. The Books We Talked About: Acceptance by Emi Nietfeld Blueprint your Bestseller by Stuart Horwitz Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford  NSFW by Isabel Kaplan  Post Traumatic by Chantal B Johnson  Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen  Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (audiobook)  Sirens and Muses by Antonia Angress
19:32
July 27, 2022
A Penne Vodka Expert Finds Amore With a Beach Read
On this week's show, we're setting up Bria Schirripa. Bria is a product manager by day and a writer and creator by night. She documents the latest happenings in New York’s charming West Village neighborhood on her page, the Bleecker Street Beat. Naturally, her dream Saturday consists of a walk in the neighborhood, in addition to drinking an overpriced latte and hoping for a Timothee Chalamet sighting.  Bria is an avid reader, and recently loved the novels The Boys Club by Erica Katz, Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews, and Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner, but generally doesn’t love fantasy novels. A self-proclaimed snob about pasta, her dream vacation would be in Florence. She thinks she would have thrived in the late ‘70s and ‘80s thanks to big hair and disco. The guest: Bria Schirripa The picks: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid Jenkins Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
23:59
July 13, 2022
An Artist Who Wants to Fall in Book Love at First Sight
On this week's show, we're setting up John-Paul Gurnett, a multidisciplinary artist. JP is the co-founder of Queer Nite and serves as communications director for BFF Omaha, both now long-running queer institutions in Nebraska. When not building community through arts engagement, he taught English as a Second Language in a high school.  JP recently read and loved A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt and Go Home, Ricky! by Gene Kwak, but sometimes struggles with reading fiction since he often reads with a priority to learn. He absolutely believes in astrology, and is a aries sun, sag moon, and gemini rising. He can be a snob about music and art, and he recently adored Yellowjackets. The guest: JP Gurnett The picks: Head over to Montana  Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service by Tajja Isen Bath Haus by PJ Vernon Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
25:17
June 29, 2022
Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters
On this week's show, we're setting up Shalita Grant, actress and founder of the company Four Naturals Hair. Shalita is a Tony-award nominated actress whose career on the stage has included runs at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater, including originating the role of Cassandra in Christopher Durang's comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Grant is well known for her recurring character on NCIS: New Orleans, Search Party, the Santa Clarita Diet, and the most recent season of YOU. She recently read and loved Octavia Butler’s  Bloodchild and other short stories and Brene Brown’s Power of Vulnerability, and says that she loves fall (especially because of the cozy socks) and could spend a whole autumn season in Barcelona. Her perfect day includes a hike with her girlfriend and a cuddle with her dogs, and she’s a snob about pizza. The guest: Shalita Grant The picks: In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado The Verifiers by Jane Pek Trust Exercise by Susan Choi The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
27:31
June 15, 2022
A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines
Today, we're setting up Celia Aniskovich, New York City-based director and producer, well known for her co-production of How to Fix a Drug Scandal and her production of Surviving Jefferey Epstein. In 2021, she released a six-part podcast series for Wondery called the Spy Affair about Maria Butina and is working on a feature length film about disability rights. She recently read and loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines. She considers herself a romantic, and her dream Saturday is a loungey morning with pastries and a long walk. If tattoos only lasted one year, she’d get the line “Do it for the Fat Lady” from her favorite book, Franny and Zooey, though she says she doesn’t love classics. She thinks everyone should watch One Tree Hill and she is a snob about snobby people. The Guest: Celia Aniskovitch The Picks Plain Bad Heroines by emily m danforth End of the World House by Adrienne Celt Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Go Home, Ricky by Gene Kwak Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
29:26
June 01, 2022
A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds
Today, we're setting up Molly Armstrong, a social justice analyst who focuses on child welfare issues. She has received the prestigious Kathryn A McDonald Award in Service in the NYC Family Court and was a Root-Tilden Scholar at NYU School of Law. She enjoys relaxing with a long walk, good book, and a delicious meal– but you probably won’t watch her enjoying reality TV, which she thinks is too cringey. She recently loved Michael Lewis’s The Premonition and Louise Penny’s All the Devils are Here. Her favorite season is fall, and if tattoos only lasted one year, she would get a tattoo of Our Lady of Guadalupe because of Our Lady’s strong feminine energy. The Guest: Molly Armstrong The Picks:  Judas by Astrid Holleeder When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel Matrix by Lauren Groff Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
21:43
May 18, 2022
Bonus Episode: Comedian Ginny Hogan on Dating and "Unlikeable" Characters
Bonus episode with the fabulous, and hilarious, Ginny Hogan (who is always on Twitter). Rachel and Ginny talk about her new book, I'm More Dateable than a Plate of Refried Beans, out May 3rd, plus discuss dating while funny, writing humor, and some book recommendations. Books talked about on this episode include: A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Excellent Women by Barbara Pym Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan Cheat Day by Liv Stratman
18:02
May 11, 2022
An "Indian Matchmaking" Alum Gets Set Up With Six Books
This episode, our guest is Aparna Shewakramani. Aparna is a lawyer from Houston, who was a cast member of the Netflix show Indian Matchmaking. Her book, “She’s Unlikeable and Other Lies that Bring Women Down” came out in Spring 2022, and she’s also the founder of the travel company, My Golden Balloon. She recently read and loved Homegoing and The Vanishing Half and has a tattoo that she got during a study abroad in Japan. Her dream vacation would include adventures, with luxury hotels at each stop. She always picks Britney songs for karaoke, and is impressed by other people who are entrepreneurs and can believe in their vision. The guest: Aparna Shewakramani The picks:  Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge 50 Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen Or order directly from our winning bookstore here Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
26:36
May 04, 2022
Bonus Episode: Adrienne Celt on Writing Time Travel, Drawing Cartoons, and Translating Russian Classics for Fun
In this special bonus episode, Kristen talks with Adrienne Celt, a novelist and cartoonist. Celt is the author of the novels End of the World House, Invitation to a Bonfire, and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR. She has also published a collection of comics, Apocalypse How? An Existential Bestiary and publishes weekly comics at Love Among the Lampreys. We go deep on writing a book about friendship, Adrienne's writing inspirations, Silicon Valley, the importance of art, and translating Russian classics just for the heck of it. Adrienne also shares the books she's loved reading recently and answers questions from our dating app-inspired questionnaire in a lightning round.   Works Discussed End of the World House by Adrienne Celt The Daughters by Adrienne Celt Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing In the Eye of the Wild by Nastassja Martin, translated by Sophie R. Lewis War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy Severance (Apple TV+) Yellowjackets (Showtime) Somebody Somewhere (HBO Max) Adrienne's Local Indie Bookstore Antigone Books (Tucson, AZ) Where to Find Adrienne www.adriennecelt.com Love Among the Lampreys Twitter Where to Find Us Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
53:13
April 27, 2022
A Playwright With an Italy Obsession
On this week's show, the start of season two, we're setting up Pia Wilson, a playwright and writer of the new fiction podcast, If I Go Missing, the Witches Did It. She is the recipient of dozens of awards and fellowships, including being a 2015 Sundance Fellow, receiving a 2020 Newark Creative Catalyst grant, and being playwright in residence at Marshall and Middlebury Colleges. She recently loved Circe and Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, but is put off by books that are too violent toward women. She’s a self-proclaimed romantic, who is studying Italian and is a snob about coffee, bourbon, and hotel rooms. She loves when people can tell long funny stories and effortlessly host, like Ina Garten. The guest: Pia Wilson The picks:  From Scratch by Tembi Locke Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
28:26
April 20, 2022
Bonus Episode: Valentine's Day Reading Recommendations
In honor of Valentine's Day, we're serving up a range of books about love—from the romantic to the erotic thriller. We hope this holds you over until the second season of Blind Date With a Book arrives this spring. Here are the books mentioned during this episode.  The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley The Guncle by Steven Rowley The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran Talia Hibbert's Brown Sisters trilogy Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant Vladimir by Julia May Jonas All About Love by bell hooks Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi I’m Not Hungry but I Could Eat by Christopher Gonzalez, “friend of the pod” This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. by Jennifer Wortman
24:56
February 09, 2022
Episode 10: A Matchmaker Gets Set Up With Her Dream Reads
On this week's episode, we set up a literal matchmaker with six books. Yeah, it's meta. This also happens to be the final episode of our first season. Thank you for listening, and stay tuned. The guest: Matchmaker Maria is a business owner, matchmaker dating coach, host of Ask a Matchmaker Podcast, frazzled super mom, happy wife, mother’s caretaker, an Instagram "dating influencer.” The picks: The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer Space Opera by Catherynne Valente Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages by Cate Doty Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian Luster by Raven Leilani Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
32:47
November 03, 2021
Episode 9: An Editor in Love With Outer Space and Romance Novels
In this episode, we match up Jaime Green, a freelance writer and editor, with six books. Jaime wrote a romance recommendations column for The New York Times and is a series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Her book about the ways we imagine life beyond Earth in science and science fiction. Look will be published by Hanover Square Press in 2023. She recently loved reading The Second Season, The Method, and Nightbitch, and her dream vacation is a beach chair and a book, with a fancy hotel waiting at the end of a sunny day. She prefers not to read classic novels, but she does love singing Avril Lavigne's "Sk8r Boi" at karaoke. The guest: Jaime Green The picks: The Republic of Love by Carol Shields Writers & Lovers by Lily King A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan The Falconer by Dana Czapnik Likes by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. You can sign up for our newsletter here, where we send out bonus recs for subscribers! Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently. This Episode’s Featured Bookstores: King’s English in Salt Lake City, UT Bliss Books in Kansas City, MO Split Rock Books in Cold Spring, NY Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
26:32
October 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: Spooky Season Reads
Looking for a chill to run up your spine? We recommend six of our favorite spooky reads, right in time for Halloween. We've ordered the picks from least to most scary. And keep your ear peeled for three bonus recommendations, too. Books mentioned Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen Night Rooms by Gina Nutt My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones Reprieve by James Han Mattson Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
31:06
October 13, 2021
Episode 8: A Ukulele Enthusiast Seeking Engaging Nonfiction
We match up Ben Stein, a communications manager for a public policy think tank in Ohio. Ben’s on the hunt for some smart nonfiction, and tells us a bit about how his MFA program changed him and what it’s like to take up the ukelele. The guest: Ben Stein The picks: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Calamities by Renee Gladman Seek You by Kristen Radke  The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. You can sign up for our newsletter here, where we send out bonus recs for subscribers! Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently. This Episode’s Featured Bookstores: Wild Geese Bookshop in Franklin, Indiana Fulton Street Books in Tulsa, OK The Dundee Book Company in Omaha, NE Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
33:10
October 06, 2021
Episode 7: An Astrologer Destined for a Dishy Read
Lisa Stardust is a writer and astrologer in New York City. On this week’s episode, we recommend some cultish, occult, and starry reads to help break up her routine, plus you learn the rising signs of all the hosts and why that makes us a good team! The guest: Lisa Stardust The picks: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Oona out of Order by Margarita Montimore Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. You can sign up for our newsletter here, where we do bonus recs for subscribers! Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently. This Episode’s Featured Bookstores: Black Pearl Bookstore in Austin, TX The Little BoHo Bookshop in Bayonne, NJ Print Bookstore in Portland, ME Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
24:19
September 22, 2021
Episode 6: A Makeup Artist and Writer Looking to Get Deep
Niko Maragos is a makeup artist and writer. He's drawn to deep, difficult reads—and his taste sometimes means that reading can feel like work, for better or for worse. To meet the challenge, we try to find books that are intellectual and compelling. On this week’s episode, we learn some shocking news about eyebrow trends, plus recommend some books for people who loved Circe or Detransition Baby. The guest: Niko Maragos The picks: The Ingenious Language by Andrea Marcolongo Green Girl by Kate Zambreno The World Does Not Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips Wake Siren by Nina MacLaughlin  Strip: Poems by Jessica Abughattas SPOILER ALERT! The winning bookstore is For Keeps, which doesn’t typically sell new books. You should check out their store, however, especially their amazing merch. Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. You can sign up for our newsletter here, where we do bonus recs for subscribers! Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently. This Episode’s Featured Bookstores: Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, IA For Keeps in Atlanta, GA Papercuts JP in Boston, MA Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
27:03
September 08, 2021
Episode 5: A TV Critic Looking for a Soap Opera in Book Form
Episode 5: Show notes A senior TV writer at Refinery29, Ariana Romero should be your your go-to person for enthusiastic show recommendations and thoughtful takes on TV's latest on and off-screen drama. She specializes in streaming TV, reality shows like The Bachelor, and Latinx-led entertainment. She loves brunch, does not love classic books, and could give an on-the-spot TED talk about how everything, yes everything, is actually a soap opera. In the show, we talk books like The Bachelor, telenovelas, and why romance novels might induce jealousy (it's a thing). The guest: Ariana Romero The picks: You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria Sea Monster by Chloe Aridjis How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodrigues Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun This episode’s featured bookstores: A Room of One’s Own Bookstore in Madison, WI. Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ Ebenezer Books in Johnson, VT Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
27:57
August 25, 2021
Episode 4: A Comedy Writer Who Wants a Relaxing Read
Episode 4: Show notes A humor writer and editor for McSweeney’s, Lucy Huber loves pop culture, summer weather, and the kind of reads that pair well with a beach umbrella. We talk audiobooks versus podcasts, what it’s like to edit for one of the most popular humor sites out there, and finding time to read after having a baby. The guest: Lucy Huber The picks: All Adults Here by Emma Straub Chemistry by Weike Wang Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto Seven Days in June by Tia Williams The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky  Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade Bonus Books Mentioned: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Reid Jenkins (Audio) The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Audio) Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert This Episode’s Featured Bookstores: The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA Plus, you can support your local bookstore (or The Ripped Bodice) through LibroFM if you like audiobooks Where to find us: Twitter Instagram For More Information
32:34
August 11, 2021
Bonus Episode: Isle McElroy talks Bagels and Books
Rachel was thrilled to have Isle McElroy on the podcast to chat about bagels and bookstores, plus cults and more. Their debut novel, The Atmospherians debuted in 2021. The Atmospherian is a satire which follows a cult to reform problematic men. (Please note that this episode was recorded using a different first name for the author.) Isle’s reading recommendations: Kids These Days by Malcolm Harris You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman  The Answers by Catherine Lacey  Darryl by Jackie Ess  All links today go to their favorite Houston, TX indie bookstore: Brazos. Check out Isle's novel, The Atmospherians, and connect with them on Twitter. You can find more about Blind Date for a Book on Twitter or Instagram as well. 
15:53
August 04, 2021
Episode 3: A Fiction Editor Looking to Get Lost in a Book Again
This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions. In each episode, hosts Kristen Evans, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Elena Nicolaou go head-to-head to give the best recommendation.  The guest: Chris Gonzalez, author of the forthcoming collection I'm Not Hungry but I Could Eat The picks: The End by Fernanda Torres Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers Ayoade on Top by Richard Ayoade Cars on Fire by Monica Ramon Rios  We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson You can order all of these by contacting Two Dollar Radio HQ directly! https://twodollarradiohq.com/contact/ They also have a book subscription service for “blind date” style books! https://twodollarradiohq.com/memberships/ Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.
26:42
July 28, 2021
Bonus Episode: A Very "Strange" Conversation with Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House
Apologies for the editing weirdness in the first few minutes! I promise, the juice is worth the squeeze.  Rachel talks with Julia Fine about her new novel, The Upstairs House, writing about two historical literary figures, tattoos, and more.  The books recommended in this episode: Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon by Leonard S. Marcus Who Tells Me True by Michael Strange Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Find Julia Fine on her website or on Twitter. Catch up with Blind Date with a Book on Twitter, Instagram, or our website. Until next time, keep reading!
18:29
July 21, 2021
Episode 2: A Product Manager Looking for Her Next Moby Dick
This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions. In each episode, hosts Kristen Evans, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Elena Nicolaou go head-to-head to give the best recommendation. This week’s show also features a discussion of Moby Dick in quarantine and what it’s like to be in tech today. The guest: Carrie Tian The picks: Elena Pick One: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780802129628) Kristen Pick One: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9781328764522) Rachel Pick One: Weird but Normal by Mia Mercado (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780062942807) Elena Pick Two: Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780358380887) Kristen Pick Two: The Heavens by Sandra Newman (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780802147974) Rachel Pick Two: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780525541349) Where to find us: Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with.  Kristen Evans: Twitter @paperalphabet, Rachel Mans McKenney: Twitter @rmmckenny, Instagram @rachelmansmckenney Elena Nicolaou: Twitter @elenawonders, Instagram @booksandelena Carrie Tian: Twitter @carrietian, Website https://carrietian.com/
33:43
July 14, 2021
Episode 1: A Teacher in Search of Literary Escape
This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions. In each episode, hosts Kristen Evans, Rachel Mans McKenney, and Elena Nicolaou go head-to-head to give the best recommendation.  The guest: Alexa Nicolaou The picks: The Mercies by Kiran Milwood Hargrave. (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780316529259) And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories & Other Revenges by Amber Sparks (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9781631498688) Circe by Madeline Miller (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780316556323) The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780316229296) We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780525565437) The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/book/9780525534976) Where to find us: Kristen Evans: Twitter @paperalphabet,   Rachel Mans McKenney: Twitter @rmmckenny, Instagram @rachelmansmckenney Elena Nicolaou: Twitter @elenawonders, Instagram @booksandelena
25:59
June 30, 2021
Blind Date With a Book - Trailer
This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions.
01:08
June 18, 2021