The Bookish Life
By Bookish: An Indie Shop For Folks Who Read
Sara is the owner of a small bookstore in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Phil has been buying books from her for the last four years. Together, they discuss books, community, and the dark underbelly of the bookstore world. Just kidding, but we will talk shop.
Here's what we talked about this week: Ithaca by Claire North Joan by Katherine J. Chen Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver All The Living and the Dead: From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work by Hayley Campbell Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes Happy Birthday, Bookish!
August 12, 2022
We're Feminists, After All...
Sara forces Phil to bring up Douglas MacArthur one more time, but then we get into some fantastically feminist retellings. One today's episode, we discuss Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Katherine Chen, Ithaca by Claire North, The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals about Human Stupidity by Justin Gregg, Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi and translated by David Boyd and Lucy North, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky by Emma Hooper, and Kiki Man Ray: Art, Love, and Rivalry in 1920s Paris by Mark Braude. Find these in the shop, at Bookshop.org or on Librofm.com for audiobook versions.
August 05, 2022
Phil is back from vacation, so we catch up with our reading and discuss burning questions like "What do you read on vacation?" In today's episode we discuss William Manchester's book AMERICAN CAESAR: DOUGLAS MCARTHUR 1880-1964, David Sedaris' HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, Sandra Newman's THE MEN, Adam Langor's CYCLORAMA, THE BOOK EATERS by Sunyi Dean, MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS by Anthony Marra, and THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY by Jamie Ford. All books are available at https://bookshop.org/shop/bookish
July 29, 2022
Gettin' Bookish w/ Jen
While Phil's on vacation, Sara and Jen talk about books, new releases, and the Delia Owens controversy gripping some bookish folks. Today we discussed: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, Brood by Jackie Polzin, and Beasts of Ruin by Ayana Gray.
July 22, 2022
We are including Phil's passage from William Manchester's book about Douglas MacArthur here. Do you have a passage that moved you this week? Tell us about it! "Captain Arthur McArthur was more austere than Judge MacArthur - he was, in fact, something of a stuffed shirt - but now and then he displayed flashes of wit. As Douglas told the story late in life, his father was serving on a military court in New Orleans when a cotton broker, urgently needing the loan of army transport facilities, attempted to suborn him. The bribe was to be a large sum of cash, which was left on his desk, and a night with an exquisite Southern girl. Wiring Washington the details, Arthur concluded: "I am depositing the money with the Treasury of the United States and request immediate relief from this command. They are getting close to my price." - Manchester
July 15, 2022
The Bookish Life 2.0
Phil Blackburn joins Sara this season as we talk about books, bookstore life, and focus on specific passages that get us through each week.
July 07, 2022