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Your Favorite Book

Your Favorite Book

By Malavika Praseed
Everyone's got a book they'll remember forever. I want to find out what it is and why it matters so much. Each episode, I talk to a new guest about their favorite book. I read it too, draw all my own conclusions, and the fun begins!
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Your Favorite Book

The Royal We with Disha Mistry Mazepa
Disha Mistry Mazepa, host of the But What Will People Say podcast, joins me to chat about a quarantine guilty pleasure read, The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Along the way we talk about which countries are truly romantic, whether you can be any more American than a Cubs fan from Iowa, and whether I need to read the sequel to this book (I probably do). Don't worry, this (and every) episode is spoiler free!
October 22, 2020
Charlotte's Web with Charlene Norman
Charlene Norman and I talk about the beloved children's classic and the potent nostalgia surrounding this book. Along the way we also talk about what wine to drink when you don't like wine, how seriously to take elementary school plays, and why EB White may have another book that's a little bit better (at least to me).
October 15, 2020
Much Ado About Nothing with Rachel Allen
Rachel, a classmate from my middle school days, and I chat about Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Along the way we discuss whether it's acceptable to name a child after a Shakespearean character, setting plays to Beatles songs, and why Lewis Carroll really had nothing better to do. Hope you laugh along with us!
October 8, 2020
September Reading Wrap-Up (Ranked and Reviewed)
In this super casual, unscripted mini-episode, I go through the twelve books I read this month and provide some brief opinions and reviews, and rank the books from least favorite to favorite. No spoilers! (Books discussed in this episode: Born Confused, Charlotte's Web, Ender's Game, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, Half God's, Herzog, Good Talk, The Land, Much Ado About Nothing, Solve for Happy, Wow No Thank You, and The Vanishing Half
October 3, 2020
Born Confused with Rabiya Bower
Rabiya, creator of @beti.books and moderator of SAWIR, sits down with me to chat about a formative read in her teenage years, Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier. Along the way we talk about who's allowed to borrow a sari, parenting expectations, Indian weddings, and being brown in a Post-9/11 world.
October 1, 2020
Pigs is Pigs with Baylea Williams
Our first episode! Join me as I talk to my old college friend Baylea about a short, wacky, early 20th century story about guinea pigs. Or maybe they're pets?
September 27, 2020
Solve for Happy with Craig Inzana
Craig Inzana, host of the Happy You Are Here Podcast, and I talk about Mo Gawdat's Solve for Happy. Along the way we talk about self-help books as a genre, mental health, working in a bookstore, and all sorts of other topics.
September 23, 2020
Ender's Game with Alexander Zimmerman
Artist and fellow podcaster Alexander Zimmerman chats with me about sci-fi classic Ender's Game. Along the way we talk about separating art from the artist, video games, and our relationships with sci-fi as a genre.
September 16, 2020
Herzog with MY MOM
Today's guest is my original literary inspiration. We dive into Herzog by Saul Bellow, one of the many books my mom dissected in her graduate studies. Along the way we talk about long distance relationships in the 90s, the strangeness of canned beans, and whether we've found the most unlikable protagonist in literature.
September 10, 2020
August Reading Wrap-Up (Ranked and Reviewed)
The first monthly ranking of books I've read in a given month. Books discussed are: A Burning, All My Sons, Kim Jiyoung Born 1982, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Master of Poisons, My Sister's Keeper, Red at the Bone, With the Fire on High
September 7, 2020
Queenie with Jessica Poitevien
My guest, travel writer Jessica Poitevien, and I gush about QUEENIE, the debut novel by Candace Carty-Williams. Along the way we discuss bucket lists, antiracist reading, and the dumpster fire that online dating can be.
September 4, 2020
All My Sons with Neha Praseed
I dive into the wild world of theatre by starting with one of its greats. Helped by my sister, Neha, we explore what makes All My Sons so special. Along the way we talk about stealing food from people's refrigerators, why Hamlet isn't the best introduction to theatre, and cool teachers that let you sneak into their classroom to act out versions of long forgotten plays.
August 27, 2020
My Sister's Keeper with Anvita Jain
Anvita and I talk about the nostalgic appeal and emotional resonance of Jodi Picoult's landmark novel My Sister's Keeper. When do subplots work and when do they not? Who's more mature, a thirteen year old girl or a thirty year old lawyer? Tune in to find out!
August 22, 2020