All the books from this morning’s Coffee Table on KBBI


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This morning I was on the air at KBBI with Terry Rensel and Kathleen Gustafson, talking about books we like with anyone who called in. These are the books we talked about:

The Quiet World by Douglas Brinkley
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Asleep, also by Banana Yoshimoto
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Kathleen loved this book, too, and recommends it for young people who feel misunderstood)
Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson
The Long War by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
Fifty Miles from Tomorrow by Willie Hensley
Dead Wake by Erik Larsen
Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
(I forget which of his books came from the Homer Public Library’s 15 in ’16, but some of both of ours did.)

Shady Grove Oliver called in from California:
Garlic and Sapphire by Ruth Reichl
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel (Kathleen liked Sobel’s Longitude, too)
Nevada Barr’s Anne Pidgeon series

Kathleen, other than the public radio operations manual:
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Building Stories by Chris Ware (in which the book comes to you in pieces and you put it together into a graphic novel, which sounds like fun)
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Homer’s Big Read selections Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town, both by Thornton Wilder, as well as The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder

Jim, who called in at the last possible moment:
Jacob L. Devers: A General’s Life by James Scott Wheeler and Rick Atkinson

Death Sentence by Damien Boyd (a terrific police procedural crime fiction novel)
the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey (an almost picaresque nuts-and-bolts sf story)
Anything for You by Kristan Higgans
All the Single Ladies by Rebeca Traister
Chain of Title by David Dayen (don’t read this book if you ever want to trust a bank again)
Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet (delightful children’s book about E.B. White)
Turn Again by Kris Farmer
Hamilton: The Revolution, a beautifully produced book containing the libretto for the Broadway play by Lin-Manuel Miranda, lavishly illustrated with photographs from the production.
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (I’m still reading the ARC I scored off a bookstore owner friend but boy is it good. It comes out next month.)

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