All the books we talked about on Coffee Table this morning


Terry says The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams is a perfect accompaniment to touring our national parks and is his favorite book this year.
Christopher Moore’s Practical Demonkeeping, which he is listening to on audio. Terry gave a big plug for audio books, too, having listened to the 36-hour audio version of Ron Chernow’s Hamilton on his road trip around Alaska this summer.


Kathleen went local in a big way, recommending
Bag Lady at the End of the Road by Kate Mitchell
Diana Tillion’s Guardian of the Great North Pacific Casino
Diapering the Devil
by Jay Hammond
Next year’s Big Read, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chazt
And she opened two Blind Date With a Book selections on the air, which is a very cool feature of our own Homer Bookstore you should totally check out.

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Dana‘s comfort read this year was Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows, who flew around the South 48 for four years finding communities that worked. It’s really fun — and instructive — to read the last chapter through the lens of your own community.
A Suspicion of Silver by PF Chisholm
Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry
The Dry by Jane Harper, last month’s selection by the book club at the Homer Public Library
I just reread the Codex Alera epic fantasy series by Jim Butcher of Harry Dresden fame.  I think the Alera series is even better.
Home After Dark by David Small
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
When the English Fall by David Williams
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid, the book you want to give your kids this year because you’ll love it, too. No matter how many times you have to read it to them.


Callers recommended:
Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller series
David: Mary Stewart’s Arthurian saga, ending with The Last Enchantment
Abe: Called in to alert us to UK publishers beginning to publish physical books as flip books, news to all of us.
Larry: Kate Mitchell’s memoir, The Bag Lady at the End of the Road, Shadowed Times by George Harbin (although I can’t find this online, so if you’re there, Larry, correct me in the comments if I got this wrong), and The Rise of Icicle Seafoods from the Roots of Alaska Statehood by Brad Warren.

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  1. I loved The Dry! And gobbled up her next book. Usually I play catch-up with your selections, was so surprised to see this one.

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