HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 52 – Essays are Essential

Essays are Essential HUSH Podcast Episode 52Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guest around an engaging and interesting topic — Essays as Essential Reading!

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In which we ask Amber about Essays


Amber Bonnett

Our guest this episode is Amber Bonnett, a Reader’s Advisor at the library who shares her expertise and experience with reading and recommending Essays.

  • How is reading Essays different from reading regular fiction?
  • Why do you think people enjoy reading Essays?
  • Are Essay writers mainly people writing about their interesting experiences or writers seeking interesting experiences to write about?
  • If someone mostly reads fiction now, what Essay writers might be a good starting point for them?
  • What are some of your favorite Essay books?

Essays, Authors and Books mentioned

Find these books and authors in the library catalog at or Interlibrary Loan at

  • David Sedaris
  • Sarah Vowell
  • David Rakoff
  • Jonathan Ames
  • AJ Jacobs
  • Changing my mind by Zadie Smith
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • David Foster Wallace
  • Evocative Objects by Sherry Turkle
  • Nora Ephron
  • This American Life from NPR


Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Essays. Who are your favorite authors? Do you read essays or listen to podcasts? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group.

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Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!