The Bookmark Podcast S3 E11: What we’re reading now

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It’s time for another round of “What are you reading?” Find out what we’ve been reading and get the low-down on why these books are worth your time.

Recommended recent/current reads

Book: The Hawthorne School by Sylvie Perry (expected release date Dec 7, 2021)
Reader: Autumn
Why it’s worth your time:  Even though this book is cult-esque and makes you ask, “What the bleep?”, it ends okay for the protagonist.

Book: Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Reader: Chris
Why it’s worth your time:  It’s a Booker Prize nominee about a son who is hooked up to his deceased mother’s brain waves.

Book: Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Reader: Miranda
Why it’s worth your time: This book takes place among the protests and events of 1970s Mexico City. It’s filled with artists, government gangsters and a guy with the code-name Elvis.

Book: The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
Reader: Chris
Why it’s worth your time: Another Book Prize nominee, this book is about a Somali sailor convicted of murder and has great fleshed-out characters.

Book: Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
Reader: Autumn
Why it’s worth your time: The protagonist of this INTENSE what the bleep book is a flight attendant on a non-stop flight from London to Sydney. She must choose between saving her daughter’s life or the passengers who start dying off.

Book: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Reader: Miranda
Why it’s worth your time: This mystery about a grandma who is babysitting when her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend go missing does give you answers.

Book: The Promise by Damon Galgut
Reader: Chris
Why it’s worth your time: This history of apartheid in South Africa is the 2021 winner of the Book Prize.

Book: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Reader: Miranda
Why it’s worth your time: It’s the book she’s currently reading, so you’ll have to tune in for further discussion!

Here are the books we discussed this time:

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What’s Next?

The next episode of The Bookmark drops November 29!

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Autumn Friedli, Chris Blocker and Miranda Ericsson relish talking books with recurring readers and special guests from the library and community in The Bookmark.

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