Short Reads on The Point With Mindy Todd

Today on the monthly book show with Mindy Todd on WCAI, we were trying to offer short reads for short attention spans. Joining us this month was Nelson Ritschel, a Professor in the Department of Humanities at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Having trouble concentrating this year? Our book topic this month is short fiction, or as we like to think of them One-Night Reads. We shared short novels and short stories.

UPDATE: I have only just realized that during the course of our conversation I was talking about Laurie Colwin’s books being reissued, but managed to confuse her with Lorrie Moore, who is the author of the book I was actually talking about called Self-Help: stories. And I dearly love Laurie Colwin’s stories and novels, as well as her book Home Cooking: a writer in the kitchen. By all means you should read BOTH Laurie Colwin and Lorrie Moore! Pandemic brain strikes again!

Nelson’s Picks

“The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane,  https://public.wsu.edu/campbelld/crane/bride.htm

“The Dead” by James Joyce, Dubliners. London: Grant Richards, 1914—and http://online-literautre.com/

“A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, The Best American Short Stories of the Century, John Updike, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

“Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922—and https://katherinemansfield.org

“The Adventure of ‘The Western Star’” by Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories, New York: William Morrow, 2013.

Jill’s Picks

The Virgin In the Garden by A. S. Byatt (A LONG book, which  made me realize I needed to read short books!)

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore (or really anything by Lorrie Moore)

Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

Nothing Much Happens: cozy and calming stories to soothe  your mind and help you sleep by Kathryn Nicolai

Desperate Characters by Paula Fox

Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton (Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s essay on Margaret the First.)

Listener Picks

Roughing It by Mark Twain
The Opposite of Loneliness: essays and stories by Marina Keegan
I Love Everybody (and other atrocious lies) by Laurie Notaro

 

Books Into Movies or TV Series on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we talked about books that have been turned into movies and television series. Joining us was the delightful Petra Mayer, editor for NPR books. Thanks to all of you who called in or emailed with your book suggestions! What a plethora of new books to read or to watch. The full list of titles mentioned is below.

Petra’s Picks

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, YA novel by Jenny Han, adapted by Netflix.

The Magicians, original books by Lev Grossman, adapted for SyFy

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, of course – the TV show was based on volume one, The Duke and I, and if you don’t want to wait for season 2, you can read The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is all about Anthony Bridgerton (and his fear of bees).

For a fun twist on Sherlock Holmes, there’s Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series – the first one is A Study in Scarlet Women (Sherry Thomas, by the way, is an INCREDIBLE romance author – try the Heart of Blade books, they’re amazing), and the other series I mentioned was Laurie R. King’s Holmes & Russell – the first one of those is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

I also talked about Preacher, the mid-90s Vertigo comic series that was adapted for AMC but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend either the books or the show unless people understand they’re gonna be in for a LOT of violence, gore, weird sex, blasphemy and general disgustingness.

And then in terms of series that are in development that I’m excited about, there’s N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books (try the Six of Crows duology, it’s a hoot!), Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death, Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea books (hopefully they won’t screw it up this time around – the last adaptation was Not So Good) and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.

Finally, the series I’d love to see come to TV (I’ve heard rumors of a development deal but nothing concrete) is Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, about a half-fae-half-human private investigator and sometime knight errant in San Francisco. The first one is Rosemary and Rue. (Also, and I didn’t get around to mentioning this one because I ran out of time, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, about an alternate Britain where the world of literature is real and people can cross back and forth into books. It’s SO fun. The first one is The Eyre Affair.)

Jill’s Picks

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever edited by Michael J. Tyrkus
Masterpiece Theatre: A Celebration of 25 Years of Outstanding Television by Terrence O’Flaherty

The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott is book one in The Raj Quartet. The Granada Television version was spectacular.

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes edited by Leslie S. Klinger

From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Boström

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis. New Yorker article by Sarah Miller: The Fatal Flaw of “The Queen’s Gambit”

Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright. New Yorker article by Charles Finch: The Forgotten Novel That Inspired Homesickness For An Imaginary Land

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch is the 1st Charles Lenox Mystery. A series which should be made into a television series.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. No time for his novel Time and Again, a novel I love, which has  never been filmed, although it was made into a failed musical! There was a sequel as well, From Time to Time, but I never read it, because I thought the original novel did not need a sequel. (If you read the sequel and loved it, let me know!)

Listener Picks

Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling

Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Murdoch Mysteriesa television series, but based on the mysteries by Maureen Jennings

1984 by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The World According to Garp by John Irving

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book Magic on The Point With Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we talked about books having to do with magic. Joining us this month was Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore co-owner Caitlin Doggart. Thanks to all of our listeners who shared their book suggestions on magic! And remember … you can listen online at any time!

 

Caitlin’s Picks

Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Magical Creatures and Mythical Beasts by Victo Ngai
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Sevogia
Circe by Madeline Miller
And for some bonus titles from Caitlin, head over to her bookstore!

Jill’s Picks

Magic: a history by Chris Gosden
Magic in Western Culture: from antiquity to the enlightenment by Brian P. Copenhaver
The Magic of Handwriting by Christine Nelson
HausMagick: transform your home with witchcraft by Erica Feldmann
The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski
Escape: the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harness
Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen


Listener’s Picks

Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women by Ricky Jay
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Sacred Agriculture: the alchemy of biodynamics by Dennis Klocek
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Wise Child by Monica Furlong
Juniper by Monica Furlong

 

Books About Food on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we featured books about food for the monthly book show. Joining us for the first time (but I hope not the last) was Elspeth Hay. You can hear Elspeth regularly on CAI when she does her Local Food Report and she also has a food blog called Diary of a Locavore. We had lots and lots of listener suggestions, which was delightful! Thanks to all of you that called and emailed us with your food book suggestions. The illustration for this blog post is a postcard designed by Jane Mount. She has also illustrated a book called My Ideal Bookshelf, which includes a number of bookshelves full of cookbooks, if you need more inspiration!

Elspeth’s Picks

Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen
Feeding a Family: a real-life plan for making dinner work by Sarah Waldman
The Real Food Cookbook: traditional dishes for modern cooks by Nina Planck
Dinner: a love story: it all begins at the family table by Jenny Rosenstrach

Not Enough Time For:

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean whole grain recipes for barley, farro, kamut, polenta, wheat berries & more by Maria Speck
Out In Blue Fields: a year at Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm by Janice Riley & Stephen Spear
Jerusalem: a cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
Good to the Grain: baking with whole-grain flours by Kim Boyce with Amy Scattergood
The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook: healthy cooking and good living with pasture raised foods by Shannon Hayes
The Art of Fermentation: an in-depth exploration of essential concepts and processes from around the world by Sandor Ellix Katz

Jill’s Picks

Food Lit: a reader’s guide to epicurean nonfiction by Melissa Brackney Stoeger
What We Cook On Cape Cod by The Village Improvement Society
An Everlasting Meal: cooking with economy and grace by Tamar Adler
Always Home: a daughter’s recipes & stories by Fanny Singer
The Fruit Forager’s Companion by Sara Bir
Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayres
Maigret’s Dead Man by Georges Simenon
Poison à la Carte by Rex Stout, a novella that can be found in Three At Wolfe’s Door or in Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels

Bookmarks: for everyone who hasn’t read everything “The American ‘Foodoir: when food meets memoir” in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue.

Listener Picks

Love Real Food by Kathryn Taylor
Cooking the Catch by Dave Mausch
The Loaf and Ladle by Joan Harlow
Cape Cod Table by Lora Brody
The Seasonal Kitchen: a return to fresh food  by Perla Meyers
Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murry
Ruth Reichl books
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perlman
The Boston Cookbook by Fannie Farmer
The Food Lab: better home cooking through science by J. Kenji López-Alt
Alice Waters & Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
Indian Herbalogy of North America by Alma R. Hutchins
My Bread by Jim Lahey
Lobscouse & Spotted Dog by Anne Grossman (For Patrick O’Brian fans)
The Irish Cook Book by Jp McMahon
Silk Road Cooking by Najmieh Batmanglij
The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen (many other Moosewood inspired cookbooks came after the original)

Suggestions that came in too late for broadcast:
Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitchum
The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash

 

The Point, Books About Color, Part Two

 

 

It was a pleasure to have Laura Reckford, Executive Director of the Falmouth Art Center, return to the monthly book show on CAI this morning. We had so much fun talking about books having to do with color last month, that we ended up with part two this morning. Below you will find the list of all the books that were mentioned. Thanks so much to those of who added to our lists, as well as those that were listening. If you have an idea for a theme for a future book show, let me know! You can write to me at jerickson@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

Laura’s Picks

Color Theory: An essential guide to color from basic principles to practical applications by Patti Mollica
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson
Confident Color: An Artist’s Guide to Harmony, Contrast and Unity by Nita Leland
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour: The Harvard Art Museums Forbes Pigment Collection
Colour: Why the World Isn’t Grey by Hazel Rossotti
The Color Collector’s Handbook by Leah Martha Rosenberg
Chromophobia by David Batchelor

Jill’s Picks

My Private Property by Mary Ruefle
The Primary Colors by Alexander Theroux
The Secondary Colors by Alexander Theroux
Essays by Henry D. Thoreau, a fully annotated edition. Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer. Particularly the essay “Autumnal Tints”
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Colors in Fashion edited by Jonathan Faiers and Mary Westerman Bulgarella
Pure Sea Glass: discovering nature’s vanishing gems by Richard LaMotte
Fairfield Porter: the collected poems with selected drawings. Edited by John Yau with David Kermani
Colors Passing Through Us by Marge Piercy
The Book of Greens: a cook’s compendium by Jenn Louis with Kathleen Squires
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse by Eric Carle

Listener’s Picks

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s practical guide to liberation on the land by Leah Penniman
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywait
Colour: travels through the paintbox by Victoria Finlay
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
What Color is Love by Joan Walsh Anglund
Frederick by Leon Lionni
Artists Handbook and Materials Methods by Robert Mayer
Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill

The Point: Books About Colors

This month’s book show on The Point with Mindy Todd featured books that were inspired by colors in some way. Mindy and I were joined by Laura Reckford, Executive Director of the Falmouth Art Center. As I found out pretty quickly, there are a mountain of books having to do with colors in one way or another. From wallpapers to gardens to fashion to essays and poetry. As always, many thanks to all the listeners who called in with their suggestions. Indeed, Laura and I had so many titles we did not get to, we are going to do part two of this show on September 30th! Below you will find the titles we did have time for, including all of the listener picks. If you missed the show, you can always listen online at WCAI.

Laura’s Picks

Blue Dog by George Rodrigue and Lawrence S. Freundlich
The Wild Party, the lost classic, by Joesph Moncure March, Drawings by Art Spiegelman
Colors, (a bound volume of all 13 issues of a magazine that Maira Kalman worked with her husband Tibor Kalman) by Tibor Kalman, edited by Maira Kalman.
Black & White and Dead All Over by John Darnton
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler : five painters and the movement that changed modern art by Mary Gabriel
Cape Cod Gardens & Houses with photography by Taylor Lewis, text by Catherine Fallin (also Martha’s Vineyard Gardens & Houses; and Nantucket Gardens & Houses)
Life Colors Art, fifty years of painting by Peter Busa
And mentioned in passing these classics: Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss; The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (a caller mentioned this book too) and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (for the color green used throughout the book, especially for the green light near Daisy Buchanan’s house, the color of money and representing his hopes for the future)

 

Jill’s Picks

On Being Blue: a philosophical inquiry by William Gass (a caller recommended this book too)
Sara Berman’s Closet by Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman
My Private Property by Mary Ruefle (Includes 11 meditations on different colors for different kinds of sadness.)
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton & 639 others
The Wallpaper Book by Geneviève Brunet
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be found in The Art of the Short Story, edited by Dana Gioia and R.S. Gwynn
The Green Ray by Jules Verne
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair (A caller recommended this too.)
The Gardener’s Color Palette by Tom Fischer with photographs by Clive Nichols

Picture Books

Pantone: Colors, Illustrations by Helen Dardik
The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler
Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Listener Picks

Pitidoe the Color Maker by Glen Dines. There is a Youtube video of this story being read aloud, if you would like to see the book.

On Being Blue: a philosophical inquiry by William Gass
Here is the quote our listener sent:
“Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult to turn up. Among the ancient elements, blue occurs everywhere: in ice and water, in the flame as purely as in the flower, overhead and inside caves, covering fruit and oozing out of clay. Although green enlivens the earth and mixes in the ocean, and we find it, copperish, in fire; green air, green skies, are rare. Gray and brown are widely distributed, but there are no joyful swatches of either, or any of exuberant black, sullen pink, or acquiescent orange. Blue is therefore most suitable as the color of interior life. Whether slick light sharp high bright thin quick sour new and cool or low deep sweet dark soft slow smooth heavy old and warm: blue moves easily among them all, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling.”

Tony & Tina Color Energy: how color can transform your life

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

Color: a  natural history of the palette by Victoria Finlay

 

Cape Cod & the Islands, Part Two.

This morning, I had the pleasure of sharing books about Cape Cod and the Islands with Mindy Todd and Dennis Minsky on the monthly book show. If you missed the show, you can always listen on line at WCAI! Thanks to all our listeners who were listening or who called in with other title suggestions. It is hard to believe that this is the fifth month that we have been sharing books from our homes, and I know we all look forward to the day when we can see each other as well as listen to each other! In the meantime, here is today’s list of all the titles that were mentioned.

And if you are interested in being part of the Twitter reading group that is currently reading The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, just follow @APublicSpace and @elizmccracken on Twitter and join the fun!

Mindy’s Picks

Craig Kingsbury Talkin’ by Kristen Kingsbury Henshaw
Beyond the Bright Sea, Wolf Hollow and Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk 
Anything by Martin Sandler

Dennis’ Picks

The House on Nauset Marsh by Wyman Richardson
Cape Cod Yesterdays by Joseph Lincoln
Nature’s Year: the seasons of Cape Cod by John Hay
Time and the Town: a Provincetown chronicle by Mary Heaton Vorse
Cape Cod Shore Whaling: America’s First Whalemen by John Braginton-Smith and Duncan Oliver

Jill’s Picks

Stone, Paper, Knife by Marge Piercy. The poem I read was Very Late July.
Dream Work by Mary Oliver. The poem I read was Starfish.
The Maytrees 
by Annie Dillard
The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
Martha’s Vineyard and Other Places by David Hockney
Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman
The House on Oyster Creek by Heidi Jon Schmidt
Hot Water by Sally Gunning
A Beautiful Place to Die by Philip R. Craig


Listener Picks

A Cape Cod Sketch Book by Jack Frost. (Many of the structures he sketched are still standing today!)
That Quail Robert by Margaret A. Stanger with drawings by Cathy Baldwin. This true story is set in Orleans.
In the Wake of the Willows: a sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows by Frederick Thurber and illustrated by Amy Thurber. The listener says even though the book isn’t based on the Cape, it evokes a feeling of Cape Cod.
The Wild Edge: life and lore of the great Atlantic beaches by Philip Kopper

Cape Cod & the Islands on The Point with Mindy Todd

What a delight it was to have Dennis Minsky join us on The Point with Mindy Todd this morning on WCAI. Normally Dennis can’t join us in the summer, because he is tremendously busy guiding whale watching tours in Provincetown, but due to the pandemic the world as we knew it is considerably changed. In any case, what a treat and we hope that he might even be able to join us for a part two at the end of July or whenever he is next available for book talk on the radio. Needless to say, we had gigantic piles of books and probably only got through a third of them. 

Thanks to all of our listeners who shared book titles with us, and if you have a favorite book that we missed (as we sure you do) save it for the next Cape Cod & Islands book show or you can  just email us at info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org and we will add it to this list. So here are the lists!

Dennis’ Picks

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau with an introduction by Robert Finch
The Outermost House: a year of life on the great beach on Cape Cod by Henry Beston, with an intro by Robert Finch. Please note there are many, many, many editions of The Outermost House, including a lovely children’s edition.
The Outer Beach: a thousand-mile walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore  by Robert Finch
A Wild Rank Place: one year on Cape Cod by David Gessner
The Salt House: a summer on the dunes of Cape Cod by Cynthia Huntington

And an email from a listener that got to Mindy too late to read on air, but is fascinating nonetheless:

“Eugene Clark of Sandwich and an early speaker at Cape Cod National Seashore did some research into Coast Guard records and found that the shipwrecks that Beston writes of occurred in different years. From that he realized that Beston telescoped his book, which authors can do. This means that Beston lived for each season of the year in his outermost house, but did not live in it for one year continuously. Col Clark is now deceased, but I knew him and worked in the early years of CCNS. Peter B. Cooper of Yarmouth.”

Jill’s Picks

A Field Guide to Cape Cod Including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, & Eastern Long Island by Patrick J. Lynch
An Illustrated Coastal Year: the seashore uncovered season by season by Celia Lewis
Wild Is the Wind by Carl Phillips. The poem I read was “Monomoy”.
Seaweed’s Revelation: a Wampanoag clan mother in contemporary America by Amelia G. Bingham
To the Harbor Light by Henry Beetle Hough

Listener Picks

Crab Wars: a tale of horseshoe crabs, bioterrorism and human health by William Sargent
Asia Rip by George Foy
Dreaming Monomoy’s Past: walking its present by Lee Stephanie Roscoe
Flintlock and tomahawk: New England in King Philip’s War by Douglas Edward Leach
The Last Best League: one summer, one season, one dream by Jim Collins


Books From Our Bookshelves, Part Two

This morning I had the great pleasure of talking books with Mindy Todd on The Point and joining us was author Peter Abrahams. It was part two (and the third show done from home) of Books From Our Bookshelves, as Peter returned to share with us more books from his home bookshelves. What was particularly delightful about this show was how many people called and emailed us with what they are reading during the pandemic. Here is the list of everything that was mentioned, both digital and non-digital, with some bonus content.

“The contents of someones bookcase are part of their history like an ancestral portrait.” Umberto Eco

And one of my favorite bits from the novel Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh:

“I’ve got a motor-car and a basket of strawberries and a bottle of Chateau Peyraguey – which isn’t a wine you’ve ever tasted, so don’t pretend. It’s heaven with strawberries.”

“On a sheep cropped knoll under a clump of elms we ate the strawberries and drank the wine – as Sebastian promised, they were delicious together – and we lit fat, Turkish cigarettes and lay on our backs, Sebastian’s eyes on the leaves above him, mine on his profile, while the blue-grey smoke rose, untroubled by any wind, to the blue-green shadows of foliage, and the sweet scent of the tobacco merged with the sweet summer scents around us and the fumes of the sweet, golden wine seemed to lift us a finger’s breadth above the turf and hold us suspended.”

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper …”

Peter’s Picks 

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Farnsworth’s Classical English Style by Ward Farnsworth (We don’t own this title, but we do have a copy of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric.)
Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm
Heart of Lions: the history of American bicycle racing by Peter Nye
Idiot by Elif Batuman
Last Train to Memphis: the rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

Jill’s Picks

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, audio, narrated by Jeremy Irons
And here is a lovely article from the New York Times about the PBS version.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge either the Philip Hoare version (in which Jeremy Irons reads the first verse) or the paper version.
US (a.) by Saul Williams. His interview with Paul Holdengräber can be heard as part of The Quarantine Tapes.
The Cape Cod Bicycle War and other stories by Billy Kahora
The Sum of the People: how the census has shaped nations, from the ancient world to the modern age by Andrew Whitby
Reading Art: art for book lovers by David Trigg

Listener Picks

The Lives of Margaret Fuller by John Matteson
The Roman Years of Margaret Fuller; a biography by Joseph Dey Deiss
And I would add to the Margaret Fuller list Maria Popova’s book Figuring
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kusher (or anything else that he has written.)
Blackout a podcast
Homegoing: a novel by Yaa Gyasi
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
Midnight in Siberia: a train journey into the heart of Russia by David Green
Rascal by Sterling North
Mama’s Last Hug: animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves by Frans de Waal
Horse People: scenes from the riding life by Michael Korda
Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease by Stanley L. Robbins, Ramzi S. Cotran & Vinay Kumar.

Books From Our Bookshelves

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we were joined by author Peter Abrahams. Mindy, Peter,  Jill , and our listeners discussed books on our home bookshelves, as this was another show where we were live from our homes instead of in the studio. Many thanks to all of you who called in, and below you will find the complete list of books mentioned. 

Mindy’s Picks

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? : a guide to daily  happiness for kids by Carol McCloud; illustrated by David Messing.

Chet the Dog series by Spencer Quinn

Peter’s Picks

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown. (Also available as an ebook.)

Open: an autobiography by Andre Agassi. (Also available as an ebook and an eaudio book.)

The Shadow Divers: the true adventures of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson. (Also available as an ebook.)

Hitler: ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich, translated from the German by Jefferson Chase. (Also available as an ebook.) Volume two of this biography, Hitler: downfall, 1939 – 1945 is due out in September.

As They See ‘Em: a fan’s travels in the land of umpires by Bruce Weber.

Jill’s Picks

A Fact A Day published by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City 1935 New York.

Staying Put: making a home in a restless world by Scott Russell Sanders.

Miss Rumphius Story & pictures by Barbara Cooney

Barclay Wills’ the Downland Shepherds by Barclay Wills, Richard Pailthorpe, and Shaun Payne. Not available in CLAMS, but you can see Barclay Wills here.

Madness, Rack and Honey: collected lectures by Mary Ruefle.

The Virgin in the Garden by A. S. Byatt.

Listener Picks

Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope, and repair by Anne Lamont
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Poem-A-Day: 365 poems for every occasion  
The Hours of Catherine of Cleves by John Plummer
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The Collected Poems of John Ciardi 
Last Hope Island by Lynn Olsen
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
A Primate’s Memoir by Robert Sapolsky