Who's ready for a new episode of What Should I Read Next?
Today I’m happy to welcome my friend and fellow podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab what's new and hot in fiction for fear of missing out, instead of intentionally selecting it. One of her big strengths is "input," and she loves reading about all kinds of topics to scratch that informational itch.And she's obsessed with Hamilton, so of course we go there.
Books discussed in this episode (alphabetically):
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• Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
• All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior
• Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M. McPherson
• The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua
• Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
• The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
• The Girls, Emma Cline
• Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
• The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
• The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
• The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
• This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
• Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
• Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger
• Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
• The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
• 11.22.63, by Stephen King
• Pantsuit Politics podcast
• Sarah’s guest post on MMD: "Bundling books & friends, two of my favorite things."
• Hamilton: Cast Recording
• Quote from Natalie Babbitt via Overdue Podcast Ep. 199 - “[People might be surprised to find out] that I believe that writing books is a long way from being important. The most important thing anyone can do is be a teacher. As for those of us who write books, I often think we should all stop for 50 years. There are so many wonderful books to read and not enough time to get around to all of them, but we writers just keep cranking them out. All we can hope for is that readers can find just a little time for them anyway."