We have had a LOT of guests of the English major variety on WSIRN…. But today’s guests asked me to bridge the divide between an imaginative-fiction lover and a scientific-NONfiction lover. Ashley and Brent are a father-daughter reading duo who share an Audible account and a love for an untold story. Since we recorded this episode, I got to meet Ashley in person at The Story Shop, which was a delight!
Today we’re covering everything from Ashley’s mega-popular most HATED book, how the two of them make reading a family affair, and the story of who stole whose Audible credits...
Let’s get to it!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
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• The Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Watership Down, by Richard Adams (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, by John M. Barry (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ The Tom Clancy series, by Mike Maden (try Line of Sight: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, by Maryse Condé (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II, by Jennet Conant (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Before the Fall-Out: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, by Diana Preston (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, by Martha Ackmann (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, by Nathalia Holt (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
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What do YOU think Ashley and Brent should read together next? Let us know in the comments!