Have you ever read a book that made the world around you feel just a little bit… magical? That’s the experience I had with Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen -- if that title rings a bell, it might be because I recommended it to Kari Sweeney in WSIRN Ep 153. Today I’m DELIGHTED to welcome author Jon Cohen on the show to chat about his unorthodox path to writing, the mighty bookworm women in his life, the magic of ordinary things, and what it was like to live with the school librarian as a child.
And readers, look forward to next week's episode making your winter holidays so much more bookish. I’m sitting down with Ann Kingman, formerly of the much-beloved podcast Books On The Nightstand, to recommend books for YOUR loved ones this holiday season. We’ll be selecting the perfect literary gifts for picky dads, far-away friends, bookworm tweens, and that one relative everyone has who only reads doorstop biographies of long-dead historical figures. It is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Make sure you're subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen, so you don't miss a thing.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Harry’s Trees, by Jon Cohen (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• author Alice Munro (try Runaway: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, by Anne Bogel (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The One in a Million Boy, by Monica Wood (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, by Dani Shapiro(Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, by Dani Shapiro (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• author David Foster Wallace (try Oblivion: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise
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What do YOU think Jon should read next? Has a book made your life more magical? Tell us in the comments!