Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves are different now, and every book purchase feels weighty.
Today, I’m connecting her with three books that will hopefully take some of that heaviness off her shoulders and let her choose a different world to escape into, just for a few hours.
As you might have already guessed, today’s episode comes with a content warning. Amelia tells her story of surviving an enormous natural disaster in heartbreaking detail, and it might be too much for anxious or sensitive listeners. If you need to skip the detailed descriptions, our book discussion starts about 20 minutes in, and mentions of the traumatic events are less detailed after that point.
Amelia’s story is truly remarkable, and she tells it so well. Let’s get to it.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
♥ Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
• Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
♥ Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber
♥ The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan
• The Cafe by the Sea, by Jenny Colgan
▵ The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
• The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon
• The Toymakers, by Robert Dinsdale
• Subtle Energy Techniques, by Cyndi Dale
• The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan
• An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole
• Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, by Karen Abbott
• Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, by Susan Meissner
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What do YOU think Amelia should read next?