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Books & Whatnot behind the stacks (because we're behind on everything else)

Celia Hack
Suzanne Perez and Beth Golay are the hosts of KMUW's Books & Whatnot.

We're back! We recorded this episode on November 14, 2022. But with Pledge Drive, the holidays, and Beth’s undergrad school we got a bit behind with production. So enjoy this episode, because we have our December recording coming at you on Saturday, December 31, 2022. (We're hitting that year-end post!)

On this episode of Books & Whatnot, Suzanne Perez and Beth Golay talk about some of their favorite recent reads, Beth shares some news about NPR's Books We Love, and Suzanne introduces Beth to Jólabókaflód. (Gesundheit.)

These are the books (and whatnot) mentioned in this episode:

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants adapted by Monique Gray Smith
  • When We Were Sistersby Fatimah Asghar
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
  • The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
  • Stoner by John Williams
  • Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
  • We Are the Light by Matthew Quick
  • Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Daphne by Josh Malerman
  • Bird Boxby Josh Malerman
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • Barry Lyndon by
  • Derry Girls
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, & Murder by David Grann
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet
  • A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Books We Love

Books & Whatnot was produced at KMUW Wichita and is part of the NPR Podcast Network.


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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.
Suzanne Perez is a longtime journalist covering education and general news for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. Suzanne reviews new books for KMUW and is the co-host with Beth Golay of the Books & Whatnot podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SuzPerezICT.