The Book Show: January 8, 2015

Jan 8, 2015

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Faith's motto on The Book Show is: Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.

And, hey, kids, we'd love to hear from you about books you love.

Mystery, classics, science, history, politics, humor, cookbooks, memoirs, biographies, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, instruction, graphic novels, health, happiness, wisdom—you'll hear it all on our book show.

The book Drivel celebrates bad writing. And it's chock full of contributions from authors you might know, including Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Mary Roach, and Rick Moody. Here's a sentence submitted by Po Bronson from the second novel he tried to write: "Leaves parachuting from delicate limbs breathing and stretching and swaying in autumn rhythms, dancing as they fall this fall in tune to winds and the gentle breezes from the top of the mountain." We'll have many more to describe on the broadcast, along with book recommendations. 

Amy's picks:

  • Every Day Is for the Thief, Teju Cole
  • Lost for Words, Edward St. Aubyn
  • Death Comes to Pemberly, PD James

Roxanne's picks:

  • Round House, Louise Erdrich
  • The Art of Stillness, Pico Iyer
  • Toss the Gloss, Andrea Q. Robinson
  • I'll Drink to That, Betty Halbreich
  • The First Bad Man, Miranda July

Join the conversation by email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.


  • Amy Bloom is the author, most recently, of Lucky Us.
  • Roxanne Coady is the president and CEO of RJ Julia Bookseller.
  • Julia Scott is the editor of Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors


  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads
  • “Do You Feel Loved?” U2
  • “Rewrite,” Paul Simon

Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show.