The 2010 Winter Reading Show

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It’s the time of year for kicking off your boots in front of a crackling fire and disappearing into a good book.   Host Jane Lindholm talks with Claire Benedict of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, and Penny McConnel of The Norwich Bookstore, about what’s flying off the shelves this winter.

And we want to hear from you.  What are you reading?  Are you immersed in a good thriller?  Engrossed in a historical novel?  Or maybe you’re Mastering The Art of French Cooking with Julia Child.  We want to know what’s keeping you turning pages this winter.

Also, we visit the Rokeby Museum
in Ferrisburgh, and talk with director Jane Williamson.  The site was a family farm that became a stop
on the Underground Railroad.  And,
Williamson says the story of the farm forces us to rethink our ideas of how the
Underground Railroad worked in the Northeast. 


Looking for more listener suggestions?  There are over 25 (and counting) book suggestions on VPR’s Facebook page.  Checkout the Facebook "Wall" for more! 


Books included in program:

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

Still Alice, Lisa Genova

Winter Girls, Laurie Halse Anderson

Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

Await Your Reply, Dan Choan

Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story, Wally Lamb

Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet Mckenzie

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin

Stones into Schools, Greg Mortenson

Mountains Beyond
Mountains, Tracy Kidder

Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder

Red Moon at Sharpsburg,
Rosemary Wells

Steal Away

Of Mules and Men, Zora Neale Hurston

Villa Incognito, Tom Robbins

Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

Ash, Malinda Lo

What to Eat, What to Drink, and What to Leave for Poison,
Camille Dungy

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth

Julie and Julia, Julie Powell

Living Oprah, Robyn Okrant

The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

Thin is the New Happy, Valerie Frankel

Juliet Naked, Nick Hornby

The Wilde Women, Paula Wall

The Rock Orchard, Paula Wall

Bapello, Todd Shepard

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

Secrets of Eden, Chris Bohjalian

Walking to Gatlinburg, Howard Frank Mosher

From Away, David Carkeet

Double Black, Wendy Clinch

The Brutal Telling, Louise Penny

The Eave of Heaven, Andrew X. Pham

Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned
about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat, Gwen Cooper

Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert

Complications, Atul Gawande

How to Rob an Armored Car, Iain Levison

Flawed Light: Women Poets and Alcoholism, Brett Millier

Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich

The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris

Claire Benedict’s Picks:


The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (pb in Feb)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

UPCOMING FICTION                       

Shadow Tag by Louise

Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Secrets of Eden by Chris

Walking to Gatlinberg by Howard
Frank Mosher


The Brutal Telling or
anything by Louise Penny

Thereby Hangs the Tail and
Dog Gone It by Spencer Quinn

The First Rule by Robert

The Girl Who Played With Fire
and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Hi-tech thrillers, the dark
underworld of Sweden with a frighteningly tough female protagonist

Double Black by Wendy

A "ski diva" mystery set in Vermont

Death at the Alma Mater by
G.M. Malliet

Funny satirical, old-school
mystery: Death of a Cozy Writer,
Death and the Lit Chick


The Mennonite in the Little
Black Dress
by Rhoda Janzen

Lit by Mary Karr

The Happiness Project by
Gretchen Ruben

  "Stunt Memoir" i.e. Living Oprah,
Julie and Julia

Stones into Schools by
Greg Mortenson


Need & 
by Carrie Jones  Suspense and romance with a supernatural element – for fans
of Twilight

Wishing for Tomorrow by Hillary McKay  a sequel to A Little Princess about the girls Sarah Crewe
left behind at the orphanage

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield  Steam Punk genre: dystopian history & fantasy from the
steam era


A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper  for fans of I Capture the Castle

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare  City of Bones, City of Glass, City of Ash  paranormal fantasy 

Penny McConnel and the Norwich Bookstore Picks:

"After You’ve Gone" Jeffrey Lent

"The Farmer’s Daughter" Jim Harrison

"Alice I have Been"

"True Confections" Katharine Weber

"The Lacuna" Barbara Kingsolver

"The Privileges" Jonathan Dee

"Swan Thieves" Elizabeth Kostova

"Wolf Hall" Hillary Mantel

"Under The Dome" Stephen King

"War Dance"s Sherman Alexi

"Double Black" Wendy Clinch

"Committed" Elizabeth Gilbert

"Book of Salts" Monique Truong

"Remarkable Creatures" Tracy Chevalier

"Stones Into Schools" Greg Mortenson

"The Postmistress" Sarah Blake

"Shadow Tag" Louise Erdrich

"Manhood For Amateurs" Michael Chabon

"The Women" T.C. Boyle

"The Bird Catcher" Laura Jacobs

"Too Much Happiness" Alice Munro

"Where The God of Love Hangs Out" Amy Bloom

"The Girl Who Fell From The Sk" Heidi Durrow

"Reliable Wife" Robert Goolrick

"The Piano Teacher" Janice Lee


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