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Jun 14, 2017

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So if you listen to this episode you’ll discover that Gayle and Nicole (despite reading upwards of 200 books a year between them) have scant knowledge of the classics. They indulge in wild speculation and tell half-truths about the lives of Edith Wharton (possibly British and housebound?), Oscar Wilde (definitely British), and George Eliot (both British and given to writing pages and pages of #natureporn). Regardless, Gayle has decided that they should step away from the contemporary literary fiction, drop the popcorn-like psychological suspense novels and indulge in some books that pretty much everyone else read in high school or college. Listen in to help them decide what should be on their classics lists for the summer, or to hear their classic literary crushes. Hint-Everyone hates Nicole’s.

Classics Under Consideration

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
1984 by George Orwell
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot
My Life In Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Brazil (Terry Gilliam movie with Jonathon Price)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Catching Up on What We’re Reading

The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
Startup by Doree Shafrir
New People by Danzy Senna (August 1)
How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza (Nicole mentions a wife carrying concert” she meant to say wife carrying contest - and yes, apparently these do exist)
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Additional Items

The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood and Showrunner Bruce Miller (YouTube)


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