The Book Babes June radio show aired Thursday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m. on WMNF-FM 88.5. Missed it? You can find it archived at wmnf.org. Here are the highlights:
INTERVIEW WITH MOM AND DAD
Book Babe Margo Hammond interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and Mommy Track mystery writer Ayelet Waldman about their recently published paperbacks about fatherhood (just in time for Dad's Day) and motherhood (which definitely deserves more than one holiday). The two bestselling authors talked with Margo from their home in Berkeley, where they share a writing space and the pleasures and calamities of raising four children. Their books:
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, by Michael Chabon (Harper Perennial)
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, by Ayelet Waldman (Anchor)
SUMMER READING PICKS: OH NO, MORE VAMPIRESThe Passage, by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
The war on terror meets Dracula's descendants, or something like that. Ellen was drawn in by this 784-page blockbuster that may take you the whole summer to read, but promises you won't be bored.
The Season of Risks, by Susan Hubbard (Simon & Schuster)
Margo touts the Ethical Vampire series of University of Central Florida professor Susan Hubbard, who specializes in vampires with a conscience. Ariella Montero, Hubbard's half vampire, half human heroine, is 13 in the first book in the series, Society of S, but the fine writing in all these books will appeal to adults as well as teenagers. Out next month, the third book in the series, The Season of Risks, features the first vampire to run for president.
MORE SUMMER READS: SPEAKING OF DOORSTOPPERS
The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer (Knopf)
Ellen gives a thumbs up to this historical novel (see extended review in an earlier post below).
AND MORE SUMMER READS: TASTY FICTION
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender (Doubleday)
Margo and Ellen discuss the pros and cons of Bender's imaginative premise for this novel. Check out Ellen's review in the June MORE: http://www.more.com/2054/17662-great-reads-june-2010
Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel, by Monique Truong (out at the end of August from Random House)
Another novel that links food and emotions. The Book Babes praised Truong's first novel, The Book of Salt, in their book of book recommendations, Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. This one looks like it will prove to be, well, as delicious. Watch this spot for a review. Margo is reading the galley.
WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS SUMMER?
The Book Babes would like to know what's in your beach bag this summer. Please post your favorite summer reads here!