Books & Bites Podcast, Episode 24
Each month, JCPL librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them. On this episode, we discuss short reads for the shortest month.
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die by Amy Fusselman
- Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
- Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and illustrated by Dan Williams
- The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- The Emissary by Yōko Tawada
- Convenience Store Woman by Sakura Murata
- The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
- In Our Souls at Night, Addie and Louis face their mortality with the help of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese. For those of you who are dairy-free, try this baked vegan macaroni and cheese from The Simple Veganista.
- Start living a more playful life by enjoying your favorite takeout sushi at the most savage park you can find. Or, pack a healthy and adorable lunch with the help of Yum-Yum Bento Box.
- The book Heads of the Colored People is best served with a stiff drink such as the Floritucky. Combine a shot of bourbon with the juice of a Florida orange over ice, then top it all off with tonic.
- Make up a few rice balls from Masaharu Morimoto’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, to have a lunch like convenience store worker Keiko.
- Read Lolis Eric Elie’s article about New Orleans and authentic gumbo, then mix up a batch of his mother’s recipe and feel it fill your belly like it does Jacqueline’s and Ann-Marie’s in The Black God’s Drums.