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Archive for January, 2010

LISTEN NOW to “Books That Make Us Laugh”  or download the podcast at http://www.box.net/shared/gxbfpuiysy

A very funny walk

In the “Books That Make Us Laugh” jamcast Lisa and Lisa share some books that make us chuckle, or at least smile, every time. However, we each interpret this topic a bit differently. Lisa LC chose books that made her smile, not necessarily laugh out loud. J Lisa C chose the laugh-out-loud types. Our choices are:

Lisa LC – The Family Man  by Elinor Lipman,  A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson, and  The Dud Avocado a little known work by Elaine Dundy.

J Lisa C – Anything recorded byDavid SedarisA Walk in the Woods
 and Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town in America
by Bill Bryson, Frindle, The Landry News
and No Talking all by Andrew Clements, also good as audio books. 

Recorded January 2010.

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A memoir, a journey between two countries

A poetic novel about Haiti

LISTEN NOW to  A Show About Haiti  or download the jamcast at  A Show About Haiti Podcast — In light of the recent tragic earthquake in Haiti, Lisa and Lisa take a few minutes to list books about Haiti that they read years ago, or just last night (in the case of Lisa LC).

We also recommend listeners donate to Haiti relief, if at all possible, through the Partners in Health web site – http://www.pih.org/.

Books discussed include three books by Edwidge Danticat – Breath, Eyes, MemoryBrother I’m Dyingand The Dew Breaker. We also discuss Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder, a book that features Dartmouth College’s new president Dr. Kim.

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LISTEN NOW to Books That Made Us Think in 2009 or download the jamcast  Books That Made Us Think in 2009 Podcast –Lisa and Lisa choose three books each that they read in 2009, not all were published in 2009, that made them think.

Our Choices are:

A masterpiece known to few.

Go ahead, think!

Lisa Cadow– West With the Night by Beryl Markham, Book of Ebenezer Le Page by GB Edwards, and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Lisa Christie — Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, This Must Be The Place by Anna Winger and Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau

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LISTEN NOW to Books to Curl Up With After the Relatives Have Left or download the jamcast now at http://www.box.net/shared/hv75ckge2i

After the relatives have gone... ...curl up with these treasures.

Lisa and Lisa pick recently published books to read once the holidays have passed, the wrapping paper is recycled, and your relatives have left.  These would also be great books to curl up with if you need to ignore the mess in your house or that project due for work.

The Lisas’ choices are The Help by Kathryn Stockett, My Life in France by Julia Child, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld and Louise Penny’s Inspector Garmache mystery series. Recorded January 2010.

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One size...

...fits most.

LISTEN NOW to “Good Fiction for Anyone” or download the jamcast at http://www.box.net/shared/81m2gf0jkc

– While Lisa LC readies her fabulous crepe cart for the busy summer season, J Lisa C  goes solo to discuss two picks that rise to a challenge : “What books would you recommend to anyone – young or old, avid reader or occasional reader?”.

The Lisas’ picks include In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent and Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell. Recorded May 2009.

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A Lisa Christie summertime – or anytime – pick.

Without Lisa LC, J Lisa C picks two books she recently finished and loved – Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea and This Must Be the Place by Anna Winger.

Into the Beautiful North – Nayeli, a lovely young girl this new novel, works and lives in Tres Camarones, a town in Mexico devoid of men – all of whom have gone north to find work.  When gangsters threaten the town, Nayeli takes inspiration from a screening of The Magnificent Seven in the town theater. She travels north, with three young friends to convince seven Mexican men to return with her to Tres Camarones and save the town.  The situations and characters they encounter are memorable.  The author’s gorgeous prose, ability to place social commentary without preaching, and subtle, yet pointed humor turn this tale into something very special.

This Must be the Place – I am surprised at how much I like this novel. Nothing much happens, yet a lot takes place at the same time. No matter the plot, I enjoyed the time I spent with the characters. And, I loved learning more about and thinking more about the former Eastern Block countries.

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This book’ll get you out of a cooking rut!

LISTEN NOW to ” Get Out of Your Cooking Rut” or download the jamcast at  http://www.box.net/shared/rr169yf05k

J Lisa C takes advantage of Lisa LC’s cooking expertise to talk about fun dishes for Vermont’s mud season. Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons is highlighted and some recipes verbally devoured.

Recorded on 01 April 2009.

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