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You'll want to try every one of these pies

A portrait of a neighborhood

Listen now to Books to read while you wait March 2010 or download the jamcast at http://www.box.net/shared/juc3rzk5dp.

Lisa and Lisa answer a query  — the first ever sent to our email account.  Our listener asked for recommendations of good things to read while waiting.  Her question was inspired by time she spends in her car with her napping younger child while waiting for her oldest son to finish up a swim class or hockey camp or a play date. We’re sure parents everywhere can relate!

So Lisa and Lisa’s discussion targets books that are good to have in the passenger seat, ones that satisfy  for a quick read. They qualify these as ones easily set down when the wait is over, but occupy you while in hand.  They also consider books for other types of waiting: waiting for sleep to come, for dentists to finish cleaning, for children to learn, for jobs to arrive, for contracts to be signed and eventually ask the  question “What is not waiting?”

Lisa L C’s picks include  Teachings of the Buddha by Jack Kornfield, which she keeps in the car to read at stop lights (don’t ask). She also selected two books from the “Best of Series”. She chose 2007 Best American Travel Writing edited by Susan Orlean, Best Food Writing of 2009 edited by Holly Hughes.  She then gave a general recommendation -since most people are looking for nightly dinner inspiration – to peruse cookbooks while waiting, in particular Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie by Patty Pinner and Alexandra Grablewski. This is a charming collection of pie recipes and character sketches of the ladies who make them.

J Lisa C chose Here in Harlem: poems in many voices by Walter Dean Myers.  She purchased this collection after reading Love That Dog a fabulous children’s book by Sharon Creech which uses Mr. Myers’ poetry.  She also selected Brave Companions, a collection of essays by David McCullough that inspired her move to DC years ago, and The Woman I Kept to Myself, a poetry collection by Julia Alvarez.

And of course no discussion about waiting would be complete without a mention of Dr. Suess’ classic Oh The Places You’ll Go. The Lisa’s strongly recommend a rereading of the section about Theodore Geisle’s dreaded  “waiting place.”

The jam tasting of the day was a sublime orange marmalade created by Clay Hollow Farm, which of course reminded them both of the Paddington Bear books.

The Lisas are working on a motto in homage to waiting inspired by today’s show — something along the lines of “without waiting we could not read.”

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LISTEN NOW to Sarah Stewart Taylor bookjam mar 10 or download the jamcasthttp://www.box.net/shared/j40njckl9n

A childhood – and adult – favorite

A Sarah Stewart Taylor mystery

Lisa and Lisa interview mystery writer, graphic novelist and children’s book author Sarah Stewart Taylor about books that are important to her.  We learn that Sarah is someone who re-reads books, rather than starting new fiction, when she’s working on her own projects.  The discussion focuses on some of her favorites and also on  books that didn’t hold up quite as well for her upon a second reading.

Sarah’s picks include The Secret Garden by Fraces Burnett, almost anything by EM Forster including  A Room With A View  and Howard’s End, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,  and A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.

Lisa and Lisa also mention their current reading lists.  Lisa L C’s picks include Sarah’s Sweeney St. George Mystery Series and Goat Song by Brad Kessler. J Lisa C’s latest top choices include  The  68 Rooms  a chapter book for children, Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis, and  in a new genre for her - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

For the puzzle minded, a summary of our “Book Baffler” follows. What novel contains this first line: “The room was a silent as a crypt?” Give up?  Sarah Stewart Taylor’s Still As Death.

We also added an actual jam (the food! the spread!) review to our show.  This week’s pick  — Whiting, Vermont’s “Blushing Rhubarb Jam”.  The verdict: delicious with a hint of raspberry and a great for a taste of summer during mud season.  Some books the Lisas chose to peruse while sampling this jam include Simply in Season, a simple and superb cookbook as well as King Arthur Flour’s Cookie Companion.

And while we did not really talk about her books, a note to listeners: books by Sarah Stewart Taylor also include a newly published graphic novel entitled Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.

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Another John Feinstein "hit"

He did, he did the Iditarod!

LISTEN NOW to Olympic Book March 2010 or download the jamcast at http://www.box.net/shared/r84dkhq7bf 

Inspired by the Olympics, Lisa and Lisa discuss books that remind them of the Olympics.  While only one book in this discussion is actually about the actual event, all deal with endurance and perseverance against the odds  while providing engrossing reads.

J Lisa C’s picks include John Feinstein’s sports series for young adults and Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing from the Golden Age of Exploration, 1800-1900 by Helen Whybrow.

Lisa LC’s picks are Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne, Winterdance by Gary Paulsen, Grayson by Lynne Cox, and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.

And be sure to listen to Lisa and Lisa’s new jam “tasting” and the weekly “Book Bind.”

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