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.