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Literary Roadhouse Bookclub

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Literary Roadhouse Bookclub

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Each month the Literary Roadhouse hosts deeply read and discuss a literary novel.

Latest Episodes

Black Leopard Red Wolf - Marlon James - LRH Bookclub Ep 26

EDiscussion Notes: Black Leopard Red Wolf For this discussion we read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. In two weeks we will read The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Yoko Tawada. Rated: Exlicit. SUPER Explicit! We were supposed to release this book discussion in April. However, this book really did a number of Gerald, Colette and Anais. The gratuitous violence and sexual violence made the book difficult to read. We finally discussed it in May, and were slow to publish for similarly anguished reasons. We start the discussion by focusing on what we did like about the book, and there was a lot to love and admire. James’s talent is undeniable. However those talents were at times difficult to appreciate. There was too much unnecessary (and at times borderline silly) violence to get through. We reserve our rants for the last 15 minutes of the discussion. We will be releasing the next three book discussion two weeks apart to help us get back on schedule. Please leave an iTunes review! It he...

54 MIN2019 AUG 3
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Black Leopard Red Wolf - Marlon James - LRH Bookclub Ep 26

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 25

Discussion Notes: Exit West In January we read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Next month we will read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Rated: Clean Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Exit Westby Mohsin Hamid, which was short listed for the 2017 Booker prize. At the heart of this book is a romance, tested by a civil war, the painful life of a migrant on the run in foreign countries, and thelabyrinthine system of fictitious doors that lead them on their difficult trip across the globe. All three hosts loved the book, it’s tone, and light element of magical realism that tied the story together. Sorry we’re late with this one! Gerald and Anais run the editing behind the scenes in whatever free time they can find in busy lives. Gerald’s moved house and had no internet for 2 weeks, and Anais couldn’t keep up with all the shows without him! April should be back on track. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of...

61 MIN2019 MAR 15
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Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 25

Milkman - Anna Burns - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24

EDiscussion Notes: Milkman In January we read Milkman by Anna Burns. Next month we will read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean-ish Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussthe 2018 Booker prize winner Milkmanby Anna Burns. This challenging book examines gender, tribalism, the power of rumor, shame, and violence during The Troubles of the 1970s in what is presumably Belfast. As many reviewers before us have said, the prose can be difficult to read in long sittings. So we start there, get the complaints out of the way, then dive into all the rich storytelling, insights, and plot tendrils embedded in this breathtaking novel. We apologize for audio issues. Colette’s professional microphone had to be sent to the manufacturer to be replaced, and in the meantime we rolled the dice on a gaming headset, and the bet didn’t quite pan out, but it’s worth it for her invaluable insights and comments. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and k...

57 MIN2019 FEB 2
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Milkman - Anna Burns - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24

American Pastoral - Philip Roth - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23

EDiscussion Notes: American Pastoral In December we read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Next month we will read Milkman by Anna Burns. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussAmerican Pastoralby Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1998 about how a happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined from within. All three hosts thoroughly enjoyed the book, but took some issue with the repetitive prose. Nonetheless, the brilliant insights into humanity, immigration, assimilation, violence, and the futility of control sucked our hosts right into the plot and characters’ lives. They discuss the novel’s unusual framing device, clever setting, and much, much more. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litro...

58 MIN2019 JAN 4
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American Pastoral - Philip Roth - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23

Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 22

EDiscussion Notes: Sing, Unburied, Sing In November we read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Next month we will read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Rated: Difficult Themes, One F-bomb Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, a book the three of them thoroughly enjoyed. Despite being under 300 pages long, the novel felt full of spirit, meaning, and plot. Tune in to the gush fest and dig deeper into the themes Ward explores through her poetic prose, resonant symbols, and perfectly paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible. Psst: Full list of books discussed o...

61 MIN2018 DEC 9
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Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 22

azy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 21

EDiscussion Notes: Crazy Rich Asians In October we read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Next month we will read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Rated: Explicit Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Though not technically a literary novel, we decided to read this story due to its cultural relevance and novel subject matter. Be forewarned that we discuss this book as lovers of the literary, and often find ourselves demanding more. Nonetheless, we find plenty of gems inside this book, appreciate its cultural significance, and were entertained, no small feat for any novel – literary or otherwise. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcas...

73 MIN2018 NOV 2
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azy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 21

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 20

EDiscussion Notes: Manhattan Beach In September we read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Next month we will read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Rated: Explicit This week we welcome back Colette Sartor who joined us on the weekly short story discussion podcast to discuss “The Proxy Marriage” by Maile Meloy on Ep 123.Colette will be joining the bookclub as a regular host. Hooray! Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussManhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. In 2017, the novel was long listed for the National Book Award and selected by Time magazine as one of its top ten novels of that year. This historical crime novel gripped all three hosts with its broody mood, brilliant prose, and vivid characters. Through discussion, they try to unravel meaning from Egan’s twisty, fast-paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to he...

67 MIN2018 OCT 5
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Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 20

Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19

EDiscussion Notes: Here Comes the Sun In August we read Here Comes the Sunby Nicole Dennis-Benn. Next month we will read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Rated: Explicit This week the bookclub makes due with just Gerald and Anais! In spite of scheduling conflicts and the hurricane in Hawaii, the discussion went on! Our two hosts tackleHere Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn and grapple with the shades of darkness in thisbeautifully written novel that dwells on difficult and heavy themes. Through discussion, Gerald and Anais tease apart the plot from the themes and discover the moments they enjoyed most, and the moments that left them bewildered. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still ...

45 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19

Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18

Discussion Notes: Reservoir 13 In July we readReservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Next month we will readHere Comes the Sunby Nicole Dennis-Benn Rated: Clean Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor challenges reader expectations by subverting mystery tropes and dwelling on the aftermath of a disappearance, such as it may be. Gerald, Maya and Anais were joined by Erika Liodice. She is the author ofEmpty Arms: A Novelas well as the new children’s book seriesHigh Flyers: Rookie of the Year. Erikapens “The Indie Way” column on the popular fiction writing website, Writer Unboxed, and is a contributor toAuthor In Progress, the Writer Unboxed team’s first anthology. To learn more aboutErikaand her work, visiterikaliodice.com. Interview with Erika Anais sat down with Erika to discuss her novel which is also focused on a missing girl of sorts, and to discuss her more recent adventures in writing children’s books and racing pigeons. Yes, really, racing real pigeons.T...

45 MIN2018 AUG 3
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Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18

The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - LRH Bookclub Ep 17

EDiscussion Notes: The Sympathizer In June we readThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Next month we will readReservoir 13by Jon McGregor. Rated: Explicit Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, this gripping novelcenters around a mole in the Vietnamese army. The story follows his journey after he flees Vietnam. The book is often funny, sometimes horrifying, and always clever. Gerald and Anais were joined by Gael Gilliland. She is the founder of The Legacy Recorder (www.thelegacyrecorder.com)which helps people preserve their favorite moments and wisdom for generations to come. The Legacy Recorder works with both individuals and assisted living facilities to help preserve individual’s life stories. If she looks familiar, that’s because Gael had previously joined our weekly show for a discussion of The Kitchen Child by Angela Carter. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us...

48 MIN2018 JUL 6
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The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - LRH Bookclub Ep 17

Latest Episodes

Black Leopard Red Wolf - Marlon James - LRH Bookclub Ep 26

EDiscussion Notes: Black Leopard Red Wolf For this discussion we read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. In two weeks we will read The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Yoko Tawada. Rated: Exlicit. SUPER Explicit! We were supposed to release this book discussion in April. However, this book really did a number of Gerald, Colette and Anais. The gratuitous violence and sexual violence made the book difficult to read. We finally discussed it in May, and were slow to publish for similarly anguished reasons. We start the discussion by focusing on what we did like about the book, and there was a lot to love and admire. James’s talent is undeniable. However those talents were at times difficult to appreciate. There was too much unnecessary (and at times borderline silly) violence to get through. We reserve our rants for the last 15 minutes of the discussion. We will be releasing the next three book discussion two weeks apart to help us get back on schedule. Please leave an iTunes review! It he...

54 MIN2019 AUG 3
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Black Leopard Red Wolf - Marlon James - LRH Bookclub Ep 26

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 25

Discussion Notes: Exit West In January we read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Next month we will read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Rated: Clean Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Exit Westby Mohsin Hamid, which was short listed for the 2017 Booker prize. At the heart of this book is a romance, tested by a civil war, the painful life of a migrant on the run in foreign countries, and thelabyrinthine system of fictitious doors that lead them on their difficult trip across the globe. All three hosts loved the book, it’s tone, and light element of magical realism that tied the story together. Sorry we’re late with this one! Gerald and Anais run the editing behind the scenes in whatever free time they can find in busy lives. Gerald’s moved house and had no internet for 2 weeks, and Anais couldn’t keep up with all the shows without him! April should be back on track. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of...

61 MIN2019 MAR 15
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Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 25

Milkman - Anna Burns - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24

EDiscussion Notes: Milkman In January we read Milkman by Anna Burns. Next month we will read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean-ish Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussthe 2018 Booker prize winner Milkmanby Anna Burns. This challenging book examines gender, tribalism, the power of rumor, shame, and violence during The Troubles of the 1970s in what is presumably Belfast. As many reviewers before us have said, the prose can be difficult to read in long sittings. So we start there, get the complaints out of the way, then dive into all the rich storytelling, insights, and plot tendrils embedded in this breathtaking novel. We apologize for audio issues. Colette’s professional microphone had to be sent to the manufacturer to be replaced, and in the meantime we rolled the dice on a gaming headset, and the bet didn’t quite pan out, but it’s worth it for her invaluable insights and comments. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and k...

57 MIN2019 FEB 2
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Milkman - Anna Burns - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24

American Pastoral - Philip Roth - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23

EDiscussion Notes: American Pastoral In December we read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Next month we will read Milkman by Anna Burns. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussAmerican Pastoralby Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1998 about how a happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined from within. All three hosts thoroughly enjoyed the book, but took some issue with the repetitive prose. Nonetheless, the brilliant insights into humanity, immigration, assimilation, violence, and the futility of control sucked our hosts right into the plot and characters’ lives. They discuss the novel’s unusual framing device, clever setting, and much, much more. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litro...

58 MIN2019 JAN 4
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American Pastoral - Philip Roth - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23

Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 22

EDiscussion Notes: Sing, Unburied, Sing In November we read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Next month we will read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Rated: Difficult Themes, One F-bomb Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, a book the three of them thoroughly enjoyed. Despite being under 300 pages long, the novel felt full of spirit, meaning, and plot. Tune in to the gush fest and dig deeper into the themes Ward explores through her poetic prose, resonant symbols, and perfectly paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible. Psst: Full list of books discussed o...

61 MIN2018 DEC 9
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Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 22

azy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 21

EDiscussion Notes: Crazy Rich Asians In October we read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Next month we will read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Rated: Explicit Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Though not technically a literary novel, we decided to read this story due to its cultural relevance and novel subject matter. Be forewarned that we discuss this book as lovers of the literary, and often find ourselves demanding more. Nonetheless, we find plenty of gems inside this book, appreciate its cultural significance, and were entertained, no small feat for any novel – literary or otherwise. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcas...

73 MIN2018 NOV 2
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azy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 21

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 20

EDiscussion Notes: Manhattan Beach In September we read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Next month we will read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Rated: Explicit This week we welcome back Colette Sartor who joined us on the weekly short story discussion podcast to discuss “The Proxy Marriage” by Maile Meloy on Ep 123.Colette will be joining the bookclub as a regular host. Hooray! Gerald, Anais, and Colette discussManhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. In 2017, the novel was long listed for the National Book Award and selected by Time magazine as one of its top ten novels of that year. This historical crime novel gripped all three hosts with its broody mood, brilliant prose, and vivid characters. Through discussion, they try to unravel meaning from Egan’s twisty, fast-paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to he...

67 MIN2018 OCT 5
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Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 20

Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19

EDiscussion Notes: Here Comes the Sun In August we read Here Comes the Sunby Nicole Dennis-Benn. Next month we will read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Rated: Explicit This week the bookclub makes due with just Gerald and Anais! In spite of scheduling conflicts and the hurricane in Hawaii, the discussion went on! Our two hosts tackleHere Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn and grapple with the shades of darkness in thisbeautifully written novel that dwells on difficult and heavy themes. Through discussion, Gerald and Anais tease apart the plot from the themes and discover the moments they enjoyed most, and the moments that left them bewildered. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Support us on Patreon We’re still ...

45 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19

Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18

Discussion Notes: Reservoir 13 In July we readReservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Next month we will readHere Comes the Sunby Nicole Dennis-Benn Rated: Clean Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor challenges reader expectations by subverting mystery tropes and dwelling on the aftermath of a disappearance, such as it may be. Gerald, Maya and Anais were joined by Erika Liodice. She is the author ofEmpty Arms: A Novelas well as the new children’s book seriesHigh Flyers: Rookie of the Year. Erikapens “The Indie Way” column on the popular fiction writing website, Writer Unboxed, and is a contributor toAuthor In Progress, the Writer Unboxed team’s first anthology. To learn more aboutErikaand her work, visiterikaliodice.com. Interview with Erika Anais sat down with Erika to discuss her novel which is also focused on a missing girl of sorts, and to discuss her more recent adventures in writing children’s books and racing pigeons. Yes, really, racing real pigeons.T...

45 MIN2018 AUG 3
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Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor - Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18

The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - LRH Bookclub Ep 17

EDiscussion Notes: The Sympathizer In June we readThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Next month we will readReservoir 13by Jon McGregor. Rated: Explicit Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, this gripping novelcenters around a mole in the Vietnamese army. The story follows his journey after he flees Vietnam. The book is often funny, sometimes horrifying, and always clever. Gerald and Anais were joined by Gael Gilliland. She is the founder of The Legacy Recorder (www.thelegacyrecorder.com)which helps people preserve their favorite moments and wisdom for generations to come. The Legacy Recorder works with both individuals and assisted living facilities to help preserve individual’s life stories. If she looks familiar, that’s because Gael had previously joined our weekly show for a discussion of The Kitchen Child by Angela Carter. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us...

48 MIN2018 JUL 6
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The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - LRH Bookclub Ep 17
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