In what is probably the rarest confluence since the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON, we are dropping a new pod on the same day we release our picks for the best books of February. The timing is auspicious, and convenient. Instead of having to come up with something to talk about, we can drop into one of our comfiest zones: telling people about a handful of our favorite books coming out over the next four weeks. (You can see every single one of them here.)
On top of that, Chris Schluep interviews Stephanie Land about Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. In his introduction, Chris describes Land's memoir as "A little divisive – you rarely hear the story of the working poor from the point of view of the actual working poor, and that's what I responded to in this book."
Picks for the best books of February (1:06):
- Adrian on Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger: "It's about a young house boy in Malaysia who's trying to find the severed finger of his dead master... and his dead master may or may not be a were-tiger. So at this point, I'm all in."
- Erin on Whitney Scharer's The Age of Light: "The very complicated relationship between the famed surrealist photographer Man Ray and his muse, Lee Miller.... Even if you do not know who these people are, it's a fascinating story in its own right."
- Chris on Alex Michaelides's The Silent Patient: "Depending on the date you're listening to this, either you are about to hear a lot about this book and see it everywhere, or you're already seeing it everywhere.... I think this is probably the first big thriller of the year."
- Jon on Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman's Sounds Like Titanic: "In this age of malleable facts, of fungible facts, of fake stuff, it hits a lot of good notes and asks interesting questions about what it means to be truthful to yourself... whether or not 'fake it till you make it' is a valid path."
Interview with Stephanie Land (9:53):
"I think there was one client who read the book and was commenting about it on Facebook, and she's like, 'It's so great!' Wow, you didn't recognize yourself in there, did ya?"
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