Month: September 2017

Episode 9: Hispanic Heritage Month – Fiction

Episode 9: Hispanic Heritage Month – Fiction

Hey Book Friends!  We had a technical oops.  Here is the full episode for you to enjoy!

This week, Kyrie and Cori continue their exploration of reading Hispanic/Latino authors in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Kyrie and Cori meet over their lunch time so they each bring their own beverages.

Kyrie’s pick: Shadow of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron

Cori’s pick: Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

They found them to be two very unique and quirky reads, but found some interesting parallels and a few similar themes.

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori discuss banned books! Banned Book Week is happening right now (September 24 -30).  Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books.

Kyrie’s pick: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Cori’s pick: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

Episode 8: Hispanic Heritage Month – Nonfiction

Episode 8: Hispanic Heritage Month – Nonfiction

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss non-fiction books by Hispanic/Latino authors to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Cori gives a history lesson about this heritage month. During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori shake things up and drink Yogi India Spice. It’s a lighter version of Chai tea, and would be delicious during the winter time when we’re looking for something warm and cozy.

Kyrie’s pick this week is Nobody’s Son by Luis Alberto Urrea and is a roller coaster ride of Luis’ life of being half white and half hispanic and his way in the world. Perhaps not being white enough for his mother, while maybe not being hispanic enough for his father’s side.

Cori’s selection, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming to Age in America by Helen Thorpe which takes on a journalistic approach on following 4 women, all the same age, who go to the same school, and who are friends. Two of them are legal immigrants, while two are not. This book follows them along as they start the college career and how their are different opportunities for each girl.  Given that DACA is back in the news, this read is very timely and highly recommended.

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori continue in participating in Hispanic Heritage Month by reading fiction books from Hispanic/Latino authors. Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

Kyrie’s pick: Shadow of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron

Cori’s pick: Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

References:
https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Episode 7: Simply the best… better than all the rest?

Episode 7: Simply the best… better than all the rest?

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss bestsellers they selected, as well as some history on what makes a bestseller a bestseller! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori shake things up and drink fermented tea known as Kombucha! They try humm coconut lime kombucha–it’s delicious and feels like there is a party in the mouth! Not very vinegary, which Cori enjoys. 

Back to discussing books, Kyrie’s pick this week is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly where readers are transported back to WWII in a Polish war camp. The story follows four women who end up being interconnected. This book really touched upon things that Kyrie and Cori enjoy in a book: strong female protagonists, historical, based on true events, characters you love and hate, and a compelling and engaging story line.

Cori’s selection, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, takes us to current New York City and the restaurant industry where Tess, our main protagonist, learns lessons on growing up, working in a restaurant, love, food, and heartbreak.

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori participate in Hispanic Heritage Month by reading non-fiction books from Hispanic/Latino authors. Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

Kyrie’s pick: Nobody’s Son by Luis Alberto Urrea

Cori’s pick: Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming to Age in America by Helen Thorpe

 

Episode 6: Creating Factually Accurate Narratives

Episode 6: Creating Factually Accurate Narratives

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the creative nonfiction/literary journalism they selected, as well as some history on what creative nonfiction/literary journalism is. During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori have brought their own coffee to sip on cause this week has them needing a bit more caffeine this morning.

Kyrie’s pick, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot makes us question medical consent and what it means. This book is now a movie, but we recommend reading the book and getting more of the story. This remarkable woman was able to diagnose herself with cancer by going to medical doctors and explaining the knot in her insides. During the time of Henrietta, racism, segregation, and the KKK were still strong, yet this one amazing black woman basically paved the way to medical discoveries.

Cori’s pick, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison takes on a different role and explores how we do or don’t understand others. Leslie was a medical actor who was paid to act our symptoms for future nurses and doctors, and this brought on the story of how we feel for other people in our world. Leslie’s short essays explore topics from medical to poverty and how we’re all just looking to connect with one another.

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of best-sellers. Read along or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing:Daniel Stearman.

Recommendations  

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

In Cold Blood by Truman Captoe

Into the Wild by Jack Krauker

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Kyrie’s Pick: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 

Cori’s Pick: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler



References:

What is Creative Nonfiction?

Creative Nonfiction