Month: November 2017

Episode 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

Episode 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

This week, Kyrie and Cori read nonfiction books about Native Americans in honour of Native American Heritage Month. Cori has prepared her version of a pumpkin spice chai latte using Tazo Tea’s Pumpkin Chai.

Kyrie’s pick, Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder by Kent Nerburn explores the reservation and the tales of an Lakota Elder named Dan, to write Dan’s perspective of not only life of a Native American, but white privilege, the taking away of rights by white people, and easy life of paying attention to mother earth. After a faulty start, Kent get’s “kidnapped” and taken on the back roads as Dan tells his story and changes Kent’s perspective.

Cori’s Pick, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s. The Osage became some of the wealthiest people in the country after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. The mystery of who is orchestrating these killings and what else David Gran discovers in his research will keep you engaged and guessing until the end.

That President that served more than two terms we were wondering about? Franklin D. Roosevelt! According to the website: “The only president to serve more than two terms was Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1940 he won the election for his third term. Four years later in 1944, he ran again. He became the only president to be elected to a fourth term. However, he was president for only a year into his fourth term before he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away.”

We’re taking a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will release our final episode after we all recuperate from our turkey comas. Stay tuned as we continue our exploration and honoring of Native American Heritage Month in our final episode of the season with fiction books.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Orenda – Joseph Boyden

Cori’s Pick: Last Standing Woman – Winona LaDuke

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for listening.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_Indian_Heritage_Month

https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/about/

http://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month

Episode 15: Horror scary stories

Episode 15: Horror scary stories

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the books they selected for the horror/scary genre, as well as what the heck the difference between horror, thriller, and suspense genres! Here’s a sneak peek at the findings:  all deal with fear.  During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Yogi Cranberry Spice Probiotic . It’s a bit bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Kyrie and Cori think it’s just ok.
Kyrie’s pick,World War Z by Max Brooks, goes into full detail/testimonials of what happened with the big zombie apocalypse has happened. There isn’t much of a plot, but mostly just people’s stories at different times and places as this zombie apocalypse was happening. According to Max, he took things that have technically already happened and just added zombies!

 

Cori’s selection, Security by Gina Wohlsdorf, is about killers in a luxury hotel that is about to open.  One by one, the employees are being killed off, and only you and the omniscient narrator knows what is going on for quite some time.  The story is literally told through the view of the gazillion security cameras.  Like all good slasher stories, you can expect a high body count and some gruesome blood and guts visuals/descriptions.

Coming Up Next Week:

Kyrie and Cori explore Native American Heritage Month by reading nonfiction pieces

Kyrie’s Pick: Neither wolf nor dog: on the forgotten roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn

Cori’s Pick: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI –  David Grann

References:
https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/2nq32g/what_are_the_differences_between_horror_suspense/

Episode 14: It’s close to midnight…something evil’s lurking from the dark

Episode 14: It’s close to midnight…something evil’s lurking from the dark

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the books they selected for the thriller genre, as well as some history on what a thriller book is! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Tazo Organic Peach Green Tea. Although not usually fruit tea fans, we typically like the combination of peach and green.  Maybe it needed to steep longer, but it really didn’t have the strongest of flavors. Cori added a splash of lemonade to it for a very simple version of Starbucks’s Medicineball drink.

Kyrie’s pick, Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Hayes. Kyrie picked this book based on the GoodReads reviews and thought it would be a quick, captivating, and intense book, and boy, it did not disappoint. Getting sucked into the different versions of Cathy and how dramatically her life changed after a huge event, and then holding your breath as you realize that something evil has come back to her. A great read that can give you the creeps!

Cori’s selection, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a science fiction thriller. Having loved the Wayward Pine Trilogy, Cori was interested in his next book. It definitely sucked Cori in with an intriguing first sentence; she managed to read it in one sitting. It almost has too much theoretical physics, but the story line kept them hooked. It is a story of time travel and how both small and big life choices could create alternate realities. At it’s heart, it is about love and finding your way back home.

Other thriller books:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Likeness by Tana French  (A personal favourite of Kyrie)

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson (A favorite of Cori’s.  Click through for the Kindle bargain price of $1.99!)

Coming Up Next Week Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of horror thriller stories
Kyrie’s Pick: World War Z by Max Brooks

Cori’s Pick: Security by Gina Wholsdorf

References:
Thriller genre