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S2E11: The Underdog

S2E11: The Underdog

Hi Book Friends – our awesome sound editor, Daniel let us know that the recording quality was not so great this time around…  Not sure what happened. Oh, technology. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books that have underdogs, as well as some history on what an underdog is–literally! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink delicious iced tea, but not just any iced tea, it’s Books and Tea Herbal tea. Kyrie rode her bike today and Cori must have picked up on her not wanting to drink anything hot. What’s so nice about the herbal blend is that it’s subtle but refreshing. You can taste everything in it (the citrus, the mango, the mint, the green rooibos!) and we love it so much!

Speaking of tea, did you know we are currently doing a GoFundMe campaign to earn some money for our operating expenses?! Well, head over to our page and see what to donate to get some groovy items from us, including tea, book recommendations, a book, and the chance to be on our show!

Kyrie was too busy traveling Europe to read any of these books. Well, Kyrie tried to read her book, but alas, it had too many words–and we all know how Kyrie feels about that. So fortunately, Cori read both of these books and gives an overview and discusses why she may or may not like them!

Kyrie’s pick, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown follows, as you guessed it, nine men from America rowing their way to the Olympics.

Cori’s selection, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand is about a horse.  But not just any horse. A thoroughbred racing horse who, to the amazement of many, achieved greatness in the 1930’s.  It’s also about his people: owner, jockey, and trainer.


The Dog Healers by Mark Winik.  A copy was provided in exchange for a fair review.  His agent noticed we were going to be talking about underdogs and thought this might be a fun tie in.  Cori’s Review is posted on social media.

FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine.  Mark Winik’s debut novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.  In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture’s ideas about female roles, plunging into the shadowy reaches of the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches.  To her, money is just the means to her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill oraggressive. Isabella wields wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations, exerting a still greater spell on men. This includes her handsome protege Carlos, who yearns  for the love Isabella shares with her dogs.
But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount.  Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you’ve got dogs you’re not in it alone.

Next Episode

Coming up next time, Kyrie and Cori explore LGBTQ+ books in honor of Pride Month! Yay love!Kyrie’s Pick: Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Cori’s Pick: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel





S2E8: The Mountains Are Calling

S2E8: The Mountains Are Calling

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the nature themed books they selected to honor Earth Day, even though they are both firm believers that Earth Day is every day! So, it really doesn’t matter that Earth Day was on April 22.  Here is a little history on Earth Day if you aren’t familiar with it already.


During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Rishi’s Green Mint tea, which is a delicious cool blend of green and mint. Without either ingredient being overpowering, this is the perfect tea for cold days (or upset stomachs) or iced for summer.

Kyrie’s pick, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben takes us through multiple tree forests as we find out that trees, like humans, help one another, are better in a pack, have a cool kids club, and can  be assholes too and let someone in the pack get sick. A fascinating examination of multiple types of trees and their abilities to warn off insects (and seduce them to come over), warn off animals that eat leaves (yes, it hurts them!), and how they make sweet, sweet, tree love.

Cori’s selection,The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams is exploration of the psychological and physiological impacts of spending time in nature.  Spoiler alert – it is good for your health. Williams travels the globe to investigate what research is being done and what various countries are doing to encourage people to get outside.  She also starts parsing out what kind of nature and how much seems to have the most impact on the average person.


Indiebound is a collaboration between the independent bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association, It is all about independent bookstores and the power of “local first” shopping. Locally owned independent businesses put more money back into the economy of their local communities by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases. That means more money for sound schools, green parks, strong police and fire departments, and smooth roads, all in your neighborhood.

I did a little research and your average savings on individual books with one of those big companies is $6 to $10.  I am guessing most of us fritter that away on a weekly or monthly basis. Why not pay that little extra to help that author earn a little more or help keep someone in your community employed.

By using our link, you can either purchase a book online through Indiebound or find your closest locally owned bookstore.  For example, if you are listening in Flagstaff, it will tell you to visit Brightside Bookshop to purchase the books we are talking about.  

Coming Up Next Week
Kyrie and Cori read poetry, which Cori might be dreading as much as Kyrie dreaded short stories.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Cori’s Pick: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

S2E6: The Future is Female

S2E6: The Future is Female

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books picked for Women’s Month! Kyrie also gives an overview/history of Women’s Month.  This post does contain affiliate links for companies we have partnered with.  Your clicks and purchases help us fund our operating costs.  


Tea Time

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink a whole leaf white tea made by The Tea Spot called the Meditative Mind. The tea has the taste of jasmine green tea, white tea, and rosebuds. This tea is meant to be calming and help reduce tension through aromatherapy. Kyrie prefers less flower taste, while Cori, as it turns out, has already had multiple cups of this one.

Cori subscribed for a tea box every month by Sips By, where they provide you with four teas to try, a reusable muslin tea bag, and disposable bags (amounting to 45 cups of tea). Head over to Sips By to fill out a profile and try it out yourself AND get $5 off your first box!

Book Time

We had some technical difficulties, and actually did this episode twice!  

Kyrie’s pick is The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.  This popular non-fiction read takes an immersive journalistic approach to explore the phenomenon of Afghan families turning one of their daughters into male child, at least until puberty.  Although not publicly discussed, this is a socially acceptable option for families without a son and leads to more prestige for the family. Nordberg interviews various families who have done this along with young women who have had this experience.

Cori’s selection is All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.  It provides a “quick overview” of women’s history and the feminist movement.  Traister’s primary objective is to research and evaluate why women are marrying later along with the advantages and disadvantages that come with this trend.  

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Coming Up Next Time
Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of what we call brain candy, aka “Chick Lit” with an exploration of a popular British author and American author.

Kyrie’s Pick: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Cori’s Pick: My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella



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.


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


What is Creative Nonfiction?

Creative Nonfiction