If you’re a bibliophile, what could be better than a book about books? This week, Trevor and Paul are joined by their good friend Simon Thomas to talk about their favorite novels set in the world of books, authors, libraries and bookstores. We each choose three favorites, but we certainly don’t limit our discussion to those nine choices. From Matilda and Bunnicula to Umberto Eco and Rose Macauley (and many, many more), this is another episode that is sure to bolster your TBR pile!

We hope you enjoy this episode!


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All of the books brought up in this episode!

  • Miss Hargreaves, by Frank Baker
  • Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield
  • Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, by Barbara Comyns
  • Jawbone, by Monica Ojeda
  • The Scent of Water, by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Saint Sebastian’s Abyss, by Mark Haber
  • Reinhardt’s Garden, by Mark Haber
  • Headlong, by Michael Frayn
  • Bunnicula, by James and Deborah Howe
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  • Famous Five, by Enid Blyton
  • Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  • 2666, by Roberto Bolaño
  • Nazi Literature in the Americas, by Roberto Bolaño
  • Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
  • The Priory, by Dorothy Whipple
  • The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
  • Iliad, by Homer
  • Odyssey, by Homer
  • Phantoms on the Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet
  • Cards on the Table, by Agathe Christie
  • The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell
  • Riceyman Steps, by Arnold Bennett
  • Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley
  • Possession, by A.S. Byatt
  • If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino
  • Misery, by Stephen King
  • Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
  • Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  • Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham
  • Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  • Ask the Dust, by John Fante
  • Hunger, by Knut Hamsun
  • Pan, by Knut Hamsun
  • Inferno, by Dan Brown
  • Artforum, by Cesar Aira
  • Angel, by Elizabeth Taylor
  • Palladian, by Elizabeth Taylor
  • A Wreath of Roses, by Elizabeth Taylor
  • Drifts, by Kate Zambreno
  • Zuckerman Unbound, by Philip Roth
  • The Ghost Writer, by Philip Roth
  • American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
  • Portnoy’s Complaint, by Philip Roth
  • The Counterlife, by Philip Roth
  • Keeping Up Appearances, by Rose Macaulay
  • The Towers of Trebizond, by Rose Macaulay
  • The World My Wilderness, by Rose Macaulay
  • Too Loud a Solitude, by Bohumil Hrabal
  • Edwin Mulhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943 – 1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright, by Steven Millhauser
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, by Steven Millhauser

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The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast is a book chat podcast. Every few weeks we are talking about some bookish topic or another.

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