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The official start of summer is just around the corner, but with kids finishing school and Memorial Day in the past, it feels like summer is already here. Warmer weather, longer evenings, outdoor eating . . . it can be such a lovely time of year.

In this episode, Paul and Trevor devote a good chunk to discussing summer reading in general and plans for our own hot months of 2022.

And part of those plans include a Mookse and Gripes Podcast bookclub! Help us choose which of these four books to read: Speedboat, by Renata Adler; Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges; The Children of Dynmouth, by William Trevor; or A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather.

We also come together in this episode and talk about our second batch of assigned reading, which includes Mauro Javier Cárdenas’s Aphasia and Jean Giono’s Ennemonde, translated by Bill Johnston.

We hope you enjoy this episode!


All of the books brought up in this episode!

  • Aphasia, by Mauro Javier Cárdenas
  • Ennemonde, by Jean Giono, translated by Bill Johnston
  • Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen Ambrose
  • A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
  • Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, by Philip Connors
  • River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile, by Candice Millard
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  • Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury
  • We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
  • Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  • The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson
  • The Mountain Lion, by Jean Stafford
  • It, by Stephen King
  • The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley
  • “Getting Close,” by Steven Millhauser
  • Trust, by Hernan Diaz
  • Paradais, Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes
  • Inland, by Gerald Murnane
  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Speedboat, by Renata Adler
  • Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Children of Dynmouth, by William Trevor
  • A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather
  • The Revolutionaries Try Again, by  Mauro Javier Cárdenas
  • Hill, by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
  • Melville, by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
  • A King Alone, by Jean Giono, translated by Alyson Waters
  • The Open Road, by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
  • Occupation Journal, by Jean Giono, translated by Jody Gladding

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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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