014 Night Wakings, Grief, and the Healing Power of Poetry

A chat with Val, beach reads, and some non-fiction for good measure

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Our Guest: Valerie Brandt.

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Featured books in this episode:

  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (Amanda’s beach read)

  • Beach Read by Emily Henry- (aVal’s bawdy rom-com beach read)

  • Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

  • Grown and Flown by Lisa Heffernan Mary Dell Harrington

  • Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown (Content Considerations: Language)

  • Sweet People are Everywhere by Alice Walker

  • The Bargain Bride by Evelyn Sibley Lampman (Ambre also referred to Three Knocks on the Wall and Princess of Fort Vancouver, though not by name)

  • The Memory Box: A Book About Grief by Joanna Rowland and Thea Baker

  • The Treasure Box by Dave Keane, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell.

  • All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nichols

  • Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

  • Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel

  • They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

  • Unbetrothed by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz

  • Monster in the Hollows (Wingfeather Saga book 3) by Andrew Peterson

  • Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: Their lives, their times, their duel by Anna Erskine Crouse and Russell Crouse (a Landmark book)

  • Thomas Jefferson, His Many Talents by Johanna Johnston

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • Almost Nothing, yet Everything: A Book about Water by Hiroshi Osada, illustrated by Ryoji Arai

  • A Drop Of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick

  • 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by Doug Griffiths (Val mentioned this one in passing but we didn’t get around to discussing it)

Here’s a link to the article Ambre still wants to finish reading on Motherhood as a Hero’s Journey.


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