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Ep. 11: Venturing Outside Our Listening Comfort Zone

Length: 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Trying out a new genre can, at times, be a daunting task. In this episode, our Editors make the case for trying new genres with some surefire picks in horror, comedy, literary fiction, and memoir. Plus, Editor Aaron stops by to chat about his Hispanic Heritage Month list and what diversity and inclusion in literature means to him.

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IT Stephen King

The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum

Heart Shaped Box Joe Hill

Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher

Help Simon Amstell

I Feel Bad About My Neck Nora Ephron

The Disaster Artist Greg Sistero

Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders

Stoner John Williams

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Erika L. Sanchez

The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado

Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? Arc of Love Esther Perel

The Queen Mikal Gilmore

I'm From the Sun: The Gustafer Yellowgold Story Morgan Taylor

Heavy Kiese Laymon

November Road Lou Berney

My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady Hendrix

Washington Black Esi Edugyan

The Stranger Beside Me Ann Rule

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The premise of this episode is one editor (the genre enthusiast) suggesting - based upon some clarifying questions and personal knowledge - one or two 'gateway' audiobooks to another editor (the genre scrooge). This is a clever approach that the hosts have taken very seriously, and the result is an interesting back and forth that is well worth the listen.

Also included is a guest editor (Aaron) who covers some selections which tie into Hispanic Heritage Month.

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There is an honesty to the conversations here that really comes through the audio. You can almost feel the hosts' discomfort as they offer and receive their recommendations, searching for some common ground upon which they both can stand. I would be interested in a follow-up episode that covers whether the recommendations were successful or not!

While informative, the Hispanic Heritage Month conversation felt a bit bolted on, to be honest, and while Aaron eventually gets into a better groove as the episode goes on, his presentation is not as polished as the regular hosts of the show.

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Episode 11

I'm not into horror books or movies so I don't think I'll be getting any from this list but it was still interesting to hear about different books in this episode.