Eight Books That Made Me Podcast

 In Eight Books That Made Me, Linda Michel-Cassidy interviews speakers and performers from our Mill Valley Public Library After Hours events to discover the eight books that made them who they are. Available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play. In 8 Books Remix episodes, librarian Natalie McCall talks with the most talented and innovative authors in Young Adult Literature about five books they fell in love with during formative periods of their lives and three books they wish both teens and adults would read. Anyone who loves books, whether they’ve read any contemporary Young Adult Literature or not, will love these conversations between passionate book lovers. Episodes are edited by writer Sarah Broderick. 

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Episode 9 Remix: Stacey Lee

April 30, 2019 

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In the first of our spinoff segments of the library’s Eight Books That Made Me podcast, authors talk about the five books that influenced them as teens and writers and pitch three must-read books by their peers. #8BooksRemix

Author Stacey Lee chats about the books that influenced her life and career, from the controversial children’s classic readers love (or hate) to the first book she ever read with a character who shared her Chinese-American background.

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Episode 7: Arlie Russell Hochschild

April 19, 2018 

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Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild presents the books that inspired and informed her professional interest in crossing "empathy walls," from the work of C. Wright Mills, who connected personal troubles with public issues, to W. J. Cash's Mind of the South, a predecessor to her own work exploring Southern identity. Reflecting on George Orwell's inspiring essays on writing, Hochschild also touches on the theory behind her on-the-ground sociological research and discusses her recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Fear and Mourning on the American Right.

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Episode 6: Brian Turner

February 16, 2018 

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Poet and veteran Brian Turner musters his list of eight formative books, offering his unique take on classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the war stories Cross of Iron and Slaughterhouse Five, and delighting our host by introducing her to Ismail Kadare's lyric tale of oppressive bureaucracy, The Palace of Dreams.

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Episode 5: Stephen Hinshaw

November 15, 2017 

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Psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, author of Another Kind of Madness, a memoir of mental illness in his own family, discusses the books closest to his heart. Some deal directly with mental illness, like Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle and William Styron's account of his own depression, Darkness Visible. Some deal with wrenching moral dilemmas, like Beloved and Sophie's Choice. And he draws it all together with E. O. Wilson's Consilience, which seeks to unify all knowledge.

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