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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2020/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: american dirt, , jeanine cummins, , podcasts   

    The B&N Podcast: Jeanine Cummins on American Dirt 

    Lydia Pérez is an ordinary bookseller in Acapulco, Mexico, when an article by her journalist husband makes her family a target for a drug cartel. In an instant, Lydia and her family become migrants, fleeing for their lives. Their story is the center of Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt a powerful and often harrowing story of love, sacrifice, and hope. John Grisham, Stephen King, and Oprah Winfrey are all talking about this timely novel that features an unforgettable mother and son at its heart. Our booksellers can’t stop thinking about American Dirt either, which is why we’ve made it our February 2020 Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick. The author sat down with B&N’s Miwa Messer to take us behind the making of this propulsive story.

    ambién de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

    Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

    Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

    Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

    American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

    Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.


    Like this podcast? Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher to discover intriguing new conversations every week.

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  • Heidi Fiedler 5:50 pm on 2016/02/22 Permalink
    Tags: , podcasts, ,   

    8 Books That Would Make Awesome Podcasts 

    I’m subscribed to 20 podcasts (related: I work at home and take many walks), and I think there are some smarty-pants authors who need to jump on this audio bandwagon pronto. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast was originally meant to help promote her book Big Magic, which would have been a huge bestseller with or without marketing geniuses behind it, but it was also a passion project for Liz and her listeners. People felt like they got to know her. She got to know her readers. And it was all a big lovefest!  Likewise, the ever-savvy Gretchen Rubin paired up with her sister to create a podcast that’s being downloaded like crazy. So who will be the next author to join the world of podcasts? These are my picks for the next “Serial”—you’re listening to Season 2, right?

    “Let’s Be Friends” with Mindy Kaling
    Podcasts are often a way to feel like you’re hanging out with friends even when you’re really just driving a long and lonely commute. After reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?, we know Mindy Kaling is a totally relatable (but wiser and more successful) version of us. With her funny stories and quick insights, who wouldn’t want to hang out with her on a walk around the neighborhood, or over a sink full of dishes?

    Bossy? Yes, Please!” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
    Despite our wildest dreams, Tina and Amy can’t be everywhere at once, but they probably wouldn’t mind calling each other once a week to make a podcast. In fact, I think it might be the highlight of their weeks—and ours. Until they can host every award show, run for President, and pretty much shrink down and ride along in our pockets every day, having them whisper wisdom and wit in our ears via a podcast is the next best thing.

    Year of Yes” with Shonda Rhimes
    Can we just have a show where we all call in and ask Shonda’s advice on whether we should do something or not and the answer is always yes? “Hello, this is Shonda. What’s your next adventure?” “I’m thinking about building an underground tunnel filled with tulips and murals, so the musicians in my neighborhood have somewhere to play when it gets cold in the subways. But I don’t know. Should I do that?” “Oh, yes!” Yes, let’s do that.

    Unstoppable” with Bill Nye
    I would also love to listen to Bill Nye take down all the people who say “Science? Meh, it’s not for me.” or “Global warming? It feels pretty cold out right now.” Of course, Bill would be entirely civilized and never wrinkle his bow tie. But dang, you know his arguments would be on point, and we could all rest easier knowing the scientists of the world have won the latest bewildering battle.

    “Wholehearted Living” with Brené Brown
    I’m pretty sure that between her appearances with Oprah, her Courage Works class, and writing bestselling books, Dr. Brown doesn’t need any more work to do, but oh, we would eat her podcast up! That Texas twang? Her hilarious anecdotes? Call-ins from people who’ve read the books but just can’t figure out how they apply to their own lives? I’m ready to subscribe right now!

    Thrive” with Ariana Huffington
    Being boss is big business in the podcast world. And who’s a better boss than Ariana Huffington? Let’s hear her interview celebrity friends, leading entrepreneurs, and quieter heroes about the work they do and how they balance well-being with the drive to succeed. If we can’t get Ariana to do it, can we ask Nasim Pedrad to do a podcast as Ariana instead?

    Smarter, Better, Faster” with Charles Duhigg
    You’re already fast enough, are you? Don’t need to be any smarter to take over the world? Suit yourself. But if you want to hack your way to the top, Duhigg has some tips. Listening to them doled out in weekly podcast format would be the perfect way to test and try his ideas in your own life. If his research doesn’t convince you, on-air interviews with CEOs,  four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters will.

    Norwegian Wood” with Lars Mitting (and his translator)
    I’m going to be honest. I spent a few minutes trying to figure out whether there’s a way to take the adult coloring-book craze and turn it into a podcast, but I haven’t cracked that one yet. But if you’re looking for something just as soothing, might I suggest an entire podcast devoted to the art of chopping, drying, and stacking wood the Scandinavian way? This just might be the podcast equivalent of watching the yule log on TV.

    What book would you love to listen to as a podcast? 

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