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Our 100th Episode!

We did it! We reached our 100th episode of Book Dreams! In celebration, we went back to our guests and asked them this question: What's one book you love and why do you love it? And so now, have we got book recommendations for you! Twenty-eight beloved books from twenty-four of our beloved guests. From old favorites to new discoveries, from short stories to epic doorstoppers, we’ve got your reading list mapped out for you for at least the next 100 episodes. Enjoy! And thanks, as always, for book dreaming with us.

Our Returning Guests & The Books They Love

Marlon James

Moon Witch, Spider King, by Marlon James

The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers

Nancy Pearl

Jeff Schwager

The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives, by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager

The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer

Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson

Dr. Laura Chuhan Campbell

The Bristol Merlin: Revealing the Secrets of a Medieval Fragment, by Leah Tether, Laura Chuhan Campbell, and Benjamin Pohl

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold

Jo Ann Beard

“The Fourth State of Matter,” by Jo Ann Beard

You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival, by Wesley Gibson

Tochi Onyebuchi

Goliath, by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Ann Marks

Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny, by Ann Marks

On Photography, by Susan Sontag

Marc Acito

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater, by Marc Acito

The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka

Casey Cep

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep

A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, by Harry Crews

Kathryn Schulz

Lost & Found: A Memoir, by Kathryn Schulz

All the Living: A Novel, by C. E. Morgan

Tom Lin

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu, by Tom Lin

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, by Eric Jay Dolin

Nicho Lowry

Still Life with Woodpecker: A Novel, by Tom Robbins

The Invisible Collection: Tales of Obsession and Desire, by Stefan Zweig

Laurie Frankel

One, Two, Three, by Laure Frankel

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

Rosemary Mosco

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird, by Rosemary Mosco

Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

The Exiles, by Christina Baker Kline

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

Michelle Bowdler

Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto, by Michelle Bowdler

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers

A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf

Tricia Elam Walker

Nana Akua Goes to School, by Tricia Elam Walker

Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

Megan Rosenbloom

Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, by Megan Rosenbloom

Ulysses, by James Joyce

Bryan Christy

In the Company of Killers, by Bryan Christy

Native Son, by Richard Wright

Hillary Jordan

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Anonymous Sex, by Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

The Women's Suffrage Movement, by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery, by Gerald Brom

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

Leonard S. Marcus

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, by Leonard S. Marcus

The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Marc Simont

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