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Winter book show: Local lit lovers share their favorite new reads

Relaxation at home. Close up of a cup of tea and a book on a burning fireplace background
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Winter is a good time to catch up on reading, so our guests dish up some of their latest favorite books.

Having trouble picking a book out of that pile on your nightstand? Looking for a juicy mystery novel or biography to get you through this season of chilly, dark days? Or maybe you need the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life.

This hour, it’s our annual winter books show. A local librarian and two booksellers share their reading recommendations.

Our guests are:

  • Clea Boone, bookseller and "Science Fiction Queen" from Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro
  • Megan Butterfield, youth library manager, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington
  • Katya d’Angelo, owner of Bridgeside Books in Waterbury

Books recommended by our guests and listeners (in no order):

  • "Cloud Cuckoo Land" by Anthony Doerr
  • "Our Country Friends" by Gary Shteyngart
  • "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • "The Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See
  • "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman
  • "Dinners With Ruth" by Nina Totenberg
  • "Madly Truly" by Alan Rickman
  • "The Book Eaters" by Sunyi Dean
  • "Olga" by Bernhard Schlink
  • "Granite Kingdom" by Eric Pope
  • "Vermont Almanac Volume III" (a Vermont Public underwriter)
  • "Nevada" by Imogen Binnie
  • "Thistlefoot" by GennaRose Nethercott
  • "She Who Became the Sun" by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • "Maple & Rosemary" by Alison James
  • "Speak Up!" by Rebecca Burgess
  • "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • "Killer Underwear Invasion:  How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation and Conspiracy Theories" by Elise Gravel
  • "Endlessly Ever After" by Laurel Snyder (illustrated by Dan Santat)
  • "Expeditionary Force" series by Craig Alanson
  • "A Raven's Shadow" series by Anthony Ryan
  • "Pale Rider" by Laura Finney
  • "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel
  • "My Grandson Lew" by Charlotte Zolotow
  • "The Last Cuentista" by Donna Barba Higuera
  • "Walking in Light" by Sandra Ingerman
  • "Journey With Plant Spirits" by Emma Farrell
  • "The Four Treasures of the Sky" by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Broadcast live at noon on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra worked on Vermont Edition as a producer and editor from 2022 to 2024.