We Discuss Our Reading Influences With J. Ryan Stradal

Gayle and Nicole welcome Gayle’s literary hero J. Ryan Stradal to the show to talk about childhood reading influences. We also talk about the authors J. Ryan turns to to help make him feel empathetic toward his characters, why he doesn’t give up on authors, and whether it’s OK to dogear pages and mark up books.

Books mentioned:
Kitchens Of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center
The Cactus League by Emily Nemens
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Work by Dennis Johnson
How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro
Working by Studs Terkel
Gig by John Bowe and Marisa Bowe
Poor People by William T. Vollmann
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Dinosaurs of North America by Helen Roney Sattler
Liar by Robert Roberge
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh
My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh
Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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