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The Books We’ve Pressed Into Your Hands

Many listeners find this to be their favorite part of the podcast. So, here we’ve collected all the books we’ve pressed into your hands (along with links to the pertinent episode and timestamp) in order for you to easily access them. You may also want to use this list to fill out your Currently Reading Challenge! As always, links to books are affiliate links on Amazon and help us to support the podcast. Your support means the world to us!

Season 1 Gallery

Season 2 Gallery

And a text list, to make searching easier:

Season 1 Presses:
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (Episode 1 - 32:46)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Episode 1 - 35:30)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Episode 2 - 36:32)
11/22/63 by Stephen King (Episode 2 - 38:38)
Matilda by Roald Dahl (Episode 3 - 34:20)
The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson (Episode 3 - 39:03)
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Episode 4 - 41:27)
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton (Episode 4 - 44:40)
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (Episode 5 - 31:29)
Bird Box by Josh Malerman (Episode 5 - 33:32)
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (Episode 6 - 44:47)
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Episode 6 - 49:04)
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (Episode 7 - 31:51 - Guest Press by Jessica Turner)
American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Episode 7 - 35:18)
Calypso by David Sedaris (Episode 8 - 39:40)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Episode 8 - 46:15)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesamyn Ward (Episode 9 - 37:41 - Guess Press by Meg Teitz)
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Episode 9 - 42:51)
Circe by Madeline Miller (Episode 10 - 44:08)
Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas (Episode 10 - 47:25)
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (Episode 11 - 44:25)
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Episode 11 - 48:20)
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Episode 12 - 36:55)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Episode 12 - 44:09)
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankl (Episode 13 - 41:00)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Episode 13 - 44:28)
Shogun by James Clavell (Episode 14 - 48:00)
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (Episode 14 - 50:54 - Guest Press by Amy Allen Clark)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Episode 14 - 52:42)
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Episode 15 - 38:35)
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Episode 15 - 41:55)
The Heirs by Susan Reiger (Episode 16 - 30:21)
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Episode 16 - 33:58)
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (Episode 17 - 41:19 - Guest Press by Delia Owens)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Episode 17 - 45:09)
Tuesdays at The Castle by Jessica Day George (Episode 17 - 48:29)
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (Episode 18 - 43:09)
At Home In The World by Tsh Oxenreider (Episode 18 - 45:58)
Dataclysm by Christian Rudder (Episode 19 - 42:26 - Guest Press by Scott Monday)
The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie (Episode 19 - 45:15)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Episode 20 - 52:41)
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (Episode 20 - 55:51)
Bibliophile by Jane Mount (Episode 21 - 37:31)
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Episode 21 - 41:00)
Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim (Episode 22 - 28:43 - Guest Press by Morgan Tallman)
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (Episode 22 - 34:48)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Episode 23 - 42:12)
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Episode 23 - 44:23)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (Episode 24 - 45:03 - Guest Press by Mary Heim)
Boy’s Life by Robert McKammon (Episode 24 - 48:49)
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haight (Episode 25 - 25:59 - Guest Press by Sarah Stewart Holland)
Hallelejah Anyway by Anne Lamott (Episode 25 - 47:05 - Guess Press by Beth Silvers)
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Episode 25 - 50:28)
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (Episode 25 - 52:31)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (Episode 26 - 47:32)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Episode 26 - 50:31)
Harry Potter by J.R. Rowling (Episode 27 - 50:36)
Still Life (Three Pines Series) by Louise Penny (Episode 27 - 50:56)
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton (Episode 28 - 33:28)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Episode 28 - 36:10)
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (Episode 29 - 44:37 - Guest Press by Anna Hithersay)
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (Episode 29 - 47:01)
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (Episode 30 - 44:49)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Episode 30 - 47:55)
Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Trebole (Episode 31 - 51:48 - Guest Press by Laura Tremaine)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Episode 31 - 56:22)
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (Episode 31 - 59:02)
The Chosen by Chaim Potok (Episode 32 - 55:44 - Guest Press by Mindy Brouse)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Episode 32 - 57:22)
Beauty by Robin McKinley (Episode 32 - 1:00:11)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Episode 33 - 40:59)
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Episode 33 - 43:18)
North and South by John Jakes (Episode 34 - 43:10)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Episode 34 - 47:46)
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Episode 35 - 40:30)
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams (Episode 35 - 43:32)
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (Episode 36 - 51:21 - Guest Press by Mary Heim)
A Mouse Told His Mother by Bethany Roberts (Episode 36 - 54:49)
Each Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg (Episode 36 - 56:47)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Episode 37 - 37:05)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Episode 37 - 39:29)
A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (Episode 38 - 42:01)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Episode 38 - 43:51)
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Episode 39 - 41:51)
Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross (Episode 39 - 44:21)
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Episode 40 - 37:12)
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Episode 40 - 39:41)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Episode 41 - 41:04)
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (Episode 41 - 44:48)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Episode 42 - 31:00 - Guest Press by Heather Chollar)
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Episode 42 - 34:02)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (Episode 43 - 42:23 - Guest Press by Amanda Espinoza)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (Episode 43 - 43:49)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Episode 43 - 44:51)
As Bright and Heaven by Susan Meissner (Episode 44 - 44:04)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Episode 44 - 46:31)
The Suitcases by Anne Hall Whitt (Episode 45 - 1:03:08 - Guest Press by Abbey Lile-Taylor)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Episode 45 - 1:05:06)
The Artful Parent by Jean Van’t Hul (Episode 45 - 1:06:58)
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell (Episode 46 - 53:54)
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (Episode 46 - 57:41)

Season 2 Presses:
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (S2E2 - 46:51)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (S2E2 - 49:13
Frederica by Georgette Heyer (S2E3 - 37:31 - Guest Press by Jessica Howard)
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (S2E3 - 41:49)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (S2E5 - 39:54)
Straight by Dick Francis (S2E5 - 42:27)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (S2E7 - 48:27)
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (S2E7 - 51:23)