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New Episode of Your Favorite Book with Dean Jobb

New Episode of Your Favorite Book with Dean Jobb

  • An interview with Dean Jobb about "Killers of the Flower Moon" and his book, "The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream."

Welcome to another installment of a collaboration between the Chicago Review of Books and the Your Favorite Book podcast. Malavika Praseed, frequent CHIRB contributor and podcast host, seeks to talk to readers and writers about the books that light a fire inside them. What’s your favorite book and why?

This week’s guest is Dean Jobb, true crime writer and fellow Chicago Review of Books reviewer. His most recent book, THE CASE OF THE MURDEROUS DR CREAM, tracks the rise and fall of one of the 19th century’s most notorious serial killers, and perhaps one of its most unknown. Thomas Neill Cream, Canadian by birth but known for his crimes across several country borders, used and abused his powers as a medical doctor to murder nearly a dozen people, often through poisoning. And that’s just what we know. Jobb takes us through how this evil figure came to be, how societal standards of the day allowed him to dodge the law, and what interesting twists and turns ultimately led to his demise.

For this episode, Dean stayed true to his true crime roots and chose the 2017 work KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by renowned journalist David Grann. This book delves into the Reign of Terror in the Osage community, and how one of America’s wealthiest peoples came to be targets of white supremacy, unprecedented violence, and paternalistic policies. Grann weaves in the bungled investigation, along with its close ties to the early FBI, and creates a fascinating tale that educates, shocks, and leaves us scratching our heads. This is a story that’s far from over and one that leaves you thinking.

Dean also shares his wisdom on what makes an excellent true crime book, the role of a nonlinear narrative, and whether the public fascination with high-profile murder cases has really changed over the years. There are spoilers for Dean’s book when it comes to the narrating of Dr. Cream’s life, but we leave KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON intact to preserve the mystery. In the end both books are certainly worth the read.

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It's the one year anniversary of the Your Favorite Book podcast, and to celebrate me sticking with something for a whole 12 months (and of course celebrating all you wonderful listeners), I decided to have a little fun. We're talking about LEAST favorite books today, the ones that disappoint, frustrate, enrage, and bore you. The ones that make you doubt literature as a whole (okay, maybe that's a little dramatic). We have my musings on least favorites through time, takes on disappointing and problematic literature, and coming back to books you may have hated once. But the best part, we have GUEST SUBMISSIONS from listeners and former podcast guests alike, some which were submitted via audio and some as written rands (read by yours truly). With least favorite books come ranting about endings, so below are the books that have endings revealed. Listen at your own risk! But honestly, maybe you hate these books along with us. Maybe you think we're totally wrong. In that case, feel free to let us know! I always welcome honest criticism, as well as rants of any kind, even if they're about how dumb I am. Books with Endings Mentioned: The Girl with the Green Ribbon, Our Only May Amelia, Jane Eyre, The Rum Diary, Robinson Crusoe Follow the podcast on instagram and twitter @yfbpodcast. We'll be back to our regular interview episodes next week, with a VERY special guest!
  1. Your LEAST Favorite Books
  2. Kid Lit! Sugar in Milk with Brinda Shah
  3. Killers of the Flower Moon with Dean Jobb (Author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream)
  4. Persuasion with Brandon Taylor (Author of Filthy Animals)
  5. 50th Episode Special: Book Recommendations!

Listen to this episode of Your Favorite Book at the link above, and stay tuned for more episodes with other writers in the weeks to come. If you enjoy this episode, check out other episodes of Your Favorite Book on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or other major podcast platforms.

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