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Your Favorite Book with Morgan Talty

Your Favorite Book with Morgan Talty

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?

Our guest this week is Morgan Talty, author of the debut short story collection Night of the Living Rez. Morgan shares his insights on his low residency MFA program, his approach to book structure and generating ideas, and how he writes intergenerational trauma from a Native American perspective, along with much more. For this episode, Morgan chose the 1991 novel The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, and we dive into a novel that defies stereotype as young adult literature with its darker themes and unique prose and structure. There are no spoilers for this episode of Your Favorite Book, as always.

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy with Deeba Zargarpur (Author of House of Yesterday) Your Favorite Book

After a couple weeks off, I'm bringing you an episode on one of the most hyped memoirs of the year, and it was an absolute joy to talk about. We're of course talking about I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy, a searing memoir of Hollywood, abuse, eating disorders, and coming into one's own identity. This book is straightforward and not for the faint of heart, but certainly rewarding. My guest is young adult author Deeba Zargarpur, whose YA novel HOUSE OF YESTERDAY combines elements of her Afghan-Uzbek heritage with ghost story elements, complex family dynamics, and a relatable female lead. Deeba and I chat all things families large and small, memoir styles, watching too much TV, and so much more. Find Deeba at Follow the podcast on instagram and twitter @yfbpodcast
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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. Reviews on Apple Podcasts and other platforms are also very much appreciated.

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