Saturday, February 21, 2009

chatting with the book babes

Thursday I finally did something I've always wanted to do, but could never quite get up the courage. I called in to my favorite radio show, MPR's Midmorning with Kerri Miller. The guests were the "Book Babes" who've just written a book with lists of recommended reading for women. I called in with a favorite book recommendation. I was very nervous and I'm sure it came through in my voice. So far I have not been tempted to listen to the podcast. [Edit: So I did listen. I'm at about 41:50 in the podcast if you care to hear. I do not live in St. Paul and didn't say that I did, so not sure what happened there.] Can you guess which book I recommended on this list?

I told my family about it at dinner that night, and Marcus said earnestly, "So Mom, did you get your fifteen minutes of fame?"

"I guess I did!" I replied. "But more like fifteen seconds."

12 comments:

bob said...

i think you sounded great, you're a natural on radio! and they really seemed to like your suggestion, now i really want to read your recommendation!

Anonymous said...

The Graveyard one? I hope it isn't The Awakening, I remember we had very different views on that book. I HATED it.
ave

celtishbee said...

I'll bet it was "A Severe Mercy".

Calandria said...

Nope, it wasn't The Awakening. I wouldn't say my view was opposite of yours--I definitely didn't love it. I thought it was great as a book group pick because of the interesting discussion, and I appreciated the book more after hearing why people who loved it did. But I couldn't stand the main character. She definitely had the victim mentality. The big idea in this book is that women who didn't want the traditional female role of that time were thwarted by society's expectations. It suggests that women can only live out their (non-motherhood) dreams at enormous personal cost. While I do get the point, I prefer stories of women who, in spite of society's expectations, still achieve their dreams.

Calandria said...

You got it, Mum!

Calandria said...

Really, bob? Hmm. Maybe I should listen. You aren't just punking me, are you? :)

I can't say enough good things about A Severe Mercy. I've read it three times now.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

My original comment got lost in cyber space.

I listened to it this morning while working in the kitchen. You didn't sound nervous at all! I was disappointed though. I was hoping to hear at least a little bit a of a New England accent. :D

I haven't read "A Severe Mercy" yet but plan to. Some of the other books mentioned in the show sound good too.

Meg said...

I guessed it...not that it matters...I'm a little late to the party. :)
I had put this on my list for this year, since it's been in the back of my head since your group first read it. Perhaps I'll move it up to the top quicker now.

athena said...

i wasn't able to guess which book you recommended but that was SO cool listening to you. you didn't sound nervous at all. you have such a nice voice to listen to (i would never call in to a radio station. i don't ever leave phone messages. i just hate listening to my voice). i'm going to have to read a severe mercy.

Anonymous said...

oh,i thought you liked it. i'm getting old and forgetful.
ave

Mallory said...

The only book on there I've read (or at least remember reading... let's be honest, I am my mother's daughter) is The Book Thief. It's excellent. It takes the Lord's name a little much -- other cussing I don't really tune into, but that's always a little annoying to me. So I can't tell you if there's anything besides that in there. Sorry. Really though, it's great.

A Severe Mercy, huh? Hmmmm... I guess I'll have to look into that one this summer!

yesweareonmars said...

It was so cool to hear your voice even though for only a minute.
You sounded very serious....ooooooo