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Nov 26, 2016

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Interview ‪starts at 12:41 and ends at 43:35

"[The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis] is one that I personally wanted to see as high on the list as possible. It’s a fictional story set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s as if we’re living again in the Old West, so there’s vigilante justice, there are small pockets of people living in the wilderness. Searching for gold is kind of back in the day-to-day play, and people are heading north. This young girl, whose parents had taken off to go and search for gold themselves, is taken in by this man who she later finds out is not at all who she thinks he is. So she goes on the run from him in search of her parents. She has this amazing voice. We have been calling her a female Huckleberry Finn. It’s just that kind of a story and a narration where you just fall in love with her immediately. You want to keep reading and re-reading."


“What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” by Thad McIlroy at BookBusiness - August 5, 2016

“Publishing in the Pacific Northwest: Amazon Becomes a Publishing Force” by Anisse Gross at BookBusiness - November 18, 2016

“Amazon in Talks with Simon & Schuster - Acquisition?” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - July 15, 2016

“Amazon’s Next Frontier: Live Sports?” at WSJ Free For All Podcast with Jason Gay

“Amazon has big plans to expand its online tickets business” by Jason Del Rey at ReCode - November 22, 2016

“ How Jeff Bezos Used ‘The New York Times’ Expose to Make Amazon Better” by Justin Bariso at Inc - November 16, 2016

Tech Tip

“Control Neato’s robot vacuum with Amazon Alexa voice commands” by Sean Buckley at Engadget - November 22, 2016

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with improved keyboard entry - Black Friday sale price is $30 off at $60.  

Interview with Seira Wilson

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling and Newt Scamander (Kindle pre-order, to be delivered on March 14, 2017)

Amazon editors’ picks for Best Books of 2016

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

“Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for ‘The Underground Railroad’” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times - November 17, 2016

The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill

Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman

Mincemeat: The Education of an Italian Chef by Leonardo Lucarelli

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis - available for pre-order with delivery on December 6, 2016


From Mark in Oslo: “Man hacks Alexa into singing fish robot, terror ensues” at The Verge - November 4, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Cynthia Manson, New York literary agent

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