Ep 45: “The Burning Girl” Blisters
with Growing Pains

It comes as no surprise that novelist Claire Messud discovered her life’s calling at such a young age. “It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer,” says Messud.

The New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children joins Just the Right Book to discuss her latest novel, The Burning Girl, which explores the unraveling of two adolescent girls’ friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Roxanne describes Claire as “one of the finest storytellers today about women’s friendships.”

And also in this episode, we hear from Casey Coonerty, the owner of  Bookshop Santa Cruz for our segment “What’s on the Front Table.”

Immigration Project Recommended Reading List

Immigration Project Recommended Reading: Kids

Artful Reading Benches in celebration of our 50th anniversary

Books in this episode:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Autumn by Ali Smith

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy










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