The Idle Book Club

A book discussed every month

A monthly book club podcast conducted by two amateur book lovers. Each month Chris and Sarah discuss a piece of literature they've loved or have been wanting to read, and let the listeners weigh in as well. For February, we're reading Silence by Shusaku Endo. Join us!


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The Handmaid's Tale

March 26, 2017 With Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale soon to reach a larger audience than ever thanks to a television adaptation, we decided to take on the novel for the Idle Book Club—Chris for the first time, and Sarah for the second. It's a masterful imagining of a modern dystopia, and it remains just as relevant as ever.

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February 28, 2017 Shusako Endo's Silence is a classic of modern Japanese literature, a reflection on faith and humanity that is sweeping and ambitious as well as intensely personal. Inspired to read it after watching Martin Scorsese's recent film adaptation, Sarah and Chris do their best to reckon with this complex novel.

January 30, 2017 If you've never read Wuthering Heights, it probably isn't what you expected. And if you haven't read it since high school, it's worth revisiting this unusual novel of obsession and revenge. Rereader Sarah and first-time reader Chris hash out their reactions to Emily Bronte's classic!

December 31, 2016 For the final Idle Book Club of 2016, Sarah and Chris wrestle with The Sellout, Paul Beatty's very dark satire on race relations in modern America. Next month: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte!

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

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