This month’s guest is Mary Pauline Lowry, who wrote The Roxy Letters. Mary is married to a Brit, and she had lots of fascinating insights about the cultural differences between the countries, and I loved talking to her back about Bridget Jones and Jane Austen too. The Roxy Letters was one of my favourite reads of 2020. It was really fun and just what I needed. It’s out now in paperback.
Mary and I talked about why we love epistolary novels, took a bit of a an accidental deep dive into books about Hollywood, chatted about the difference between British humour and American humour, and lots more!
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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
The Roxy Letters, by Mary Pauline Lowry
Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding
Where D’you Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O’Toole
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Emma, by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Men Are From Mars, Woman Are From Venus, by John Gray
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe
Damnation Spring, by Ash Davidson
Grown Ups, by Emma Jane Unsworth
Breast and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami, transl. Sam Bett and David Boyd
He Will Be Mine, by Kristy Greenwood
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee
Mona at Sea, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
Rosaline Palmer Take the Cake, by Alexis Hall
Boyfriend Material, by Alexis Hall
Perfect Timing, by Owen Nicholls
Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
A Slow Fire Burning (signed edition!), by Paula Hawkins
They: What Muslims and Non-Muslims Get Wrong About Each Other, by Sarfraz Manzoo
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