Ep. 86 Turn The Page and Tour the World with Melissa Joulwan


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COVID has been hard for those among us who like to travel, but one of our favorite ways to assuage that desire is to read books set in different locations. Sweeping meadows. Mountains that touch the sky. Exotic locales. These places can whisk us from our humdrum homes.

A Strong Sense of Place is both a podcast and a website where readers can find interesting bookish conversations with our guest this week, Melissa Joulwan, and her husband David, two expatriates living in Prague located in the Czech Republic. In this week’s episode, she tells us about how they select the places they will visit each season, why place in a book has to meet very stringent specifications, and how roller derby helped her make some big life decisions.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:

Podcasts mentioned-- Strong Sense of Place (strongsenseofplace.com)

Books mentioned-- 1- Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume 2- Forever by Judy Blume 3- The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders 4- Archy McNally series by Lawrence Sanders 5- Lord of the Flies by William Golding 6- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 7- My Antonia by Willa Cather 8- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 9- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 10- The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova 11- She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb 12- The Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood 13- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell 14- Less by Andrew Sean Greer 15- A Room With a View by E.M. Forster 16- The Curse of Jacob Tracy by Holly Messinger

Movies or TV adaptations mentioned in this episode:

1- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Amazon) 2- A Room With a View (1985 movie) 3- Jane Eyre (1945 movie with Orson Welles) 4- Jane Eyre (2011 movie with Michael Fassbender) 5- Jane Eyre ( 2006 BBC miniseries with Toby Stephens)

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