Shelf Help

Book Jam

Welcome to Shelf Help, a podcast where independent bookstore owners and a literacy nonprofit help you answer one of life's trickier and we argue most important questions: what should you read next?Listen as the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT, Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH and Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT, and The Book Jam help you solve your reading dilemmas.

Shelf Help Episode #22
Oct 18 2022
Shelf Help Episode #22
Episode 22 - Astrological book pairingsThe question - "Not necessarily a dilemma, but I would like books to be paired with your astrological sign!" - came via instagram from Nicole; and it had the booksellers so excited we delayed discussing it for a month so that Allie, Emma, and Kari could all be present to discuss. This query also resulted in our longest episode yet.To start, we discussed personal charts and learned that Allie is a Libra sun sign, Sagittarius moon sign, with Scorpio as her rising sign. Emma is a Taurus sun sign, a Cancer moon sign, and has Virgo rising. Kari is a Sagittarius sun sign, like Emma has a Cancer moon sign, but has Aquarius rising. Lisa, like Allie, is a Libra, with a Leo moon, and Capricorn rising. (She needs to research what this all means.)Emma then provided a brief tutorial and suggested thinking of one's sun sign as one's ego, a moon sign as one's id, and the rising sign as one's super ego.  Allie was shocked no one had ever explained this to her in this way.We then launched into book recommendations. Reviewed books included, and were definitely not limited to Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich, and we spent quite a bit of time on the fact that The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande epitomizes a Virgo vibe. Listen for more pairings.We also recognized this was the first episode recorded under CATV's new name - JAM: Junction Arts Media. Congratulations to JAM on their new endeavors. Shelf Help is a podcast where booksellers help you answer one of life's trickier  - and we’d argue extremely important - questions: what should you read next?  If you've got a reading dilemma, you can email us a question or voice memo at shelfhelpuv@gmail.com. We're here to help your shelves. Shelf Help is a collaboration between the Book Jam, a nonprofit designed to inspire readers; CATV Upper Valley media community (NOW LOCATED AT JAM, Junction Arts & Media); three Upper Valley bookstores: Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT; the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT; and Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH.
Shelf Help Podcast #21
Oct 11 2022
Shelf Help Podcast #21
I've read all of Shirley Jackson's work. I loved it! What should I read that's similar? from mrsmorganbakestoomuch via IGOnce again our booksellers began their recommendations with the query -- "are you sure you have read everything Shirley Jackson has written? There is a lot."  Assuming mrsmorganbakestoomuch had, they jumped in. The discussion highlighted Shirley Jackson's connections to Bennington, Vermont, the frequency with which her work is mentioned in Shelf Help, and that perhaps her estate should be Shelf Help's first underwriter. Jack highlighted Jazz by Toni Morrison and Secret History by Donna Tartt, leading to a short seminar on Ms. Morrison and her works. Kari mentioned Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. Emma had a long long list including Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (seconded by Jack).  All mentioned authors whose work resembles Ms. Jackson's -- Angela Carter, Kelly Link.  Emma also pointed out that winners of the annual Shirley Jackson Award would be a great list to tackle. We hope this helps all you Shirley Jackson fans out there; and based upon our episodes there seem to be quite a few.Shelf Help is a podcast where booksellers help you answer one of life's trickier  - and we’d argue extremely important - questions: what should you read next?  If you've got a reading dilemma, you can email us a question or voice memo at shelfhelpuv@gmail.com. We're here to help your shelves. Shelf Help is a collaboration between the Book Jam, a nonprofit designed to inspire readers; CATV Upper Valley media community (NOW LOCATED AT JAM, Junction Arts & Media); three Upper Valley bookstores: Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT; the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT; and Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH.
Shelf Help Episode #19
Sep 27 2022
Shelf Help Episode #19
Children's books for young readers who have high reading levels and have difficulty finding just right books in terms of content (being sensitive enough with an engaging enough reading level) from Rowan via IGRealizing Shelf Help rarely gets questions dealing with books for children, the three booksellers - Emma, Jack and Kari - had a ton of fun discussing their answers to this very common question for indie booksellers. They created significant consensus when all three agreed that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Winternight Trilogy would be great books to hand any child with a high reading level who is not quite ready for teen and adult topics. They also offered unique picks such as Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. We hope they help those of you who have children in your life who pose this dilemma.Shelf Help is a podcast where booksellers help you answer one of life's trickier  - and we’d argue extremely important - questions: what should you read next?  If you've got a reading dilemma, you can email us a question or voice memo at shelfhelpuv@gmail.com. We're here to help your shelves. Shelf Help is a collaboration between the Book Jam, a nonprofit designed to inspire readers; CATV Upper Valley media community (NOW LOCATED AT JAM, Junction Arts & Media); three Upper Valley bookstores: Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT; the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT; and Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH.
Shelf Help Episode #12
Jun 28 2022
Shelf Help Episode #12
Tom uses FB to ask the longest question we have received thusfar, "So I could use some advice! I sorta fell out of reading regularly for fun. Due to the events of the world, I've focused more on reading educational topics. I used to read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. Some of my favorite novels are the Dune series (and prequels), and growing up I LOVED the Lost Years of Merlin. I got the book series for The Magicians a few years ago and worked through that and really liked it. I'd like to get back into reading for pleasure again, but nothing has really gotten me super excited. Unfortunately, with the rise of streaming on TV it can be hard to get motivated to sit down and read. I'm trying to re-ignite my love of reading. Can you help?"  Of course we can help.  Discussed selections include: The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K.Jemisin, The Expanse Series by James SA Corey, Annihilation (or the entire Area X trilogy) by Jeff Vandermeer, Wizard of Earthsea (or the series) by Ursula K. Le Guin.Welcome to Shelf Help a podcast where booksellers help you answer one of life's trickier  - and we’d argue extremely important - questions: what should you read next?  If you've got a reading dilemma, you can email us a question or voice memo at shelfhelpuv@gmail.com. We're here to help your shelves. Shelf Help is a collaboration between the Book Jam, a nonprofit designed to inspire readers; CATV Upper Valley media community; three Upper Valley bookstores: Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT; the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT; and Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH.