Conversations with Authors - Susan Minot (Virtual Event)

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, August 22nd • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Susan Minot

in conversation with Jordan Pavlin

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.


Dear Book Passage and Readers,

Many, many thanks to Elaine for having me and my beloved editor Jordan Pavlin, and for letting me see a bookstore behind you in the background. Thanks also for the tip about listening to audio books on LibroFM which funnels a percentage of funds to independent bookstores.  

And while I have the stage, a reminder to everyone to VOTE.

Below are the books I have been reading (I have more time):

Best wishes,


Below, please find links to purchase Susan's own books as well as each of the titles she recommends.



The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985085
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 4th, 2017

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing—one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Orange World and Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566076
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2020


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

Animal Spirit: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748159
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Published: Pantheon - June 16th, 2020

Centered in Rome but transporting us into worlds as varied and alluring as they are emotionally real, Francesca Marciano’s stories paint landscapes that are populated—vividly, hauntingly—by animals: from violent seagulls and starlings circling the evening sky in exhilarating formation to magical snakes and a tiny dog on the side of a deserted road.

Weather: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020


From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculationone of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Yeara “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis

Lost Pianos of Siberia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149282
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Published: Grove Press - August 4th, 2020

From acclaimed journalist Sophy Roberts, a journey through one of the harshest landscapes on earth--where music reveals the deep humanity and the rich history of Siberia

Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell.

Why I Don't Write: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658245
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Published: Knopf - August 4th, 2020

A superb collection of short fiction--her first in thirty years and spanning many geographies--from the critically acclaimed author of Monkeys, Evening, and Thirty Girls

Monkeys (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375708367
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - August 8th, 2000


Evening (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375700262
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - September 7th, 1999

With two novels and one short story collection published to overwhelming critical acclaim ("Monkeys takes your breath away," said Anne Tyler; "heartbreaking, exhilarating," raved the New York Times Book Review), Susan Minot has emerged as one of the most gifted writers in America, praised for her ability to strike at powerful emotional truths in language that is s

Thirty Girls (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279316
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

A New York Times Notable Book
An Economist Best Book of the Year

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324005544
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

A searing memoir from critically acclaimed author Nick Flynn, on how childhood spills into parenthood.

A Judgement in Stone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375704963
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - January 4th, 2000

What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre?

Intimations: Six Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

“Smith does more than illuminate what we're going through right now. She offers a model of how to think ourselves through a fraught historical moment without getting hysterical or sanctimonious, without losing our compassion or our appreciation for what's good in other people. She teaches us how to be better at being human.” —John Powers, Fresh Air