A Ukulele Enthusiast in Search of Engaging Nonfiction

Episode 8

Today, we’re matching up Ben Stein, a communications manager for a public policy think tank in Ohio. Once an avid fiction reader, Ben’s on the hunt for some smart nonfiction. He also tells us a how his MFA program changed his reading habits and what it’s like to take up the ukulele. Tune in to find out what strikes his fancy!

Round 1 Picks

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Calamities by Renee Gladman

Seek You by Kristen Radke 

Round 2 Picks

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib

Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs

Featured Bookstores

Wild Geese Bookshop in Franklin, Indiana

Fulton Street Books & Coffee in Tulsa, OK

The Dundee Book Company in Omaha, NE

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.