Podcast Mini Episode 37: Elizabeth Chapman (@samandscout)

Elizabeth Chapman


In Mini Episode 37, Elizabeth Chapman and I talk for so long about books that it can’t technically be called a mini episode.

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  • How blogs, podcasts, and #bookstagram helped her go from not finishing her assigned reading in high school to becoming a high school English teacher.
  • A type of book Elizabeth doesn’t like to read that will surprise you given her profession.
  • Books that are “mirrors” and “windows.”
  • Thoughts on Dopesick from a resident of the town where it takes place.
  • Elizabeth’s class’s reaction to Dopesick.
  • A novel being compared to Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • A lengthy debate about Normal People by Sally Rooney.
  • Speculation on why publishers and/or authors sometimes decide not to use quotation marks for dialogue.
  • We debate the New Year’s Eve release date for Elizabeth’s upcoming release she’s excited about.

Elizabeth’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Elizabeth

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Elizabeth and her husband live in Roanoke, Virginia with their two kids (Sam, 8 and Nora, 4) and their Golden Retriever (Addy, 11). Monday through Friday, she also has 75 other “kids” as a high school English teacher — her dream job because it allows her to spend her days talking about books and life and introducing students to stories that teach them more about themselves, others, and the world around them. When she’s not driving her minivan to soccer practice or grading papers (actually, often while she does those things thanks to audiobooks), she is usually reading something new/popular just for fun. She loves memoir, thriller/true-crime, romance, literary fiction, and young adult books… Don’t tell, but she much prefers these to most of the “classics.” 
On the off night she gets the kids to bed on time, Elizabeth blogs at Teaching Sam & Scout about her family, her job, the blending of those two things, and – of course – her recent reads. 

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Full length episode featuring Garrett M. Graff, author of The Only Plane in the Sky (airing Wednesday, November 13).

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