The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 188: Amy Ephron & Laraine Newman
Summer is officially in full swing at this point, and I’d wager that more than a few of you have vacations planned. Plane rides? Long car rides? Full-on road trips? I have one word for you: audiobooks. Trust me, it’ll be the best decision you ever made. Audiobooks make any road trip (really, any car trip of any length) go SO MUCH smoother. I’m a big fan.
And as long as I’m making suggestions, might I recommend Amy Ephron’s The Castle in the Mist and Carnival Magic? Ephron is a best-selling novelist (of A Cup of Tea, most notably) and journalist (she’s a contributing editor to Vogue) whose newest books target a different audience: young readers. The Castle in the Mist and Carnival Magic are the first two books in a series that follows the adventures of siblings Tess and Max as they alternate between the real-life English countryside and a magical world of imagination.
The audio versions of both books are narrated by Laraine Newman, and I highly recommend adding them to your listening list. Newman was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, and she and Ephron have been lifelong friends. Having them both together on this week’s show and listening to them share memories and stories was an absolute treat. Enjoy!