Episode 01: Michele Filgate

Books Mentioned on The Spine

  • Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
  • The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  • The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
  • What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  • The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Writers Mentioned

  • Shakespeare
  • Charles Simic
  • Mekeel McBride
  • Maggie Nelson
  • Eileen Miles
  • Mary Ruefle
  • Marilynne Robinson

Memorable Quotes

  • “For my 10th birthday, [my grandmother] paid off my more than $100 of overdue fees at the library.”
  • “The local library was a place that was sacred to me.”
  • “I felt like I was one of the only people [in college] reading books for fun, not just for school."
  • "Everyone has interesting stories to tell, and oftentimes the ordinary is where the some of the most profound truth lies.”
  • “[Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal] gave me permission to write about myself and to find my own writer’s voice, and to look around the world I was in and find the poetry in it.”
  • “I really don’t care about plot… I read for sentences that can transform me, that make me look at the world in a different way, or that make me realize something that I never realized before.”
  • “My favorite books are lyrical.”
  • “When a book forces me to think about things that I really need to think about, that can be a good thing even though it doesn’t feel good sometimes.”
  • “You can make a difference in the literary world no matter where you live.”
  • “[Virginia] Woolf is an influence on me every day."
  • “When I was an intern for 60 minutes, I read ‘The Lovely Bones’ at a Yankee’s game.”
  • “Lidia Yuknavitch does new things with words."
  • On finding books: “Choose books that you find appealing because of the subject matter. Go to a library or bookstore and ask the librarian or bookseller for recommendations because they’re voracious readers themselves, and they can help you find a good book."
Michele Filgate