The Book Report Episode 13: ‘Find Me’ by Laura van den Berg

March 20, 2015 | 2 books mentioned 2

Welcome to a very special episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike discuss Laura van den Berg’s Find Me, while traversing a hellish post-apocalyptic landscape, Mad Max-style. Will they turn on each other by the end? There’s only one way to find out. But yes. Yes, they will.

coverDiscussed in this episode: South by Southwest, Kansas, disease, supermarkets, cough syrup, depression, Katniss Everdeen, Florida, California by Edan Lepucki, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, suburban marriages, 20-somethings in Brooklyn, cold-pressed juice, H1N1, bird flu, swine flu, ebola, mad cow disease.

Discussed in next week’s episode: After narrowly escaping the Jade ruins, Janet and Mike agree to split up and meet in 48 hours at the abandoned hospital. But can Janet trust Mike? Find out the answer, which is “no,” on next week’s episode!

The Book Report is everyone's favorite weekly, literary show. Hosted by Janet Potter and Michael Schaub.


  1. Thanks for these recommendations – always appreciated. It’d be interesting, 50, 100 years from now to look back and see whether this period ends up producing shelvesworth of worthy post-ap lit. A little frightening, too, now that I think about it.

    Katniss not believable? Unless you meant – Katniss unbeLIEvable! – then, ok.

    “Everybody was in Florida the whole time!” is a book I’d buy, Mike.

    Greetings from Ukraine, where every book is post-apocalyptic!

  2. LOVE this. I’m also a big fan of apocalyptic fiction but can’t figure out why — I think it’s an interesting way to see how humanity (or a human) can survive the unthinkable, often times without being action-hero heroic. It’s also a very focused way to play with human need… like, when everything else has gone away, what are we looking for? What do we actually miss and what doesn’t even cross our minds?

    I really liked this format for the review too :) Kept it fresh!

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