Episode 95 – Having It All

Having it All by Helen Gurley Brown

Kait and Renata dug into some vintage life advice from former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown’s 1982 book Having It All. Who better to help them talk about compliance to gender and beauty norms than Bitch Planet writer Kelly Sue DeConnick? That’s not a rhetorical question, we really got to talk to Kelly Sue DeConnick! Join us now to hear 17 easy ways to tell whether or not you’re a mouseburger!

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Footnotes: The Author of Enter Helen on Why Helen Gurley Brown Is Such an Enigma by Julia Felsenthal

Bitch Planet has always been absurd. But in 2017, it reads like a warning.

Candy pairing:  Kait says hot lemonade,  Kelly Sue says monkfruit, Renata says a packet of Equal.

Coming up next: A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole.

 

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Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

In Part 2 of our Big Podcast Crossover Event with I Don’t Even Own A Television, J.W. and Collision joined us to discuss James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas. It’s a beautiful example of the power of Telling, Not Showing. Specifically, telling your children all about your sex life with way too much detail. Turn off your Macy Gray albums and get ready to dive into a book so stupid that it took four book podcasters to fully unpack it!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains both miscarriage and the death of an infant.

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Footnotes: I Don’t Even Own A Television #102 – Maximum Ride

Episode #61 – Bridges of Madison County

Episode #70 – The Notebook

Dave Malloy – The Whale As A Dish (from Moby Dick)

Dave Malloy – A Squeeze of the Hand

Shoba Narayan Performs A Song From Dave Malloy’s Moby Dick

Candy pairing: Collision says butterscotch hard candy, J. W. says Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies, Kait says Jolly Ranchers,  Renata says an elaborate caramel apple.

Congratulations to Melinda, who won our #BygoneBadassBroads pin giveaway! And thanks to everyone who entered and supported Trident Books. We may have more things to support Trident through the aftermath of their fire, so stay tuned!

Coming up next: Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown.

 

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Bonus Episode III – Twilight Movies

Twilight Movie

We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled book podcast to release this bonus episode about the movies of the Twilight saga! As a Patreon goal, we watched all 5 films and recorded our reactions to them. (Renata’s dazzled reactions and Kait’s….less-dazzled reactions.)

Special note: Check out our Bygone Badass Broads Giveaway, running through 3/25/18, to support an independent bookstore and get cool stuff!

Apologies: Sorry for the delayed episodes and for the iffy audio quality of the first part of these episodes!

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Footnotes: Storified #TwiWBS

Storified #TwiWBS: New Moon

Storified #TwiWBS Eclipse

Storified #TwiWBS Breaking Dawn Part 1

Storified #TwiWBS Breaking Dawn Part 2

 Candy pairing: Cranberry-apple cider punch

Coming up next: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.

 

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Bygone Badass Broads Giveaway!

If you were not aware, the greater Boston area is lucky enough to be home to a whole gaggle of awesome independent bookstores. While we try not to play favorites, it’s hard to deny that Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street in Boston holds a special place in our hearts–it was the location of our first live show, after all!

Renata, Margaret Willison, and Kait at our Trident live show last March

Last week, a small fire broke out at Trident on Wednesday night. While, luckily, no one was hurt, the store and its inventory suffered a lot of property and water damage. They’re closed until further notice.

Yikes 🙁 (courtesy of the Trident newsletter)

It’s no secret that independent bookstores like Trident are an endangered species in the Amazon Prime economy, so being out of commission like this could be disastrous. Luckily, they’re still taking online orders and selling giftcards (which can be used online!) while their brick and mortar store is temporarily closed. SO, as an incentive for you to spend some $$$ there, we’re holding a giveaway!

Friend of the show Mackenzi Lee (as heard on Episode 86 – The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr), who works at Trident, is hitting the road to promote her new book, Bygone Badass Broadsand she’s taking some great swag with her, like enamel pins showcasing some of the awesome ladies of the past. We’ve gotten our hands on one of them and we’re raffling it off in support of Trident!

Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse in WWII who used her position to help save thousands of children from the Warsaw Ghetto (photo by Mackenzi Lee)

All you have to do is buy something from Trident’s online store, including giftcards, and forward us a proof of purchase to worstbestsellers(at)gmail.com. Everyone who does will be entered into a drawing (powered by RandomPicker.com) for this awesome pin AND even if you don’t get chosen for the pin, we’ll send you a Worst Bestsellers-themed postcard! It doesn’t have to be a specific price or item, BUT if you would like to double dip, Mackenzi is also offering an incentive for shopping at Trident right now–if you buy a giftcard for $18 to pre-order The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, she’ll send you an exclusive short story from the world of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! (Instructions here.)

In short:

  1. Order a book or a giftcard from Trident Books.
  2. Send us proof of your order by Sunday, March 25, including your mailing address. (International addresses are fine!)
  3. We will send you a cool Worst Bestsellers postcard and you’ll be entered to win the Irena Sendler pin!

If you’re one of our Patreon patrons (at any level), be sure to let us know in your email, and we’ll give you double raffle entries!

We’ll announce the winner here on the website on Monday, March 26 when we put up that Monday’s podcast episode.

Not sure what to buy? Here are some of Kait and Renata’s favorite books they read in 2017 (as discussed here and here) for some inspiration:

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Episode 93 – Angels Fall


Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

Our February observance of Nora Roberts Month continues, as we read Angels Fall with author and longtime Nora devotee Christine Ricketts. It’s a quirky small-town romance between a traumatized chef and a mystery writer who hates vegetables. What could go wrong? A murder? An elaborate town-wide gaslighting campaign? A lack of fresh #herbs? All this and more, but spoilers…it ends happily ever after.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains a fictional mass shooting.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Concept of Waffles Newsletter

Stained Page Newsletter

Episode #92 – Whiskey Beach

Episode #28 – Black Hills 

Candy pairing: Christine says hotel chocolates, Kait says trail mix,  Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kait and Renata decided to treat themselves to the gift of Nora Roberts. They read Whiskey Beach with special Galentine pal (and mother of Renata), Susan. Although Duarte didn’t like this one as much as our last experience with Nora, the cougariffic Black Hills, it was still a welcome respite from the usual garbage we read. Join us for the romantic story of a man who totally didn’t murder his wife falling in love with his quirky crime-solving housekeeper/masseuse/yoga instructor/jewelry designer. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Nora Roberts enjoys describing home decor!

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Footnotes: Episode #28 – Black Hills 

North Shore vs South Shore

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”’ by Nathan Rabin

Candy pairing: Kait says cinnamon toast, Renata says Gibraltars, Susan says Snickers.

Coming up next: Angels Fall by Nora Roberts.

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