Episode 97 – Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It’s also the story of a boy’s inexplicable love of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.  Tune in now to get your recommended daily allowance of Inspirational Quotes!

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Footnotes: Review of Wonder, written by Mike Moody for Disability in KidLit

On Wonder by Mindy R.

What “Wonder” Gets Wrong About Disfigurement and Craniofacial Disorders by Ariel Henley

“I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” by Stella Young

Children’s Craniofacial Association: About Treacher Collins Syndrome

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’ by Lauren Barack

About R. J. Palacio

Worst Bestsellers #2 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Candy pairing:  Angie says Werther’s Originals, Kait says McDonald’s apple slices,  Renata says sketchy charity candy.

Coming up next: Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

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Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we read Alyssa Cole’s first Reluctant Royals romance, A Princess in Theory, with the 2016 Romance Writers Association librarian of the year, Robin Bradford. Although this book has a slightly silly premise–namely, what if spam emails insisting that you’re betrothed to the prince of a small African nation were real–we loved it, just as much as Prince Thabiso loves his lost love Naledi. Join us to be reminded that love is real, even if neither Thesolo nor Wakanda are.

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Footnotes: Fanfiction 101

Library Journal Movers & Shakers: Robin Bradford

Candy pairing:  Kait says homemade macarons,  Renata says King Size Skittles, Robin says a 100 Grand Bar.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

 

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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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