Episode 76 – American Girl

Meet Addy by Connie PorterMolly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp
As Flashback Summer continues and the 4th of July approaches, we asked our guest Rebecca the most fraught question you can ask an American child of the 90s: which American Girl doll did you have? After the nostalgic dust settled, we also discussed Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp. We confronted America’s violently racist history, and also the fact that sometimes it’s hard to wear glasses at summer camp. Put on a bonnet and play this episode on your teeny-tiny Victrola today!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: How Two “Slavery With a Smile” Controversies Are Changing the Conversation About Diverse Children’s Books

The Making of Addy Walker, American Girl’s First Black Doll

Permanent Underwear Controversy

Twitter Thinks American Girl’s New Boy Doll Looks Like A Hipster Who Will Ghost You

What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

Candy pairing:  Becca says Hershey’s chocolate, Rebecca says Blow Pops,  Renata says a chocolate-covered bug.

Coming up next: Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 76 – American Girl

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp, from the American Girl series. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 75 – Saddle Club

Horse Shy by Bonnie Bryant

Hey, do you like horses? If so, great news: Flashback Summer continues as Jess (from Book Riot Comics) joined Renata and Becca to discuss Horse Shy from the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant! If you don’t like horses: too bad, because that’s literally the only thing these Saddle Club girls talk about. Saddle up and hear us unpack a book that traumatized many young horse enthusiasts!

Promotional note: Come see us live at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA on June 20th at 7pm!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: #WeNeedDiverse Saddle Club Book Covers

9 Saddle Club Books That Totally Ruled Your World As A Kid

Candy pairing:  Becca says Neigh-cco wafers, Jess says a disgusting Tastee Delight sundae,  Renata says a stale granola bar.

Coming up next: Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp (American Girls series).

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 75 – Saddle Club

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Episode 74 – Sweet Valley High

 

Double Love by Francine Pascal

Flashback Summer is back! With Kait camped outside of the Imperial Theater waiting to see Dave Malloy in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Becca stepped in to join Renata and their guest Kristi to discuss Double Love by Francine Pascal, the first of a great many Sweet Valley High books. Renata and Kristi were shocked to see that the series they remembered fondly from their childhoods begins with a kidnapping and assault. Becca, meanwhile, was shocked that anyone actually read these. Pull your gold lavalier necklace out of storage and return to Sweet Valley!

Promotional note: Come see us live at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA on June 20th at 7pm!

Thank you note: Thanks to Doug for sponsoring our Patreon! Check out his blog, What Did the Woggle-Bug Say?

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “I Once Was Miss America” by Roxane Gay

Forever Young Adult’s Sweet Valley High Drinking Game

Lavalier

High school sororities and fraternities

Candy pairing:  Becca says Warheads Extreme Sour, Kristi says cotton candy or Sugar Daddies, Renata says Mountain Dew.

Coming up next: Horse Shy (Saddle Club #2) by Bonnie Bryant.

 

* Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 74 – Sweet Valley High

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Join Us For A Live Event on June 20th!

Talking Point at the Freepoint Hotel

Please join us for a live event on Tuesday, June 20th at 7pm at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA! We’ll be in conversation with Meredith Goldstein from the Boston Globe, recording a special live episode where we’ll discuss our podcast process, play some rounds of our favorite games, share some of our most memorable dramatic readings, and answer questions!

The event is free, but please RSVP on EventBrite or by emailing talkingpoint at freepointhotel.com by June 15th!

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Episode 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous

 

Kait, Renata, and their guest KL (@momebie, @LaraEckener) read Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. They’re glad the author hasn’t revealed his identity, because otherwise it might be too hard for us to resist the urge to go egg his house. This is a rambling tale of a man who hates and hurts women and doesn’t get nearly as much comeuppance as we would have preferred. Listen now to find out how much we wish The Rock and/or Wolverine could have saved us from this book!

Content warning: Almost everything imaginable. This book contains child abuse, child sexual abuse, rape, emotional abuse, self-harm, and pretty much every other intense topic you can imagine.

Apologetic note: Apologies for the annoying audio issues in the first half of this episode! Renata had the wrong microphone settings and she is very, very sorry and promises never to do it again.

Promotional note: Come see us live at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA on June 20th at 7pm!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: How ‘Diary of an Oxygen Thief’ Went from Self-Published Obscurity to Bestsellerdom

Candy pairing:  Kait says an expired, moldy Yorkie bar, KL says salt licorice, Renata says chewed up gum stuck to the floor of a bar.

Coming up next: Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

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Episode 72 – Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna (of LCARS Librarian and Women Write About Comics) read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It’s a confusing melange of everyone’s favorite YA dystopia tropes, like “love triangle,” “government-sponsored competition,” and “manic pixie blood girl.” Listen now for the return of Fucking, Marrying, Killing, and a discussion of dystopian menstrual blood art!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: This Woman Is Using Her Own Period Blood To Create Beautiful Photographs

Candy pairing:  Anna says red velvet candy corn, Kait says generic grocery store knockoff candy, Renata says Shock Tarts.

Coming up next: Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous.

 

* Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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