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Episode 86 – The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr

The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr by Anonymous

 

Since Alex & Eliza left us unsatisfied, we decided to read some anonymously-written 19th century erotica. And who better to accompany us for The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr than Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Bygone Badass Broads? This is not the most erotic book we’ve ever read for the podcast, but it is definitely the oldest and possibly the most fat-positive. Join us as we learn about exactly how reliable with the ladies Aaron Burr was.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Barnes & Noble edition (NSFW cover art)

 Smart Bitches Trashy Books – Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr

Key & Peele – Substitute Teacher

Neko Atsume Hamilcats

Episode 38 – Hamilton

Episode 33 – The President Did Me From Behind And I Liked It

Episode 69 – Tinglers

Fanfiction 101

Candy pairing: Kait says Smarties, Mackenzi says Sour Patch Kids, Renata says poison licorice.

Coming up next: The Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke.

 

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Episode 85 – Alex & Eliza

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

We’re helpless for the Schuyler Sisters (you know, Angelica, Eliza…and Peggy), so we read Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz with Andrea. Unfortunately, the author threw away her shot at writing something we didn’t want to burn. Make sure your vaccines are up-to-date before you listen to us discuss some Hamilton fanfiction that has a lot more smallpox and a lot less love than we were hoping for.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode 38 – Hamilton

Fanfiction 101

Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex & Eliza: Hamilton-inspired YA novel retells a love story

Queer as a Five Dollar Bill by Lee Wind

U.S. Army Medical Department: John Cochran

George Washington and the First Mass Military Inoculation

Candy pairing: Andrea says peppermint coconut, Kait says a picked-over Russell Stover sampler, Renata says a chocolate orange.

Coming up next: The Amorous Adventures and Intrigues of Aaron Burr by Anonymous.

 

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Episode 84 – Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom

We heard you like true crime podcasts, so we read Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom and hit the road for a visit to Fall River to investigate the shocking Borden murders, joined by our editor Becca and Renata’s roommate Lindsay. But mostly we want to talk about this historical fiction novel that posits that Lizzie a) murdered her parents because she and her father were having an affair with the same woman and b) got away with the crime because technically Lizzie committed the crime via astrally projecting her murderous spirit. At least, we’re pretty sure that’s what happened? Next time we’ll get Serial on the case, but for now, enjoy our efforts (and our sexy dramatic readings)!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes:  Bed & Breakfast & Borden Murder, Renata’s blog post about the trip

11 “Facts” About Lizzie Borden Debunked by Sarah Miller

Candy pairing: Becca says candy corn, Kait says banana saltwater taffy, Lindsay says Warheads, Renata says Swedish fish.

Coming up next: Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz.

 

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Episode 83 – Handbook for Mortals

Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem

Kelly Jensen (Book Riot editor, co-host of Book Riot’s Hey YA podcast, & editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World) joined us for the 23-hour bestseller, Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem. We’re so glad that CSI: YA solved this case and brought the book off the bestseller list, because, wow, it is not good. Join us for a story about a girl who’s pretty, but not, like, too pretty? But pretty enough that her magick (with a k) brings all the boys to the yard, including Wayne Newton and Carrot Top. For real: Carrot Top is in the yard. Enjoy!

Readers advisory: Here.

Special note: If you’re reading this the day it comes out, 10/9/17, it’s the last day to enter our raffle to benefit hurricane relief for Puerto Rico! (If you’re reading this in the future: greetings. Sorry you missed our raffle.)

Footnotes:  Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?

The Story of Lani Sarem & Her Handbook for Mortals Is Peak White Entitlement

The Making (and Unmaking) of a 23-Hour New York Times Best Seller

Author Removed From New York Times Best-Seller List Fires Back at Critics

The Story Of “My Immortal” Is More Wild And Heartbreaking Than You Imagined

My Immortal memoir canceled: Author says she’s been ‘branded a liar’

Candy pairing:  Kait says Raven’s Revenge, Kelly says Fun Dip, Renata says a stolen maraschino cherry.

Coming up next: Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom.

 

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Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

 

It’s been three years since our very first episode, when Carrie read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And two years since we read New Moon and one year since we read Eclipse!) We’re back to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking game and drunkenly discuss the final book in the saga, Breaking Dawn. It’s a book with something for everyone–a wedding, a horrifyingly graphic birth scene, a baby, a werewolf pack schism, and a vampire named Renata. Thanks to all our Best Listeners for three great years of terrible books!

Readers advisoryTwilight

New Moon

Eclipse

Footnotes:  Bonus Episode – Twilight Movies (Patreon patrons only)

Iron Wine – “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” (Breaking Dawn wedding song)

We Might Be Getting More ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ Movies

Great Comet’s Creator Still Can’t Believe How His Show Ended

Renata Batteries

How Did This Get Made? #27 – Breaking Dawn Part 1

How Did This Get Made? #50 – Breaking Dawn Part 2

Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

Candy pairing:  Carrie says Lik-M-Aid, Kait says Jordan almonds, Renata says Doritos.

Coming up next: Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem.

 

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Episode 81 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Kait and Renata decided to take a break from sexy vampires and learn some more about our nation’s history, so they asked KL (@momebie@LaraEckener) to read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith with them. They learned that white people are bad and vampires are even worse. Tuck your headphones under your stovepipe hat and listen now!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “I Don’t Want To Watch Slavery Fan-Fiction” by Roxane Gay

Queer as a Five Dollar Bill by Lee Wind

Was Lincoln Bisexual? by Gore Vidal

Lincoln the Lover by Wilma Frances Minor

Worst Bestsellers #46 – Killing Lincoln

How Did This Get Made #108 – Con Air with Seth Grahame-Smith

Candy pairing:  Kait says wax vampire fangs, KL says root beer barrels, Renata says old timey stick candy.

Coming up next: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

 

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Episode 80 – Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

 

Out of the coffin and into the world of Bon Temps! Kristin May joined us to read Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the show True Blood. Despite the troubling trend of Confederate vampires and the overabundance of heterosexuality, this book had a lot of over-the-top drama for us to sink our teeth into–and, even better, a lot of paperwork for us to fill out.

Thank you note: Thanks so much to our Patreon sponsors for choosing this book for us to read in our first annual Patreon poll!

Patreon shout-out: Devin encourages you to visit the Wayne State University Museum of Anthropology and Planetarium, newly under the direction of his sister Megan!

Content warning: This book has light mentions of child sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Buffy Failed: ‘True Blood’ and the Accommodation of Vampires by Jon Stratton

The Trials, Tribulations & Turning of True Blood’s Tara Thornton

‘Redliners’ Drama Based On Charlaine Harris Works Gets NBC Pilot Order

Dracula vs. The Marvel Universe: 14 Times The Lord of The Undead Fought Superheroes!

Candy pairing:  Kait says candy blood, Kristin says a Take5 bar, Renata says beignets.

Coming up next: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.

 

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Episode 79 – Dark Archer

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

In a crossover event worthy of the CW itself, the Bellwether Friends, Anna & Alene, joined us to discuss the Arrow tie-in graphic novel The Dark Archer, written by Kait’s nemesis John Barrowman (and Carole Barrowman) with art by Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran. Are you fan of the CW’s Arrow? Well, too bad, because this comic contains none of the characters you love from that show, only John Barrowman. Alternately, have you never seen Arrow? Don’t worry, neither has Kait, and she understood this comic just as well as everyone else did. (None of us understood this comic at all because it’s extremely convoluted.)

Spoiler warning: This episode contains some spoilers for previous seasons of Arrow, except not really because Renata cannot reliably remember anything that actually ever happened on that show.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Arrow Wiki page for Malcolm Merlyn

Arrow Wiki page for Nanda Parbat

Podcast-strology: WBS’s Compatibility with Bellwether Friends

Dramatic Reading Panels: (click to embiggen)

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

That Sideboob Tho

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

Renata’s Future Tattoo

Candy pairing:  Alene says bulk chocolate fake M&Ms, Anna says a Choco Taco, Kait says Cool Ranch Doritos, Renata says a jawbreaker with a gummy dino.

Coming up next: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.

 

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Episode 78 – The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

 

It’s Flashback Summer. Do you know where your daughter is? Have you looked on your beverage container? Jenny (definitely not Janie), Co-Founder of Grinnell College’s Caroline B. Cooney Book Club, joined us to discuss The Face on the Milk Carton. Join us for this wild dive into the world of cults, dairy products, and microfilm!

Readers advisoryHere.

Patreon shout-out: Thanks to Ai for supporting our Patreon! Check out their podcast Decoding Keanu.

Footnotes: ‘Resentments I Have Formed Against Characters From “The Face On The Milk Carton” By Caroline B. Cooney’ by Mallory Ortberg

‘The Face on the Milk Carton’ Grows Up

Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books

The Face on the Milk Carton movie

When Bad News Was Printed on Milk Cartons

99% Invisible – Milk Carton Kids

The Devil’s Elbow: ‘The Stranger’ Recap

Who Killed Lois Duncan’s Daughter?

I Am Feel Uncomfortable When We Are Not About Me?

Candy pairing:  Jenny says something you’re allergic to or chocolate that is not Rainforest Alliance certified, Kait says Oreos, Renata says fruit juice popsicles.

Coming up next: The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman.

 

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Episode 77 – Boxcar Children

Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Purple Pool by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Flashback Summer goes all the way back to 1942 to read The Boxcar Children and The Mystery of the Purple Pool (Boxcar Children Mystery #38) by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Kait has returned from her Comet pilgrimage, and we were also joined by Katie Schenkel (@JustPlainTweets), writer of Moonlighters, to unpack the biggest mysteries of all: why the Boxcar Children made homelessness seem to appealing, and why their boxcar past equipped these extremely well-behaved children with detective skills. Pour yourself a glass of milk in your favorite pink cup and listen now!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “The Boxcar Children” and the Spirit of Capitalism by Jia Tolentino

What the hell happened to the Boxcar Children’s parents?

Candy pairing:   Kait says Werther’s Originals, Katie says satellite wafers or candy cigarettes, Renata says bread.

Coming up next: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.

 

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