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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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Episode 71 – The Shack

The Shack by William Paul Young

 

Kait, Renata, and their guest Dolly (@loather, Withdrawn) read The Shack by William Paul Young. It’s about a man who meets God, but get this, God is a black woman who wants you to call her “Papa”! Did that blow your mind? Don’t worry, God turns back into a man when times get really tough. Please listen to this episode on your next drive out into the middle of nowhere!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: ‘I Have Deep Regrets’: Graphic Artist Who Designed ‘Shack’ Novel Renounces Book

This American Life #304: Heretics

The Shack (2017) on IMDB

Candy pairing:  Dolly says Peeps Oreos, Kait says a chocolate cross, Renata says Cadbury Creme eggs.

Coming up next: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

 

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Episode 70 – The Notebook (LIVE at Trident Booksellers!)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Kait, Renata, and their guest Margaret H. Willison (Two Bossy Dames, Appointment Television) read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks for a special live episode recorded at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! If you’re familiar with the movie, you might be surprised at some of the book’s more upsetting twists and turns. If you’re a doctor, you might be surprised to hear that love cures Alzheimer’s! Thanks again to Trident for having us and to everyone who turned out to see our live show!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Photo Roundup from the Live Show

A Brief History of Rachel McAdams’ Time-Traveling Dating Obsession

Nicholas Sparks on The Choice, Religion and Love After Divorce

Legend of Zelda: Lon-Lon Ranch

The Rock: The Notebook 2

Noah’s Crab Hands

Candy pairing:  Kait says fancy candy jewelry, Margaret says Werther’s originals, Renata says Crybabies sour gum.

Coming up next: The Shack by William Paul Young.

 

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Episode 69 – Tinglers

Redacted in the Butt by Redacted Under the Tromp Administration by Chuck TingleTaken By The Gay Unicorn Biker by Chuck TIngle
It’s our 69th episode, nice! Returning guest & hardcore lady buck Jennie read 2 Tinglers with us: Redacted in the Butt By Redacted Under the Tromp Administration and Taken By The Gay Unicorn Biker, both by the Hugo-nominated author Chuck Tingle. Please help us prove love by listening to this NSFW episode!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: ChuckTingle.com

Proving Love: An Interview with Dr. Chuck Tingle

Chuck Tingle’s AMA

Kait’s highlights of Chuck Tingle’s AMA

Fanfiction 101

Candy pairing:  Jennie says band candy, Kait says an edible garter, Renata says Japanese omiyage candy.

Coming up next: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

 

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Episode 68 – Cookie Meets Peanut

Cookie Meets Peanut by Bethenny Frankel

Storytime Underground Joint Chief Cory joined us to discuss the fact that writing picture books is way harder than most celebrities think it is! We read Cookie Meets Peanut by Real Housewife/Adult Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, illustrated by Daniel Roode. Let us tuck you into bed with the story of an extremely irresponsible pet owner!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown Podcast

Paws for thought? Bethenny Frankel tries to get dog to read her new children’s book on a stylish outing in the Big Apple

Skinnygirl, Fat Wallet: How Bethenny Frankel Earns More Than Any Other Real Housewife

Selected Illustrations: (click to embiggen)

Cookie Meets Peanut 1

Cookie Meets Peanut 2

Cookie Meets Peanut 3

 Candy pairing: Cory says Skinnygirl elderberry & sweet lemon gummies, Kait says a gold-leaf gummy dog, Renata says a Skinnygirl Cosmo.

Coming up next: Redacted In the Butt By Redacted Under the Tromp Administration and Taken By the Gay Unicorn Biker by Chuck Tingle.

 

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Bonus Episode II – Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Thanks to our Patreon sponsors, we recorded a bonus episode about Gossip Girl (the novel by Cecily von Ziegesar as well as the TV show) with special guest Renata’s mom, Susan. We have to say: we enjoyed this dive into the lives of hyper-privileged Manhattan youths more than we thought we would, despite the fact that almost nothing actually happens in this book. Download this episode to your Swarovski crystal-encrusted Motorola Razr to hear us learn how the other half lives!

Apologies: Whoops, the clanking sound in the background is all of the jewelry Renata’s mom wears, please excuse her beauty. Also, Renata mistakenly said Serena has a cat named Kitty Minky. In fact, Kitty Minky is Blair’s cat. We regret the error and apologize to the fictional cat in question.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: ‘Gossip Girl’ Creator Spills a Major Secret About Chuck and Blair’s Iconic Relationship

Serena/Blair Works on Archive Of Our Own

 Candy pairing: Kait says a half grapefruit & Pop Tarts, Renata says boozy chocolates, Renata’s mom says a single Tic-Tac.

Coming up next: Cookie Meets Peanut by Bethenny Frankel.

 

* 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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