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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!

Readers advisoryHere.

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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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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Episode 91 – Warriors

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Warrior cats, come out to play! Librarian Sam joined us Twolegs podcasters to discuss Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter, the first volume of the long, complex, deeply upsetting Warriors series. We jumped into the jam-packed dramatis fursonae of feral cats fighting over the best sunbeams in the woods and were shocked at their prejudice toward housecats. Warning: we do not recommend letting your pets listen to this episode.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: What Warrior Cats Clan Do You Belong In? quiz

Warriors Wikipedia entry

MBMBaM – Warriors Cat Names

Does The Dog Die? Dot Com

Candy pairing: Kait says Ice Mice, Renata says Wild Berry Skittles, Sam says Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

Coming up next: Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 90.5 – A Queer Chat About Martians and Venusians

If all Venusians communicate so easily, why is Kait so garbage at asking girls out? That’s just one of the questions John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus tire fire left unanswered from a queer perspective, so Kait rounded up a few of her queer friends to talk about why this book is extra garbage if you don’t conform to the cisgender, heterosexual societal norm. Join Kait, Wren, and Red as they have a collective rage aneurysm and make a lot of dumb queer jokes about the Mars/Venus designation. Will Wren and Red actually remain friends with Kait after she made them read this nonsense book? Listen to this bonus episode to find out!

Original Episode

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Episode 87 – The Christmas Caramel Murder

The Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke

‘Tis the season…for murder. Mystery enthusiast Kelsey joined us to discuss the Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke, a cozy mystery starring amateur detective/baker Hannah Swensen. It’s a heartwarming story featuring one murder and a lot of recipes. Plus, the casual introduction of our new least favorite cocktail: hot lemonade! Happy holidays from Worst Bestsellers! We really hope you don’t get murdered! PS Sorry some of us got so drunk on hot lemonade.

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Footnotes: Christmas Caramels and Other Murder Foods (our attempts at cooking these recipes)

Hot lemonade recipe

Hot Kool-Aid

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 (the zine issue)

Murder on the Menu: A Feast of Cozy Food Mysteries

Candy pairing: Kait says strawberry hard candies, Kelsey says Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Renata says hot lemonade.

Coming up next: Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

 

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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.

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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.

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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)!

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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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