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Episode 215 – Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever

Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Did you read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and think, “This could really use more victim blaming?” If so: have we got a book for you! Kristen and Jolenta from How To Be Fine (and By the Book) joined us to discuss Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever: The Making of a Happy Woman by Judge Judy Sheindlin. Listen to this episode on your way to pick up your husband’s dry cleaning!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: By The Book: Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever

Judge Judy To Megyn Kelly: ‘I’m Not A Feminist’ 

Coming up next: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.

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Episode 214 – Corinne

Corinne by Rebecca Morrow

We got tired of waiting for Stephenie Meyer’s latest book, so we checked out a book that some book bloggers are saying Stephenie Meyer wrote. Corinne is written by Rebecca Morrow, whose author bio simply states, “Rebecca Morrow is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author.” We had our friend Margaret H. Willison (of Two Bossy Dames, among other projects) join us to investigate Morrow’s identity: is she Stephenie Meyer? Or perhaps an even more dazzling author? Listen to this episode to find out!

Content warning: Religious trauma.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Reddit post: “Pretty sure Stephanie Meyer is wrote a new novel that’s slightly anti-religious under another name to avoid getting in trouble with the Mormon church.”

“Who Really Wrote Corinne by Rebecca Morrow?”

“Elin Hilderbrand to retire from writing beach reads in 2024”

Village Inn

Cream Cheese Mints

Coming up next: Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever by Judge Judith Sheindlin.

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Episode 213 – It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Dear Ellen, our friend Vanessa from the podcast Hot and Bothered flew in from Plethora, Maine to discuss Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. Millions of BookTokkers can’t be wrong…can they? Listen to this episode in Boston, where everything is better.

Content warning: Domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, death of a child.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “Bestselling writer Colleen Hoover apologizes for planned coloring book based on domestic violence novel” by Issy Ronald.

Hot and Bothered: It Ends With Us

Coming up next: Corinne by Rebecca Morrow.

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Episode 212 – The Last Boyfriend

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

Although we had to check out of the real life Inn BoonsBoro, we were able to return there through the power of fiction. We read the second book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy, The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts, with our returning guest and Nora Roberts expert Christine.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Inn BoonsBoro

Coming up next: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

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Episode 211.5 – BONUS – Inn BoonsBoro


Thanks to our wonderful Patreon Patrons, we recently traveled to Nora Roberts’ bed and breakfast in Maryland, Inn BoonsBoro, along with our Resident Nora Roberts Expert, Christine, and Resident Robe Expert, Nicole! Please enjoy this bonus episode where the four of us talk about our luxurious weekend stay, debate the content of a dolphin massage, and fail to accurately describe the size of a pretzel.

Footnotes: Romancing The Shelf: Our Trip to BoonsBoro!

Inn BoonsBoro

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro

Ghost-scented lotion!

Bespoke tea blends!

Dan’s Restaurant and Taproom

Renata’s Instagram Post

Big Pretzel:

Coming up next: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 211 – The Next Always

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

It’s our first episode of the year and we’re already longing to get away from it all. So we were joined by Heidi and Emily of the Romancing the Shelf podcast to discuss the book The Next Always by Nora Roberts. But also more importantly, we discussed Inn BoonsBoro, the B&B where this book is set, but also the B&B that Nora Roberts owns in real life! Heidi and Emily gave Kait and Renata travel tips for their upcoming stay in BoonsBoro. Listen to this episode on your way to pick up your next pizza.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Romancing The Shelf: Our Trip to BoonsBoro!

Inn BoonsBoro

Coming up next: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 210 – Bests of 2022

Another year has come and gone, and yet we’re still here, talking about books! For a treat, here are some good ones.

Footnotes: Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2022 (featuring Renata’s picks for middle grade and YA!)

Coming up next: A January hiatus. Happy New Year! We’ll see you in February!

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Episode 209 – Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Democracy works: our Patreon patrons voted for us to read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, so we did. And we, along with our returning guest Meredith Goldstein, of the Boston Globe’s Love Letters, actually kinda…loved it? Sorry haters, we’ve been Gilbertpilled. Listen to this episode while eating incredible homemade pasta, or just some frozen pizza if you’re currently in the USA.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “The ‘Eat Pray Love’ Problem: How Movie Liz Ruined The Story Of Book Liz” by Linda Holmes

“In which I don’t review ‘Eat Pray Love'” by Crunk Feminist Collective

The new colonialism of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Sandip Roy

“Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes” by Lizzy O’Leary

“‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert Announces She’s Dating Another Woman” by Claire Landsbaum

Coming up next: Bests & Worsts of 2022.

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Episode 208 – Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.

Duarte’s been asking us for more feline representation, so we were joined by Phillip Mottaz, author of the Psychic Barber Mystery series, to read the first Mrs. Murphy mystery, Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. It’s a small town cozy mystery solved by a postmistress and her pets. Unfortunately, the pets have weirdly regressive attitudes. Turn the volume up on this episode to make sure you can hear it over all the almonds being blended!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Rita Mae Brown’s Wikipedia page

Coming up next: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Episode 207 – Blessings From The Other Side

Blessings From The Other Side by Sylvia Browne with Lindsay Harrison


We reunited with Sydney and Delaney from Book Cult to discuss the cult-adjacent teachings of Sylvia Browne, as presented in her book Blessings From The Other Side: Wisdom and Comfort From the Afterlife For This Life. Play this one extra loud to make sure that it’s audible to the spirits hovering three feet above you!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Book Cult Episode 43: Blessings From The Other Side

Book Cult Episode 75: Worst Bestsellers (that’s us!) 

John Oliver is sensing a ‘p’ for ‘predatory bullshit’ as Last Week Tonight debunks TV psychic by Dennis Perkins

44 Life Themes Everyone Chooses Before Incarnation: Which One Did You Choose?

Sylvia Browne on Wikipedia

Coming up next: Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.

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