Episode 66: Movie Advisory 2017A

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Our wrap-up of all the first-run movies we saw in the first half of 2017, and what we’re looking forward to for the rest of the year. With special guest Giant Bug.

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Previous Movie Advisory episodes: 35, 53
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Baywatch
Pamela Anderson
David Hasselhoff
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Beauty and the Beast
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Fifty Shades Darker
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’: How Sean Gunn Became Marvel’s Secret Weapon
[Firefly]
[What Dreams May Come]
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Get Out
[The Stepford Wives]
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Hidden Figures
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The Lego Batman Movie
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Office Christmas Party
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Power Rangers
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Sing
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Wonder Woman
Logan (Episode 59)
Fate of the Furious (Episode 65)
[Spider-Man: Homecoming]

Coming Soon:
The Dark Tower
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It
Blade Runner 2049
Murder on the Orient Express
Justice League
Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Still Got Time” by Zayn
Alene: “More Than a Feeling” by Boston
[Believe Me by Eddie Izzard]

Obsessions
Anna: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
[The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner]
Alene: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Episode 65: Fastest and Furiousest with @renatasnacks

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We got our favorite movie explicator, Renata, on board to discuss the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise: F8 of the Furious (which is what it should have been called). But first we watched all seven previous movies! Hashtag completist. On the way, we learned some very important lessons about ourselves and about FAMILY. Spoilers abound!

 

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The Fast and the Furious
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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Fast & Furious 6
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Fate of the Furious
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Vulture: How Does Fate of the Furious Stack Up Against the Rest of the Franchise?
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The Blues Brothers
Silence of the Lambs
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Cole Hauser v. Tom Berenger
Better Luck Tomorrow
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Luke Evans
The Sound of Music
How Did This Get Made (Fate of the FuriousFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6Fast Five)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the show where they’re always in an airplane)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
Alene: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Anna: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Obsessions
Renata: Trello (her nail polishes)
Alene: Facial exfoliants (Alba and Pixi), sheet masks from Daiso
Anna: Abhorsen books by Garth Nix

Bonus Episode: Library School

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Have you ever wondered “what do they do all day when they’re not recording podcasts, those Bellwether Friends? I know I should trust librarians, but why?” We sat down for an interview about collection development (the art of budgeting for, buying,  maintaining, and eventually disposing of books and other materials) with Helene Williams, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s iSchool, for her online class (Twitter).

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Springfield City Library
Forbes Library
Calvin Coolidge
Charles Ammi Cutter
Cutter Classification
Dewey-Cutter Conversion
Library Journal: Practice Makes Perfect
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Baker & Taylor

Episode 64: #BookExpo 2017 Book Buzz

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In this episode, we tell you about a ton of the books we learned about at BookExpo last week! Prepare to have your TBR grow completely beyond management.

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Links:
Library Journal Day of Dialog #ljdod17
#BookExpo

HarperCollins:
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (January 2018)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (October 2017)
The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon (November 2017)
We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (October 2017)
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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (November 2017)
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean (July 2017)

Hachette:
The Late Show by Michael Connelly (July 2017)
This is What A Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Rice (May 2017)
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (available now)
The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (November 2017)
Code Girls by Liza Mundy (October 2017)
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza (November 2017)
Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle (October 2017)
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (January 2018)

Sourcebooks:
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (available now)
Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict (January 2018)

Workman:
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 2017)
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen (October 2017)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (February 2018)

W. W. Norton:
Morningstar by Ann Hood (August 2017)
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt (September 2017)
Cuz by Danielle Allen (September 2017)
From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty (October 2017)
The Annotated African American Folktales edited by Henry Louis Gates and Maria Tatar (October 2017)
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Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly (October 2017)
The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts (November 2017)

Simon & Schuster:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (September 2017)
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl (September 2017)
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta (August 2017)

Sterling:
The Gilded Age by Alan Axelrod (November 2017)
A Taste of Italy by Damiano Carrara (October 2017)
Obama by Mark Greenberg (available now)
Michelle Obama by Antonia Felix (available now)

New York Review Books:
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes (August 2017)

Quirk:
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The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird by Kim Smith (August 2017)
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix (September 2017)

Kensington:
I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott (October 2017) (Two Nerdy History Girls)
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev (January 2018)

Macmillan:
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman (August 2017)
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (September 2017)
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (September 2017)
American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray (November 2017)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 2017)
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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (October 2017)
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (October 2017)

Oni Press:
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (November 2017)

Harlequin:
House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (October 2017)

Atlantic Monthly Press:
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (August 2017)

Theater Communications Group:
Sweat by Lynn Nottage (June 2017)

Bloomsbury:
A World Without “Whom” by Emmy J. Favilla (November 2017)
Hitler in Los Angeles by Steven J. Ross (October 2017)

Random House:
The Address by Fiona Davis (August 2017) [Jack Finney]
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (January 2018)
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September 2017)
The Windfall by Diksha Basu (available now)
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (September 2017)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (September 2017)
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (September 2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (August 2017)
Tell Me More and Other Important Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (January 2018)
The American: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan

Abrams:
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (October 2017)

Europa Editions:
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Boom! Studios:
Misfit City

Obsession:
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Wonder Woman

Musical Obsession:
Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Episode 63: Fashion Forward with @curiosityjones

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In this episode, we talk to author and jewelry designer (and former librarian) Kelly Jones about her books Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Also personal styling tips, such as:

  • Dress the beautiful woman that you are
  • Try on everything before you buy it
  • Thrift shop for success

Links
What Not to Wear UK
Wraptillion
#argyleweek
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (originally published 1935)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, Thomas the Rhymer)
Stephanie Burgis
Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
#chuckstravaganza (episode 62)
Project Runway
Iris Van Herpen
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Gilmore Girls
Ugly Betty
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
House of Eliott
The Incredibles (also: NO CAPES)
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Forgotten Realms
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Supergirl
The Tudors
The Borgias
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Sex and the City
The Mentalist
The X-Files
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Charade
Edith Head
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The Age of Innocence
Spider-Man
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Desperately Seeking Susan
Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Musical Obsessions:

Kelly: Teen Titans theme song by Puffy AmiYumi
Anna: Tank! theme song from Cowboy Bebop by Seatbelts
Alene: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song by The Gregory Brothers

Obsessions:

Kelly: brownies with peanut butter cream cheese swirl
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Anna: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 2017)
Alene: Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz

 

Episode 62: Inside #chuckstravaganza

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For this episode we discussed our obsession with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars (and other Converse shoes, and shoes in general) in conjunction with our month-long project with @melissazd, #chuckstravaganza. We are wearing our Chucks every day in May to celebrate the fact that shoes don’t have to be brown or black! Topics include where to shop, how to wash, high vs low tops, and more!

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Rainbow Chucks for Pride (limited edition)

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Grease is the word (high tops)

History of Chuck Taylor All-Stars
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The Outsiders
Juno
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Rocky
West Side Story
The Donna Reed Show
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Chucks Connection
#chuckstravaganza on Instagram
Code Switch episode “Talking Black-ish With Star Yara Shahidi And Creator Kenya Barris”
Lacing techniques
converse rubber

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Oh K-Stew

Meg Cabot
Sophie Kinsella
Anna Maxted
Marian Keyes
Cecelia Ahern
pink i love converse

 

Musical Obsessions
Gigantic” by The Pixies
Up All Night” by One Direction

Obsessions
The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan (due to be published June 2017)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Episode 61: The Daughter of Time Deep Dive with @twobossydames

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We joined forces with Margaret and Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to take a closer look at the 1951 mystery classic The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Much cleverness, and many readalikes and watchalikes, ensued. PLUS: A Young Olds discussion of Harry Styles and his debut single.

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The Two Bossy Dames wall clock
Simini Blocker
Persuasion Deep Dive
Derek Jacobi reads The Daughter of Time
Decades After Her Death, Mystery Still Surrounds Crime Novelist Josephine Tey” (Vanity Fair)
History in the Archives by Natalie Zemon Davis
Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
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The Lion in Winter
The White Queen
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
How Can This Be So Gripping? Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time” by Jo Walton
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Five Things We’ve Learned about Richard III Since He Was Found” (CNN)
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
“Tonypandy” (Wikipedia): “Grant adopts the term “Tonypandy” to describe widely believed historical myths, such as the supposed shootings at the Tonypandy Riots, and believes popular accounts of Richard’s activities to fall into this category.”
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Denison University
Colleges that Change Lives
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Reign
Brat Farrar
To Love and Be Wise

Readalikes and Watchalikes
The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V)
The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Hild by Nicola Griffith
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The Usual Suspects
The Singing Detective
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Lady Jane
Jo Walton’s Small Change series (Farthing, Ha’penny, Half a Crown)
Hamilton: An American Musical
Richard III: The King in the Car Park
Richard III: Martyr or Monster?
The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues it Holds by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones
The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters
The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse)
To Prove a Villain by Guy Townsend
The Josephine Tey mysteries by Nicola Upson
O’ Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor
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Rear Window
Dorothy Dunnett (start with The Game of Kings)
Val McDermid
Tana French

Musical Obsessions
Margaret: “Let’s Get Out of This Country” by Camera Obscura
Anna: “Fall Apart Again” by Brandi Carlile
Alene: “Welcome to New York” off the Greatest City in the World Spotify playlist
Sophie: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Honorable mention musical obsession

Obsessions

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Sophie: Harry Styles/One Direction
Margaret: Please Like Me (see also Disappointing Gay Best Friend)
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Anna: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Alene: Fleabag