Episode 64: #BookExpo 2017 Book Buzz


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.


Library Journal Day of Dialog #ljdod17

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)
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (November 2017)
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean (July 2017)

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)

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

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)
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)

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)

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

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

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)
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)

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)

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

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

Europa Editions:
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Boom! Studios:
Misfit City

Wonder Woman

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

Episode 58: Dragon Talk with @stephanieburgis


Dragons, dragons, dragons! In this episode, we talk about dragon books, movies, television, games, and more with author Stephanie Burgis, including her book The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart! And a short discussion of . . . Jurassic Park?

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (audiobooks narrated by David Tennant)
Dungeons & Dragons
Dragons of Autumn Twilight/Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore/Forgotten Realms series
You Slay Me/ Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister
Dragon Bound/Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Hero and the Crown
 and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Cartoon sidebar: Jem and the HologramsThundercatsThe Powerpuff GirlsHe-Man (episode 85: The Rainbow Warrior)

Dealing With Dragons/Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
A Natural History of Dragons/The Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragon’s Fat Cat/Dragon Tales by Dav Pilkey
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
His Majesty’s Dragon/Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (audiobooks narrated by Simon Vance)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins
Anne McCaffrey
David Eddings (Episode 36)
The Neverending Story
Pete’s Dragon
Peter and the Wolf (no dragons)
Harry Potter
Game of Thrones
The Flight of Dragons
Ender Dragon in Minecraft
The Lego Batman Movie
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Jurassic Park
Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Dragonbone Chair/Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams
Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Dragon Actually/Dragon Kin series by G. A. Aiken (Shelly Laurenston)

Musical Obsessions
Stephanie: “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along (documentary film The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, Tim FederleBetter Nate Than Ever)
Alene: “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna
Anna: “Into the Groove” by Madonna (Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs Episode 36)

Anna: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, Serving Victoria by Kate Hubbard (My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley)
Alene: 40 Bags in 40 Days
Stephanie: One Day At A Time

Episode 54: Song Covers with @AmandaStretch




In this episode, we talked about cover songs, because Hamilton Mixtape. We brought in @AmandaStretch, a librarian and musicologist, all the way from Japan to lend our conversation gravitas. Also, we made a playlist!

The Atlantic: The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love Story
The Hollywood Reporter: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Songs From Second ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
Tom’s Diner
Nolo: When You Need Permission to Sample Others’ Music
Who Did It First?: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
Buzzfeed: 31 Cover Songs That Didn’t Pull A “No Homo” By Changing The Pronouns
Two Bossy Dames: Molly Weasley, Acoustic Guitar Crimes, and Additional Ephemera
Pitch Perfect (Pitch Perfect 2)
Weird Al
Vitamin String Quartet
Roar” by Maco (Katy Perry)
Band of Gold” by Belinda Carlisle (Freda Payne)
Across the Universe” by Rufus Wainwright, Moby, and Sean Lennon
The Voice
Love Lockdown” by Janina Gavankar (Kanye West)
Wrecking Ball” by Haim (Miley Cyrus)
…Baby One More Time” by Travis (Britney Spears)
Shake it Off” by Meghan Trainor (Taylor Swift)
The Baseballs
The Puppini Sisters
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift
Stairway to Heaven” by Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
Who Sampled

Napster: The 100 Best Muddy Waters Covers
Napster: The 80s Cover the 60s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Were More Successful in the ’80s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Hit #1 in the ’70s
Paste: 50 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Diffuser: 17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Buzzfeed: 21 Cover Songs That Make You Realize How Amazing The Originals Were

Musical Obsessions
Amanda: “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Katie Thompson (Belinda Carlisle)
Anna: “Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara
Alene: “100x” by Tegan and Sara

Amanda: Japan (also: Japan), Habitica
Anna: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Alene: Crock-Pot

Amanda’s blog.
And do you know about Mango Languages? Use it free through your local library!

Episode 53: Movie Advisory and Best of 2016



In this episode, we talk about movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory (episode 35), share our picks for best of 2016, and squeal over what we’re looking forward to in 2017.


Movie Advisory
Love and Friendship
Finding Dory
From The Washington Post: How Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Deal Beautifully With Disabilities
The Secret Life of Pets
Kubo and the Two Strings
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From Slate: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Flirts With Gay Allegory. Its Sequels Should Go All the Way.
Witch, Please: Roaring Anachronisms and Where To Find Them
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
Rogue One
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace

Best of 2016

Deadpool, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Moana, Moonlight, Trolls, Ghostbusters

American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Behind the Throne/After the Crown by KB Wagers
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Conviction, The Crown, Steven Universe, Supergirl Pending: Stranger Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Soundtracks: Moana, Trolls, Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape
Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara
Musical Obsessions Playlist

Tater Tot Casserole (or this recipe)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Styling/Volumizing Powder

In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ghost in the Shell, Murder on the Orient Express, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast, It, Baywatch, Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, Fifty Shades Darker, Before I Fall, Annihilation, Star Wars Episode 8
From E!: Movie Preview 2017: 84 Films You Should Know About in the New Year

Spirit from Depeche Mode
Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Icona Pop, Lorde, Taylor Swift
From Billboard: 2017 Music Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Albums

Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Avon romance authors: Sarah Maclean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare
From The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Star Trek Discovery, Emerald City, American Gods, Twin Peaks, Riverdale
From A.V. Club: The A.V. Club Tells You What to Watch in 2017

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Club Tropicana by Wham! UK (La Isla Bonita by Madonna)
Anna: Careless Whisper by Wham!, Freedom! ’90 by George Michael

Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Episode 49: Musicals with Rebecca




In this epic episode, we discussed musicals with musical theater major Rebecca for nearly two hours! There were some differences of opinion (*cough* Sondheim *cough*) but we all parted as friends after a musical quiz!


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Mary Poppins
West Side Story
The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Pirates of Penzance
Robin Hood
The Aristocats
Alice in Wonderland
Lady and the Tramp
Bells are Ringing
The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Annie Get Your Gun
Fiddler on the Roof
Sweeney Todd
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
South Pacific
The Music Man
Silent E is a Ninja” BONUS TRACKS “Hard/Soft G” and “Hard/Soft C” “Bossy ‘r’
Judy Garland
In The Good Old Summertime
Grease 2
White Christmas
Singin’ in The Rain
Easter Parade
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
The Book of Mormon
Kyle’s Mom is a Bitch
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Miss Saigon
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Avenue Q
Les Miserables
Sunday in the Park with George
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Fun Home
War Paint
Saving Aimee
Steven Sondheim
Into the Woods
Moulin Rouge
Ladies Who Lunch
You Can Drive a Person Crazy
Another Hundred People
Moments in the Woods
Maybe They’re Magic

Favorite Musicals Right Now
Rebecca: Xanadu
Anna: A Chorus Line
Alene: Hamilton

Favorite Songs from Musicals
Rose’s Turn
Something’s Coming
Goodnight My Someone
I Have Confidence
Wait For It
The Lonely Goatherd
Part of Your World
Arabian Nights
Simon Zealotes

Quiz Playlist (spoilers!) – includes favorite songs

How Many Movie Musicals Have You Seen?
Top 10 Best Movie Musicals
59 Broadway Songs That Will Devastate You
43 Best Musicals Since 2000

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” “Heavy Boobs,” and “Love Kernels” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Anna: “Over You” covered by Cassadee Pope
Alene: “Popular

Rebecca: David S. Pumpkins
Anna: Conviction
Alene: Christmas shopping

Episode 48: Book Buzz Fall 2016




In this episode, we bring you our picks from the publisher book buzz we attended in October 2016. Fiction! A surprising amount of nonfiction! Plus our usual obsessions. Prepare to be interested in some books!


Publishers on Twitter (a list)
Our publishing colleagues (sign up for their newsletters!): W. W. NortonMelville HouseHachetteSimon & SchusterPenguin Random House, Macmillan, Workman, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Sterling
Buzzword list

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (W. W. Norton, February 2017)
The Norse Myths: A Guide to Viking And Scandinavian Gods and Heroes by Carolyne Larrington (W. W. Norton, February 2017)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough [#wtfthatending] (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, January 2017)
Spoilers, Sweetie!

The Bedlam Stacks
by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury, August 2017)
The Standard Grand by Jay Baron Nicorvo (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, April 2017)
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories From An Online Life by Jess Kimball Leslie (Running Press/Hachette, April 2017)
Never Look An American In The Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, And The Making Of A Nigerian-American by Okey Ndibe [video] (Soho, available now)
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos [also: Whip Smart] (Bloomsbury, February 2017)
Make Trouble by John Waters (Workman, April 2017)
The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone (Algonquin/Workman, May 2017)
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight [The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck] (Hachette, December 2016)
Confessions Of A Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan [@HonestToddler] (Harlequin/Mira, May 2017)
The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (Harlequin/Mira, May 2017)
Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster, February 2017)
The Hearts Of Men by Nickolas Butler [Shotgun Lovesongs] (HarperCollins, March 2017)
A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, And A Murder Plot At The Heart Of The Establishment by John Preston (Other Press, available now)
Moonshine Mixology: Over 50 Recipes For Flavoring Spirits and Mixing Cocktails (Sterling, April 2017)
The New York Times Book of Crime: More Than 164 Years of Covering the Beat (Sterling, March 2017)
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (W. W. Norton, May 2017)
Beyond Infinity: From Uncountable Numbers To A Chicken Sandwich Sandwich, An Exploration Of  Math’s Biggest Topic by Eugenia Cheng (Basic Books/Ingram, March 2017)
“You’re In The Wrong  Bathroom!” and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura A. Jacobs (Beacon Press, May 2017)
Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Created Art From Trauma by Melanie Brooks (Beacon Press, May 2017)
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson (Quirk Books, May 2017)
Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself by Carin Oliver (Quirk Books, December 2016)
Through Darkness To Light by Jeanine Michna-Bales (Princeton Architectural Press/Chronicle, February 2017)
Wright Sites (Princeton Architectural Press/Chronicle, May 2017)
Victoria: A Novel Of A Young Queen by Daisy Goodwin (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, November 2017)
Is It All In Your Head?: True Stories Of Imaginary Illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, M. D. (Other Press, January 2017)
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, And Me by Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury, February 2017)
In The Great Green Room: The Brilliant And Bold Life Of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, January 2017)
The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck (William Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2017)
No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (Picador/Macmillan, May 2017)
Phenomena: The Secret History Of The U. S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown/Hachette, March 2017)
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George (Berkley/Penguin Random House, March 2017)
Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory by Lydia Reader (Algonquin/Workman, January 2017)
Down Below by Leonora Carrington (New York Review of Books, April 2017)
Ernesto by Umberto Saba (New York Review of Books, February 2017)
Castle: A History Of The Architecture That Shaped Medieval Britain by Marc Morris (Pegasus/W. W. Norton, April 2017)
Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas (Pegasus/W. W. Norton, January 2017)
The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, March 2017)
Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin [@thebookslut] (Melville House, February 2017)
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Flatiron/Macmillan, January 2017)
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic, January 2017)
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid [Karen Pirie series] (Grove/Atlantic, December 2016)


All the fangirling

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole (HarperCollins, April 2017)
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt (Algonquin/Workman, February 2017)
For Time And All Eternities by Mette Ivie Harrison [Linda Walheim] (Soho, January 2017)
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky (Bloomsbury, March 2017)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Dutton/Penguin Random House, February 2017)

Musical Obsessions

Anna: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Alene: “Wait For It” by Leslie Odom, Jr.


Anna: The Trespasser by Tana French
Alene: Arrow