Episode 97: Animated Crushes with @wonderlandchick

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In this episode, we discuss our favorite animated heartthrobs with friend of the podcast Sarah. Come for the strangely attractive cartoon foxes, stay for the romance recommendations!

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Links
HuffPost: 27 Cartoon Characters Who Gave Us The Hots As Kids
BuzzFeed: 38 Characters That Were Oddly Hot Even Though They Were Animated
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Robin Hood
Dimitri (Anastasia)
Trent Lane (Daria) also Daria and Jane
Roger Radcliffe (101 Dalmatians) [David Tennant]
Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon)
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Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
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Abraham De Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley (The Aristocats) editor’s note: Alene got his name wrong in the show
Scar, Young Simba (The Lion King)
Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)
Lucifer (Cinderella)
Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
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Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
Bambi
Miss Bianca and Bernard (The Rescuers)
Wonder Twins (Superfriends)
Brainy Smurf (The Smurfs)
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Ookla the Mok (Thundarr the Barbarian)
Optimus Prime (Transformers)
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Helga Sinclair (Atlantis)
She-Ra, Frosta
Evil-Lyn (He-Man)
The Claw (Inspector Gadget)
Mulan, Li Shang
Storm (X-Men)
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Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn (Batman, The Animated Series)
David Kawena (Lilo and Stitch)
Sakaki (Azumanga Daioh)
Flynn Rider (Tangled)
Zuko (Avatar the Last Airbender)
Garnet (Steven Universe)
Mrs. Beakley (Duck Tales)
Daphne (Scooby-Doo)
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Wendy Corduroy (Gravity Falls) [supercut]
Roger Miller
Overdue on The Little Mermaid (live episode recorded at New England Library Association–not on their site as of this writing)
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
Fresh Romance
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Sally Mackenzie’s Naked Nobility series
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Yuri on Ice
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series
Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series
Sherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores series
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Tiana, Prince Naveen (The Princess and the Frog)
Wolverine, Gambit (The Animated X-Men)
Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
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Megara (Hercules)
Esmeralda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Kim Possible

Obsessions
Sarah: Romance novels: Alyssa Cole‘s Reluctant Royals series, Alisha Rai, Stripped by Zoey Castile, The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting [Shacking Up], Lucy Parker
Anna: The Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast, Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Alene: My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

Musical Obsessions
Sarah: Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Anna: Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Alene: Gravity Falls theme song

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Episode 96: Fall 2018 Book Buzz

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We visited New York City to hear from a variety of publishers about their upcoming titles, and we’re here to share some of our favorites, as well as likely candidates for library collections, against a backdrop of rustling paper! (See episodes 4864, 75, 88, and 89 for previous Book Buzz content.)

List of publisher contacts (subscribe to their newsletters!)

Workman

Sugar Run, Mesha Maren, January 2019
A People’s History of Heaven, Mathangi Subramanian, March 2019
The Book of Humans, Adam Rutherford, March 2019
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Courting Mr. Lincoln, Louis Bayard, April 2019
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, Felicity McLean, June 2019

Sourcebooks

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters, Robyn Ryle, March 2019
Slay Like a Mother, Katherine Wintsch, March 2019
Georgette Heyer signature collection, favorite titles, pretty covers
Nightchaser, Amanda Bouchet, January 2019

Sterling

Lettering Alphabets & Artwork, Jay Roeder, April 2019
Love Magick, Cassandra Eason (Protection Magick) April 2019
Black Panther Psychology, Travis Langley and Alex Simmons, June 2019
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How to Houseplant: A Beginner’s Guide to Making and Keeping Plant Friends, Heather Rodino, April 2019

Harlequin/Park Row/Hanover Square/Mira

Beautiful Bad, Annie Ward [Park Row], March 2019
The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees, Meredith May [Park Row], April 2019
Here and Now and Then, Mike Chen [Mira], Jan 2019
The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff [Park Row], Feb 2019
The Lady From the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, Mallory O’Meara [Hanover Square], March 2019

Soho

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The Satapur Moonstone
(Perveen Mistry #2), Sujata Massey, Feb 2019
Lives Laid Away (August Snow #2), Stephen Mack Jones, Jan 2019

Macmillan/Tor

They All Fall Down, Rachel Howzell Hall, April 2019
At The Wolf’s Table, Rosella Postorino, January 2019 [Flatiron]
The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders, Feb 2019
The Lost Man, Jane Harper, Feb 2019
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Miracle Creek, Angie Kim, April 2019

NYRB

Friend of My Youth, Amit Chaudhuri, Feb 2019
Negrophobia: an Urban Parable, Darius James, February 2019

W W Norton

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House of Stone
, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, January 2019
That Time I Loved You: Stories, Carrianne Leung [Liveright], Feb 2019
Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era, March 2019
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, Mary Norris, April 2019
Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, Feb 2019
Ancient Magic: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome, Philip Matyszak, March 2019

HarperCollins

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Juliet Grames, May 2019
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The Kingdom of Copper
, S.A. Chakraborty, January 2019
The Huntress, Kate Quinn, February 2019
American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt, Karen Harper, February 2019
99 Percent Mine
, Sally Thorne, January 2019

Bloomsbury

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, DaMaris B. Hill, Jan 2019
The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon, Feb 2019
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T. Kira Madden, March 2019
Holy Lands, Amanda Sthers, January 2019

National Geographic

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, Kara Cooney, November 2018
All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey, Betsy Mason and Greg Miller, out now

Quirk

Find Momo Across Europe, Andrew Knapp, Feb 2019
Race Me in a Lobster Suit: Absurd Internet Ads and the Real Conversations That Followed, Kelly Mahon, March 2019
We Are Here Forever, Michelle Gish, July 2019

Ingram

#fashionvictim, Amina Akhtar, Sep 2018 [Crooked Lane Books]
The Atlas of Reds and Blues, Devi S. Laskar, Feb 2019 [Counterpoint]
The Psychology of Time Travel, Kate Mascarenhas, Feb 2019 [Crooked Lane Books]
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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
, Holly Ringland, March 2019

Melville House

The Philosophy of Beards, Thomas S. Gowing, Oct 2018
University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education, Joshua Hunt, October 2018
expanding “Last Interviews” to include women!

Beacon

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History, Pamela D. Toler, Feb 2019
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo, June 2018
Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power, An Ziao Mina, January 2019

Other

The Hundred Wells of Salaga, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Feb 2019
Life of David Hockney, Catherine Cusset, May 2019

Penguin Random House

Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James, Feb 2019
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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
, Anissa Gray, Feb 2019
Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly, April 2019
Southern Lady Code, Helen Ellis, April 2019

Hachette

How Long ‘til Black Future Month?: Stories, N.K. Jemisin [Orbit]
Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game, Gemma Clarke, April 2019 [Nation Books]
The Age of Light, Whitney Sharer, February 2019 [Little, Brown]
Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly, October 2018 [Grand Central]
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, Pete Souza, out now

Simon & Schuster

Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams, March 2019
I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott, April 2019

Grove Atlantic

The Bird King, G. Willow Wilson, March 2019 [Grove Press]
Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II, James Holland, November 2018
Broken Ground, Val McDermid, December 2018

Restless

The Body Papers: A Memoir, Grace Talusan, April 2019
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The Casket of Time
, Andri Snær Magnason, April 2019

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “The Room Where it  Happens” from Hamilton
Anna: “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton

Obsessions
Anna: Ladies in Suits
Alene: LibraryReads Unconference (Editor’s note: she survived.)

 

 

Episode 95: Movie Advisory Fall 2018

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In this episode, we talk about the 25 first-run movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory session, Episode 86. Our extensive movie viewing has been brought to you by MoviePass (RIP) and Ladies in Suits.

Links

hellokitty

motorcycle slides under giant flying hello kitty pez

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Book Club ANDY GARCIA: HEARTTHROB (v. 1)
Vanity Fair: Andy Garcia is Book Club‘s Handsome Secret Weapon

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gabrielle union grimaces, wields knife

Breaking In
Crazy Rich Asians
Deadpool 2

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rachel pushes off rachel’s wig as they kiss

Disobedience
The Equalizer 2
The Happytime Murders

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cate delivers excellent sideeye, with fancy teacup

The House With a Clock in its Walls
Hotel Artemis
The Incredibles 2
Life of the Party
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ANDY GARCIA: HEARTTHROB (v. 2)
The Meg (Episode 94)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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cate strides purposefully, in glitter

Ocean’s 8
Sierra Burgess is a Loser

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blake strides purposefully, in tuxedo

A Simple Favor
Skyscraper
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sorry to Bother You
Tag

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kate and mila stride purposefully, in sequins

The Spy Who Dumped Me
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Looking forward to

Anna:
Aquaman

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keira enters, in three piece suit

Colette
Halloween
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Widows
Robin Hood

Alene:

claire

claire looks tough, in leather

The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Suspiria
Creed II
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Venom (tweet)

Obsession
Anna and Alene: Hamilton

Musical Obsessions
Anna: One Last Time
Alene: The Reynolds Pamphlet

Episode 94: Jaw Ready For This? with @renatasnacks and @ginthusiastic

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In this episode, we discuss sharks in pop culture with Worst Best Friends Renata and Becca, including deep dives (see what we did there?) into The Meg and Jaws as well as our ideal shark movie plots–call us, Hollywood! We were also recently on Worst Bestsellers to discuss Hope Never Dies.

Links
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Jaws
megalodon
The Meg
The Shallows
Sharknado
Sharktopus
Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (starring Debbie Gibson)
deep
Deep Blue Sea
Shark Attack 3 (starring John Barrowman)
New York Post: Before ‘Jaws,’ James Bond swam with sharks
Thunderball
Jaws: The Revenge
Katya
Sharknado 6
Shark Tale
47 Meters Down
Open Water
Esquire: 10 Great Shark Movies That Will Keep You Away From the Water
I Don’t Even Own a Television Episode 105 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Jaws
Mythbusters Special 8: JAWS Special
[Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed and Confused is named Wooderson]
Book Riot: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: 11 Great Books for Shark Week
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You Are A Shark (Choose Your Own Adventure) (Overdue Episode 241)
The Worst Bestsellers Episode 29: Live and Let Die
7 Songs To Get Your Shark Week Party Started
Baby Shark Dance
Discovery Channel Shark Week
Sharks are smooth as hell
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The Scariest Shark Movies That Aren’t ‘Jaws’
Cosmopolitan: 13 Shark Movies That Will Make You Avoid the Water Forever
Entertainment Weekly: ‘Sharknado 2’ director on creating the movie’s ‘silly’ theme song
Mental Floss: 9 Silly Sharks to Prepare You for Shark Week
Mental Floss: 15 Facts About The Megalodon Shark

Musical Obsessions
Becca: “Beautiful” from Heathers: the Musical
Anna: “Everything She Wants” by Wham!, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
Renata: “Borderline” by Ariana Grande feat. Missy Elliott
Alene: “The Ballad of Sharknado” by Anthony Ferrante/Quint

Obsessions
Renata: Captain Marvel (trailer)
Becca: BuzzFeed Unsolved
Anna: Spectred Isle by KJ Charles
Alene: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Episode 93: Basketball! Basketball!! Basketball!!! with @skeskali and @DebTorres54

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In this episode, we talk basketball with Cecily of The Riverdale Rag and Deb, sharing our personal basketball histories and favorite teams, coaches, and players. When we recorded the episode, the winner of this year’s WNBA championship was still in doubt, but since then the STORM have claimed the title, to the delight of many.

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Links

Atlanta 1996 Olympics
Iowa girls’ basketball
Title IX
Utah Starzz
WNBA history
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Seattle Storm
Phoenix Mercury
Minnesota Lynx
Los Angeles Sparks
Detroit Shock

Song:
Basketball” by Kurtis Blow

Movies:
Love and Basketball
Hoop Dreams
Hoosiers
LeBron James Trainwreck scene
Teen Wolf
Space Jam
Semi-Pro

Books:
Loose Balls by Terry Pluto
Romancing the Zone by Kenna White
Slamdunked by Love by Jamie Wesley
Sum It Up by Pat Summitt
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais
Counting Coup by Larry Colton
Standing Tall by C. Vivian Stringer

Coaches:
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Pat Summit
Elaine Elliott
Cheryl Reeve
Dawn Staley
Geno Auriemma
Sue Guevara
Curt Miller

Players:
Elena Delle Donne
Nneka Ogwumike
Breanna Stewart
Sue Bird
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Liz Cambage
Chelsea Gray
Janel McCarville
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Diana Taurasi (kisses Seimone Augustus)
Cynthia Cooper
Teresa Weatherspoon
Jennifer Azzi
Cheryl Miller
Nancy Lieberman
Ann Meyers
Yolanda Griffith
Tina Thompson
Sheryl Swoopes
Swin Cash
Rebecca Lobo
Lindsay Whalen
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Seimone Augustus
Maya Moore
Natalie Williams
Rebekkah Brunson
Asjha Jones
Can you believe Diana Taurasi is married to Penny Taylor?
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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe

Musical Obsessions
Deb: “Drive Slow” by Chastity Brown
Cecily: “Style” by Prince
Anna: “Sweet Georgia Brown” as used by the Harlem Globetrotters
Alene: “Michael Jordan” by Kendrick Lamar

Obsessions
Cecily: Kdramas on Netflix–Mr. Sunshine
Deb: fish tacos
Anna: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Alene: The Romantic Comedy–The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely and Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Episode 92: We Need Inclusive Romance!

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In this episode, jumping off our presentation at the Massachusetts Library Association conference in May, we discuss inclusive romance novels we’ve read and are looking forward to reading. The official genre of Bellwether Friends is Historical Romance. This episode is brought to you by Fake Dating with a side of Getting It Out Of Our System.

Links
LA Review of Books: Romance, Compassion, and Inclusivity (Or: How Romance Will Save the World)
Why We Need Asexual Romances
Reading romance as an asexual & aromantic person

sara ramirez
Courtney Milan Cyclone series
Sherry Thomas
Jeannie Lin
Alyssa Cole An Extraordinary Union, A Princess in Theory, A Duke by Default
Jasmine Guillory The Wedding Date, The Proposal
the bride test
Helen Hoang The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test
Jackie Lau Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (May 2018), Mr. Hotshot CEO
Alisha Rai Forbidden Hearts series
Camille Perri When Katie Met Cassidy (June 2018)

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[LESBIAN ROMANCE SIDEBAR]
Bold Strokes Books, Bella Books

BookRiot: Native American Romance Novels by Native Authors
V. S. Nelson
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Laura Brown Signs of Attraction
Margaret Locke The Demon Duke
Amanda Quick Deception
Julia Quinn To Sir Phillip, With Love
Karin Kallmaker
Claire O’Dell A Study in Honor
love and basketball
Jamie Wesley Slamdunked by Love
Cathy Yardley Level UpOne True Pairing
Sonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair, The Bollywood Bride, A Change of Heart
Alexis Hall How to Bang a Billionaire, How to Blow it With a Billionaire, Glitterland, Looking for Group
Mia Sosa Acting on Impulse
Ruby Lang Acute Reactions
The Ripped Bodice: The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report
Jeevani Charika A Royal Wedding
Alexis Daria Take the Lead
Pema Donyo Revolutionary Hearts
Talia Hibbert A Girl Like Her
Priscilla Oliveras His Perfect Partner
Cat Sebastian
KJ Charles
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E. E. Ottoman
J. K. Pendragon
Damon Suede
Yolanda Wallace Tailor Made
Rebekah Weatherspoon So Sweet
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K. M. Jackson Insert Groom Here
Beverly Jenkins (we totally forgot to talk about her but she should be on this list)

WOC in Romance
Read Harder: Romance Novels By or About a Person of Color
Romance Novels in Color
A List of the Best Contemporary Romance Books Featuring Women of Color
Diverse Romance
The New York Times: In Love With Romance Novels, But Not Their Lack of Diversity
The New York Times: The Changing Face of Romance Novels

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Obsessions
Alene and Anna: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; Crazy Rich Asians

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Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Cheryl K feat. Awkwafina from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Material Girl (200 du)” by Sally Yeh from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
(Bustle article)
Anna: “Yellow” by Katherine Ho from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack (LA Times story)

 

Episode 90: Content Warning Part I–Anna’s Hard Pass

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The first of two episodes exploring the things that we don’t like to encounter in our books, television, movies, and more. Content warning for discussion of various unpleasant topics, primarily cancer.

Links
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
Spoilers, Sweetie!
A Monster Calls (book)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (movie)
terms
Terms of Endearment
Deadpool
Stepmom
Midnight Sun
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke
Our Gift of Love: Personal Stories of Breast Cancer Courage
Persevere: A Life With Cancer by Lisa Bonchek Adams
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Lurlene McDaniel
Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies
Breaking Bad
Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Bad Day” by Daniel Powter
The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
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One Mississippi
I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro
The Bold Type
Alexa and Katie

Musical Obsessions
Molto Allegro (Jupiter Symphony) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray

Obsession
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Hannah Gadsby‘s Nanette

Episode 89: Spring 2018 Book Buzz Part II

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We’re bringing you our top picks for the fall and early 2019 for you and your library patrons, based on our trips to recent conferences. This is part two of a two-part episode, featuring titles from Hachette, Penguin Random House, Sourcebooks, Quirk Books, Soho Press, Pegasus, Sterling, Ingram, and more! Catch up with part one here.

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Links

Hachette
Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life by Amanda Stern (Grand Central, June 2018)
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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (Orbit, November 2018)
Rosewater 
by Tade Thompson (Orbit, September 2018)
Proud by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori Tharps (July 2018)

Penguin Random House
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness (Viking, September 2018)
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When Katie Met Cassidy 
by Camille Perri (Putnam, June 2018)
There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald (Riverhead, October 2018)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf, September 2018)
Vox by Christina Dalcher (Berkley, August 2018)

Golden Child by Claire Adam (SJP for Hogarth, January 2019)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (November 2018)
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, September 2018)
We That Are Young by Preti Taneja (Knopf, August 2018)
Well-Read Black Girl, edited by Glory Edim (October 2018)

Sourcebooks
Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life by Antonia Felix (August 2018)
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (Sourcebooks Landmark, January 2019)
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark, August 2018)

Quirk Books
Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer (July 2018)
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We Sold Our Souls 
by Grady Hendrix (September 2018)
Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss (October 2018)
The League of Regrettable Sidekicks by Jon Morris (October 2018)

Soho Press
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol (Soho Press, November 2018)
London Rules (Slough House #5) by Mick Herron (Soho Crime, June 2018)

Pegasus Books
The Pharaoh’s Treasure: The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet (October 2018)
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s by Otto Penzler and Leslie S. Klinger (October 2018)

Sterling
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Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding Album 
by Halima Sadat (June 2018)
Rock-and-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers by Meredith Ochs (October 2018)
Feminist Felties by Missy Covington (Lark Crafts, September 2018)
Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed (Sterling Children’s, October 2018)

Ingram
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung (Catapult, October 2018)
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions, September 2018)
White Dancing Elephants 
by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (Dzanc, October 2018)

Other
ISAN by Mary Ting (Vesuvian, May 2018)
Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond (Dorling Kindersley, October 2018)
Goat Yoga by Yoga Shenanigoats (Author) and Ashley Hylbert (Photographer) (Turner Publishing Company, October 2017)
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Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press, October 2018)
Sheets by Brenna Thummler (Lion Forge Cub House, August 2018)
Drawn to Sex: The Basics by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan (Limerence Press, November 2018)
Norroway Book 1: The Black Bull of Norroway by Kit & Cat Seaton (Image Comics, November 2018)
Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2018)
Open Earth by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre (Limerence Press, September 2018)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Halo” by Beyoncé
Alene: The Bold Type Spotify Playlist

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Obsession
The Bold Type

Episode 88: Spring 2018 Book Buzz Part I

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We’re bringing you our top picks for the fall and early 2019 for you and your library patrons, based on our trips to recent conferences. This is part one of a two-part episode, featuring titles from WW Norton, Simon & Schuster, New York Review Books, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Workman, Macmillan, and Bloomsbury!

Links

Library Journal: Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe

Norton
Ordinary People by Diana Evans (Liveright, September 2018)
How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard (Liveright, September 2018)
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood (December 2018)
Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl (Liveright, January 2019)
After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet by Julie Dobrow (October 2018)

Simon & Schuster
The Library Book by Susan Orlean (October 2018)
A Dream Called Home: A Memoir by Reyna Grande (Atria, October 2018)
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Trail of Lightning 
(Book #1 of The Sixth World) by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press, June 2018)
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (Atria, October 2018)
An Easy Death (Book #1 of Gunnie Rose) by Charlaine Harris (Saga Press, October 2018)
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera (Gallery Books, September 2018)
Gender: Your Guide by Lee Airton (Adams Media, October 2018)
Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander  Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo (Gallery Books, September 2018)
Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones (Gallery Books, December 2018)

New York Review Books
Ivory Pearl by Jean-Patrick Manchette (NYRB Classics, May 2018)

HarperCollins
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper, October 2018)
Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I) by Sarah MacLean (Avon, June 2018)
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If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim (William Morrow, August 2018)
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco Press, February 2019)
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough (William Morrow, September 2018)
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (William Morrow, October 2018)
Family Trust by Kathy Wang (William Morrow, October 2018)
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, September 2018)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (September 2018)
The Adventures of Barry & Joe by Adam Reid (February 2019)

Harlequin
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger (Park Row, October 2018)
The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen (Graydon House, October 2018)
I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller (Hanover Square Press, October 2018)
The Secret Language of Cats by Susanne Schotz (Hanover Square Press, November 2018)

Workman
Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr (Algonquin, September 2018)
Handmade Houseplants: Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper by Corrie Beth Hogg, photos by Christine Han (Timber Press, September 2018)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (Algonquin, November 2018)
The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro (October 2018)
1,000 Books To Read Before You Die by James Mustich (October 2018)

Macmillan
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Trust Me 
by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge, August 2018)
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends, October 2018)
The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After Volume 1) by Drew Williams (Tor Books, August 2018)
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books, February 2019)
The Dead Ringer (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Volume 29) by M. C. Beaton (Minotaur Books, October 2018)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore with Veronica Chambers (St. Martin’s Press, October 2018)
The Atlanta Voice: In the City of South Fulton’s justice system, black women hold all the reins
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter (Henry Holt, October 2018)
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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London 
by Christopher Skaife (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2018)
Twitter: @ravenmaster1
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones (Minotaur Books, August 2018)

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One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (September 2018)
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The Priory of the Orange Tree
 by Samantha Shannon (February 2019)
The Girl King by Mimi Yu (Bloombsury YA, January 2019)
A Shot in the Dark (A Constable Twitten Mystery) by Lynne Truss (November 2018)

Musical Obsessions
Float On” by Modest Mouse
Forbes Library Staff Spotify Playlists

Obsession
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Killing Eve

Episode 86: Movie Advisory Spring 2018

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In this episode, we discuss the movies we have seen since our last movie advisory episode (Episode 77), skipping those we already discussed on other episodes (Episode 81: Oscar Thoughts). We subscribed to MoviePass and it increased our volume of movies seen, but not the overall quality of movies in general. Light spoilers and content warning for gore and vomit mentions.

Links
Already discussed: Black Panther, Call Me By Your Name, Coco, Ferdinand, The Greatest Showman, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Proud Mary, The Shape of Water

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Annihilation
Blockers
Fifty Shades Freed
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Game Night
Insidious: The Last Key
Love, Simon
Molly’s Game
Pacific Rim Uprising
The Party
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A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
Thoroughbreds
Tomb Raider
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Truth or Dare
Winchester
A Wrinkle in Time

What we’re looking forward to:
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Ocean’s 8
Deadpool 2
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Skyscraper
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Crazy Rich Asians
Sorry to Bother You
Breaking In
Life of the Party
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Disobedience
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Book Club
The Wife
The Meg
Uncle Drew
The Spy Who Dumped Me
The Little Stranger

Obsessions
Alene: Pixel Art Color by Number (Android)
Anna: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
Alene: “Almost Like Praying” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Episode 85: The Good Place

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In this episode, we discuss our viewing of The Good Place, winner of our #episode81 What to Watch Next TV Bracket. Spoiler alert! We talk about a lot of details of both seasons of The Good Place, which has some twists and surprises you might not want spoiled.

Links
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Vulture: Our 7 Biggest Questions After The Good Place Season Finale
The Guardian: The Good Place: how a sitcom made philosophy seem cool
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The New Yorker: Dystopia in “The Good Place”
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Buzzfeed: Which Character From “The Good Place” Are You?
Buzzfeed: Would You Actually Get In To The Good Place?
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Nerdist: The Good Place Dished Out a Huge Menu of Food Puns

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
Anna: “Least Complicated” by Indigo Girls

Obsessions
Anna: Force of Nature by Jane Harper, old movies on the big screen: Persona, Dune
Alene: laws of physics, bicycle commuting

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Episode 83: Classical Music Advisory with @Tuphlos

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In this episode, we follow up Episode 82 with Classical Music Advisory, bringing back Robin @Tuphlos Bradford (previously our guest on Episode 36) to share her expertise. We learned a lot about Robin’s dark musical past in the process, including her love for the cello and her secret years as a flutist?!

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Links

Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
Mstislav Rostropovich
Bagpipe scholarship
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Jean-Pierre Rampal
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major
Chaminade: Concertino for Flute
Bach: Cello Suites
Ennio Morricone
Rachel Portman
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor
Johannes Moser
[Gramophone]
Zuill Bailey (Oz)
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Yo-Yo Ma (Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor)
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto in D Minor
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Dr. Robert Greenberg (Twitter)
The Great Courses: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works (get it from your library!)
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Beethoven: 5th Symphony
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
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The Guardian View on Diversity in Classical Music: Quality and Equality
10 Female Composers You Should Know
Ten Black Composers Whose Works Deserve to be Heard More Often
14 of the Most Influential Latin American Composers of the 20th Century
Classical So White and Male: Time is Overdue for Diversity
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in G Major
Fanny Hensel (nee Mendelssohn): Overture
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G Minor
Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: Three Dances for Orchestra
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá
Fathom Events

13 Best Classical Music Movies
10 of the best (and worst) films about composers
Immortal Beloved
Impromptu
Amadeus
The Red Violin
Fantasia
Fantasia 2000
Shine
Hilary and Jackie

Twelve of the Best: Books Featuring Classical Music
11 Musical Novels That Hit All The Right Notes
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall (also TV)
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Musical Obsessions
Robin: Johannes Moser playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor
Anna: first movement of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
Alene: “The Hamilton Polka” by Weird Al Yankovic

Obsessions
Robin: YouTubing cellists
Anna: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Alene: My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

Episode 81: What to Watch Next TV Bracket II and Oscar Thoughts

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It’s time for March Madness and time for another What to Watch Next TV Bracket! We’re also going to tell you what we think about top Oscar categories. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this page to tell us what to watch next!

Our first TV bracket was covered Episode 57.

Links
Challonge! (our complete bracket)

BBC Bracket
The Crown
Wallander
Lark Rise to Candleford
The Night Manager
Vera
MI:5
Midsomer Murders
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
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Last Tango in Halifax
The Bletchley Circle
Victoria
The Tudors/The White Queen
Scott and Bailey
Luther
The Hour
Alias Grace
Broadchurch

Comedy/Musical Bracket
Master of None
Grown-ish
Happy Endings
Trophy Wife
Galavant
Younger
One Mississippi
Faking It
Parks and Recreation
Catastrophe
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Lady Dynamite
Difficult People
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Jane the Virgin
Sports Night
Cougar Town
Black-ish

Crime
Counterpart
White Collar [The Boys in the Band]
The Fall S2
Mindhunter
Psych
The Killing
Leverage (Episode 21 discussion)
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How to Get Away with Murder
Laws and Orders
The Alienist

Drama
Make it or Break It
Royal Pains
The Wire
The Good Place
Nashville
The Bold Type
Dear White People
The L-Word S2-6
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GLOW
Homeland
The West Wing
Friday Night Lights
Atlanta
Still Star Crossed
Masters of Sex
Feud
The Americans
Being Mary Jane
ER

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Birds of Prey
She-Ra
The Librarians
American Gods
The Legend of Korra
Battlestar Galactica
Penny Dreadful
Orphan Black
Buffy
Lost Girl
Runaways
Jessica Jones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Twin Peaks
Black Lightning
Luke Cage
Stars Trek
The Dresden Files
xenadance
Xena: Warrior Princess
Crazyhead
Cloak & Dagger
American Horror Story
Black Mirror
Warehouse 13
Stranger Things
Merlin
The Expanse
Agent Carter

Obsessions:
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Anna and Alene: Black Panther
Anna: Phantom of the Opera

Musical Obsessions
Anna: Vibranium (sung to the tune of “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia)
Alene: “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera

Episode 80: Things We Just Don’t Get with @anniecardi

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“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
~Jo Godwin

…and a moderately good librarian podcast should aspire to the same!

In this episode, we brought in author and podcaster Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) discuss things everyone likes that we don’t. Yes, it was covered in Episode 9, but that was back in December 2014, so here’s an update!

Links
Joanna Newsom
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen (twitter thread of Bruce and Clarence kissing)
Grunge
Experience Music Project (now the Museum of Pop Culture)
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Sorting
Passive Aggressive Planmaking “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”
Karaoke
Brandy’s
Starting the week on Sunday (ISO 8601 decrees the week starts on Monday!)
Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
S’mores
grass
Walking barefoot in grass
Changing display names on Twitter
Christmas Cards
This Is Us
Call the Midwife
My So-Called Life
Reality TV
Broad City
Bridget Jones
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Literary Fiction
Buying Books (estimating shelf capacity)
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Bananas
Video Games (Lego Lord of the RingsKing’s Quest VI)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read by Jim Dale)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Sarah MacLean
The Cat in the Hat
Roller Coasters

Musical Obsessions
Annie: “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street motion picture soundtrack
Anna: “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Alene: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Obsessions
Annie: Olympic Figure Skating
Anna: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall
Alene: Plant Nanny

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Crossover Appeal (Tumblr)

Episode 76: Horror Movies: The Next Chapter

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In this episode, we recap the 17 horror movies we’ve watched since we last checked in, and what we Learned About Ourselves in the process of watching them. Content warning: we couldn’t resist spoilers for some of the movies, and there is a brief discussion of sexual assault in The Evil Dead.

Links

The Others (2001)
The Babadook (2014)
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Scream (1996)
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
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Scary Movie (2000)
The House Bunny (2008)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
The Conjuring (2013)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
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Zombieland (2009)
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Psycho (1960)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
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Let the Right One In (2008)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
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Halloween (1978)

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica
Anna: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Paramore

Obsessions
Alene: Broken Ice (June 2018) by Matt Goldman
Anna: My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame, The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Porgs

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Episode 73: Horror Film Advisory

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In this episode, Alene tries to find horror films that Anna will consent to watch with her. We discuss our history and preferences regarding horror movies, with a brief foray into horror in other media. See Episode Six for earlier thoughts related to this topic.

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Links
Paste Magazine: The 100 Best Horror Movies of All Time
Esquire: The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time
Time Out London: The 100 Best Horror Films (checklist)
The 5 Types of Horror Films

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Halloween/A Nightmare on Elm Street/Friday the 13th
Stephen King: ‘Salem’s Lot/It/The Shining/Misery/Pet Sematary/Carrie/Christine/Cujo/Creepshow/Children of the Corn

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Gore

The X-Files
The Human Centipede
The Fly
Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time
Horror Genres and Sub-genres
Humor/Meta: Shaun of the Dead/Zombieland/Tucker & Dale vs. Evil/District 9/The Cabin in the Woods
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Alfred Hitchcock: The Birds/Psycho
Alien/Aliens (Spaceballs)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The X-Files: Fight the Future
Get Out
The Evil Dead/Evil Dead II/Army of Darkness
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Lost Boys/Near Dark (The Goonies)
Crimson Peak
Scream/Scary Movie
Dead Ringers
Dead Alive/Braindead
Suspiria
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Eraserhead
Lon Chaney: The Phantom of the Opera
The Man of a Thousand Faces
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Film Forum
James Whale
Gods and Monsters
Freaks
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The Babadook
The Grudge/The Ring
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
American Horror Story
Penny Dreadful
Ash vs. The Evil Dead
Sleepy Hollow
Grimm
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Eddie Izzard on B Movies
The Silence of the Lambs
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The Vanishing
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Paranormal Activity
Highlander
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Funny Games
Rope
The Serpent and the Rainbow
exorcist
The Exorcist/The Omen
We Need to Talk About Kevin
World War Z
Leprechaun/Child’s Play
Gremlins/Critters
The Others
Night of the Hunter
Roman Polanski: Rosemary’s Baby/Repulsion/The Tenant
Saw
Hellraiser/Phantasm
Jacob’s Ladder
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Poltergeist
Let The Right One In
An American Werewolf in London
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Haunting of Hill House/The Haunting
The Golem
The Black Cat
The Wicker Man
Pan’s Labyrinth
Little Shop of Horrors
Se7en
Vampyros Lesbos
The Witches
Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein/Dracula
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Nosferatu
The Wolf Man
Young Frankenstein
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Don’t Look Now
The Blair Witch Project
Carnival of Souls
Ginger Snaps
Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti
The Thing/The Thing From Another World
The Fog/The Mist
Godzilla

Musical Obsessions
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Alene: “The Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett, “The Night of the Hunter” by Flop
Anna: “The End of the Day” by One Direction

Obsessions
Alene: Checklists
Anna: Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin

Episode 71: Reality TV Homework Report

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In this episode, we discuss the reality TV shows we watched after our Episode 70 conversation with @bookavore. Sadly, no cookies were made as a result.

Links
Unreal Season 1 Episodes 12
Chopped Season 27 Episode 4
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Great British Baking Show Series 5 Episodes 1-4
So You Think You Can Dance Season 14 “Top Six Perform
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Episode 1 and finale
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Pretty Wild Season 1 Episode 6 and part of Episode 7
House Hunters
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
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Cribs
America’s Castles

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Woman” by Kesha (explicit)
Anna: “Rainbow” by Kesha (not explicit)

Obsessions
Anna: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Alene: chilaquiles

 

Episode 70: Reality TV with @bookavore

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In this episode, we head into largely uncharted waters to discuss reality TV with Stephanie Anderson aka @bookavore. SPOILER ALERT we talk about the Rachel Lindsay season of The Bachelorette!
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Links
American Idol
Hoarders
Jersey Shore
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Pretty Wild
The Bling Ring (movie, book [London Review of Books review], article)
phone message recording (comedy)
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The Bachelorette
Real Housewives
Television Without Pity (now hosted at Brilliant but CancelledThe Apprentice recaps
The Real World
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
What Not To Wear (also UK)
This Old House
House Hunters
spaces
Trading Spaces
Property Brothers
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Wife Swap
Undercover Boss
American Gladiators
The Bachelor
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A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
The Osbournes
Cake Boss
17 (19) Kids and Counting
Ace of Cakes
Supernanny
Say Yes to the Dress
Jon and Kate Plus 8
The Amazing Race
Survivor
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Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
MasterChef
Top Chef
The Voice
While You Were Out
16 and Pregnant
The 1900 House
Frontier House
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Iron Chef
America’s Next Top Model
Big Brother
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Laguna Beach
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Clean Sweep
Moving Up
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Teen Mom
COPS
You’re Cousin’s on Cops” by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Simple Life
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Great British Bake Off
Huffington Post: ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Fall For Each Other, Share Love On Instagram
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Unreal
The People’s Couch
Chopped
Reality TV World
Cat Sebastian
The Truman Show
The Running Man
EdTV
American Dreamz
The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Scandal and Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean (book 1: The Rogue Not Taken)
Extra Hot Great podcast
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Reality of Love
Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
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Space Battle Lunchtime
by Natalie Riess
Lions and Liquorice by Kate Fenton
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton
For Real by Alison Cherry
Worst Bestsellers podcast I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends Episode 4, Episode 4.5The Perfect Letter Episode 42The Selection Episode 57
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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The 50 Best Reality TV Shows of All Time
Mental Floss: 11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Reality TV Producers

Musical Obsessions

Stephanie: “My Old School” by Steely Dan, What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito podcast
Anna: “Fingertips” by They Might Be Giants
Alene: “Nobody Gets Out Alive” by Samuel L. Jackson

Obsessions

Stephanie: The UndateableFalling for Trouble, and Laws of Attraction by Sarah Title, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada
Anna: America by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, and Jose Villarrubia
Alene: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Episode 68: Sherlockiana with @aswatki1

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In this episode, we talk all things Sherlock Holmes with expert readers’ advisor Ally (also of #girlgang fame), running with our collective lady supremacy ideas wherever possible.

Links
Sherlock Holmes
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
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Basil Rathbone: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, etc
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Jeremy Brett: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes
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Robert Downey, Jr: Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock
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Jonny Lee Miller: Elementary
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Lucy Liu
Encyclopedia Brown
The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas

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Alene and Sherry

Russell & Holmes series by Laurie R. King
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Without a Clue
[Harry Palmer films]
Young Sherlock Holmes
Portia Adams Adventures by Angela Misri
On the Case with Holmes and Watson series
An Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer
Muppet Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
Lady Sherlock: Circle of the Smiling Dead by Brooks Arthur Wachtel
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
Irene Adler series by Carole Nelson Douglas
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

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#chuckstravaganza

Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series by Vicki Delany
Wikipedia: Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood
Sherry Holmes
221b Baker Street board game
William Gillette [Gillette Castle]
Scott & Bailey
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes
Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Phryne Fisher Mysteries by Kerry Greenwood
Buzzfeed quiz: Can You Guess Which Sherlock Holmes Said It?

Musical Obsessions
Ally: “Little of Your Love” by Haim
Alene: “Your Disco Needs You” by Kylie Minogue [Pride Classics on Spotify]
Anna: “Sherlock Holmes” by Sparks

Obsessions
Ally: Harry Potter Illustrated Editions
Anna: The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Alene: laundering bed pillows

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 58: Dragon Talk with @stephanieburgis

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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?

Links
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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
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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
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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
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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
Beowulf
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)
Shrek
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The Neverending Story
Pete’s Dragon
Peter and the Wolf (no dragons)
DragonHeart
Dragonslayer
Harry Potter
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Mulan
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Game of Thrones
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Wales
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)

Obsessions
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

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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!

Links
The Atlantic: The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love Story
The Hollywood Reporter: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Songs From Second ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
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Tom’s Diner
Nolo: When You Need Permission to Sample Others’ Music
Who Did It First?: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
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Buzzfeed: 31 Cover Songs That Didn’t Pull A “No Homo” By Changing The Pronouns
Trolls
Sing
Two Bossy Dames: Molly Weasley, Acoustic Guitar Crimes, and Additional Ephemera
Pitch Perfect (Pitch Perfect 2)
Weird Al
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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
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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)
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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
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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

Obsessions
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

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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.

Links

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
Trolls
Kubo and the Two Strings
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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
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Moana
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
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Rogue One
Moonlight
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace
Fences

Best of 2016

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

Books
#libfaves16
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

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

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

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

In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

Movies
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

Music
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

Books
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
#fridayreads
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

Television
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

Obsessions
Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Episode 49: Musicals with Rebecca

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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!

Links

International Delight Peppermint Mocha
Mary Poppins
West Side Story
The Sound of Music
Camelot
My Fair Lady
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Pirates of Penzance
Annie
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
Carousel
Fiddler on the Roof
Sweeney Todd
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
Aladdin
South Pacific
The Music Man
Xanadu
Hamilton
Silent E is a Ninja” BONUS TRACKS “Hard/Soft G” and “Hard/Soft C” “Bossy ‘r’
Judy Garland
In The Good Old Summertime
Grease
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
Cats
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Miss Saigon
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Avenue Q
Les Miserables
Evita
Chicago
Cabaret
Rent
Sunday in the Park with George
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Fun Home
War Paint
Saving Aimee
Steven Sondheim
Company
Into the Woods
Hair
Moulin Rouge
Chess
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
Gaston
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

BuzzFeed
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

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

Episode 48: Book Buzz Fall 2016

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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!

Links:

#aaplibrarianbookbuzz
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

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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!

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The Bedlam Stacks
by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury, August 2017)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic, January 2017)
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid [Karen Pirie series] (Grove/Atlantic, December 2016)

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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.

Obsessions

Anna: The Trespasser by Tana French
Alene: Arrow