Episode 30: Epistolary Novels with Ally Watkins

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Dear Listeners,

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a librarian in want of a new book will pounce upon any that promise to be epistolary in nature. Join us for a discussion of epistolary novels with #jointhegirlgang‘s Ally. We promise a very charming discussion!

Yours in admiration,

BF

Links
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede
Carrie by Stephen King
Chat/Connect/Crash by Nan McCarthy (NOT Lauren Myracle who wrote ttyl etc!)
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
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Freedom & Necessity by Stephen Brust and Emma Bull
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Allan Ahlbert
Griffin & Sabine/Sabine’s Notebook/The Golden Mean  by Nick Bantock
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
@brainpicker/@brainpickings
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (movie)
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
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Pamela
or Virtue Rewarded
by Samuel Richardson
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
LibraryReads
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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You’ve Got Mail
/The Shop Around the Corner/In the Good Old Summertime

Musical Obsessions
Ally: Stonewallin’ by Jane Decker (Spotify Discover)
Anna: Formation by Beyonce (lyrics)
Alene: Perfect by One Direction

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Obsessions

Ally: Phryne Fisher audiobooks read by Kathleen Wilhoite
Anna: Murder on the Orient Express
Alene: warm socks

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Amy, the other half of #jointhegirlgang, was on Episode 22!

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Episode 14 Show Notes: Classics and Diverse Books

Episode here.

We are back from our LIVE show and answering a few more listener-submitted questions. Ally wanted us to talk about “classics” and Katie wanted to know what to give her white male children to diversify their reading experiences. Carolyn says a classic book is something she won’t want to read again, but a classic movie is something she will want to watch repeatedly. Anna’s moral of the story:

“If you think it’s a classic, it is. If you disagree with someone on this, keep your mouth shut.”

Please send us your best links to lists of diverse books for kids! We need help crowdsourcing on this one.

And please be sure to listen alllllll the way to the end. Past the talking, past the music. Trust us.

Links
Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Worst Bestsellers episode
Anna’s Fifty Shades readalike project

Classic Music
The Archies
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Led Zeppelin
ELO
Godspell
[Carolyn now realizes that it was NOT the original cast recording but the MOVIE soundtrack that she grew up and is her favorite. Victor Garber, y’all.]


The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
Camelot
Annie
Paul Simon “Graceland” album
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Judy Garland
The Nutcracker
Mozart K467 Piano Concerto 21
Bach, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Classic Books
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Middlemarch by George Eliot
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Robin Hood by Howard Pyle and others
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emily Brontë’s poetry (not Wuthering Heights)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Nancy Drew
Agatha Christie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

Classic Movies
Chinatown
Casablanca
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Philadelphia Story
The African Queen
Bringing up Baby
Charade
White Christmas
Singin’ in the Rain
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Maltese Falcon
Double Indemnity
Sunset Boulevard
The Godfather
Some Like it Hot

Diverse Reads for Children
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Sugar Plum Ballerina series, Whoopi Goldberg
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Storytime Underground
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley et al.
The Best Feminist Picture Books (via Book Riot)

Obsessions
Anna: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Carolyn: Invisibilia podcast

Episode 7 Show Notes: Our Childhood Favorites and Parenting Perspective

In this episode we field two questions from you (thanks, Cory and Amy!) about the pop culture we loved as kids–and how well it has aged–and how becoming parents has changed our perspective on things. We mention a million things in the show, most linked below.

Links

Television
Jem
G.I. Joe
Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
Duck Tales
Animaniacs
Cheers
Murphy Brown
Mystery!
WKRP in Cincinnati
Smurfs
Looney Tunes
The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Growing Pains
Who’s the Boss?
Murder, She Wrote
Sesame Street
3-2-1 Contact
Square One
Mathnet
Romper Room
The Electric Company
Gravity Falls

Movies
Labyrinth (and The Goblins of Labyrinth, by Brian Froud and Terry Jones)
The Princess Bride
Goonies
Neverending Story
Star Wars
SpaceCamp
The Monster Squad
Shall We Dance
West Side Story
Shout-out to Marni Nixon!
Pretty in Pink
Sixteen Candles
Ghostbusters
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Scarface
Airplane!
Wayne’s World

Music
Dancing on the Ceiling” by Lionel Richie
AT40 with Casey Kasem
Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Chicago Greatest Hits 1982-1989
Like a Virgin” by Madonna
Take on Me” by A-Ha
Johnny Gill
The Bangles Different Light
B52s Cosmic Thing
Pretty in Pink soundtrack
The Beatles white album

Books
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Trixie Belden
Three Investigators
Encyclopedia Brown
Robin Hood
King Arthur
John Bellairs
Lloyd Alexander
Susan Cooper
Tamora Pierce
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Agatha Christie
Christopher Pike
Forever… by Judy Blume
Lurlene McDaniel
The Wizard of Oz series
Paranorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Obsessions
Carolyn: wants to find the perfect scary story. Hit her up with recommendations here or on Facebook or Twitter!
A Good and Perfect Child by Justin Evans

Anna:
As You Wish
audiobook by Cary Elwes
Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift