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!

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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)

Bloomsbury
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 57: What to Watch Next TV Bracket

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Sometimes when you’re having trouble figuring out how to narrow down your choices, you do a bracket. Well, you do that if you’re Anna. Alene likes to ask everyone she knows what they think. In this episode, we do both.

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Slash
HTGAWM Wig Scene
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Two Bossy Dames on Mahershala

BBC bracket
victoria
The Bletchley Circle
Broadchurch
The Crown
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Hour
Last Tango in Halifax
Luther
MI:5
Midsomer Murders
The Night Manager
Scott & Bailey
The Tudors
Vera
Victoria
Wallander

Comedy/Musical bracket
crazy-ex-girlfriend
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Galavant
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The Mindy Project
New Girl
Parks and Recreation
Playing House
Portlandia
Review
Trophy Wife

Crime bracket
the-fall
The Blacklist
Criminal Minds
Dexter
The Fall S2
The Good Wife
The Killing
Laws and Orders
Leverage
Person of Interest
Psych
White Collar

Realism bracket
blackish
The Americans
Atlanta
Black-ish [Hindsight is 20/20 note: This should probably have been in comedy, where it also would have won]
ER
Friday Night Lights
Homeland
House of Cards
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
The L-Word S2-S6
Make It Or Break It
Masters of Sex
One Day at a Time
Orange is the New Black
Parenthood
Scandal
Sports Night
The West Wing
The Wire

Science Fiction and Fantasy bracket
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Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
American Gods
American Horror Story
Battlestar Galactica
Black Mirror
Buffy
The Dresden Files
Grimm
Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Jones
Legion
The Librarians
Lost Girl
Luke Cage
Merlin
Once Upon a Time
Orphan Black
Penny Dreadful
Sleepy Hollow
Star Trek: Voyager
Stranger Things
Twin Peaks
The Vampire Diaries
Warehouse 13
Xena

Obsessions
Anna: Gardenscapes, The New York Times, Spotify
Alene: Red Carpet coverage (slideshow)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Chains of Love” by Erasure
Alene: “TNT” by AC/DC, “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Episode 29: From Foreign Shores Show Notes

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In this episode, Anna and #NumberOneFan @surlyspice talk about pop culture they’ve encountered from countries that don’t use English as their primary language. Please send us your favorites as well! Tweet at us! Comment on Facebook! Send us one of those old-fashioned email things (bellwetherfriendspodcast [at] gmail)! In the meantime, check out our new playlist on Spotify.

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Our benchmark:
Abba jumpsuits

Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose
Eurovision
Shakira on the Latin Grammys
“Music Has No Borders” Buzzfeed list
One Hundred Years of Solitude vs. Love in the Time of Cholera
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
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Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner
Candide by Voltaire
Candide
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Wings of Desire
depardieu
Foreign Film List Challenge

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Natacha Atlas’s covers
Anna: Perfume’s Chocolate Disco

Obsessions
Alene: Golden Globes red carpet, Michelle Obama at SOTU
Anna: The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya, Slash

P.S.
sparkly Abba

Episode 19 Show Notes: TV Advisory

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This week, we invited each other to watch TV episodes from shows we hadn’t seen before, with shocking results! It’s TV Advisory!

Links
Extra Hot Great podcast
Supernatural “Changing Channels” (S5E8)
Parks and Recreation “The Fight” (S3E13)
Slings and Arrows “Oliver’s Dream” (S1E1)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Steal My Girl” by One Direction
Carolyn: “Ghost” by Halsey

As promised, our musical obsession Spotify playlist! Do you have a musical obsession right now? Let us know and we’ll add the song!

Obsessions
Anna
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison aka Sarah Monette
Rat Queens

Carolyn
Sex Criminals v. 2
Bitch Planet
Free Comic Book Day
Gronk by Katie Cook

Episode 10 Show Notes: Best of the Year and What We’re Looking Forward To

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Introducing our best of 2014 lists, which are both arbitrary and silly (as you might have suspected)! New Year’s resolutions? We should go to more concerts. We should keep better track of things.

Carolyn’s List
Guardians of the Galaxy
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Chocolate” by 1975
How to Get Away with Murder
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Lego Movie
True Detective
Walk the Moon‘s album Talking is Hard

Anna’s List
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Big Hero 6
Randoms from Willy Wonka Candy
Lumberjanes
1989 by Taylor Swift
Spotify
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Looking Ahead to 2015
Prudence by Gail Carriger (Book One of the Custard Protocol)
Star Wars Episode VII Teaser Trailer
Inside Out
The Very Thought of You by Connie Willis
IMDB Watchlist feature

Obsessions

Carolyn
The Flash
Arrow

Anna
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Elfquest
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson et. al