Episode 241 – Open Book
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3d ago
We continue Celebrity Memoir May with another wronged woman of the early 00s, Ms. Jessica Simpson. Annie Cardi, author of Red, joined us in righteous indignation on behalf of our favorite former Newlywed after reading her memoir Open Book. Listen to this episode while practicing your Dukes of Hazzard-style stunt driving. Content warnings: Child sexual abuse, substance abuse, publicly being a woman in the early 00s. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “Wait a Sec…Jessica Simpson’s Beloved ‘Cottage’ from Her Memoir Is Literally a Mansion (and J-Law Lives There Now!)” by Dara Katz “Jess ..read more
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Episode 240 – Troublemaker
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2w ago
  Unlike Scientology, Celebrity Memoir May is inescapable. Known Suppressive Person, librarian, and author Angie Manfredi (@MissKubelik) joined us to discuss Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini. Join us as we swear oaths of fealty to the Queen of Queens! Content warning: Verbal abuse, icky parenting, escaping a cult. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “A Strange Chapter in ‘Wog”s Hateful History” The Underground Bunker “Exclusive: Shelly Miscavige and The Missing Scientologists: How The LAPD Made Scientology’s Problem Go Away” by Yashar Ali Leah Rem ..read more
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Episode 239 – Ice Planet Barbarians
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1M ago
  Horny dragons were fun, but we’ve moved on. Onto another planet, actually. Lily Sparks, author of The Merciless King of Moore High, joined us to discuss Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon. Upload this episode directly to your alien translator earpiece to listen to it in any language! Content warning: Dubious consent and mentions of sexual assault. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “How sexy blue aliens invaded Amazon’s bestseller lists” by AJ Willingham About the Motorcycle Clubs Coming up next: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini ..read more
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Episode 238 – Fourth Wing
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by Worst Bestsellers
1M ago
Y’all horny for some dragons? We forged a soul bond with comedian, writer, and Scary Mommy Sarah Aswell by reading Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros together. Listen to this episode while pondering ways to legally murder your classmates! Content warning: Here there be dragons. Also, dead parents. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “How Rebecca Yarros Packed Dragons, Magic and Steamy Sex Into a Blockbuster Fantasy” by Alexandra Alter “Q&A: Rebecca Yarros on Chronic Illness Representation in Fourth Wing” by Riyana Straetker NPR Weekend Edition: “Veronica Roth’s ‘Carve The Mark’ Is A ..read more
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Episode 237 – This Present Darkness
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2M ago
  The devil made us read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. Fortunately, we were #blessed to be joined by Izzy Wasserstein, author of These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart, who helped safely guide us through this Christian thriller. Listen to this episode while waiting for a cool angel to pick you up on her motorcycle. Content warning: False accusations of sexual assault, Christian fundamentalism, murder/suicide/demon attack. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “This Present Darkness” on Wikipedia “The long history and slow death of a word once used to describe everyone ..read more
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Episode 236 – Icebreaker
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by Worst Bestsellers
2M ago
Ice, ice, baby! Annie Cardi, author of Red, returned to the podcast to discuss the sexy skater Booktok sensation Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. Join us as we skate back to college and dirty talk our way into the Olympics! Content warning: Disordered eating, gaslighting, emotional abuse. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “Who Is Hannah Grace? And Why Won’t She Show Her Face?” by Elisabeth Egan Coming up next: This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti ..read more
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Episode 235 – Sanctuary
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by Worst Bestsellers
3M ago
  Nora Roberts Month continues! Heidi and Emily from Romancing the Shelf podcast returned and took us back to the 90s with the vintage romantic thriller Sanctuary. Sadly, this book has zero plates of casual pasta but it does have at least 3.5 romantic couples and almost as many murders. Listen to this episode on one of your three computers! Content warning: Murder, sexual assault, questionable mental health care. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: Romancing the Shelf – Sanctuary “Nora Roberts: The woman who rewrote the rules of romantic fiction” by Carole Cadwalladr Coming up next ..read more
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Episode 234 – Nightwork
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by Worst Bestsellers
3M ago
Our Lady Nora Roberts has written a book about a handsome criminal who admires good architecture and casual pasta? We’re so back. Our friend and Nora Roberts expert Christine has returned to discuss Nightwork with us. Listen to this episode while working on your night cheese! Content warning: Cancer, death of a parent. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “A Visual Guide to 35 Popular Pasta Shapes — Plus the Best Sauce to Serve with Each” by Rochelle Bilow Coming up next: Sanctuary by Nora Roberts ..read more
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Episode 233 – Bests of 2023
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by Worst Bestsellers
5M ago
Once again, we’ve managed to sneak in a few good books this year! Here are our favorite books we read in 2023 (regardless of publication year. Long live backlist titles!) Footnotes: Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2023 (featuring Renata’s picks for middle grade and YA!) Coming up next: A January hiatus. Happy New Year! We’ll see you in February!   Kait’s Top 5 Best 5.) Under the Eye of Power by Colin Dickey 4.) Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle 3.) The Narrow by Kate Alice Marshall 2.) Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie 1.) A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher Bonus star: A Guest ..read more
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Episode 232 – The Woman In Me
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by Worst Bestsellers
6M ago
We finished our adventures with the Time Traveler’s Wife but decided to linger in the 2000s for awhile longer. Friend of the Show (and the Internet’s Best Friend) Margaret H. Willison joined us to discuss Britney Spears’s memoir The Woman In Me. Listen to this episode instead of listening to the music of Justin Timberlake! Content warning: This book contains abuse, abortion, disordered eating, and all the other stuff you’d assume. Readers advisory: Here. Footnotes: “Miss American Dream” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. “Craig Ferguson’s Monologue Defending Britney Spears From 2007 Res ..read more
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