Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.
467. Realizing Sexuality Through Romance with Tara Scott
Tara joins me to talk about how reading lesbian romances helped them realize their sexuality after having grown up in a very conservative religious environment.
Side trips include Robin Hood in many varieties, Don’t Stop Believing, and movies to watch while kinda stoned.
Romances help people understand a lot of aspects of themselves, and I love hearing about how reading has helped Tara live more authentically.
TW/CW: we talk about growing up queer in a conservative church environment, the specter of conversion therapy, and the discovery of mass graves at Indigenous residential schools.
466. Recipes, Seasonal Reading, and Adventure Romance with Amanda and Sarah
It’s part three of what I called “AMA with AMAnda and Sarah.” We’re chatting about our favorite recipes, cooking blogs, and cookbooks, favorite french fries, seasonal re-reading, contemporary cozy mysteries with romantic elements, trends, and adventure romance recs. Plus, how to snowboard while holding an onion.
Thanks to Bransler, Cheri, Norette, Manda, and Laura B. for the questions!
SHOW NOTES? Yes, show notes!
Yeah, that URL is long. Here's a shorter one:
465. TV, Book, and Mayo Recs with Sarah and Amanda
We’re back! With more of your questions! We’re going to talk about tv shows we recommend, book recs of course, mayonnaise of course, summer treats, and middle school favorites.
Thanks to Laura B, Karelia, Christina B, and Phoebe for the questions!
464. Guilty Pleasures with Dr. Arielle Zibrak
Arielle Zibrak is the author of Guilty Pleasures, a new book in the Avidly Reads series from New York University Press. She’s also a former editor of romance fiction, and a professor of 19th century popular fiction. Her new book - which is terrific - examines the concept of the “guilty pleasures” and seeks to unpack and answer the question, “What is it about ribald romance novels, luxurious interior design, and frothy wedding dresses that often make women feel their desires come with a shadow of shame?”
This is one of those conversations that made my brain go all jiffy pop with bunches of ideas. I hope you enjoy it as well!
You can find Avidly Reads: Guilty Pleasures wherever you get your books, and I’ve got links in the show notes, too.
463. Women and Poison in History with Mikki Kendall
Today, we’re going to talk about food safety law, and the history of women who probably poisoned their husbands. Allegedly.
Mikki Kendall, on Twitter as @Karnythia and the author of Hood Feminism, is an eager historian into the mysteries of what women got away with, and so we cover poison clusters, dying of fever, and the poisons hanging out in your back yard. This conversation was inspired by two Twitter threads, and I’ll link to both.
As Mikki said in an email after we recorded, “we have evidence of poison clusters with inorganic poisons from autopsy reports & you can look at death record indexes when hunting for clusters of odd deaths.”
CW/TW: Food safety, horror stories, actual murder, questions about what’s in vaguely labeled food, and discussions of signs of intimate partner and child abuse.
Show notes with book info: https://bit.ly/463MikkiKendall
Twitter thread about food safety law:
Twitter thread about MURDER:
462. An AMA with AMAnda and Sarah, Part the First!
I asked the Patreon community what they’d like to ask Amanda and I, and howdy damn, I got some really thoughtful and fun questions! In this conversation, we’re talking about astrology, apps, allergies, and all the book recs. If you like hanging out while we chat, this episode is for you. Thanks to everyone in the Patreon community for their questions!
Show notes, links and book recs:
Diary of a wimpy mom
So this has to be my ultime favorite episode. My child is autistic and functions 1 million miles an hour. Let me just say it is so stressful but so rewarding when milestones are reached. I will definitely be subscribing to his channel.
Such great content!
I’ve heard about this podcast so much over the years and I have finally taken the time to give it a listen. I’m so glad I did! I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to it, but I’m addicted, and I’m excited to dive into the backlog!
Great content, crap sound
sounds like she's wearing a scarf over her mouth