Join us as we discuss whole books in one shot, once a month!
James And The Giant Peach (with Overdue!)
Hey there, you gorgeous creatures! I'm here with the final episode of UNspoiled! Book Club, and I'm delighted to be wrapping things up with the wonderful gents from Overdue, Craig and Andrew. If you'd like to listen to more of them (and you should, they're great) you can find them at www.overduepodcast.com
This episode we're talking about James And The Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, and man I forgot how f*****g bananas this book is. I don't know why I didn't remember almost anything, but the Cloud Men and the landing in Manhattan were nowhere in my mind, and there was only the barest flicker of recognition at the literal ticker-tape parade at the end. All I remembered were the aunts, and they deserve it.
Thank you all so much for listening, and for supporting the show. I can't wait to see you all on the Spoil Me! feed, if you're looking to scratch that Book Club itch!
Thanks so much to Candace for agreeing to cover this absolutely bananas book with me. I cannot emphasize enough how unlike anything I've read this book is in terms of its scope and tone. While there are certain things it has in common with His Dark Materials, it's far more adult, dark, and feminist.
I hope you enjoy the coverage, and I will see you in late October with James And The Giant Peach!
The Wind In The Willows
Hey there, lovely people! RoShawn was super sick but bravely met with me for this episode anyway, and I'm so glad. I loved this book, and I can't believe that I hadn't read it already considering all of the boxes it ticked in my "favorite things" column: talking animals, Edwardian clothing, english countryside, cozy homes, funny low-stakes hijinks. It's got it all!
This is a book I see myself going back to time and again, and I was really glad that RoShawn liked it too.
Don't miss me and Candace on August 31st at 2PM CST, when we will be covering Imajica!
I just want to warn you all that about 5 minutes from the end of this episode, tragedy strikes and RoShawn's internet goes down. She wound up being without internet for almost three hours, and thankfull got it back just in time to record UNsober with me that evening.
This book was a rough one. I can see the appeal, and the way RoShawn talks about her connections with some of the folktales before discovering this books totally makes sense for how it connected with her as a kid. But for me, I was just not into it. I tried. Lord knows, I tried. But it made for a good discussion anyhow.
Thank you all so much for listening, and I will see you again soon with a new episode!
The Poisonwood Bible
Thank you so much to Bitches for joining me on this episode, and bearing with me while I work out some very tough personal shit that came up as a result of this book hitting on some really familiar and uncomfortable themes.
If you haven't read this book, you're doing yourself a disservice. It's not just about personal experiences of characters whom we get to know and care about (in most cases, anyway), but also about the role that the United States played in bringing down a nation of black people and keeping them down throughout their attempts to take back control. It's really important information, conveyed in a way that feels much less preachy than you'd ever expect.
I just loved this book. It's famous for a reason. It's gorgeously written. I just can't recommend it enough. READ IT.
A Wrinkle In Time
Hey there lovelies! Miles and I are here to talk about Childhood favorite A Wrinkle In Time, a book we had both loved but not revisited for at least a decade. How did it hold up?
In truth, it held up GREAT.
There's shockingly few problematic elements for a book written when this was and under the particular scrutiny that our generation is prone to use when examining works of fiction. The story is even more chilling for us as adults coming at this work from the lens of capitalism instead of communism, and Miles and I both were moved by it in totally new ways upon this reread.
Thank you so much for listening, and I will see you all again next month with The Poisonwood Bible!
I love the candid completely honest conversation. The books are topical and known by a majority of even casual readers. Love it!
Very enjoyable discussions
Would you please read & discuss The Starless Sea?
I feel bad leaving a poor review but I think this podcast would really benefit with some planning and research before they start. The shows feel kind of confused and just like conversation that moms have at a book club. Without any stake in these women’s lives, I found the show to be kind of boring and contrived.