Thursday, January 28, 2016

Episode 54 - 2015 Books

This week we're talking about books from 2015. Randy selected The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Joe picked Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley, and Amy chose The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.


Show Notes

The Girl on the Train
  • Lucy Knisley's own website
  • Knisley's memoir Relish won the ALA Alex award, given to "best adult books that appeal to teen audiences", in 2014
The Royal We
  • The website that started it all: Go Fug Yourself
  • The alternate history of the book and how it came to be
  • British monarchs may now marry a Catholic (or Buddhist, or whatever) but they cannot be one themselves.
  • Passions - which apparently once had a storyline in which a character was presented "as an intersex person who became pregnant with his own father's son." Whoa. One critic for the New York Times wrote that it featured "acting that would make a pro wrestler blush." Oh my.
  • Amy misspoke - in the prologue, Bex states that it is the day before, not the day of, the wedding
  • SNL sketch wherein Kate Middleton (Anne Hathaway) meets QEII (Fred Armisen) and Philip (Bill Hader) and gets quite a surprise
  • Lauren Graham has written only one novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe.
  • To shave a few minutes off the episode and because it required major spoilage, I put our discussion of "What would you want from a sequel" into an extra mp3

On the Next Show

Seeeeecreeeets. Randy selected "Secrets" as the theme. Joe's having us watch A History of Violence and Amy selected Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies as our book.

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