#14: Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed The next episode in our 2017 backlog is from June, when we read Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend. This book was Ashley’s pick, and deals with two young Black girls from Kentucky trying to make it to New York as performers and entertainers during the Jazz Age. Saint… Continue reading #14: Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend

#13: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed We present: the first episode after our 6-month hiatus! We have 3 episodes in backlog that we’ll be putting up as weird holiday gifts, and this is the first. This episode was actually recorded in May of this year; we read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (a pseudonym),… Continue reading #13: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

#12: Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed In April this year we read Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz, one of the Canada Reads picks for 2016. Sophie chose this book about sisterhood – we had mixed opinions about this one but we enjoyed discussing the book’s symbolism, how it dealt with heavy topics… Continue reading #12: Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

#11: Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed For the month of March we read Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler! Joanna picked this collection of sci-fi short stories and we universally loved it. We talked about the differences between Butler’s worlds and ‘traditional’ sci-fi, gender norms and gender roles in alien cultures, and… Continue reading #11: Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

#10: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed Sorry for the late episode, but Jess’ book pick for February (& black history month!) was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Some of us liked it, but there were definitely mixed feelings about this one. In our review we talk about slave narratives, the… Continue reading #10: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

#9: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed Ashley’s book pick for January was Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, which won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. We collectively adored this book – in our podcast we talk about the cultural history of China, the importance of reclaiming history, classical music, calligraphy,… Continue reading #9: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

#8: A Knight to Remember by Bridget Essex

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed For December and the holidays, we read and reviewed A Knight to Remember by Bridget Essex. We talked a lot about romance novels and feminism, the devaluation of women’s interests, the importance of representation in media (but especially LGBT romance fiction obviously!) and some of the history… Continue reading #8: A Knight to Remember by Bridget Essex

#7: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Subscribe: iTunes || Google Play || RSS Feed For November, we read and reviewed Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. We brought up comparisons this book has had to other YA dystopias like The Hunger Games or Divergent, as well as to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. We talked about identity, women’s friendships, and how… Continue reading #7: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill