Remember when Sinead O'Connor told us to fight the real enemy, and everyone lost their damn minds?


This week, we're looking at picks with controversy. Whether it's the kind of stuff that makes grown adults scream at each on news programs, or the quiet controversy within families, we've got it all.


Along the way we're also talking about the ridiculousness that counts as broadcast news, our own memories of controversy, and our suspicions about a certain powerful figure's death.


And, don't forget to listen to the song that gave us our title, "Nothing Compares 2 U," by Sinead O'Connor.


Have you checked out Libro.fm? Broads and Books listeners can now get three audiobooks for the price of one! We love Libro.fm because it combines audiobooks and local, indie bookstores. Learn more about Libro.fm, and redeem your special offer with the code broadsandbooks!

Our picks this week:


Novels:

Amy: The Leavers, Lisa Ko

Erin: The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett


Other Books:

Amy: What We Inherit, Jessica Pearce Rotundi

Erin: Weather, Jenny Offill


Pop Culture:

Amy: The Deuce (TV, HBO)

Erin: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (TV, Netflix)





In this new installment of The Broads Talk Books With, we talk to the incredible Alex Marzano-Lesnevich! Erin recommended their book, The Fact of a Body, in Episode 40.


Alex tells us about their reading adolescence, praises new literary loves, and shares an incredible story of a fan interaction.


The Broads Talks Books With is our bonus series where we talk to some of our favorite authors, and nerd out about books. We've talked to Julia Phillips, Andrea Lawlor, Jeannie Vanasco, Mona Awad, Angie Kim, and more! Hit subscribe now in your favorite podcast player, and every episode of this bonus series will come to you direct, like magic.

Favorite books and authors as a kid and teen:


Authors and books that made Alex want to write:


Books on their TBR pile:


Books that have surprised Alex recently:


How Alex gets book recommendations:


Books and authors that inspired The Fact of a Body:


Book Alex demands everyone read:


Current pop culture obsessions:




Are they crazy? Or is someone making them think they're crazy?


This week, we're looking at picks with that insidious form of crazy-making: gaslighting. Whether it's one person abusing another, or an entire culture making someone feel crazy, we've got picks that show that crazy is often truth.


Along the way we're also talking about the benefits and drawbacks of using a Men-in-Black memory eraser, our new careers as book reviewers, and a truly terrific new review from a listener.


Learn more about racial gaslighting from Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah.


And, don't forget to listen to the source of this week's episode title, "Where Is My Mind," by The Pixies.


Have you checked out Libro.fm? Broads and Books listeners can now get three audiobooks for the price of one with Libro.fm! We love Libro.fm because it combines audiobooks and local, indie bookstores. Learn more about Libro.fm, and redeem your special offer with the code broadsandbooks!

Our picks this week:


Novels:

Amy: The Revisioners, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Erin: Long Bright River, Liz Moore


Other Books:

Amy: Heavy, Kiese Laymon

Erin: Why We Can't Sleep, Ada Calhoun


Pop Culture:

Amy: When They See Us (and the Oprah Special) (TV, Netflix)

Erin: Burnt (TV, Prime)




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