This week we're looking at heroes. Do they exist? Why do they often fail us? When should we be our own damn heroes? Our fiction, nonfiction, and pop culture picks point the way.


Also in this episode, we reveal what happens when you give us fake eyelashes and fake tans. It's not pretty.


Listen to "Holding Out for a Hero," the song from Bonnie Tyler that inspired this week's theme.


 

A Broad's book:

Pre-order DIG ME OUT by our own Amy Lee Lillard now!

 

Our picks from Broads and Books Episode 98: Holding Out for a Hero

Novels:

Amy: Ariadne, Jennifer Saint

Erin: The Turnout, Megan Abbott


Other Books:

Amy: Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto, Michelle Bowdler (Nonfiction)

Erin: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel (Graphic memoir)


Pop Culture:

Amy: Cruella (Disney+)

Erin: Girls5eva (Peacock)

 

 

Broads and Books is the funny and feminist book podcast you need in your life! Each week Amy and Erin choose a unique theme. Then we choose two fiction books, two other genre books (short story collections, memoir, non-fiction, true crime, poetry, etc.), and two pop culture picks based on that theme. We surprise each other with our picks, talk about why we like them, and give you unexpected recommendations for every reading taste. Along the way, we share embarrassing stories, pitch amazing-slash-crackpot business ideas, implicate ourselves in future crimes, check in on our Podcats, and so much more. Broads and Books is fresh, funny, thought-provoking, and basically the best time you'll have all week.


Visit us at www.broadsandbooks.com, and talk to us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!


This week we're talking emotional labor...and what happens when women's invisible work is taken for granted.


Also in this episode, we picture a world with brutal honesty (and its collapse), how burnout looks among women and men, and pros and cons of turning into an animal.


Listen to "Look What You Made Me Do," the song from Taylor Swift that inspired this week's theme.


 

A Broad's book:

Pre-order DIG ME OUT by our own Amy Lee Lillard now!

 

Our picks from Broads and Books Episode 97: Look What You Made Me Do


Novels:

Amy AND Erin: Nightbitch, Rachel Yoder


Other Books:

Amy: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-Joo, translated by Jamie Chang (Novel in translation)

Erin: The Wreckage of My Presence, Casey Wilson (Essays)


Pop Culture:

Amy: Rumors, Lizzo and Cardi B (+ lyric video)

Erin: Miss Americana (Netflix)

 

 

Broads and Books is the funny and feminist book podcast you need in your life! Each week Amy and Erin choose a unique theme. Then we choose two fiction books, two other genre books (short story collections, memoir, non-fiction, true crime, poetry, etc.), and two pop culture picks based on that theme. We surprise each other with our picks, talk about why we like them, and give you unexpected recommendations for every reading taste. Along the way, we share embarrassing stories, pitch amazing-slash-crackpot business ideas, implicate ourselves in future crimes, check in on our Podcats, and so much more. Broads and Books is fresh, funny, thought-provoking, and basically the best time you'll have all week.


Visit us at www.broadsandbooks.com, and talk to us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!


In this special bonus episode, we're talking books with readers!


Hear what readers Eric, Tammi, Haley, Maggie, and Michael have to say about their favorite books, their reading rituals, books they’re looking forward to, and current pop culture obsessions.


Plus, we've got stories galore. Get ready to laugh.


Want to be a featured reader? Get in touch with us at admin [at] broadsandbooks [dot] com!


 

Pre-order Amy's book, DIG ME OUT, out October 12!

 

Books and pop culture mentioned in this episode:


Eric:

Fairview, Jackie Sibllies Drury

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, Dawnie Walton

Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Things They Lost to the Water, Eric Nguyen

The Prettiest Star, Carter Sickels

Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips

Girls5eva


Tammi: @tammi_smash on IG

Wool, Hugh Howey

The Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead

The Midnight Library, Matt Haig

If I Had Your Face, Frances Cha

The Glass Hotel, Emily St John Mandel

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

MiniRoboMuppets (TikTok account)

Useless Farm


Haley: @haleyscarpino on IG

Cook This Book, Molly Baz

Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark

Hidden Valley Road, Robert Kolker

Lost Girls, Robert Kolker

Burn the Place, Iliana Regan

Mare of Easttown


Maggie: @magbear on IG

The Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Billy Summers, Stephen King

The Push, Ashley Audrain


Michael: @michaelmorain on IG

The Night Watchmen, Louise Erdrich

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

Fried Green Tomatoes, Fannie Flagg

We Are the Champions

 

 

Broads and Books is a book podcast. A funny podcast. A feminist podcast. And one of the BEST podcasts. Each week Amy and Erin choose a unique theme. Then we choose two fiction books, two other genre books (short story collections, memoir, non-fiction, true crime, poetry, etc.), and two pop culture picks based on that theme. We surprise each other with our picks, talk about why we like them, and give you unexpected recommendations for every reading taste. Along the way, we share embarrassing stories, pitch amazing-slash-crackpot business ideas, implicate ourselves in future crimes, check in on our Podcats, and so much more. Broads and Books is fresh, funny, thought-provoking, and basically the best time you'll have all week.


Visit us at www.broadsandbooks.com, and talk to us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!