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Episode 42: Gifts Gone Bad

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

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Broads and Books Episode 42: Gifts Gone Bad

What happens when gifts go bad? Some great books, and comedy gold.

We're talking about gifts in every form this week, gifts that backfire spectacularly. Along the way, Erin and Amy remember their worst gifts, wonder why kids always smell like syrup, and propose a new investigation podcast, just for an excuse to dig into weirdness.

Plus: Have you visited our shelf at Plain Talk Books? If you're in Iowa, get over there!


Our picks this week:


Amy: The Power, Naomi Alderman

Erin: Him Her Him Again The End of Him, Patricia Marx

Other Books:

Amy: The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (Short story collection and graphic novel)

Erin: American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, Monica Hesse (True crime, nonfiction)

Pop Culture:

Amy: Motherhacker (Movie)

Erin: The Laundromat (TV)


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Broads and Books is a book podcast, a funny podcast, and a feminist podcast. And you'll find we're 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, and so much more. We also update you on our mascot, Podcat, and her latest attempts to kill us. Broads and Books is fresh, funny, thought-provoking, and basically the best time you'll have all week.

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