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This week we're recommending picks for when you just want to wallow. These books and other picks won't make you feel better in any way, but sure do entertain.
Along the way, the Broads talk about label-makers, weird phrases involving sticks and body parts, and made-up words. Despite the theme, it's a delight.
Amy: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Erin: I Married You for Happiness, Lily Tuck
Amy: Citizen, Claudia Rankine (Poetry)
Erin: So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson (Non-fiction)
Amy: Elliott Smith (Music)
Erin: A Star is Born (Movie Soundtrack)
1984, George Orwell
As I mention in the episode, reading dystopian fiction can help me stay utterly depressed. 1984 is a classic bleak look at the future. Orwell wrote this book in 1948, after the terrors of World War II, picturing a society that controls the present and the past. Pair it with a case of craft beer, and you won't be seen for weeks.
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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.
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