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Episode 43 - Secrets and Lies by Selena Montgomery, AKA Stacey Abrams

He's a cat burglar, she's an ethnobotanist, they both get their cardio in and it's Medicine Man  has a weirdly paced baby with Romancing the Stone !  On this special Thanksgiving episode we give genuine thanks to Stacey Abrams for her tireless work flipping the state of Georgia oh my fucking god you guys!  And if you'd like to thank a black woman for doing a hard grimy job nobody else wanted to do, don't give her more work to do - give her money!  Go buy her books! No major trigger warnings for this episode except that it's romantic suspense, so there's some torture-murder in it.  And a lot of instant oatmeal. In related news, did you guys hear about Romancing the Runoff ?  Romance authors (and little ol' podcasts like us!) are donating items to be auctioned off for voting organizations in Georgia, and they're raising an ass-ton of money.  A metric ass-ton.  You should donate or bid!  We have some posters in there that our dear Intern Wallace made an

Episode 7: "Hearts Alight"



This is a tiny little Bodice Tipplers Extracurricular Mini-Episode - we're going off the reservation and reading a modern book!  Hearts Alight by Elliot Cooper is a cute little gay romance Hanukkah novella about a sad sack guy who falls in love with a golem.  It's adorable and sweet and you'll read it in an afternoon and you should go do so.

Please do not think we don't know when Hanukkah is, or that we think it's at Christmas - we're just late and suck.  Happy super-early Hanukkah!

The rapeometer in this book is again set to ZERO!  (In fact, there is no sex in this book.)  There is a lot of pottery painting and some Dungeons and Dragons, however.



Want to read more books rooted in Jewish history, folklore, and mythology?

Spinning Silver: A Novel by [Novik, Naomi]Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a fractured retelling of Rumplestiltstkin where the protagonist is a teenaged girl who has taken over her father's moneylending business.  It's a fantasy setting but the Jewish characters are based on historical Jewish communities and cultures.

The Lions of Al-Rassan by [Kay, Guy Gavriel]
I really, really hate it when a fantasy novel chickens out and has people in it who are clearly Jewish or Muslim or any other non-Christian religion but they make up a fakesauce name.  The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay does this but it's otherwise SO good that I'll list it here.  It's broadly about the Reconquista of Spain and the expulsion and forced conversion of Jewish and Muslim communities there.  It's wonderful and well researched but it's not in "our Spain" with "our world history", it's one of those weirdly fictionalized renamed books.  There are several protagonists but you're going to love Jehane ben Ishak, a young Jewish (oh sorry "Kindath") aspiring doctor, and you will definitely cry at the end.


The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.) by [Wecker, Helene]The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker combines Jewish and Muslim folklore into a book that everybody (including Courtney) says is really good but I haven't read yet.  You should also go read it and join the line of people telling me how good it is.

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