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Special Edition: To Have and to Hoax

We had the opportunity to try something new - we were asked if we'd like to interview debut author Martha Waters about her book To Have and to Hoax, you know, back then when the world was young and we were allowed to leave our houses.  Martha was really nice and we feel really bad that all her fun book release party stuff got cancelled - however, she's doing a virtual launch Tuesday April 7th on Instagram at 7 PM EST so maybe go join her there.

To Have and to Hoax is a Publisher's Weekly starred Regency romantic comedy about... well, about somebody who fakes contracting a fatal respiratory disease so, like, timely!  This is a great time to support your local bookstore, so we've linked to Martha's local Chapel Hill bookstore Flyleaf (where her party was supposed to take place) if you'd like to buy a copy.  Looks like they're doing $1 media mail shipping if you spend $25!

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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