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In which Courtney wrote a paper

Happy not-quite-Thanksgiving, y'all!  We were going to do two episodes this month as usual, but we got so pissed off at these racist-ass Native American romance books that
a) we decided to do one SuperSpecial instead! and b) Courtney wrote a paper about it.
Look for our Extra Awesome Thanksgiving SuperSpecial later this month, and enjoy the fruits of Courtney's research now!  (I've added some ridiculous covers to illustrate this bullshit.)
Hey y’all,
This episode is a monster! We read two different books and had originally planned to have an episode for each. But, after thinking about the genre of books we are examining as a whole we decided to combine them both into a Bodice Tipplers Super Special! Like the Babysitters Club but with a whole lot more sexual politics. While we had a great time discussing Kathleen Eagle’s Carved in Stone, we did not feel comfortable giving Madeline Baker’s First Love, Wild Love, the typical Bodice Tipplers treatment. The first book is a roma…

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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