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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 8: "Palomino"



EDIT - HOLY FUCKING SHIT YOU GUYS THE AV CLUB FEATURED THIS EPISODE ON THEIR PODCAST ROUNDUP!
Proof:
I almost didn't even see this because my Google Alert clearly fell down on the job!

We have a January treat for you: books we actually read as criminally young girls!  Sara's is Palomino by Danielle Steel.

Samantha is one of those hyper-competent insanely beautiful has-a-weird-nickname Steel women who is taking the advertising world by storm while simultaneously being abandoned by her shitheel husband.  She goes off to heal her broken heart on a ranch in California and meets a super hot ranchin' dude.  If you were like me and you loved books about horses and books about boning, this book was everything.


Amazingly, this is another book with zero sexual assault.  Like, there's actually a scene where she says no and the guy listens.  Ghasted me flabbers, it did.

A few other content notes - this book does have a lot of fertility talk in it.  Sam is infertile and it comes up a lot.  However, there are no attempts to conceive, miscarriages, stillbirths, etc.  This book also deals with disability issues.  I felt it did so in a surprisingly woke way, but it's still the early 80's, so be aware.

As promised, here is Danielle Steel's actual desk that she actually sits down at and writes at every day:

A picture of a cluttered room with a desk that is made to look like three giant books stacked on top of one another.  They are all Danielle Steel books.

Look at it.  LOOK AT IT.  You will never be that baller.

That picture is from a little yet great  Vanity Fair article which you should totally read.

... I can't stop looking at it.  The longer you look the more you see.  Like...  is that a rug on a rug?  Might it be a rug on a rug on a rug?  TYPEWRITER MAGNETS!  I swear this picture never gets old for me.

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