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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 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.

To hear more from our musical guests, the Dawn Key Shotguns:
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