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Episode 53 - Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (with special guest!)

Today we have a special treat for you - we got Henry from FireStarters   to read Grace Metalious' Peyton Place  with us and let me tell you... it's a real Peyton Place in there. I honestly can't even describe the plot of this book so let me just give you the trigger warnings, I guess?  So this book is trying really hard to shock you, which shouldn't shock you - the stuff that isn't  intentional in it, therefore, is... more shocking?  So on that front look out for rampant 1950's racism that thinks it's progressive including whoa  n-word count and awful depictions of mental illness, including a character who dies by suicide.  The stuff you're here for, though - the Peyton Place  stuff - includes but probably is not limited to because my god: incestuous rape and abuse, secret illegal abortion(s), an industrial carnival accident, a cat strangled in absolutely bizarre circumstances (I mean seriously usually I'm the one freaked out by animal cruelty but t

Episode 26 - Gabriel's Angel




Merry Christmas!  For the holiday we read Nora Roberts' Gabriel's Angel.  Despite this being listed as a Christmas book in Novelist!  Despite this having holly and a fucking snow globe on the cover of the reissue!  THIS IS NOT A GODDAMNED CHRISTMAS BOOK.  I have feelings about this.  BIG FEELINGS.

I DO like that it's also a "oh my goodness I suppose we're snowed in!" book.


2616836He's a rich-ass painter.  She's a pregnant lady fleeing a Peril.  There's no nonconsensual sex in this book, but it does discuss abuse in her past and it's got one of those "somebody is trying to steal my baby" plots, which I know is not for some people. 

This is our first Nora Roberts book but we both felt it probably wasn't a great representation of her work (OR A GREAT CHRISTMAS BOOK FOR THAT MATTER.)  We'll definitely do another one that's not a series paperback and compare.

Our promo on this episode is for Deep Into History, a podcast by Courtney's podcast boyfriend Arjun.

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