55. Brokeback Mountain

Chris and Kaylia talk about the “gay cowboy” movie that was so much more… We discuss how it holds up in a post marriage-equality world, whether the parodies were helpful or harmful, the symbolism of cultivation, and much much more. Plus some trivia that is sure to make you snicker.

54. The Woman In The Window

Join Jennifer and Kaylia as we discuss this 2018 version of “Female Protagonist In Some Sort Of Container” We revisit some of Kaylia’s childhood traumas and present-day adult fears (but in a fun way), discuss the importance of tone and committing to a style, and try to figure out if the book was a well-done thriller or a schlocky “copycat”? Also, can a stellar cast and interesting story make a good movie when there is just SO MUCH behind-the-scenes drama? (The answer is… not really)

53. Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood

Join Jennifer and Kaylia for a discussion of this sisterhood book that is actually a mother/daughter book which is actually about serious issues but actually isn’t because it is more fun to romanticize the South and drink cocktails with no consequences. Clink!

52. Bastard Out Of Carolina

Join Jennifer and Kaylia for another rousing discussion. We discuss tribalism, shame (useful tool or no?), the importance of amends as part of apologies (do Annie’s “amends” cut the mustard), and what should have happened to Glen.

51. Rebecca

Kaylia and special co-host Jess discuss the 1038 novel, the 1940 movie, and the 2020 movie… Rebecca! Join us for a discussion where we try to answer the burning questions… Just how evil was Rebecca? Was Bee a lesbian? Who was the real villain? Why the heck did they make the 202 version? Plus the MAJOR change from book to the 1940 movie… and then slight change back in the 2020 movie. And yes… Star Trek trivia!

50. The White Tiger

Jennifer and Kaylia discuss the chilling genius of The White Tiger. We talk about how the patriarchy hurts everyone, whether or not the grandmother was a pariah, the tragedy of corruption, and if this novel turned Netflix movie does more good than harm to the people and reputation of India by being written by an “outsider.” Enjoy!

49. Moxie

Jennifer and Kaylia resist the urge to sing Rebel Girl while discussing this new Netflix movie. Mostly. Join us for a conversation about white feminism, intersectionality, the frustration with sexist dress codes, and of course how all this affects the boys. Does this very earnest film go far enough to radicalize the next generation of feminists? Does Vivian actually learn anything? What exactly is going to happen to Mitchell and the scholarship money? Get out your sharpies, your bathrobes, and your dancing shoes… Moxie Girls Fight Back.

48. The Dressmaker

Kaylia and Jennifer talk about this Australian “gothic” novel turned Australian melodrama movie. We ask the burning questions: How many characters is too many characters? Does it count as LGBTQ representation when it’s a secret? Where is the church? How much tragedy can one dressmaker take? How do you fix this novel? Yes, we have answers to all of these and more. Happy listening!

47. Like Water For Chocolate

Kaylia and, special guest Claudya, discuss the book and movie: Like Water For Chocolate. Join us for a conversation about magical realism, the true tragic characters, the trouble with translations, the subversive feminist qualities, and the disappointment of Pedro. Plus, Kaylia continues her trend of not being able to pronounce anything properly. She’s working on it, and she’s sorry. All that plus a reminder that there is no hierarchy for what lights your fire, errr, matches. You do you!

46. Enola Holmes

Kaylia and, special guest host, Leah talk about this YA novel turned movie. We discuss crappy parenting choices, crappy writing choices, and how charming Mille Bobby Brown is. Was Enola a Mary Sue, a perfect iteration of a young naive girl, a heroine worth rooting for, or maybe a bit of everything? We also discuss the gross misogyny of Sherlock, the villainess of Mycroft, and how the movie really, really, changed the tone, characters, scope, point, and overall EVERYTHING-ness of the book. Plus Kaylia can’t decide if the French words in this English world written by the American author should get the French, English, or American/Kaylia pronunciation.