Episode 09: Little House on the Prairie

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Little House on the Prairie

With the help of elementary education pro and super-reader Drew Gannon, we’re talking all things Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder on Episode 9. We’ll dig into the historical context of the book (including the elements that have seriously not held up since it was published in 1935), Pa’s general hotness, and more. Follow Drew on Instagram (@drewalison).

CHECK OUT DREW'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

MORE READING:

"Little House on the Prairie and the Truth About the American West" (The New York Times, 2017)

"Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the Little House Books" (The New York Times, 2017)

"5 Ways the Little House on the Prairie Books Stretched the Truth" (Mental Floss, 2018)

"Reading Little House on the Prairie as an Adult" (Book Riot, 2016)

"Why I Still Love the Little House on the Prairie Books" (The Atlantic, 2011) 

"Yes, Little House on the Prairie is racially insensitive — but we should still read it" (The Washington Post, 2018)

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Episode 08: Animal Farm

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Animal Farm

It’s time for a little required reading! On Episode 8 of The SSR Podcast, we talk with film and TV writer Meredith Dawson about George Orwell’s political allegory Animal Farm… and how it feels eerily similar to the climate in modern America. Follow Meredith on Instagram (@meredawson) and Twitter (@meredawson).

CHECK OUT MEREDITH'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas + Mark Olshaker

MORE READING:

"How Animal Farm Gave Hope to Stalin's Refugees" (The Atlantic, 2012)

"George Orwell's Animal Farm: Guide to the rise of authoritarianism in the Donald Trump era?" (Salon, 2018) <--- the most quoted article of the episode! 

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Episode 07: The Baby-Sitters Club // Kristy's Great Idea

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The Baby-Sitters Club // Kristy's Great Idea

Say hello to your friends! The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin is quite possibly the most iconic book series of the 80s and 90s… and we’re breaking it down in Episode 7 of The SSR Podcast. YA superfan and Cosmopolitan Magazine senior editor Jessica Goodman joins us to chat all about the first book in the BSC line-up, Kristy’s Great Idea. Follow Jess on Instagram (@jessicagoodman) and Twitter (@jessgood).

BSC/SATC CHARACTER EQUIVALENCY CHART (per Alli + Jess):

Kristy = Miranda | Mary Anne = Charlotte

Stacie = Samantha | Claudia = Carrie

CHECK OUT JESS'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Hey Ladies! by Michelle  Markowitz and Caroline Moss (<-- one of Alli's favorites of the summer!)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott 

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi 

MORE READING:

"As a Boy, I Was Obsessed With the Baby-Sitters Club Books. I Have No Regrets." (Slate, 2016)

"The Feminist Legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club" (The New Yorker, 2016)

"Ann M. Martin on the Enduring Appeal of The Baby-Sitters Club and Rebooting Another Children's Series" (Vulture, 2016)

"The Legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club" (The Atlantic, 2012)

SAY HELLO TO JESS'S FRIENDS:

You heard her shout out to Maddie Boardman and Kase Wickman! Check out their SSR episodes here and here

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Episode 06: Sloppy Firsts

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Sloppy Firsts

On this episode of The SSR Podcast, we break down Megan McCafferty’s 2001 novel Sloppy Firsts, the first book in the bestselling Jessica Darling series. We dive into every last delicious detail of high school drama and tackle some big questions, too. Can things ever stay the same with a friend after she moves away? Can a bad boy like Marcus Flutie ever really be reformed? How do frank discussions of sex, drugs, and suicide affect teen readers? Follow guest Maddie Boardman on Instagram (@mboardman) and Twitter (@ml_boardman).

CHECK OUT MADDIE'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

MORE READING:

"Celebrating the (Not So) Sweet Sixteen of Sloppy Firsts" (BN Teen Blog, 2017)

"Sloppy Firsts: Megan McCafferty Tells All!" (Forever Young Adult, 2012) 

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Episode 05: Nancy Drew // The Secret of the Old Clock

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Nancy Drew // The Secret of the Old Clock

Nancy Drew devotees, beware! On this episode of The SSR Podcast, Alli and her guest — Brooklyn-based writer Kase Wickman — take a deep dive into the question of whether or not OG girl detective Nancy is really a feminist icon and discuss her highly important role in the history of female protagonists in #kidlit. They focus on the first-ever book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock. Follow Kase on Instagram (@worstkase) and Twitter (@worstkase).

***Want to hear more about girl detectives in literature? Check out Episode 01: Harriet the Spy!*** 

CHECK OUT KASE'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O'Connell

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara 

MORE READING:

"The Story of Nancy Drew, Once Far More Ballsy Than The Girl Sleuth You Know" (HuffPost, 2015)

"Nancy Drew and the Secret of the 3 Black Robes" (The New York Times, 2009)

"You never realized it, but Nancy Drew was a gay and an early LGTB icon" (Babe, 2017)

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Episode 04: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

On this episode of The SSR Podcast, Alli has — refreshingly! — almost nothing bad to say about E.L. Konigsburg’s 1967 book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. For this literary love fest, she’s joined by the brilliant author and food writer Hannah Howard. Follow Hannah on Instagram (@hannahmhoward) and Twitter (@hannahhoward).

CHECK OUT HANNAH'S (INCREDIBLE!) MEMOIR:

Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard

CHECK OUT HANNAH'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday

MORE READING:

"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Fifty Years Later" (The New Yorker, 2017)

"17 Fun Facts About From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" (Mental Floss, 2014)

"The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files" (Smithsonian, 2017)

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Episode 03: Matilda

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Matilda

On this episode of The SSR Podcast, Alli and Alexandra Fishwick (@alexandra_fish) — who is the assistant director of a childcare facility by day, but a writer and the blogger behind Authentically Alex at night — talk Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda. There’s plenty of good (little Matilda’s obsession with books), plenty of bad (the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull), and plenty of ugly (some very weird gender dynamics).

CHECK OUT ALEX'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (<-- Alli's all-time favorite memoir!)

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach 

MORE READING:

"Matilda at 25" (Slate, 2013)

"Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical Matilda To Keep Books Alive" (NPR Backseat Book Club, 2013)

"8 Things In Matilda You Probably Didn't Notice The First Time Around" (Bustle, 2015)

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Episode 02: The Princess Diaries

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The Princess Diaries

On this episode of The SSR Podcast, Alli and publishing pro Haley Davis (@hayc12) relive the life-changing experience of seeing the movie The Princess Diaries for the first time, then compare that to the experience of reading the book (Meg Cabot, 2000) both as tweens and adults.

CHECK OUT HALEY'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (<-- Alli loves this one, too!)

We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson

MORE READING:

"12 Regal Facts About The Princess Diaries" (Mental Floss, 2016)

"Unpopular Opinion: The Princess Diaries Isn't As Good As You Remember" (Refinery29, 2016)

"Interview with Meg Cabot" (Readers Read)

"There's a reason Mia's dad was killed off in The Princess Diaries movies — and it's because of Dame Julie Andrews" (Hello Giggles, 2017)

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Episode 01: Harriet the Spy

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Harriet the Spy

On this episode of The SSR Podcast, Brittney Lynn (@brittneyllynn) joins Alli to break down Louise Fitzhugh’s 1964 novel, Harriet the Spy. Learn all about Alli’s complicated history with this character and listen to us talk about A LOT of really mean fictional kids.

CHECK OUT BRITTNEY'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

MORE READING:

"Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy" (NPR Morning Edition, 2008)

"Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh" (ThoughtCo., 2017)

"7 Ways Harriet the Spy Was Waaaay Ahead Of Its Time" (Bustle, 2015)

"Classic children's book Harriet the Spy turns 50" (Washington Post, 2014)

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