Lit Society: Books and Drama
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

July 15, 2021

As travelers who fluctuate between Airbnb homes and hotels, we are no strangers to short-term rental living. But do you know what happens when Airbnb stays go wrong? Who's in charge of the cover-up, the investigations, and the big cash settlements? We've got the answers in our theme of the week discussion.

Then, it's on to our book: An infamous and influential family in a wealthy New England town finds their only daughter dead under suspicious circumstances. Naturally, attention turns to her best friend, Avery Greer, an unconnected wannabe with a suspiciously tragic past. Will the truth exonerate Avery or unearth secrets long hidden by the most twisted and powerful members of her circle.

The book? The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

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Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell

Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell

July 8, 2021

Are "BOHEMIANS" people from the Bahamas? Spoiler - no. No, they're not. But who exactly are the Bohemians and how did the moniker pass on to artists, writers, and the Kravitz family? We're getting to the bottom of the term BOHO, and (surprise!) its origins are pseudo-intellectual, semi-racist.

After our theme of the week discussion, we'll get into the nonfiction story of a writer, his subject, and the singular truth that both of them are hiding from the world. It is as much about an eccentric bohemian flophouse frequenter, as it is about a writer for the New York Magazine who's battling with doubt and depression. In the end, one will expose the other and, by doing so, perhaps free them both.

The writer? Joseph Mitchell. 

The book? Joe Gould's Secret.

 

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ReLIT: Animal Farm by George Orwell

ReLIT: Animal Farm by George Orwell

July 1, 2021

This week we're taking it back, way back. Before we were on YouTube, when we were still recording in Kari's dining room and taking pizza breaks midway through each episode, we cut one of our favorite shows – Animal Farm by George Orwell, and Compliance and Power of Authority. This book prompted a discussion about conformity that listeners still reference to this day. 

While we're on break this week, we’re thrilled to revisit this episode with you during our extended weekend. We’ve even added a convo to the beginning that we know you'll love.

Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you again on June 8th with a new episode: Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell and Are Bohemians People from the Bahamas. See you next week!

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Curtain by Agatha Christie

Curtain by Agatha Christie

June 24, 2021

We'll cut to the chase. This week, we're teaching you how to convince someone they've committed a crime. Read that sentence again. That's right. We'll show you how to fake your family and friends into thinking they've done terrible things worthy of prison time. Do with this information what you will. Whatever.

Then, on to our book: Confined to a wheelchair, battling arthritis, one world-famous detective has reached the end of his season- but his core, his mind, is still sharp as ever and is leading him to a confrontation with a murderer. What are the murderer's motivations? Will the detective stop him before he overcomes the next victim? When will fall the final curtain?!

The detective is Hercule Poirot.
The book: Curtain by Agatha Christie

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Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Spoiler-Free)

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Spoiler-Free)

June 17, 2021

This week, we're trying something new. We know many of you run out of time to read along with us each week. To not spoil the book before you've had a chance to finish reading it, we're experimenting with SPOILER-FREE episodes. This is our first try at the new format, and we couldn't have chosen a more conversation-inducing book – Deacon King Kong by James McBride.

Before we discuss the book, we'll try to cure you of the stresses of going back into the office after enjoying over a year of working from home. We'll share a few helpful tips for everyone who must now start wearing pants again and aren't sure what to do.

Then, on to our book: In broad daylight, seemingly for no reason, an old widower shoots a young drug-dealing orphan in the head. What happens next involves nearly everyone in one dying Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 2)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 2)

June 10, 2021

This week, we return to the story of a dowdy damsel and her lackluster beau, who are forced apart into a cold world of misery. Sound depressing? That's the Brontë sisters for you. Quite remarkably, however, this book has a happy ending (kinda)!

 

The book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

 

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 1)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 1)

June 3, 2021

This week's theme is Do Ugly People Have Better Relationships, a subject on which there's no shortage of scientific studies. Harvard's most remarkable minds are on the case to figure out why Bennifer will never work while Danny DeVito has been in a committed relationship for 40 years. Then, on to our story: Two ugly folks find Love in the countryside of northern England. Our dowdy damsel, however, soon finds her lackluster Love is a liar! Will the hideousness he's hiding destroy their lives and her reputation, or will our mush-faced maiden find the inner courage to walk away with her dignity intact.

 

The hot mess heroine? Jane Eyre.

The book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

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Harvard Study: Do Beautiful People Have Better Relationships? 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/head-games/201704/do-beautiful-people-have-better-relationships.

 

Essay: The Case for Dating Someone Less Attractive Than You

https://www.thrillist.com/sex-dating/nation/the-beauty-of-dating-ugly-people.

 

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ReLIT: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

ReLIT: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

May 27, 2021

If you watch us on YouTube or follow us on IG, you know how much we loved reading The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. This book made us sit with the matriarchs of our family to learn their journeys, struggles, and successes. Not to be dramatic, but it brought us closer to knowing who we are. 

We're super excited to revisit that episode with you during this, our week off. We've remastered that episode from season one, trimmed the fat, and added a few more details and corrections that we missed initially.

 

Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you anew next week when we dive into Jane Eyre (the third (and FINAL!) Bronte book we'll ever read).

 

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James Bond: Casino Royale (Graphic Novel Adaptation) by Van Jensen, Ian Fleming, and Dennis Calero

James Bond: Casino Royale (Graphic Novel Adaptation) by Van Jensen, Ian Fleming, and Dennis Calero

May 20, 2021

This week we're discussing the real-life men and agents who inspired the fictional James Bond. These folks jumped out of planes fought Nazis while enduring chase and torture—incredible stuff. A suave super-spy with both daddy and mommy issues must use his skill with the cards to play his way out of death in a fancy French casino. His goal? Stay alive and gain victory for his country. His game? Baccarat. His weakness? Fast cars and faster women.

 

The AGENT? James Bond

The book? The graphic novel adaptation of Ian Flemming's Casino Royale by Van Jensen and Dennis Calero.

 

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Favorite line: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."

 

Sources for our theme:

Business Insider

Meet The Spy Who Inspired The Creation Of James Bond https://www.businessinsider.com/the-inspiration-for-james-bond-2012-9

 

Esquire Magazine: 

The Real Spies Who Inspired James Bond Are Far More Fascinating Than the Big Screen 007s

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a30533681/james-bond-true-story-real-life-inspiration-ian-fleming/

 

History Extra: 

James Bond in real life: where did Ian Fleming's inspirations come from?

https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/james-bond-who-based-on-inspiration-ian-fleming-villains-q-m/

 

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

May 13, 2021

Was it creepy when the great poet Billie Eilish waxed, "Let me hold you like a hostage"? Some folks are about that hostage life. So, what happens when your captor is totally chill, and all you can think about is going to see a movie with them before enjoying a long walk and watching the sunset together, but they have you locked in a bank vault at gunpoint? Stockholm Syndrome happens, that's what. 

 

After we discuss real-life cases of hostages turned homies, we'll dive into a story about idiots. Yes, idiots. In a way, this is a story about all of us because we're all idiots at times. But this is also a story about a bridge. Also, it's a story about people and how people need people. Actually, this is a crime novel about a bank robber and a room full of terrible captives who each have something in common. More than anything, though, this is a story about kindness. 

The book? Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. 

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Favorite quote: "This book is dedicated to the voices inside my head, the most remarkable of my friends. And to my wife, who lives with us." - Fredrik Backman

 

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