And a belated Happy Father's day to you all! To celebrate we asked Jess's Father, Gary, to join us in a discussion of his favorite book, "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. Hear how this book ruined us for other books. Top 5 for this month? Bad Dads. Next month, we read, "Hyde" by Daniel Levine. Enjoy, and send us your questions to @PodcastUnbound on Twitter or Facebook.

Direct download: 2015-07-PoisonWoodBible-low.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

Trish and Jess start with a chat about what else they've been reading recently, which included Joe Hill's newest novel, BuzzFeed articles, and essays about the Polyvagal Theory. They move on to talk about the powerful heartbreak of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." They qualify when they are willing to accept unbelievable circumstances in books and what makes a book feel hopeless. They end with a Top 5 list of other books that broke their hearts. Next month, Jess's dad guest stars for Father's Day to talk about one of his favorite books, "The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver.

Direct download: 2016-05-Beloved.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Jess and Trish overestimate how much wine they can reasonably drink before podcasting. They share the professional writers they wish wrote fanfic before assessing "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend," by Katarina Bivald. They both are passionately distressed by an unrealistic depiction of stew and small town cohesion and end with Top 5 books they would recommend to strangers. Next month, "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. (Musical Credit: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans)

Direct download: 2016-04-BrokenWheel.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 10:24pm EST

Jess and Trish drink a bottle and a half of wine before playing judge a book by its title. A life changing event takes place when one of them actually guesses one correctly!! Who and which book? You'll have to listen to find out. They then discuss "Zorro" by Isabelle Allende, and touch upon plot points including children catching bears, the pressure of being a lady on a ship when everyone is trying to watch you dump your chamber pot, and the romance of being mute except for the girl of your dreams. Next month they review "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katarina Bivald. Happy reading! (Musical credit: Fire and Fury by Oscar Lopez)

Direct download: 2016-03-Zorro.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

While chatting about "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving, Jess and Trish begin to ponder if there is a lot more weird sex in books than they realized until podcasting about it, or if they have a predilection for a certain type of novel. They discuss books which were better as movies and have a moment of intense consensus. Next month, "Zorro" by Isabel Allende. (Musical Credit: When the Lion Sleeps Tonight performed by Rockapella)

Direct download: 2016-02-TheFourthHand.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

For our one year anniversary (Woohoo!), we talk about the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Next month we tackle Haruki Murakami's Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
(Musical Credit: Kidda by Natacha Atlas)

Direct download: 2015-10-Persepolis.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Trish and Jess begin by sharing favorite examples of fan fic and Jess tries not to cry. They then delve into "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith and the two main families: the American Belsey family, with white British art professor Howard and his African American wife Kiki and their three children, and the Trinidadian-British Kipps family with British art professor Monty and wife Carlene and their two children. Their are midlife crises, smug superiority, bad outfits, hairy nipples, and families trying to hold on through it all. This month's Top 5 List is men twice your age. Next month's they read the graphic novel "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi. (Musical Credit: Tokyo by Sound Tribe Sector 9)

Direct download: 2015-09-OnBeauty.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

Jess and Trish review "How to Get into the Twin Palms" by Karolina Waclawiak. They discuss burning down LA, the painful awkwardness of acting like a 15 year old when in your late twenties, and that you cannot realistically dye your hair red if you have just previously dyed in black. Next month they read "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon as recommended by listener @FittenTrim on Twitter. (Musical Credit: 50 Pieces by Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire)

Direct download: TwinPalms.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:19am EST

This month we try to fit 603 pages of indian sorrow into an hour-long podcast. It's a miracle, but we did it. Buckle up for the insane levels of poverty, human cruelty, and misfortune that befall these characters. Next month we read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Oh right, and check out our new facebook page. (Musical Credit: Invocation by Shpongle)

Direct download: AFineBalance.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Trish and Jess identify books they will own but will never read, sometimes because they have squishy hearts and sometimes because they hate history. Trish knows someone who gotten broken up with because they read "Ulysses" too much,  Jess is unsympathetic to suddenly blinded charachters because Daredevil is so badass, and a talking dog scolds other dogs all while assessing this month's book, "Blindness." Next month: "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. (Musical Credit: I can see clearly now by Johnny Nash)

Direct download: Blindness.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:45pm EST



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