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Books with the Boys
89 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
The boys (and a first time guest!) talk about Normal People, the novel by Sally Rooney and the first book to be officially endorsed by Taylor Swift. At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other. Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
77 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Deacon King Kong
The boys talk about Deacon King Kong, a novel by James McBride. Presented by the N2F Network. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
41 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The boys tackle a holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" for a holiday special episode. The boys argue about if the Whos are actually the villains of the story, whether or not a serious medical condition caused the Grinch's grumpiness, and debate the merits of tight shoes. Produced by the N2F Network.
71 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
The boys talk about the novel "Pizza Girl" by Jean Kyoung Frazier Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She's grieving the death of her father (who she has more in common with than she'd like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future. Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled covered pizzas for her son's happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other towards middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways. Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier's Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world. Produced by N2F Network. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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