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Hyper Specific Genres We Love


Renee and Natalia are back with a conversation about some of the books they love that fall into super niche genres. For example, Natalia has an entire bookshelf dedicated to books about bananas and Renee will never say no to a thriller with an unlikeable 20-something woman protagonist who works in a startup. Tune in to hear all the weird things they’re both into.

Books Mentioned: 

Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

Diamond Head by Cecily Wong (interview here)

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

Black Sun & Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse (interview here)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang 

Lobizona & Cazadora by Romina Garber (interview here)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoka Matsuda

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Self-Care by Leigh Stein

The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Smile and Look Pretty by Amanda Pellegrino

A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin (interview here)

Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster

The Power of Knitting by Loretta Napoleoni (review here)

Bananas, Beaches and Bases by Cynthia Enloe

Skin: A Natural History by Nina G. Jablonski

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask

Also mentioned:

Nina’s love letter to Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Emma and Renee discuss The Poppy War

Natalia and Renee’s best books of 2021

Layne Fargo’s podcast Unlikeable Female Characters

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This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.

Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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