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You Should Read: NOT Harry Potter (with Kendell Johnson)

Released Tuesday, 17th November 2020
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We do a deep dive into JK Rowling's anti-trans comments and how that has affected our feelings about Harry Potter. Can you separate the art from the artist and should you try? How do you balance something you love with the harm its creator is doing to people? There aren't easy answers but it's a subject worth grappling with. And, as a bonus, we recommend books you can read instead of hers. (Well, not The Casual Vacancy; people are already not reading that one.)
Joan He and her publisher's seeming breach of contract: https://twitter.com/joanhewrites/status/1325893647… (Twitter thread)

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Don't forget about our book club! We're discussing The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult on December 8! You can email your thoughts or find us on social media! We're really excited for our debut pick.


Kendell: Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo)
Julia: The Seep (Chana Porter), A Hat Full of Sky (Terry Pratchett), the Veronica Speedwell series (Deanna Raybourn)
Rachael: The Book of Two Ways (Jodi Picoult), A Promised Land (Barack Obama), The Keeper of the Lost Cities (Shannon Messenger), The Poacher's Son (Paul Doiron)
Kelly: The House in the Cerulean Sea (TJ Klune) and the VI Warshawski series (Sara Paretsky)