Chapter 2.3 – Flight Destination: Verse Novel

Summary

Sarah gets back to her comfort zone as Sarah and Alicia dive into the world of verse novels, particularly focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land. They discuss air travel, family relationships, coming of age, gender, cultural differences, and how one work of YA fiction perfectly encompasses it all. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they’ve been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. 

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Chapter 2.2 – Poetry’s Golden Allure

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Alicia nudges Sarah out of her comfort zone as they tackle Maggie Smith’s poetry collection, Goldenrod. They discuss the role of nature, family, self-discovery, and the various ways they approach the teaching of poetry in their classrooms. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they’ve been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Chapter 2.1 – A Club for All Generations

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In this back-to-school episode, Alicia and Sarah talk about the Netflix series The Baby-Sitters Club, based on the best-selling YA series by Ann M. Martin. They discuss the role of nostalgia, the importance of female relationships, and the Bechdel test. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they’ve been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. 

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Chapter 1.12 – Crazy Good Story

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Alicia and Sarah talk about the film Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel with the same name. They discuss the importance of representation, the role of colonialism in literature, Jane Austin, and continue a previous discussion about Cinderella stories.

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Chapter 1.11 – 101 Reimagined

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Alicia and Sarah talk about the Disney film, Cruella. They discuss their love of dogs, the role of villains and complicating their narrative, and the nature of evil. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they’ve been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Editor’s note: There were technical difficulties during the taping of this episode. We apologize for the sound issues throughout the episode. 

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Chapter 1.10 – Blessed Be the Pod

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Alicia and Sarah talk about the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the first season of which is based on the book by the same title. They discuss gender, feminism, anti-heroes, revenge, and everything in-between. Praise be.

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Chapter 1.9 – The Robot Slipper

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Alicia and Sarah talk through the young adult novel Cinder, a dystopian sci-fi retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. They discuss the Cinderella trope, dystopias, pandemics, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic literature in the 21st century.

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Chapter 1.8 – The Complicated Family Narrative

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Alicia and Sarah express their love for the NBC drama This Is Us and the complicated family narrative that it has always presented. They discuss the role of family and how it shapes us, the potential power of a delineated storyline, and the way the series has reshaped the concept of love story to show that love is ultimately a choice.

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Chapter 1.7 – Thinking Through Monsters, Sci-Fi, and History

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Alicia and Sarah talk through the first season of HBO’s Lovecraft Country, based on the book by the same title. They discuss the role of problematic literature and H.P. Lovecraft’s undeniable influence on 20th-century sci-fi and horror fiction, racism in literature and the complicated history underneath, the effort to reclaim that history and the way the narrative is told, and the symbolism of magic in the racial power dynamic.

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Chapter 1.6 – News as a Story

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Alicia and Sarah talk about the new film The News of the World, based on the book by the same title. They discuss the importance of truth versus sensationalism, the role of language and communication, the messiness of westward expansion and the complicated nature of that part of America’s story, and redemption and healing.

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