Episode 24: What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Christa
The Bride Test,
by Helen Hoang
Carrie
How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy,
by Jenny Odell

“what am I even doing here?”

Announcements

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This episode’s excerpt is from What Belongs To You, by Garth Greenwell.

Books & References

“How I Feel In Love With The Beautiful Art of Cruising,” by Garth Greenwell
Cleanness, by Garth Greenwell
The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
Less, by Andrew Greer

“no one reads these captions, Adam, just go with it…”

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About Our Sponsor

This podcast is supported by Tessera Editorial, a full service editorial company that’s changing the face of publishing. Find them at TesseraEditorial.com for all your editing needs – developmental, line, or copyedits. Whether indie or publishing house, they’ll treat your manuscript with integrity. Plus, if you’re Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color interested in breaking into publishing, Tessera offers a free Mentorship Program that helps teach you the ins and outs of the editing process. Learn more at TesseraEditorial.com.

About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who love discussing sex & books. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in relationship to books. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

Episode 23: Sula by Toni Morrison

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Carrie
Sex Objects: Art & The Dialectics of Desire, by Jennifer Doyle

Christa
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz

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The Swimming Hole by Thomas Eakins, via Wikiart

Announcements

Subscribe to our companion TinyLetter for this (and every) episode here;
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This episode’s excerpts are from 
Sula, by Toni Morrison

Books & References
“God’s Plan” by Drake
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
“The Crane Wife” by CJ Hauser
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

wide open thighs

Let us know what you think? feedback AT the oral history podcast DOT com

About Our Sponsor

This podcast is supported by Tessera Editorial, a full service editorial company that’s changing the face of publishing. Find them at TesseraEditorial.com for all your editing needs – developmental, line, or copyedits. Whether indie or publishing house, they’ll treat your manuscript with integrity. Plus, if you’re Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color interested in breaking into publishing, Tessera offers a free Mentorship Program that helps teach you the ins and outs of the editing process. Learn more at TesseraEditorial.com.

About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who love discussing sex & books. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in relationship to books. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

 

Episode 22: Romance Tropes

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Carrie
Himself, by Jess Kidd
Inside of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell & Know, by Alexandra Horowitz
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, by Richard Francis

Christa
Dive Smack, by Demetra Brodsky
Between Them: Remembering My Parents, by Richard Ford
Stay, by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

“Stop reading about dogs and TAKE ME FOR A WALK.”

Announcements

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The Shayla Black “I’m in Your Ass/Saving Your Life” reference

Recommended Reads (listed in the order discussed)

TROPE: The Cute Neighbor
Kissing Max Holden, by Katy Upperman
Lola & The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins
Wait For It, by Mariana Zapata
Close Enough To Touch, by Victoria Dahl

TROPE: Masturbate For Me
Say Yes To The Marquess, by Tessa Dare
One Good Earl Deserves A Lover, by Sarah MacLean
Too Hot To Handle, by Victoria Dahl
Sweetest Scoundrel, by Elizabeth Hoyt
Proving His Worth, by Cari Quinn

“You know what I think about all this cute-neighbor twaddle…”

 

About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

Episode #21: Young Adult, or Literary Fiction? Who Decides?

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In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we ask why some books about teenagers are labeled “YA” but others are marketed as “literary fiction.” Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).

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SHOW NOTES

Our current reads

Christa:

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

Carrie

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Ford

Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

here, have a picture of Sherlock & Molly kissing; life’s short

Announcements

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Books & References 

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

The V-Word: True Stories of First-Time Sex by Amber J. Keyser, editor

YALSA’s Alex Award

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Girls by Emma Cline

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Dare Me & The Fever by Megan Abbott

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Other Broken Things by Christa Desir

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Wow, that’s a lotta books, ladies! Good job!” – Idris Elba, probably

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About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

Episode 20: School Dances

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In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss school dances, now and then.  Do you have some terrible and/or delicious memories of school dances you’d like to share, or some books that deal with high school dances in a way you like? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).

 

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Carrie

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Christa

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

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References

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San Augustine, Texas. High school students dancing at the Spanish Club banquet; credit here

Recommended Reads (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

NEW FEATURE: Teen Librarian Toolbox Recommendation Corner, featuring Karen Jensen

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

The Last Boy & Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

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About 

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

Episode #19: Dating

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In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: what it was like when we were teenagers, what it is like for teenagers now, and how some books we recommend handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a significant way? Tell us what you think: (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Christa:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, by Brene Brown
Pasadena, by Sherri L. Smith

Carrie:

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, by Mandy Aftel
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, by Jesmyn Ward (editor)
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta

Couple at rollerskating rink. Southside, Chicago, Illinois.

Couple at rollerskating rink. Southside, Chicago, Illinois. Link here.

References

Subscribe to our companion piece TinyLetter
Our One-Star Review T-shirt shop (all proceeds go to Scarleteen)
Money Talks, a movie that Christa was not into
This is who Eddie Money is, just FYI
“We’re Now Dating Six People At Once, According To Study”
Ghosting
Bread-crumbing

“Hey you know I only got a flip phone so I gotta ask you out on a date the old fashioned way, baby.”

Recommended Reads (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe, by Benjamin Saenz Alire
Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
Freefall, by Mindi Scott
The Female of the Species, by Mindi McGinnis
Dreamland, by Sarah Dessen
Stay, by Deb Caletti

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“What’s not to love, eh?”

About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

One Star Review T-Shirt Shop Now Open!

 

Hello there friends and listeners!

We’re happy to announce three great things!

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