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BSG #35: Franklin Agrees / American Spy

Grab your night-vision goggles and discrete compact because it’s time for some espionage! This week, the #BookSquad covers American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. We talk about the novel’s epistolary form, racism and sexism in America, questions of loyalty, and the romance at the center of the story. Then we get into some listener feedback about Evvie Drake Starts Over, Circe, and the Memory Police. Check out the #BookSquadBlog for television recaps, holiday-themed posts, and Emily’s 12 Days of Christmas Movies series! Join us on 12/16 for our Best of 2019 / Secret Santa #othersode, and read along with us for our next #bookpisode on Nature Poem by Tommy Pico — available 12/30.

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:57–intro question—favorite spy property
9:30–book intro
13:24–the epistolary novel is back!
21:07– racism and sexism in America
24:46–how does Marie’s race affect her loyalty to her country and how she’s seen at her job?
33:06–the women in Marie’s life
50:00– the ending
1:05:45–feedback! Finally!
1:14:00–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

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