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Othersode #44: Speaking of Mothers / The Secret Garden / Interview with Adrienne Brodeur

Get out of your big ornate bed and join us in “The Secret Garden” as we discuss the new 2020 adaptation of the classic children’s novel! We discuss the key changes in this adaptation, including the setting and the narrative arc of the children’s parents. We also answer the very important question: Is Colin Firth a daddy? Next, Emily interviews Adrienne Brodeur, author of the memoir “Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me.” Then, we dig into a bit of “Hamilton” feedback and chat about what’s on the #BookSquadBlog. Read along with us for our next #bookpisode on “We Set the Dark on Fire” by Tehlor Kay Mejia (September 7), and watch the film adaptation of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for our next #othersode (September 21)! Join our discussions and send any feedback to


0:30 — What would your secret garden be like?
6:20 — Intro to the movie
9:45 — What do we gain from changing the time period/setting?
14:40 — Why do we have to redeem the parents?
29:30 — Is the garden magic?
33:20 — Why was there a dog, though?
36:00 — Where is Dickon?
38:55 — Is Colin Firth a daddy? And…how do we feel about school in this movie?
44:15 — Interview with Adrienne Brodeur!
1:07:22 — “Hamilton” Feedback
1:09:25 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

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