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69. A short story to read in one sitting this summer: The Prairie Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Novel Pairings

Today in “Short Story Club,” Chelsey and Sara are discussing “The Prairie Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. It’s a quick, absorbing read about summer camp, social media, and how stories shape our identities.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Note: Short Story Club episodes do contain spoilers. Read the story first, and then come back to hear our nerdy discussion. Join our Patreon community for an extended Short Story Club discussion on Discord.  Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. . . . . . . These links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, Novel Pairings will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support! Short stories for summer from Bustle Chelsey Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Amazon) Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler  (Amazon) Under the Influence podcast with Jo Piazza  Sara No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood  (Amazon) Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey  (Amazon) Be There in Five podcast with Kate Kennedy


13 Jul 2021

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Curtis Sittenfeld

Grazia Life Advice

Following previous books Prep and American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld's novel Rodham imagines the life of Hillary Clinton (and the US as a whole) if she had never married Bill. The reowned US author's life tips include advice for aspiring writers, and how to handle social media trolls.


18 Jun 2021

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056: “The Prairie Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld

Why Is This Good?

In this episode, we discuss “The Prairie Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. What can we learn from a story that unspools like a stone tumbling down a hill? How can we accomplish such mind-blowing twists? How can we use unconscious cultural dispositions to create tension in a story? How does setting the action of a story […]


15 May 2021

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Book Club - Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Grown-Up Girls Report Podcast

I've been so looking forward to reading Curtis Sittenfeld's book Rodham for our book club. And it's finally happened. I'm joined by my clever author and song writer friend Mandy Newman to discuss this truly unique read. Rodham is a work of fiction that speculates what Hilary could have done if she had not married Bill. What would she have been able to achieve without Bill in her life? It's a blend of political biography and popular fiction. Curtis is clearly a Hilary fan girl. Both Mandy and I wonder if perhaps this book is in fact how Hilary's fans would have loved to see the outcome of the 2016 election, which she famously lost by a narrow margin to Donald Trump. If you are a Hilary fan or intrigued with the American political system then this book is a must! Check out our website here for more details. Happy listening Alex xx


31 Mar 2021

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LadyFiction #2: Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife

The Trans-Atlanticist

with Stefanie Schaefer and Katharina GerundWe celebrate Women's History Month with an episode about women and politics. In the second episode of LadyFiction Stefanie Schaefer discusses First Ladies and “First Lady Fiction” with her guest Dr. Katharina Gerund from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In January 2021, the arrival of new First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, an educator who has said she will keep working during her time in the White House, garnered renewed debate about marriage, politics, and modern womanhood. In this episode of LadyFiction, we turn to Curtis Sittenfeld’s bestselling novel American Wife (2008), a fictional autobiography of Laura Bush, First Lady from 2001-2009.


18 Mar 2021

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10. Let's get into Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld.


This is our chat about the New York Times Bestselling book, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld - a novel that re-imagines the life Hilary Clinton could have had if she had not married Bill Clinton and let his political career take precedence over hers. This book captured our attention because Curtis Sittenfeld is one of our all-time favourite authors. From page one the characterised Hillary is intelligent, independent and ambitious. It's 300 pages of politics, relationships and powerful women - Sittenfeld did her research too so it really is grounded in reality, with, well quite a bit of poetic license once the real events end.


18 Feb 2021

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Summer Bookshelf and The Dry on screen plus novels by Laura Jean McKay, Curtis Sittenfeld & Mieko Kawakami

The Bookshelf

On Laura Jean McKay, The Animals in that Country, Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham and Mieko Kawakami, Breasts and Eggs - and putting Jane Harper's The Dry on screen


1 Jan 2021

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Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “A for Alone”

The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker

Curtis Sittenfeld reads her story from the November 2, 2020, issue of the magazine. Sittenfeld is the author of one short-story collection, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” and six novels, including “Prep,” “Eligible,” and “Rodham,” which came out earlier this year. 


27 Oct 2020

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Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Mean Book Club

This week it’s Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld! This political wonk fan fiction hit the NYT bestseller list in June of this year and already has a Hulu show in development. So it’s got to be amazing, right? Well...Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's perfect for your commute. New podcast (almost) every Tuesday!Here’s the book list for Season 9:- Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena- Danielle Steel: Daddy’s Girls by Danielle Steel- Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood- Life Code by Dr. PhilSend any future book suggestions to meanbookclub@gmail.com! Follow us on the socials @meanbookclub!Rate, like, subscribe, and check out our Patreon page at patreon.com/meanbookclub to become a true patron of the mean arts.CREDITS:Hosted by Sarah Burton, Clara Morris, Johnna Scrabis, & Sabrina B. Jordan.Produced and edited by Sarah Burton.Special thanks to FSM Team for our theme song, "Parkour Introvert." You can get it here: https://www.free-stock-music.com

1hr 27mins

8 Sep 2020

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Ep 429 The Book Club: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Women's Podcast

Our last Book Club took place months ago, early in Lockdown, so we are delighted that in this show Ann Ingle, Bernice Harrison and Niamh Towey are back to discuss our latest read. The book under discussion is Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld, a political fantasy that imagines what life would have been like for Hillary Clinton had she turned down Bill Clinton's proposal of marriage. So it's a what if novel that imagines the life and times of Hill without Bill. Sittenfeld, the author of sharp, compassionate and always clever books such as American Wife, explores how life might have turned out for the Clintons, for America and for the world if these two political heavyweights had never got married. It's a lively discussion and as usual not everyone agrees with each other but we wouldn't want it any other way. We'll announce our next book soon, but until then enjoy this Book Club episode.


7 Sep 2020