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Unbound with Trish and Jess

A podcast about books, and giving your opinion when no one asked.

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The Girl With All The Gifts

Trish and Jess read "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Corey this month, and Trish is forced to start questioning why she has read 5 books in the last year in which people attempt or are successful in turning into some kind of tree. Trish also begins to soul search why she hasn't read as many dystopian novels as she thought, until Jess points out she's full of crap and has read lots of dystopia. Next month, "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

43mins

29 May 2017

Rank #1

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Mute

For the first time, Jess and Trish review a book which it turns out they both despise, "Mute" by Piers Anthony. Not even telekinetic chickens can save this misogynistic piece of old sci-fi. Trish suspects even the person who wrote the description for the back cover wasn't able to finish it, as Mit the hermit crab is misidentified as telepathic when he is actually clairvoyant. Next month they put this debacle behind them with "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

47mins

30 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Jess and Trish talk about fake mermaids and true love while discussing "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman. They also break down some important though unconnected topics, like if the new Beauty and the Beast movie is gonna be good. They end with one of their favorite Top 5s ever, characters who think they're a monster. Next month the delve deep into serious sci-fi, "Mute" by Piers Anthony.  (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

56mins

25 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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Purple Hibiscus

Trish and Jess disagree about a variety of books from beginning to end. Trish fails to appreciate "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman the way it deserves, but they agree entirely that "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is great, and that the character development was clear when they had epiphanies about one character through the eyes of another. They finish with Top 5 books they've hated, and have moments of great agreement and dispute. Next month, they read "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

42mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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A Man Called Ove

One of the best things about Leah is that she has a Pinterest board named "Mug Life," but it also is great that she was our guest in Jan! We talked about hot cheese, all while discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman. Leah and Trish describe their love of the cantankerous old man with a heart of gold at the heart of the book, while Jess has mild reservations. They debate how old you have to be to be considered old, and agree the limit should be upped. They get into Top 5 male characters over 50, and next month Jess and Trish read "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

45mins

28 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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Endless Night

Before Trish and Jess review "Endless Night" by Agatha Christie, they commiserate on their apartments filling up with books despite their best intentions and check in about their reading goals for the year. Trish has already read more books than weeks in the year, and Jess makes plans to power through detective novels to make her quota. While reviewing "Endless Night" they discuss their surprise over its structure, push back on extended recuperation periods for sprained ankles, and discuss the inaccurate cover on Jess's book from the 70s. They finish with Top 5 list of men from literature who got in over their heads. Next month they will compare and contrast "The Girl in Red Coat" by Kate Hamer and "Girl in a Blue Coat" by Monica Hesse, with Jess reading the former and Trish the latter. Happy reading till then!  (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

38mins

27 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Pigtopia

It's Podcast Unbound's 2 year anniversary! Our only regret so far is how weird our recorded voices are. This month's book is Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald because we found two copies at a consignment store. We share our mutual horror at having picked yet another book that ended up having weird sex stuff in it. A man who thinks he's developmentally disabled until he finds out he's not somehow raises a horde of pigs in his basement without being discovered and shares his secret with a local girl. Top 5 list this month: books we've read in the last year of recording the podcast. Next month: Endless Night by Agatha Christie. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

40mins

29 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Constant Suicides / Princesses

Trish and Jess compare and contrast books with vaguely similar titles they found at a consignment shop: the Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory vs The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr. Trish reports historical princesses are weird pervs and Jess is unable to explain why a Scotsman would keep his back door open but his bedroom door locked. Top 5 list this month: consignment store purchases. Join us next month for our two-year anniversary, when we read Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

41mins

28 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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Hyde

Ok, back on track! This month, we enjoy some bad-boy time with “Hyde” by Daniel Levine. This episode contains bad rosé, all sorts of weird sex things none of us expected, and Star Trek top five. Next month, we read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz with a special guest.  (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

34mins

30 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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The Poisonwood Bible

And a belated Happy Father's day to you all! To celebrate we asked Jess's Father, Gary, to join us in a discussion of his favorite book, "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. Hear how this book ruined us for other books. Top 5 for this month? Bad Dads. Next month, we read, "Hyde" by Daniel Levine. Enjoy, and send us your questions to @PodcastUnbound on Twitter or Facebook.

54mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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Beloved

Trish and Jess start with a chat about what else they've been reading recently, which included Joe Hill's newest novel, BuzzFeed articles, and essays about the Polyvagal Theory. They move on to talk about the powerful heartbreak of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." They qualify when they are willing to accept unbelievable circumstances in books and what makes a book feel hopeless. They end with a Top 5 list of other books that broke their hearts. Next month, Jess's dad guest stars for Father's Day to talk about one of his favorite books, "The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver.

57mins

30 May 2016

Rank #11

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Jess and Trish overestimate how much wine they can reasonablydrink before podcasting. They share the professional writers theywish wrote fanfic before assessing "The Readers of Broken WheelRecommend," by Katarina Bivald. They both are passionatelydistressed by an unrealistic depiction of stew and small towncohesion and end with Top 5 books they would recommend tostrangers. Next month, "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. (MusicalCredit: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans)

1hr 12mins

30 Apr 2016

Rank #12

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Zorro

Jess and Trish drink a bottle and a half of wine before playing judge a book by its title. A life changing event takes place when one of them actually guesses one correctly!! Who and which book? You'll have to listen to find out. They then discuss "Zorro" by Isabelle Allende, and touch upon plot points including children catching bears, the pressure of being a lady on a ship when everyone is trying to watch you dump your chamber pot, and the romance of being mute except for the girl of your dreams. Next month they review "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katarina Bivald. Happy reading! (Musical credit: Fire and Fury by Oscar Lopez)

54mins

31 Mar 2016

Rank #13

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Outlander

Things get tipsy as we close out the year with "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. This was a real bodice ripper, so we talked about beating women with belts, weird homo-erotic rape scenes, P in V, and oh so much more. The romance continues in the new year with an Unbound classic: "Bear" by Marian Engel.(Musical Credit: Loch Lomond performed by The Hangovers)

1hr 1min

31 Dec 2015

Rank #14

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

This month Trish and Jess challenge each other to "Judge a Book  by it's Title" and both fail miserably. Their review of "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami encompasses Bob Dylan, Danny Boy, and loneliness. Jess cites the most New England way to kill yourself and Trish finds a book where people turn into furniture. Next month, "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. (Musical credit: Danny Boy by Bing Crosby)

58mins

28 Nov 2015

Rank #15