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Best Book Ever

Jun 28, 2021

Today we’re getting real about mental well-being, and the women who make us laugh in the midst of our pain. We also touched on representation in YA and children’s literature, brutal, scary honesty, and how a person can be brave and terrified at the same time. Ashley Shannon is my own personal Jenny Lawson, is what I’m saying.


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Guest: Ashely Shannon



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Discussed in this episode:

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Harry Potter Boxed Set by J.K. Rowling (Check out this stunning illustrated version)

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

David Levithan

Nina Lacour

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

And That’s Why You Should Learn to Pick Your Battles - this is the Jenny Lawson blog post that Ashley and I talked about. Do yourself a favor and read it – it’s one of my favorite pieces of writing ever. Ever. Ever.

Unrelated to our podcast, but I think you should read anyway: this blog post Jenny Lawson wrote about her non-binary daughter.

Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson

This is Me Letting You Go by Ashley Shannon

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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