On this week’s episode Clare and I read Sealed with a Diss, the seventh grade finale in Lisi Harrisons The Clique series. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen. As a reminder, some of these links, including our Bookshop.org link, are affiliates.
I’ve just started The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine, and Clare has been reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
If you’d prefer to listen to The Odyssey in podcast form, I can’t recommend Myths and Legends enough. I’ve got their Christmas episode in my queue right now.
&Pizza was my first introduction to Mike’s Hot Honey, and for that I will forever be in their debt. They also have great policies like supporting a $15 minimum wage and giving their employees time off to protest and vote, alongside their gluten free and vegan pizza options. Have I considered getting their ampersand tattooed on me (regardless of their offer for free pizza)? Without question.
Turns out TiVo came out in 1999, which was the year my brother was born. These girls could definitely have afforded it.
Since Cam is a Taurus (April 19-May 20) this book actually takes place throughout Taurus season, so not only does Claire snoop through Cam’s stuff, listen to his therapy sessions, and accuse him of cheating on her, she FORGETS HIS BIRTHDAY. Worst girlfriend ever award. According to Cosmo, Taureans are notably patient, chill, aesthetics-driven, and sensuous. Do we think that fits the Cam Fisher we know?
State of the Union
|Supporting small businesses||Cheating during a pandemic|
Next week we’re kicking off our bonus episode series about the Summer books, starting with Massie. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite local businesses to shop if you’re still looking for presents:
Dearborn Denim (made in Chicago)
The Dial Bookshop (if you’re looking to catch up on your Witty Committee reading list)
Hero Coffee Bar (Latina-owned, and $1 from all whole-bean and retail purchases go to a different local Chicago charity each month. Plus they just launched a collab with Keurig)
Little Leaf (also ships air plants and non-plant gifts)
Salt & Sundry (as Massie would say, ah-dorable gifts)
Ivy Wild (some brands you know and love and some new finds)
Apothekary (perfect for your friends into Ayurvedic medicine)
Appointed (for the stationary purists)
Shelter (woman-owned, artisan-driven, and supports a ton of local charities)
District Doughnut (if you’ve never had a creme brûlée doughnut torched in front of your own eyes, you need to experience it)
New York City
Cafe con Libros (intersectional feminist bookstore/cafe in my old neighborhood that my manager once said “did not come to play” with regards to Amazon’s Prime Day)
Automic Gold (NYC based/made, Queer BIPOC owned/operated, solid gold jewelry. Need we say more?)
Veda (cool leather pieces you can customize, women-owned and led)
Duo (perfect for the Instagram minimalist in your life, including but not limited to that nudie candle you’ve seen everywhere)