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Better Than the Movie is a community for people who love reading, books, book news and issues related to literature and popular culture. Our goal is to review and discuss book themes with passion and an open mind. We want to encourage readers to look beyond the Best Sellers lists and discover new voices and stories.

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EPISODE FORTY-NINE: Homegoing

SURPRISE! It's a really freaking long episode about Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing.

Jun-21-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-EIGHT: ALL of the News

We're back, you guys! Did you miss us? This week we're talking about alllllllll of the news stories we've missed while on hiatus. Ok not all of them, but a lot of em. All articles discussed below:

15 Books By Black Authors To Dive Into This Summer

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/06/15-new-books-by-black-authors-to-dive-into-this-summer/

Bobby Brown Every Little Step I Take

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2016/06/10/bobby-brown-laments-his-mistakes-whitney-bobbi-kristina-memoir/85707484/

LitHub Launches Book Marks

http://electricliterature.com/lit-hub-launches-book-marks-a-rotten-tomatoes-for-books/

Does Literary Criticism Have A Grade Inflation Problem?

https://newrepublic.com/article/134060/literary-criticism-grade-inflation-problem

Akosua Adoma Owusu Options Film Rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “On Monday Of Last Week”

http://shadowandact.com/2016/06/09/akosua-adoma-owusu-and-obibini-pictures-options-film-adaptation-rights-for-chimamanda-ngozi-adichies-story-on-monday-of-last-week/

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akosuadoma/on-monday-of-last-week-the-movie

Trisha R. Thomas (FOH episode) Has A New Book Coming

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGPvQL3uotQ/

Beyonce Is Not Shining A Light On African Literature- It’s The Other Way Around

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jun/08/beyonce-lemonade-african-literature-warsan-shire?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks

Jun-14-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-SEVEN: Her Teeth as Confetti

You thought we wasn't when we was? Shooooot. Just because we are a literary podcast, don't think we aren't discussing Lemonade like everyone else, ha! We discuss the work on a granular level as well as delve into the idea that Black art is often seen as autobiographical, instead of works of imagination.

Articles discussed in news section:

Why publishers are betting big on debut novelists: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/02/debut-novel-millions

Oprah Winfrey to star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” film adaptation: http://buzz.blog.ajc.com/2016/05/02/oprah-winfrey-to-star-in-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-film-adaptation/ 

A Reading List For Beyonce: http://bookriot.com/2016/05/02/a-reading-list-for-beyonces-lemonade/ 

What to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: http://fusion.net/story/295105/beyonce-lemonade-required-reading/?utm_campaign=FusionPop&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social 

 

May-03-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-SIX: Purple Ham

This week's show is all about our trip to NY to see a couple of Broadway plays based on two literary works-- Hamilton by Ron Chernow and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Tahmeka also walks us through the #Hamiltome. But first, the news:

Are Most Romance Novels Badly Written?: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/18/romance-novels-badly-written-curtis-sittenfeld-eligible-pride-and-prejudice?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks

Rachel Dolezal’s Got a Book Deal:  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/13/rachel-dolezal-signs-publishing-deal-book-race-black-white

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: http://www.pulitzer.org/article/2016-pulitzer-prizes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hamilton-wins-2016-pulitzer-prize-884618?utm_source=twitter

Apr-20-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-FIVE: DNF

This week we're discussing books that we just couldn't finish. Articles discussed in news section below:

Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: http://www.nypl.org/ylfa

VIDA count: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-2015-vida-count/

Movie Adaptation of An Untamed State: http://deadline.com/2016/03/gugu-mbatha-raw-to-star-gina-prince-bythewood-to-helm-an-untamed-state-1201724469/

James Patterson’s Money Grab: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/business/media/james-patterson-has-a-big-plan-for-small-books.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur&_r=0

10 Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read to Slay (LOL): http://www.lifehack.org/381194/10-books-every-young-black-women-needs-read-order-slay

Apr-05-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-FOUR: Listener Recommendations Vol. 2 ft. @leonicka

Show's a bit different this week. Tahmeka's traveling for work, so I'm (Jeanette) manning it solo. I'm speaking with Léonicka Valcius about Canadian literature, working for Scholastic Book Fair and also the Festival of Literary Diversity that we talked about briefly in the last show. Léonicka also provides a reading list of excellent Canadian books/authors to check out. Show rounds out with a solo "What Are You Reading?" because I'm newly obsessed with Rachel Howzell Hall and needed to fangirl.

Mar-22-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-THREE: Spring Book Round Up

This week's episode finds us discussing books that have been recently released or forthcoming in the spring. We also briefly discuss the Festival of Diverse Literature that's taking place in Brampton, Ontario Canada in May. 

Goodreads list of books here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/97553.Better_Than_the_Movie_Spring_Book_Round_up

Mar-08-2016
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EPISODE FORTY-TWO: Think Like a Fool

This week's show finds us discussing the best-selling guide to getting and keepin' a man--Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. We break it down to the most ridiculous points and lose our composure quite a few times as we give this book the close reading it never even deserved.

Feb-27-2016

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Founder/CEO of listenopoly.com | Co-host of the Add Water and Stir podcast | blogger at mimirobinsononline.com

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