Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!
Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:
- This Week in Comics
Rocket Raccoon #6, Sex Criminals #9, Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 and Bitch Planet #1 | We talk two debuts from TWiL favorites this week; Kieron Gillen goes back to Asgard with Angela and Kelly Sue DeConnick goes where no man has gone before with Bitch Planet. Gillen does some pretty solid table setting in Angela, but KSD sets the table and then flips that shit. Damn, girl. Please read Bitch Planet. You will not regret it. You will also not regret listening to our interview with Kelly Sue in episode 21, in which she talks about Bitch Planet.
- This Week in the Book Report
Unusual Historicals | This week we talk about historical fiction with unusual settings, both in place and time, and unusual characters. Some of our favorites feature suffragettes (The Firebrand and The Suffragette Scandal), assassins (Grave Mercy), and a young girl named Shirley Temple Wong (In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson). We also talk about the horror of historical fiction set in decades during which we were alive. If you're looking for further evidence of the Becca-Allison mind-meld, listen to this segment. We're clearly on the same page. (See what I did there? PAGE. BOOK REPORT. You like it.)
- Real Ladies: Spies
Continuing the mind-meld theme, we both chose lady spies of the Civil War to discuss in this episode. Elizabeth "Crazy Bet" Van Lew, a Richmond landowner, spent years pretending to be mentally unstable so that her Confederate neighbors would underestimate her. As a result, she was given access to places from which she would otherwise have been barred, including a Union POW camp, Libby Prison. Sarah Emma Edmonds had been living as Frank Thompson for years before the war broke out, but used her disguise to her advantage to enlist in the Union Army as soon as possible. In addition to completing several missions as a spy in enemy territory, Edmonds was a battlefield nurse and mailman. To learn more about these non-compliant ladies, check out picture book biography Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss (Edmonds) and listen to this episode of The Memory Palace (Van Lew).
- This Week in Shit You Should Be Listening To
"Wine Lips" by Lydia Lovelace (h/t NPR Music's Favorite Songs of 2014)