Unbound With Trish And Jess



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


  • The Book Thief

    The Book Thief

    28/10/2017 Duración: 50min

    For their final ever podcast, Trish and Jess read one of Trish's all time favorites, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. They get a little choked up discussing the heartbreak of the multiple characters who don't make it to the end of this novel that takes place in WWII Germany and get off track only briefly when they need to pause to kill a spider. They reflect on their podcasting highs and lows over the past 3 years, and end Podcast Unbound for good with a Top 5 of books they read for the purpose of podcasting. Thanks for listening and happy reading! (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    23/09/2017 Duración: 41min

    For the final two episodes of Podcast Unbound, Trish and Jess pick books they love for the other to read. Our hosts discuss bookstores they've recently frequented, which requires discussion of Jess's dislike for BAM. Rob Lowe, after being a nonentity for the entirety of previous episodes, finds himself relevant on multiple occasions. Trish and Jess identify their favorite snail facts from this month's read, "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. They finish the podcast next month with a book Trish has frequently mentioned, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    29/08/2017 Duración: 37min

    It's mid-August and Trish has already reached her goal of reading 52 books this year, so Jess and Trish discuss her updated reading goals. In spite of this reading high, Trish shares her recent literary low when she realizes she's been mispronouncing a word for a long time. Jess and Trish then share their heartbreak about how deeply events went wrong in this month's read "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, and how heartbreaking books that take place in India always seem to be. With two podcasts left to go, Trish and Jess pick favorite books to read for each other. Next month Jess has picked "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.  (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • In the time of Butterflies

    In the time of Butterflies

    01/08/2017 Duración: 48min

    Before getting into their book this month, Trish and Jess discuss some of their recent reads and book purchases, including 2nd person novels where mothers disappear and turn into birds and old school detective novels that are disappointingly creepy. They then asses “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a gorgeous novel based on the true story of the Mirabel sisters and their part of the revolution in the Dominican against Trujillo. Trish and Jess announce their podcasting days are drawing to a close. They plan to end Podcast Unbound at their three year mark, which means they only have three recordings left. Next month, they read “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • This is how you lose her

    This is how you lose her

    30/06/2017 Duración: 43min

    Trish and Jess talk about times they've been assholes, including Jess mispronouncing the word detritus on the podcast and in her personal life for forever. They also talk about the asshole main character in the beautiful, sparsely written "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. Next month they read "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • The Girl With All The Gifts

    The Girl With All The Gifts

    29/05/2017 Duración: 43min

    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/)

  • Mute


    30/04/2017 Duración: 47min

    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/)

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things

    25/03/2017 Duración: 56min

    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/)

  • Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus

    28/02/2017 Duración: 42min

    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/)

  • A Man Called Ove

    A Man Called Ove

    28/01/2017 Duración: 45min

    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/)

  • Girl in a Coat

    Girl in a Coat

    29/12/2016 Duración: 46min

    Trish and Jess check in about books they got for Christmas, how their respective apartments are filling with books despite best efforts, and Jess's last ditch attempt to read a book a day for the rest of the year to reach her yearly goal. They then discuss Girl in Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, which made its way into the 30% of books Trish likes despite being a little unbelievable. They compare it to Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer which loaded Jess with tension as she worried that mother and daughter characters would not be reunited. Trish and Jess end with Top 5 Most satisfying or uplifting dogs in literature as recommended by Jess's mom. Next month, special guest Leah with A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • Endless Night

    Endless Night

    27/11/2016 Duración: 38min

    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/)

  • Pigtopia


    29/10/2016 Duración: 40min

    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/)

  • Constant Suicides / Princesses

    Constant Suicides / Princesses

    28/09/2016 Duración: 41min

    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/)

  • The Dwarves

    The Dwarves

    27/08/2016 Duración: 49min

    Welcome to our August episode where we talk to our friend Jason, who has chosen “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz for us to read. We talk about potential dwarven hankey-pankey, wizard betrayal, and why so much ham gets eaten. We round the episode out with our top five lines from a book. Next month we do a double header where we’ll each read a different book with a sort-of similar title, and compare and contrast. Those two books are “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory and “The Case of Constant Suicides” by John Dickson Carr. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

  • Hyde


    30/07/2016 Duración: 34min

    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/)

  • The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible

    19/07/2016 Duración: 54min

    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.

  • Beloved


    30/05/2016 Duración: 57min

    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.

  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    30/04/2016 Duración: 01h12min

    Jess and Trish overestimate how much wine they can reasonably drink before podcasting. They share the professional writers they wish wrote fanfic before assessing "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend," by Katarina Bivald. They both are passionately distressed by an unrealistic depiction of stew and small town cohesion and end with Top 5 books they would recommend to strangers. Next month, "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. (Musical Credit: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans)

  • Zorro


    31/03/2016 Duración: 54min

    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)

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