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MashRead Podcast: ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ is the classic novel that should be on every reading list

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Sometimes the best way to understand the present is to look at the past.

Or at least that’s true with Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The book was written 80 years ago, but the commentary it makes on race and feminism feels as fresh and contemporary as anything published today.

Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford, a southern woman living in Florida in the early 1900s. When Janie returns to home from an extended time away, she is followed by a wave of gossip about her past. Determined to set the record straight, she tells her life story to her friend Pheoby, recounting her adventures as they relate to her three marriages and how each marriage shaped her into a sharp and fiercely independent woman who must navigate the pressures placed on her as a black woman in the south.

This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Zora Neal Hurston’s timeless novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Join us as we talk about the book’s portrait of the south, how the book is like The Odyssey by Homer and how Hurston wrote the feminist boss queen we all need right now.

Then, inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God and Black History Month, we discuss our favorite books by black authors including Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

And as always we close the show with recommendations:

  • Aliza recommends the Everything, Everything trailer. She also recommends a list of geeky feminist projects after attending the Strand’s Galentine’s Day event this week including Geek Girl Brunch, an international meetup group that hosts activities for geeky women and Geek Girl Strong, a program and community that combines geekdom with fitness.
  • Peter recommends The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. “It’s really, really, really great. Especially in terms of fantasy… It’s a rainbow of people and characters in a way that I have personally have found sendom in a fantasy genre. And it’s wonderful and refreshing.”
  • MJ recommends Dear White People, the 2014 movie that inspired the upcoming Netflix series of the same name. “What I loved about this movie is that it felt like a dialogue…Whether you agree with the politics of the characters or not, [the movie] felt like a smart, rich dialogue that we should be having right now.”

And if you’re looking for a book to sink your teeth into, we recommend History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, which is this month’s official MashReads book club book.

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Watch Hulu’s Super Bowl spot for original series The Handmaids Tale

Hulu just released a trailer for its adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a science fiction tale in which the U.S. Government has been toppled by a theocratic authoritarian dictatorship and women suffer a horrible revocation of rights.

So yeah it’s a little too on the nose right now. Maybe the hope is that showing this during America’s leather ball smash man contest will wake some people up to why dystopian sci-fi cautionary tales should legitimately be regarded as ACTUALLY CAUTIONARY TALES.

The show is out on April 26, streaming on Hulu, with each of 10 episodes debuting weekly starting on that day.

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Romantic suspense the most admired literature

Romantic suspense is not a fad .This is kind of liter literature which exist all time. Romantic suspense is a particular kind of literature which rotates around romance and mystery. Such literature has two pivotal characters belonging to opposite such literature are based on the pretext where the heroine is depicted as innocent entity. Such heroines are generally victims or sufferer. In the meanwhile hero arrives and saves his lady love. Such novels are different from other genre of love novels as the relationship between the hero and heroine is not only based on romance but this relationship has to undergo some amount no mystery.



Mexico City has always been an admirer of such liter literature. A large portion of readers in this city prefer such romantic novels which are also clubbed with some amount of mystery. Some of the bestselling books in Mexico City are romantic suspense’s. There is a considerable portion of population who want very easy going and liter literature.



Romantic suspense authors are always in great. These novels are highly preferred by women since they basically appeal to womanhood. Such writing commands certain technique which is generally called Zeigarnik effect. This is based on the principle that we remember unfinished task more easily than finished task. A romantic suspense authors basically writes about the psychological and social impact of the negative consequences. They don’t talk about the root of the crime rather they write about the sufferings of the crime which is inflicted on innocent people in the novel.



Romantic suspense novel are something which never goes out of fashion. Its readership is always there to accept it. Basic reason for their being famous is that those literatures are not very intellect. They deal with liter issues of women. Such books are based on relationships and romance between two people. This makes it interesting and admired by readers. Romantic suspense novel are also called women literature.


Romantic suspense fiction focuses on plot rather than on characters. Such novels are not only famous for the relationships and the sufferings inflicted on the character of the novel but it romantic suspense fiction deals with mystery and thrill and at the end exposure of the mystery.


Chick lit is another genre of literature which never goes out of the trend. Chick is basically an American slang language. Such literatures are targeted to young readers who don’t want very high end intellectual literature. Chick lit deals with only women issues. Such literatures are different from traditional women literature where the women are depicted as the victim or sufferer of the situation. Here it deals with regular day to day life of women especially of the age group of 20 to 30.The entire books talks about their want, objective in life, happiness, sufferings, like, dislike, their day to day life struggle etc.


Women’s fiction has evolved a lot. Today’s women lit are different than traditional counterparts. They don’t typically talk about love and relationships. It deals with wholesome aspects of women life and issues such as money, sex, career, struggle, motherhood, birth control, aging etc.  Certain controversial issues which writers always prevented to write are also now getting room in women’s fiction.

Jane Rosenthal is an award winning poet, radio journalist, a romantic suspense author and an educator. She loves to write on about Chick lit and Romantic suspense .For more details please visit:

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