76. Loquacious Siblings

Damn the man! Poor Marcy's entire world is crumbling. In chapters 7-9 of Paula Danziger's 1974 YA novel, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," Ms. Finney disappears and everyone's freaking out. The whole class gets detention for sassing Principal Stone, but this only brings Marcy and Joel closer together. Dad sucks, Mom can't function without tranquilizers, and Stuart never has enough orange pits. Jody and Alison talk about farts and the Pledge of Allegiance, peppered with some maudlin reenactments and vintage commercials. Congrats to TWO Blume Heads of the Week: Sojourner Sleuth and Anna Crossley.

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75. Je Suis La Jeune Fille

OMG Dad is such a jerk! Welcome to chapters 3-6 of Paula Danziger's "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," published in 1974. Alison and Jody recap all the Smedley goings-on, the Lewis household arguments, and the budding friendship between Marcy and Joel Anderson. We also learn about the deal with Wolf and those orange pits. The girls read three awesome letters (thank you Kate, Ingrid, and Helen!) and do a follow-up with Blume Head Bex on golf calligraphy sets. Come inside the Cocoon for over-the-top dramatic readings and laughs, with a shiny coat of nostalgia.

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74. Fluffy Fluff Fluff Fluff

New book y’all! Jody and Alison are thrilled to begin Paula Danziger’s debut novel, “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit,” chapters 1-3. They start with a 1974 primer and delve into some wild specifics: Rumble in the Jungle, Marina Abramovic’s uncomfortable performance art, the worst music in modern history, and Saturday morning cartoons. Our protagonist Marcy pretty much hates her life until the mysteriously hip Ms. Finney shows up at school. What’s up with this crazy teacher? Will Marcy work up the courage to chat with nerdy hunk Joel? What the heck is Smedley? In other news, the gals read two amazing Blume Head letters, reenact their favorite scenes, and sing some Blind Melon. Shout out to Amy Mason Doan, this week’s Blume Head of the Week!

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Odds and Ends #9: A Sheila Screening

Happy Valentine's Day Blume Heads! It's pure chaos with four ladies in the Cocoon to discuss the "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great" movie and to bid adieu to our favorite scaredy-cat. There's a special report on the infamous chopped and screwed 1995 Olsen Twins hit, "Gimme Pizza." There's correspondence with a real life Sheila Blume Head, who ALSO started her own handwritten newspaper. And of course, there is in-depth critical analysis of the movie, a sweet homage that Judy Blume made with her son, Larry. Join Jody, Alison, and special guests Lizzy and Cathy for pineapple upside-down cake and lots of chat about the '90s. Congrats to Sheila Jo Spencer, this week's Blume Head of the Week!

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73. Wiccan Rock Band

Alison, Jody, and special guest Lizzy finish "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great," Judy Blume's 1972 novel about a fabulous ten-year-old who conquers her fears. Sheila takes the dreaded swim test and doesn't drown! The Tubmans have a farewell party and everyone's invited – even Jennifer's baby daddy! The gals read one fascinating letter from a Blume Head who works with an adorable rodent named Mouse Ellis. Lizzy tells us all about her childhood show dogs with stripper names, while Alison presents a comprehensive Special Report on Tarrytown: the pre-WWI bombings, historic mansions, summer camps with towel service, and local SAT scores. And then Jody reveals a secret surprise involving our Most Famous Sheila, Sheila E.! Lastly, there's a super duper difficult 1972 trivia quiz, drafted by Blume Head Willie. No Whitewaters to be found. Congrats to Becky and Mouse Ellis for being Blume Heads of the Week!

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72. Put it in the Pizza

It's sleepover time! The gals read chapters 13-14 of Judy Blume's kid lit classic, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great." Sheila hosts her very first slumber party, get crushed by a Slam Book, trashes Bobby Egran's prized possessions, and winds up with a butt-full of toothpaste. Great night, all in all! There's also a very scary hayride with a possible werewolf sighting. Jody and Alison re-enact all the best scenes, and discuss sleeping bag couture and how awful pre-teen girls can be. Then Jody gives an impromptu Special Report on how to get ready for a date in 1972. Hint: you need to spare 5 hours. Join the gals for laughs, weird facts, and a little bit of Olsen Twins. Big ups to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Margret Caulton!

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71. Have a Banana

Well hello there, 2019! Jody and Alison return with chapters 11-12 of Judy Blume's 1972 novel, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great." There's a very pregnant pup, a super profesh camp production of "Peter Pan," and of course, more swimming lessons with Marty. Sheila finally puts her face in the water! The girls read a hilarious letter from Blume Head Willie (spoiler: he started his own camp newspaper, just like Sheila), engage in the usual melodramatic readings, and reminisce about their own wannabe thespian experiences. And congratulations to Blume Head of the Week, Rebecca McGoldrick, for telling us about Dr. Drill 'N Fill!

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Episode 70: WORT

Alison and Jody close out 2018 with chapters 9-10 of "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great", written by Judy Blume in 1972. Intrepid Sheila starts a gossip-y camp newspaper, won't let anyone help her, and gets schooled by the mimeograph machine. After a terrifying dog-lick attack, Mouse gives Sheila another chance to own up to her faults, but our girl refuses to crack. Meanwhile, Jennifer makes a "friend" and that "friend" goes and knocks her up. What's Sheila gonna do with ALL THESE DOGS?! Alison and Jody discuss Barbie Dream Houses, dumb waiters, sisterly competition, and read a great letter from Blume Head Helen. Heartfelt congratulations to Blume Head of the Week, Anna Lamprey!

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Episode 69: Once, Twice, Three, Shoot

Epic night! Sheila saves Sondra Van Arden from the milk door and partakes in a super scary game of hide-and-seek. Alison and Jody cover chapters 6-8 of Judy Blume's kid lit novel, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great" (1972). They reenact all the crucial scenes, play some great ads from the early '70s, and Jody reads aloud from her early-'90s diary. Big ups to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Sindy Purr! Be sure to send in your Sheilas and tell us about your hometown hide-and-seek traditions.

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Episode 68: The Ballad of Bon Qui Qui

Sheila Tubman meets Mouse Ellis, the yo-yo Junior Champion of Tarrytown! Your hosts Alison and Jody read chapters 4-5 of Judy Blume's 1972 children's novel, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great." This summer ain't so bad after all – Sheila's making friends, avoiding dogs, and signing up for day camp. But things start to crack when she gets caught in a lie and is forced to take swimming lessons. Will our gal ever be able to gain Mouse's trust? Will she learn to swim without getting her face wet? On the flip side, Alison and Jody unbox some gorgeous Lip Smackers and an OREO RECORD PLAYER (!!!) from a very generous Blume Head. They also take a quiz on all things Sheila, tell stories about deceased chickens, listen to vintage TV commercials, and embark on some primo dramatic readings.

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Episode 67: Whitewater

New book alert! Jody and Alison get back on the Fudge Train with the second in the series, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great," written by Judy Blume in 1972. The girls are joined by longtime Blume Head Lizzy as they read chapters 1-3. To set the scene, Jody talks 1972 current events, movies, and hosts a trivia quiz where everyone's a winner! Alison presents her pop music findings, and Lizzy gives us the low-down on fashion of the era. They also dig up Judy's musings on Sheila, and an amazing book review by a real life 10-year-old. Sheila's family moves to Tarrytown for the summer, and it could not be worse. There's a howling dog, a scary spider, and NO YELLOW CARPET WITH A RED ROSE IN THE MIDDLE. Just lots and lots of Testor’s glue. Finally, congrats to Stephanie (otherwise known as Bookshelf Bombshell) for being this week's Blume Head of the Week!

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Odds and Ends #8: Lolita vs. Marathon Bars

Alison and Jody conduct a thorough post-mortem of Norma Klein's edgy YA novel, "Domestic Arrangements." They read some awesome listener letters about hot record store boys, '80s triangle perms, and Judy Blume eBay treasures. Alison shares her obsession with French chanteuse Alizée, and Jody discovers who wrote the iconic beat poem "Now-Times for People with Now-Dreams." The girls discuss Adrian Lyne's 1997 adaptation of "Lolita," DominiqueSwain's film legacy, and the truth about Marathon Bars. They say their final goodbye to Rusty and Co. with some thought-provoking Goodreads reviews and unveiling their NEXT BOOK! Can you guess what it is?

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Episode 66: Now-Times

The "Domestic Arrangements" finale! Alison and Jody read chapters 23-25 of Norma Klein's 1981 YA novel, in which Rusty gets a bootleg pixie cut, finally meets Pam from Andover, learns the truth about her parents' marriage, and appears on the Today Show. You absolutely don't want to miss Alison's far out beat poetry or Jody's Medieval chamber singing! And congratulations to Rosemary's Ladies, this week's Blume Head(s) of the Week! It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!

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Episode 65: Hashtag NoLo

In the penultimate "Domestic Arrangements" episode, Alison and Jody discuss chapters 21-22 of Norma Klein's 1981 racy YA novel. Rusty auditions for Lolita the musical by singing a weirdly maudlin Beatles song and playing some bra-less tennis with a middle-aged pervert. She finally gets to read her People feature, and learns a Very Important Life Lesson from the Man on the Plane. The gals muddle through two mysteries: 1) Who is Beryl the bootleg Barbie? and 2) Are Marathon bars really Snickers or Curly Wurlies? Help! Finally, congratulations to Blume Head of the Week, Martha, who wrote an awesome letter about her love of Judy and life as a teen during the early '80s. 

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Episode 64: Beryl

We're still languishing in La La Land with Rusty and her co-star Felix, through chapters 19-20 of the 1981 Norma Klein YA classic, "Domestic Arrangements." Rusty gets cornrows and spends a naked night with Felix over Nova Scotia salmon and Champagne, Joshua Poshua is MIA (potentially Andover-bound), Alison forms a Little Boy Parade, and Jody learns a new word. Listen along for the usual dramatic radio plays, mess-ups, and uncontrollable singing/swearing. The girls also have a first look at Gabrielle Moss' brand-new book about '80s and '90s teen fiction series, "Paperback Crush." Super duper congratulations to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Mary Ann! 

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Episode 63: Like a Satan

Rusty's going to California all by herself! But she's 14, she can handle it, right? Join Alison, Jody, and a bottle of Courvoisier to discuss chapters 17-18 of "Domestic Arrangements" by Norma Klein. Mom leaves town and Daddy quickly replaces her with Abigail, Deel loses her virginity while a five-year-old child sleeps soundly on the floor, Rusty hops on a flight to LA, and Joshua Poshua proves to be Numero Uno Stalker of 1981. Jody and Al reveal their embarrassing internet screen names, and reminisce about trundle beds and Neneh Cherry. They also recap their recent interview with BBC Entertainment News on the upcoming "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" movie! Finally, congratulations to Blume Head of the Week, Amy Wilson Sheldon!

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Episode 62: Girthy

Alison and Jody have a SUPER exciting announcement to make, along with their regular "Domestic Arrangements" programming. The gals read chapters 15-16 of Norma Klein's 1981 novel about teen sex and stardom, and things just keep getting weirder. Daddy receives an obscene phone call and Rusty is interviewed by People magazine. Don't worry, she continues to say all the wrong things and her parents remain eternally incompetent. Jody and Al talk about early internet relationships, teacher-bullies, and the OG Degrassi. They receive a wonderful letter from former Blume Head of the Week, Jill, who writes about her complicated relationship with Judy Blume. And congrats to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Jennifer Kathleen!

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Episode 61: Sex and Typing

It's a Valentine's Mystery! Alison and Jody read chapter 14 of Norma Klein's "Domestic Arrangements," where Rusty tries to figure out who Daddy's secret admirer is. She also goes into battle with Joshua Poshua and totally MURDERS her fram. Speaking of murder, Jody presents a Special Report on the Scarsdale Diet and the scandal involving Dr. Tarnower's jilted lover. Join the girls for some rosé, melodramatic readings, technology failures, and another glorious update from The Karen Files. Ginormous congrats to this week's Blume Head of the Week, J. Meredith!

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Episode 60: The Hummus Express

All aboard! Jody and Alison analyze chapters 12-13 of "Domestic Arrangements," a YA treasure written by Norma Klein in 1981. Rusty poses with some cherries for Seventeen Magazine and does an exclusive interview on cable TV (you don't wanna miss this lively reenactment)! She also goes back to school but finds herself accosted by her jealous classmates. Rude! The gals present another treasure from The Karen Files and receive some fabulous tidbits about Barbizon and Scoliosis from Blume Head Helen. Come inside the Cocoon for idle banter about the creative liberties of James Franco, the shooting in Jody's backyard, '80s blush, and pre-teen nymphettes (ugh!). Congratulations to Jennie McKeon, this week's Blume Head of the Week!

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Episode 59: A Horse Named Linda

A star is born! Alison and Jody eat gross shooting star cookies (sorry!) as they cover chapters 10-11 of “Domestic Arrangements,” written by Norma Klein in 1981. Rusty receives some glowing movie reviews, test drives her new “acquisition,” and discovers that mom has a not-so-secret lover! We also learn more about the day Rusty and Joshua met (hint: it involves nude pix!). Al and Jody chat spermicide, Mary Kay Letourneau, and Lanz nightgowns. They receive another thrilling batch from The Karen Files, and end the episode with a Celebre-teen Wedding quiz! Did you know that Milla Jovovich married her "Dazed and Confused" co-star?! Finally, Congrats to Blume Head of the week Jami D.!

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