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63: Julie Murphy's DUMPLIN' - Finding Your Own Way

In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Julie Murphy's YA lit novel, Dumplin'

When “self-proclaimed fat girl” Willowdean Dickson decides to shake things up in her small town by entering her former beauty queen mother’s beloved beauty pageant, she learns more about herself than she anticipates.

“I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you're trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can.”

Spoilers are inevitable throughout our book club discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book Dumplin'!


Introduction and Summary of the Book: 00:00 - 01:30

Main Discussion: 01:30 - 42:40​

Book Pairings: 42:50 - 49:24

Classroom Connections: 49:24 - 56:36

Book Pairings 

Ashley - Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles

Jen - Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Sara - Sharon Huss Roat's How to Disappear

Other Mentions

Erin Jade Lange's Butter

Jennifer Niven's Holding Up the Universe

Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls

A. S. King's Reality Boy

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