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452. Historical Pandemics and Ye Olde Social Media with Anna Lee Huber

A Wicked Conceit
A | BN | K
The latest book in Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby series is out, and she’s my guest this week to talk all about it. If you haven’t read this book yet, there are no spoilers, so fear not! And if you haven’t read the series, this might tempt you to try it (it’s great) because we’re going to talk about history. A Wicked Conceit has several relevant parallels to life right now.  History totally went through the mimeograph machine on this one – remember those?

Please note: during our conversation we talk briefly about Lady Darby’s first marriage, which was abusive, and about trauma response and memory, but we don’t go into specifics.

Thank you to Brittanie Black, Anna’s publicist at Berkley, and to Angela James for some of the questions this week.


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  1. Carrie G says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever listened to one of the podcasts, but I was drawn by the author, whose books I’ve enjoyed, and seeing the inclusion of The Body Keeps the Score. First, this was a delightful interview ans I’m going to be listening to more podcasts in the future, so than you and Anna Lee Huber for the enjoyable hour.

    I wanted to add that several years ago my therapist recommended The Body Keeps the Score and it truly changed my life. It was one of the first books that addressed the fact that PTSD isn’t just a “soldier’s problem” but instead affects thousands of people dealing with traumatic events or abusive situations. A woman can as easily end up with PTSD from sexual abuse or verbally abusive relationships as they can from military service or dramatic traumatic events like car or plane crashes. Just as important is the notion that our bodies hang on to the trauma, and create “memories” that can include place, season of the year, lighting, music, etc. Our bodies have the ability to keep traumatic “anniversaries” that we don’t even realize or understand, but when you hear people say they hate February,or they tend to get sick every July, it may well be an anniversary and the body is scrambling to deal with it, waiting for the worse to happen again.

    I highly recommend this book for people struggling with depression, PTSD,or trying to understand loved ones who do.

  2. Karin says:

    Ooh, looking forward to this one, I love both of her series!

  3. Kareni says:

    Thank you for an enjoyable interview, Sarah and Anna.

  4. Margaret says:

    Why does podcast 452 stop halfway through? It gets to the middle and then the replay circle shows up.

  5. SB Sarah says:

    @Margaret – that’s very odd – how are you listening to the show? Here on the site itself?

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