The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

The Oral History Podcast

Welcome to The Oral History Podcast, with your author hosts Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian!

A little bit about us. We’re both YA authors whose debut novels came out in 2013. We became acquainted via Twitter (Christa credits Daniel Kraus, though Carrie can’t remember the connection). After a flurry of emails, we graduated to phone conversations, during which we’d discuss various books we’d read, comparing them with the particulars of our own experiences as teenagers and adults. Both of us write contemporary realistic fiction and both of us are specifically concerned with depictions of sex, sexual identity, and relationships of all kinds in fiction. Since we’re also big podcast fans, we decided to extend our conversations into something less ephemeral and exclusive, which is how our show’s concept was born. And now we’re making our debut with our new sponsor, The Booklist Reader!

In this episode, we discuss cheating, including our own histories of cheating, as well as several books that we think deal with cheating in smart and surprising ways.

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Our Current Reads


Delicate Monsters, by Stephanie Kuehn
The Dinner, by Herman Koch

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H Is For Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
Infinite Sky, by C. J. Flood
You Against Me, by Jenny Downham


The Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
Life By Committee, by Corey Ann Haydu
Love & Other Theories, by Alexis Bass
Swimming Sweet Arrow, by Maureen Gibbon

Recommended Books

Breathless, by Jessica Warman
Jersey Angel, by Beth Ann Bauman
99 Days, by Katie Cotugno
Pointe, by Brandy Colbert
Tyrell, by Coe Booth
The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd


Devastatingly brilliant episode, right? Tell us what you think - feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com

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You can also visit us at our main site to look at show notes for previous episodes.

Special thanks this week to our podcast editor/producer Andrew Karre, as well as Daniel Kraus, Keir Graff and everyone else at The Booklist Reader for their kind support and sponsorship.



About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir.Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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