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That Book is your guide to terrible good books and good terrible books.  You know that book: the one you see everyone reading on the subway, the one gathering dust on your stepmom’s nightstand, and the one that the library has twenty untouched copies of. Hosted by Hannah Weaver and Michael Goldsmith, readers with high expectations and low standards.  

By day, Hannah is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. By night, she can be found making a mess of the kitchen, insisting on taking a walk, and reading schmaltzy paperbacks from the public library. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.

Michael is an actor living in Brooklyn. Maybe you've seen him die horribly on shows like Doctor Who and Gotham, but he's mostly a theatre guy--having performed in London, NYC and across the US in all kinds of plays that aren't musicals. He blames books for everything good in his life (knowledge, etc.) and everything bad (bouts with childhood obesity).

Jun 25, 2019

It’s over the covered bridge to Madison County, Iowa, the setting for Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County and its (spoiler) exponentially better film adaptation. We cover (ha) tie-in fragrances, Waller’s, um, musical career, and the one and only Painter of Light™, all while paying respects to Our...

Jun 18, 2019

Hannah and Michael kick off THE MERYL SEASON with an investigation into Meryl Streep’s first appearance on the silver screen, Julia (1977), an adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s memoir Pentimento, and her much later turn as Julia Child in Julie & Julia, an adaptation of Child’s My Life in France and Julie Powell’s

May 21, 2019

Hannah and Michael talk Kalamazoo, old fav Danielle Steel, political book scandals, and the books on offer at the hairport.

Books Mentioned:

The Mueller Report

Melissa Caruso, The Tethered Mage

Gary Sinise, Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends; Normal People

Apr 23, 2019

We’re back for another chatty interlude! Michael and Hannah discuss rich authors, romance, real estate, and reading lists.


Books mentioned:

Jessica Knoll, The Luckiest Girl Alive

Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Harlan Coben, Tell No One

Elizabeth McCracken, Bowlaway

Kate Atkinson, Transcription

Tara Westover,

Mar 19, 2019

Your faithful hosts pop in to talk travel hacks and why it’s worth traveling to eighteenth-century England. Plus, a dip into what we’re actually reading!

Books mentioned:

  • Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf
  • Samuel Richardson, Pamela
  • Bram Stoker, Dracula
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Saul Bellow, Herzog
  • Choderlos de...