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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).

Aug 28, 2018

Your resident readers tackle Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora, try to figure out wtf LARPing is, and investigate a national crisis: the epidemic of unfinished fantasy series. We’re looking at you, George R. R. Martin and Pat Rothfuss! Plus, a visit to Dune with a pit stop in the bloody battlefield known as romance...

Aug 21, 2018

Michael and Hannah face their fears and watch a spy movie (sure they’ve read the book, but baby steps!). Plus, a new segment suggested by a listener!

Article mentioned:  Le Carré, “The Spy Who Liked Me”

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Aug 14, 2018

Michael and Hannah discuss how confusing spy movies are, take a stroll on the other side of the iron curtain, and tip their hats to grifters and their nutso schemes before turning to the MANY other things they are reading this week.

Books mentioned: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those who...

Aug 7, 2018

Michael and Hannah take your feedback about wild saints and debut their new segment “Tackle the Stackle” with reading tips from listeners.


Books mentioned:

George Orwell, 1984; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hound of the Baskervilles; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend; George Eliot,