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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).

Dec 4, 2018

Hannah time travels to her youth and Michael teleports to Pern to discuss Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight, the first book in the seminal Dragonriders of Pern series.  

Links: Anne interview for the BBC; the best place on Earth i.e. Enya’s castle; Anne being sweet with fans; Real Estate Corner!

Books Mentioned: Anne

Nov 20, 2018

Boy oh boy, we go deep on Anastasia, the first book in the Ringing Cedars series by Vladimir Megre. Is it a Russian cult?  A ponzi scheme? An elaborate prank on us, your sweet and unsuspecting hosts? All we know for sure is that this sh*t is f*cking insane. Wake up and smell the cedars, people, this is a wild ride.

Nov 13, 2018

Hannah and Michael discuss Brenda Jackson, romance author extraordinaire.  Along the way they address a blind spot, wade through some wild romance subgenres, and discover new innovations in kissing.

This ep owes a huge debt to Phoebe Judge’s This is Love podcast. Check it out!

Books mentioned: Delaney's Desert Sheikh...

Nov 6, 2018

We check in with Nelson DeMille, proud writer of mega-thrillers and prouder member of Mensa.  Hear all about his faux-Tudor manse and learn what his (second) favorite cuisine is! Oh yeah, we read a couple of his books, too.  

Mentioned in this episode:

Nelson Demille’s Writing Process and his Tudor Castle.


Oct 30, 2018

And we're BACK for season two and for Halloween! We talk Anne Rice, author of The Vampire Chronicles and so, so, so much else. Find out what she’s reviewing on Amazon, get her writing advice, and learn way more about her kinks than you ever wanted or needed to! Plus, Hannah creeps out Michael with a truly chew-tacular...