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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).

Feb 11, 2020

In this off-season ep we cover the death of Mary Higgins Clark, the American Dirt scandal gripping publishing (and Oprah!), and the death of a giant literary butthole. Because the universe is full of whimsy, there’s an Irish angle to all of these stories.

Books mentioned:

Mary Higgins Clark, Mount Vernon Love Story;...

Dec 24, 2019

Our annual roundup of all the books we read in 2019! We share number of books read (Hannah smokes us all, of course), give out awards, and look ahead to 2020.


NYT 100 Notable books for 2019

Patricia Lockwood on John Updike

Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwenyth Paltrow/Goop 

Books mentioned:

Furious Hours, Casey...

Oct 22, 2019

Hannah owns Michael so hard he writes this from beyond the grave. Plus, catching up with old friends and old enemies.


Sep 3, 2019

A TBC stuffed full of treats here: NYT Bestseller List grifting, a “book curator” to the rich and Goopy, and a roundup of our epic Meryl Season™ including a shocking confession from Hannah.



NYT on Dave Pelzer

Thatcher Wine, book curator to the *stahs*

Meryl as star signs

Jul 23, 2019

Hannah and Michael talk about the UK’s answer to Thomas Kinkade, moving with books, and hot takes on literature.


Jack Vettriano Profile in the Independent (2010)

NYPL List of New York Books

Hot Takes Thread

Books mentioned:

Robert Caro, The Power Broker

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Ben Lerner, 10:04