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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).

Jul 30, 2019

Inspired by the 1998 Meryl Streep weepie, One True Thing, Hannah and Michael cough gently into their handkerchiefs and discuss the “Sick Lit” phenomenon, spearheaded by Lurlene McDaniel and her 70+ books about children dying. 

Books mentioned: Lurlene McDaniel, Six Months to Live, Don’t Die, My Love, Somewhere Between Life and Death; Dave Pelzer, A Child Called It; John Green, The Fault in Our Stars; Jodi Picoult (Judy Picaloo), My Sister’s Keeper.


Lurlene Youtube Channel, inc. the iconic Apple video.

Lurlene answers Q’s on Goodreads

TV movie Shattered Hearts

Making of One True Thing

Articles on Sick Lit here and here.

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