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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 11, 2018

Inaugural episode!  Hannah and Michael dive into Lee Child’s best selling Jack Reacher series, tackling different books: Killing Floor and Echo Burning.  They try to decide on the world’s most boring crime, encounter lawyers who make surprising fashion choices, and take a wild ride through Reacher’s universe of dude justice.  They also dig into their “White Whale” books--books they’re always chasing and can’t quite catch up to--and talk about what else they’re reading.

Books mentioned: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Power Broker by Robert Caro, Middlemarch by George Eliot, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Ulysses by James Joyce, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.  

Movies/TV mentioned: Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher, The Crown.

Josh Lucases mentioned: 1.  

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