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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 26, 2018

Hannah and Michael dive into Danielle Steel’s fugue state, discussing her wild life, digging into her 1987 multigenerational novel Kaleidoscope, and surveying the weirdly prudish Steel oeuvre. They also chat about what else they're reading.

Books mentioned:  Melissa Clark, Dinner in an Instant; Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach; Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad; David Lodge, Changing Places; Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Movie mentioned:  Kaleidoscope (1990 made for TV movie) starring one of the Charlie’s Angels.

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