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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 31, 2018

Michael and Hannah visit the fourteenth century with Anya Seton’s 1954 historical romance Katherine. Hannah, our resident medievalist, gets hot about the Middle Ages, and Michael gets quizzed on saints’ gnarly iconography.

Books mentioned: Rose Tremain, Music and Silence; Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend; Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice; Provenance.

Saints mentioned:  St Michael; St George; St Jerome; St Sebastian; St Peter Martyr; St Stephen; St Dennis; St Agatha; St Lucy; St Bartholemew; The Four Evangelists

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