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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).

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.

Links: 

NYT 100 Notable books for 2019

Patricia Lockwood on John Updike

Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwenyth Paltrow/Goop 

Books mentioned:

Furious Hours, Casey Cep; The Topeka School, Ben Lerner; Fleishman is in Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner; Normal People & Converations with Friends, Sally Rooney; Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday; Trust Exercise, Susan Choi; Transcription, Kate Atkinson; The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson; Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood; Educated, Tara Westover; Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo; Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh; Here I am, Jonathan Safran Foer; The Overstory, Richard Powers; Find Me, Andre Aciman; The Patrick Melrose novels, Edward St Aubyn; Circe, Madeline Miller; Frankenstein, Mary Shelley; Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevksy; The Neapolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante; Howard’s End, E.M. Forster.