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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).

Oct 22, 2019

Hannah owns Michael so hard he writes this from beyond the grave. Plus, catching up with old friends and old enemies.


Books mentioned: 

  • Robert (and Ina!) Caro, The Power Broker; The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
  • Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror
  • Madeline Miller, Circe; The Song of Achilles
  • Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
  • Homer, The Odyssey (Emily Wilson translation)
  • Dan Simmons, Ilium
  • Hallie Butler, The New Me
  • Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be? A Novel From Life; Motherhood
  • Ben Lerner, The Topeka School
  • Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation
  • Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

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